3 New Records From 3 Friends

OK, I'm biased, and I am also privileged to be friends with some people who are making fabulous music. Here are three new releases from friends - let me pull your coat in their direction.

Mary Brett Lorson, Themes From

Byrd Lives! or Harpsichord Fever!

Since I last wrote, I have been hanging out in the late 16th and early 17th century. I have been finding my way back to the earliest roots of keyboard music, and I don't mean Jerry Lee Lewis.

Lately I've…

Day One

Happening today are the women's marches in Washington, D.C., and around the United States and around the world. I send my best wishes to everyone who is participating in these events.

Yes, march against the president. And let's not lose…

Jimmy Guterman, RIP

 

(Since I don't have a photo of Jimmy, I'll use this stock photo of a Boston landmark.)

In a strange way, Jimmy Guterman and I went back a long way. Back in the 1980s, I was the office manager for…

Ragas Live in Red Hook

Yesterday, Saturday, July 23, we went to the Ragas Live festival at Pioneer Works in Red Hook. It's a 24-hour presentation of Indian classical music, starting at noon on Saturday and running until today at noon. As you may know…

Go to Blazes, "Out on the Side"

Back in 1995, I had only recently switched from bass guitar to keyboard. The band Martin's Folly was just getting off the ground, and we were looking for a keyboard player and couldn't find one, so I switched to keys…

Not-So-Recent Concert Events

If it's not too late, here are some remarkable concert events I saw during the past calendar year.

John Zorn, Bill Laswell, Cyro Baptista and Ches Smith at the Anothology Film Archives. Maybe the thrill was to be sitting so…

"Pale Afternoon" Has Been Pre-Released!

"Pale Afternoon," my third album of instrumental pop music, has now been pre-released!

What does pre-released mean! I don't know! But what I'm getting at is that the official "release" and promotion will be Jan. 12, 2016. In anticipation of…

Embracing Imperfection

No one has ever made a perfect album, and no one ever will. "Revolver" is not perfect, and neither is "Sticky Fingers." You wouldn't want to change anything on "Highway 61 Revisited," not even Mike Bloomfield's out-fo-tune guitar on "Queen…