The House That Trane Built: the Story of Impulse Records

The list of musical giants that cut sides for this jazz giant in its hey-day from the early 60’s to mid 70’s is astounding. Anybody from Ray Charles to Genesis who could’ve seen that little white, black, and orange label appear from the bled edges of that heavy laminated stock must’ve felt an enormous sense…

The Kinks- Arthur (or the Delcine and Fall of the British Empire)

Enough attention gets tossed to the fantastic achievements of the great late 60’s British Rock bands that its hard to understand why The Kinks seem to fall through so many people’s fingers. Arthur… is an incredible impressionist concept record that tells the story of a lost time in nostalgic vignettes. Existing in the space between the…

John Fahey- Of Rivers and Religion

I remember the first time I heard John Fahey in my bedroom as I lay on the floor absorbed in my headphones. It was like the first time I heard punk rock as a kid, I knew that my bones understood this music but the rest of me was at a loss for words. What…

Wilhelm Kempff and Beethoven.

Some days that grey ceiling just won’t let up, that’s where these incredible solo piano selections from Wilhelm Kempff come in. I was first turned on to the miraculous phrasing and gentle and sure playing of Kempff from his Schubert collection, which is remarkable as well. But there’s something about Beethoven, and particularly his sonatas,…