Here, There & Everywhere: The Music (And More) That I’m Thankful For

By Don Heckman It’s that time of year again.  Thanksgiving Day has arrived.  And here’s my annual, continual and growing list of the many  reasons I have to be thankful. Let’s start with my most important reasons to be thankful: For my beautiful, loving, caring wife: Faith For my two incomparable children: Allegra and Alex… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: The Music (And More) That I’m Thankful For

Live Pop Music: Susan Werner at McCabe’s

By Devon Wendell Pianist/guitarist/singer/songwriter Susan Werner is known for fusing torch songs, cabaret, rock/folk hits, gospel, country, classical, and jazz influences together with adventure and humor.  And all those elements were present at McCabe’s Sunday night in a performance that flowed naturally with warmth and razor sharp wit.  The two lengthy sets, accompanied by Trina Hamlin and Julia Biber, were composed… Read More Live Pop Music: Susan Werner at McCabe’s

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”