Picks of the Week: June 21 – 26

By Don Heckman Los Angeles June 21. (Tues.) Misha Piatigorsky with Sketchy Black Dog.  The winner of the 2004 Thelonious Monk Composers Competition, pianist Piatigorsky’s extraordinary skills reach from soundtrack composing for major films to collaborations with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Jon Hendricks and Joe Lovano. His piano trio combines with a string quartet… Read More Picks of the Week: June 21 – 26

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CDs: More Songs of the Holidays

By Don Heckman Blackmore’s Night “Winter Carols” (Minstrelhall Music) Richie Blackmore of Deep Purple, along with his partner, singer Candice Night, have created a rich, colorful holiday portrait, using electric guitar, period instruments, soaring vocals and multi-layered instrumental textures.  The songs range from classic carols to a new song, “Christmas Eve,” and the Rednex’ “Wish… Read More CDs: More Songs of the Holidays