http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/cleveland-free-times-phillipss-dont-do-anything-deserves-acclaim-part-of-spectacular-body-ofSeptember 11, 2008|1 commentsCleveland Free Times: Phillips's "Don't Do Anything" Deserves Acclaim, Part of "Spectacular Body of Sophisticated Pop Albums"
Sam Phillips's tour with the music of her latest release, Don't Do Anything, continues at the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern tonight in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cleveland Free Times's Michael David Toth describes Sam's work as "a spectacular body of sophisticated, shadowy pop albums," at once "progressively modern" and reflective of inspirations from the Beatles to Tin Pan Alley. Her 2004 album, A Boot and a Shoe, "stands as one of this decade's most criminally overlooked recorded masterpieces," he asserts. "With any luck, her follow-up, Don't Do Anything, will get the acclaim it deserves."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Reviewshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/emmylou-harris-launches-european-tourSeptember 10, 2008|0 comments
Emmylou Harris began her monthlong European tour last night at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall and brings the show to Newcastle's City Hall tonight. "The honeyed voice; the high cheekbones; the flowing silver hair: it can only be Emmylou Harris," says Metro UK. "Her recently released 26th album, All I Intended to Be, illustrates just how far Harris has come since her early days working as a waitress to support her New York coffee-house gigs."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tourhttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/ny-times-payton-mcbride-whitfield-show-proficiency-and-camaraderie-at-jazz-standardSeptember 09, 2008|0 comments
Nicholas Payton makes his way down to Brazil this week for the Tudo É Jazz Festival in Ouro Preto, where he'll perform on Saturday night. The event follows last week's five-night residency at New York's Jazz Standard with bassist Christian McBride and guitarist Mark Whitfield. The New York Times jazz critic Nate Chinen says the trio members "have a number of things in common: complete rhythmic assurance, for one, and an intrepid approach within the modern jazz mainstream."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Reviewshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/upshaws-fall-season-to-include-new-yorker-festival-talk-with-alex-ross-sf-symphony-carnegie-September 08, 2008|0 commentsUpshaw's Fall Season to Include New Yorker Festival Talk with Alex Ross; SF Symphony, Carnegie Hall Bernstein Programs
The New Yorker has just announced the schedule for the upcoming ninth run of its New Yorker Festival, and among this year's participants is Dawn Upshaw, who will speak with the magazine's classical music critic, Alex Ross, on October 4. The event is one of several high-profile engagements for Dawn this fall, including an all-Bernstein program with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony next week in San Francisco and the following week in New York for Carnegie Hall's Opening Night Gala.Read more|Journal Topics:On Tourhttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/chicago-tribune-sam-phillipss-tour-opener-in-chicago-far-from-routineSeptember 08, 2008|0 comments
"It takes a songwriter such as Sam Phillips to depart from the routine expectations set by the last 50-plus years of pop music," says the Chicago Tribune, and at the start of her fall tour this past weekend at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music, "she detoured into German cabaret, French chansons and a waltz, as well as lightly tracing elements of American gospel and blues." As the area Sun-Times paper, Southtown Star, reports, she delivered "a masterful performance that was enchanting from beginning to end" for a "superb show."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Reviewshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/kd-lang-inducted-into-canadas-walk-of-fameSeptember 08, 2008|1 comments
Congratulations to k.d. lang, who was inducted into the Canadian Walk of Fame this past Saturday night in a gala ceremony held at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto. Among the other honorees were actor Michael J. Fox, director James Cameron, and the comedy group The Kids in the Hall. Fellow Canadian singer/songwriter Ron Sexsmith introduced k.d., who received a standing ovation.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist Newshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/nicholas-payton-joins-christian-mcbride-mark-whitfield-at-nycs-jazz-standardSeptember 03, 2008|0 comments
Nicholas Payton joins bassist Christian McBride and guitarist Mark Whitfield at New York's Jazz Standard for 12 sets over five nights, beginning tonight. JamBase compares the trumpeter to Miles Davis and John Coltrane, but asserts that, on his Nonesuch debut, Into the Blue, "ultimately Payton has a style and mood all his own." Jazz.com sees the album as evidence of "an ample comfort zone with a trumpet continuum spanning Armstrong to Don Cherry, at the service of a conceptual sensibility that embraces the Hot Five and Weather Report in equal measure."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tourhttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/mandy-patinkin-performs-as-prospero-in-classic-stage-co-production-of-the-tempestSeptember 03, 2008|0 comments
Mandy Patinkin opens the Classic Stage Company's 2008–09 season tonight, starring as Prospero in William Shakespeare's The Tempest. The company's artistic director, Brian Kulick, directs the production, which will run for a limited engagement, through October 12. Patinkin spoke with the Poughkeepsie Journal about the role and some of the other memorable ones from his career, naming as two favorites Inigo Montoya from the film The Princess Bride and Georges Seurat in Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist Newshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/publishers-weekly-adams-memoir-reveals-brilliant-musical-mind-behind-most-inventive-originalSeptember 02, 2008|0 commentsPublishers Weekly: Adams Memoir Reveals "Brilliant Musical Mind," "Incisive Exploration of Creative Process"
"Adams's searingly introspective autobiography reveals the workings of a brilliant musical mind responsible for some of contemporary America's most inventive and original music." So says Publishers Weekly in its recommendation of John Adams's forthcoming memoir, Hallelujah Junction: Composing an American Life. The Philadelphia Inquirer asserts that Adams's newest opera, The Flowering Tree, due out on Nonesuch this month, "commands attention musically and dramatically as handily as Verdi," part of minimalism's having "found a range of expression undreamed-of 30 years ago."Read more|Journal Topics:Reviewshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/the-australian-randy-newmans-harps-and-angels-is-testimony-to-his-craftSeptember 02, 2008|0 comments
Randy Newman's Harps and Angels has already garnered acclaim from critics across North America and Europe, and new praise now comes from The Australian, which calls him "the crown prince" of his musical form, the new album "testimony to his craft," and its songs "so vibrant, musically and lyrically, ... that his catalogue would seem incomplete without them." All About Jazz says the new album shows that Randy "just keeps on getting better," and Paste calls him "one of America’s most important songwriters," while Slate credits the "uproarious" song "Korean Parents" with offering "a more enjoyable way forward" in the highly charged discussion of satire and race.