Aged 32, "Walker died suddenly after being administered sodium amytal by a doctor following another supposed emotional outburst...Unused footage from Strangers on a Train was used...as well as a body double for Walker for scenes not yet completed."
I had this problem on a Sony reissue of Philip Glass' Akhnaten. And today at Amoeba, there were 2 CDs of Alter Ego Performs Philip Glass with different cover art but I checked and the tracks were the same.
'Even by Tori Amos' lofty standards, "American Doll Posse" is a strange album...Each one of the make-believe friends also maintains a personal blog...We tried to ask Amos to explain the concept, but it only made things worse.'
Paul Ingram: "The basic Glass unit of composition isn’t even the famed arpeggio, but a simple oscillation of two notes, often rising in pitch, and settling on the repetition of just one note. How many composers do we recognize from just a single note?"
John Story: "The quality that Glass’s best music has always had for me is that it has seemed to capture a sense of isolation within the multitude. It can be a sad, a serene, or even a transcendent isolation, but always, finally one is alone."
Phillip Scott: "The second movement is in the form of a passacaglia. It maintains an atmosphere of grandeur that recalls Glass’s iconic film scores (and which is one of the qualities of his music that attracts so many steadfast devotees)."
Raymond Tuttle: "Music in Fifths begins to fill at least this listener with dread, as if he were staked down and spread-eagled in the desert, and were following an approaching buffalo stampede with an ever-increasing amount of personal interest."
Paul Ingram: "[Glass' Cello Concerto] is a fine, witty 20-minute structure, the most propulsive of Glass’s conventional concertos, and a worthy companion for the excellent Violin Concerto, and the airborne Tirol Concerto for piano."
Paul Ingram: "Works such as these alienate the Adorno mindset, but the CD is unpretentious, and authentically joyous. The achievement, a uniquely American reaction to the vale of tears we share, should not be undervalued or underestimated."
Paul Ingram: 'In the “Tirol” Concerto, Glass meets Poulenc, Beethoven, and Prokofiev in the unlikely company of some authentic Austrian folk tunes. The result is a light-spirited concerto, perhaps a tribute to Mozart.'
Via rifftides, coverage of the Polar Music Prize from Sweden, this year honoring Sonny Rollins and Steve Reich. Some samples of both artists works are included in said coverage; right now I'm listening to Rollins' The Bridge. It has more drive and intensity than I remember.
I'm also impressed with the list of previous winners:
Valery Gergiev, Led Zeppelin, Gilberto Gil, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, B. B. King, György Ligeti, Keith Jarrett, Sofia Gubaidulina, Miriam Makeba, Burt Bacharach, Robert Moog, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Isaac Stern, Bob Dylan, Iannis Xenakis, Stevie Wonder, Ravi Shankar, Ray Charles, Eric Ericson, Bruce Springsteen, Joni Mitchell, Pierre Boulez, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Elton John, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Quincy Jones, Witold Lutoslawski, Dizzy Gillespie, Sir Paul McCartney and The Baltic States.
I can quibble along various dimensions but I think it's an interesting cross-section of the recent Western musical world.
Although retail music sales still suffer, kudos to Rasputin Music today for having a used copy of Duke Ellington's Indigos CD. As I had mentioned, the fifties recording of Mood Indigo has captured my attention. And from the liner notes, now I know about the trumpet soloist:
"Mood Indigo" is given a treatment as unusual and unexpected as that of "Solitude," The tradtional theme statement by three horns is dispensed with, and it becomes a vehicle for Shorty Baker's immaculate trumpet. Both as a section leader and a soloist, Baker was outstanding in his profession, but his gifts were more appreciated by musicians than by the public, perhaps because flamboyant, exhibitionistic exercises were not his forte. His sensitive, muted variations make this version of "Mood Indigo" a personal triumph nonetheless. "Shorty loves to play it," Ellington told Irving Townsend.