November 20, 1997 |
Forget all the talk about the classical music crises, about record company crises. Great stuff still gets released, and here is only the iceberg's tip. **** AN ITALIAN SONG BOOK, Cecilia Bartoli, London, ($15.98). If it makes you nervous that Bartoli's latest recording is a too-obvious no-brainer gift suggestion, what with her Pavarotti-like mass-market popularity, not to worry.
October 31, 1999 |
Editor's note: Pop culture is difficult to grasp. Finding the source of a craze and tracing its arc through the masses is a bit like discovering the origins of the universe. The revival of swing dancing and music is an exception. Perhaps because the form itself sprouted seven decades ago, a reporter with enough curiosity and energy can document its 1980s rebirth and rise to the phenomenal popularity it enjoys today.
August 15, 1999 |
Although our date books forecast the impending conclusion of the so-called modern century, we still puzzle over its beginning. When and how did we first become modern? Art critic Clement Greenberg pointed to Paris in the middle of the 19th century, claiming that Manet, Flaubert and Baudelaire started it all by boldly breaking the mold of Romanticism. Others, drawn to Vienna at the turn of the century, are happy with the calendar.
February 5, 2006 |
As the bass player for the Movies, an indie rock band out of Silver Lake, I thought I had played just about every hole in the wall in Los Angeles with every no-name performer in town. So it came as a surprise when, having been asked to seek out the best unknown musical acts and venues in the area, I found a seemingly endless assortment of places and faces that I never knew existed. Some of the musicians and scenes I stumbled upon may break through one day. Most won't.
February 17, 1991 |
Twenty five years is a sizable slice in the history of any art form. In the case of jazz, it represents one third of the music's recorded history. Since the byline above first appeared regularly in these pages a quarter-century ago, vast changes have taken place on every level. In 1966, the term "fusion" was all but unknown, though the first significant jazz-rock group, Blood, Sweat & Tears, was only two years away.
June 10, 1990
It is not too surprising to note that Republican politicians are increasingly revealed to have broken their campaign promises! President Bush, Gov. George Deukmejian and perhaps Sen. Pete Wilson too. It would seem that what Pete Wilson really wants most of all is another pension check.
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November 17, 1999 |
"You must remember this, a kiss is still a kiss. . . ." Bryan Ferry sings on "As Time Goes By," his new album of '30s pop standards. At 54, Ferry has been puckering up for a long time now--first as the flamboyant front man for the '70s art-rock pacesetters Roxy Music, later in solo interpretations of some '50s, '60s and '70s songs, and then in his post-Roxy career. But Ferry has never done more than flirt with the golden age classics until now.
June 7, 1997 |
A memorial lies at the heart of the 17th annual Baroque Music Festival of Corona del Mar, which opens Sunday. But that won't mean weeping and sorrow. The festival will premiere a new work to honor Robert Sangster, a prominent Huntington Beach city attorney, music critic and longtime member of the festival board, who died in 1995 after a six-year battle with cancer. The new work, "Cantata Jovialis" by Los Angeles composer Robert Linn, will be performed Wednesday.