One of the best recordings for Keith Jarrett's mid-'70s American quartet (whose style differed sharply from its European doppelgänger), Survivor's Suite opens with Jarrett's aching, breathy sigh on the bass recorder, evoking the sound of a horn somewhere across a great expanse of fog. Percussion soon punctuates the melodic line to give the opening a more spiritual, ritualistic feel, which is only the first of many mutations that this album will go through.
La-La Land Records and American Zoetrope proudly present David Ssire’s Apocalypse Now (The Unused Score): Limited Edition, a world premiere release featuring acclaimed composer David Shire’s (THE CONVERSATION, THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE, NORMA RAE) unused score to the 1979 classic Vietnam War drama Apocalypse Now , directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Shire’s musical take on the horrors of war, actual and existential, depicted in Coppola’s ambitious and psychedelic classic, is a riveting revelation – finally unearthed and restored for all to fully appreciate. It’s a fascinating and impressive find: a lost piece in the puzzle of one of the great works of American Cinema and an exemplary piece of early electronic music production.
The eighth installment in Marsalis' exhaustive series of 1999 releases, this disc was originally offered as a freebie in the mail only if you bought the previous seven, and it didn't appear in the shops on its own until 2000. It was a strange marketing scheme, and one that unnecessarily muted the fanfare for the most artistically successful of Marsalis' original works in his 1999 series. Marciac, a small town in France, hosts an internationally renowned jazz festival and even erected a statue of Marsalis, which moved the composer/trumpeter to conceive this 76-minute suite for his favorite septet lineup.
Ace's Songwriter Series continues to pay tribute to the most eminent tunesmiths of the 20th Century. This month they bring you our salute to one of the UK's highest profile singer-songwriters, with more than 50 years of hits under his belt Graham Gouldman. Listen People offers an overview of almost half a century of great British songwriting, from Graham's early 60s songs for his own first group the Mockingbirds, to his 21st century collaborations with Kirsty MacColl and McFly. Just about all of Graham's best-known songs are included, many of them performed by singers and groups with whom he has long been associated such as the Hollies, Herman's Hermits, the Yardbirds and both Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders…
Music for two pianos as a genre has gained reputation and momentum among composers and performers in the academic piano world. Piano Duo is a relatively new phenomenon that began in the late Romantic period. The Piano Duo project began in 2008 with composers Paul Reller, Eun-Hye Park, Gerald Chenoweth and pianist Min Kwon.