Archive for November 30th, 2013

GIFT WE WANT

A Chestnut Leather Humidor from Ghurka.

HOLIDAY FIND

The fine holiday card collection of Bernard Maisner.

WAY TO GIVE BACK

Support literacy programs through Success Won’t Wait.

It has been a while since I posted about music. I tend to go through phases with music. Sometimes I like a lot of new stuff, and other times I delve into the oldies but goodies that I have loved for years.

However, on my recent road trip (there is still more to tell apparently) I bonded with two really great new albums which I just wanted to mention: Bach: Sonatas & Partitas 1 by Chris Thile; and Wise Up Ghost from Elvis Costello and The Roots.

Bach: Sonatas & Partitas 1 by Chris Thile

THILEI have been a fan of Chris Thile, a true mandolin virtuoso, and his many collaborations for years. When I was planning music for my trip – which brought me through Kentucky Bluegrass country – I wanted to make sure I had some of Mr. Thile’s music as he often plays his mandolin in the bluegrass style and I love it. However, I was curious to hear about his lasted effort, playing Bach’s violin solos on his mandolin. I was curious and my curiosity paid off – it is fantastic.

About Bach: Sonatas & Partitas 1 by Chris Thile: “Mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile performs two Bach works written for solo violin: Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001 and Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002. ‘His timing is meticulous,’ says The New Yorker, ‘but his version also has the liveliness that improvising musicians sometimes can bring to written material.’ Gramophone exclaims: ‘This is extraordinary playing from an extraordinary musician who is willing to stretch stylistic and technical boundaries to further his art while paying homage to one of the greatest composers of all time.’”

Bach: Sonatas & Partitas 1 by Chris Thile is available from Amazon and other fine music retailers.

Wake Up Ghost by Elvis Costello and the Roots

WUGMeanwhile, I love Elvis Costello’s collaborations with other artists. His 1998 album, Painted from Memory, a collaboration with Mr. Burt Bacharach, is easily one of the top five albums I would want to be able to listen to on a desert island. Mr. Costello’s latest teaming is with the wonderfully creative group The Roots, and it is supremely listenable as it is eclectic.

About Wake Up Ghost – Elvis Costello and the Roots: “Musicians separated by age, style, and demographic, Elvis Costello and the Roots are nevertheless natural collaborators bound by wide taste, insatiable appetite, and fathomless record collections. This is an exquisitely detailed, imaginative record that pays back dividends according to how much knowledge, either of Costello or the Roots or their idols, a listener brings to the album. It’s not exactly alienating but Wise Up Ghost does require work from its audience, and the more you know — and the more you listen — the better it seems.”

Wake Up Ghost – Elvis Costello and the Roots is available from Amazon and other fine music retailers.