Live: A Celebration of Rumi — The Sights and Sounds of Mystic Persia

By Don Heckman Poetry has been an essential element in Persian/Iranian culture for eons, a refuge in times of stress, a joy in periods of plenty.  In turn, the music of that rich society has been almost inseparably linked to the poetry, producing stunning combinations of lyrical imagery and emotionally dense melody. Surveying the creative… Read More Live: A Celebration of Rumi — The Sights and Sounds of Mystic Persia

Live: Rudder Cooks My Spuds at the Baked Potato

by Casey Dolan The four-headed musical beast from New York, Rudder, played at the Baked Potato last night and will also play tonight. It’s safe to say that everyone’s spud was truly cooked as Rudder burned rubber, playing cuts from last year’s debut album and offering tantalizing examples from the upcoming one due to be completed by year’s end.… Read More Live: Rudder Cooks My Spuds at the Baked Potato

CD Review: Danilo Perez “Across the Crystal Sea”

Danilo Perez “Across the Crystal Sea” (Decca) By Don Heckman Unabashed lyricism is the goal – desired and achieved – in this remarkable collaboration between composer/arranger Claus Ogerman and pianist Danilo Perez. The concept is similar to the 1965 album, “The Bill Evans Trio with Symphony Orchestra,” in which Ogerman adapted classical themes into settings… Read More CD Review: Danilo Perez “Across the Crystal Sea”

CD Revew: Simone Dinnerstein: “The Berlin Concert”

Simone Dinnerstein “The Berlin Concert” (Telarc) By Don Heckman Okay, let’s start with full disclosure.  I’m not usually a fan of Bach’s music played on a contemporary piano. Not because it can’t be done well.  Glen Gould killed that rumor, many times, over and over.  What bothers me has more to do with the instrument’s… Read More CD Revew: Simone Dinnerstein: “The Berlin Concert”