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.
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.
January 2, 2011 |
It had been a long night ? a concert, a reunion with an old friend, a midnight meal ? but as the clock ticked past 2 a.m. Quincy Jones sat in a rare state of silence in his estate at the very top of Bel-Air. The man they call Q nodded at the cellphone sitting on the kitchen counter. "I've deleted 188 names this year ? all the people who died, all these friends of mine," Jones said. "That's what happens when you're 77, man. That's life, man. You start out playing in bands and doing duets and then you worry that in the end it's all going to be a solo.
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.
July 4, 1991 |
Los Lobos drummer Louis Perez remembers the time in the mid-'60s when he was growing up in East Los Angeles and his older sister dragged him across Whittier Boulevard to hear a few neighborhood rock bands playing in the parking lot of JohnSons Market. And he remembers a couple of years later taking his bike across the street and sitting on the steps of a Catholic church's social hall to hear bands rehearse.