I am no expert and I do not pretend to be a jazz scholar, but I do know and understand what moves me deeply, and […]
John Coltrane, A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle (2021)
Sun Ra Arkestra – Swirling (2020)
There is a part of me that believes I’m hardly worthy to speak on the artistic output of such venerable giants as Sun Ra, let […]
Sally Crosby – Bucket of Leaves (2014)
Sally Crosby · Bucket of Leaves Words and music paint moving pictures for me daily. It is simultaneously my shelter and my escape. And voices, […]
Gabrielle Metz, “Mixtape” (2022)
There are probably more than a few classic songs that take us through the history of popular music, the template for the whole thing being […]
Sorceress by Jess Williamson
Sometimes I feel that writing any words of critical praise for any music that I encounter is futile in the face of such beautiful creative power, but then I have to write something because such raw beauty compels me to do something besides twirling around and singing along.
Claire EP by Ella Woolsey
I must make a big deal out of this because it is unlike much of the pedestrian pabulum that main-stream commercial radio forces us to listen to on a daily basis from which I joyfully rebel. Additionally, because her bio made a point of highlighting it, she is only 17 years old. What is remarkable here is that most of the kids in my classroom aren’t listening to anything this original and probably with one or two exceptions, probably wouldn’t be able to or even want to consider making anything so beautiful.