There have been few new compositions from King Crimson these past two decades, but the live arrangements of songs from its catalog are often strikingly different than the recorded versions.
John Darnielle mines the coal-black vein science-fiction, horror, the occult and heavy metal music, but he does it in the most jaunty, jazzy fashion imaginable.
The album is a twistier, more literary creation than its pop antecedents; lyrically it bears more resemblance to the art songs of Samuel Barber and Ned Rorem.
Marquee names return to Chicago as a long deferred summer festival season resumes.
What Dawson does in this album is compose, as directly and honestly as possible, his own emotional and spiritual autobiography.
The CSO gave Alsop a nuanced and well-balanced performance that was greeted with an instantaneous standing ovation at its rousing conclusion.
In the event you’re going to Lollapalooza, here are the local artists to hear and see, and why.
Outstanding new album releases by stellar Chicago artists.
Beyond the rich contextual aspects of the album, it’s the textual that offer the most surprise. The pieces may be reflective, but they’re unfailingly celebratory and encouraging.
La Grassa is usually pegged a jazz singer and keyboardist, but her compelling contralto owes more to Grace Slick than Sarah Vaughan.