Feb
27
2017

Noah Preminger album

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SOME OTHER TIME (Newvelle) 8.5/10 Noah Preminger is not just gifted, he’s smart. At the age of 30 he knows that having the vast experience of 75-year-old drummer Billy Hart in his music is a priceless asset. Add bassist John Patitucci and guitarist Ben Monder, both in their mid-50s, and you have three generations of […]

Feb
22
2017

Phillip Johnston – Subtracting the Film from the Score

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It’s thanks to TV that Phillip Johnston became a film composer. Like millions of other children Johnston grew up with the television playing nanny, and daytime TV in the 1960s meant movies. Old ones, thick with music. He loved film, he loved music and he especially loved film music. These days Johnston, a New Yorker […]

Feb
19
2017

Jasper Hoiby album

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FELLOW CREATURES (Edition/Planet) 8/10 I know this sounds radical circa 2017, but Jasper Hoiby conceived of this album to be heard in its entirety, not cherry-picked. He wanted the listener to absorb a long-form narrative; a journey through successive sonic ideas that cohere. It’s worth the effort. Hoiby, best known as one third of the […]

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