SFS plays Strauss' Short Ride in a Fast Machine. I'd pay to hear that.
"It's like the "We Are The World" of indie rock." And those colored arm covers are weird.
First, David Toub, who appears to generally like the music of Adams, can't stand to listen to Violin Concerto. Then, Steve Hicken, who lists Violin Concerto as the one Adams piece in his 101 essential pieces of the 20th century, admits he doesn't "get" the music of Adams.
Since the instant I heard Shaker Loops on the radio twenty years ago, I've always felt I "got" this music although it's possible that as Adams' techniques have grown in sophistication, that feeling may be diminishing. And the idea that he might ultimately be remembered as an opera composer boggles my mind, Nixon in China's I'm the Wife of Mao Zedong not withstanding:
MIchael J. West reflects on the late Max Roach and recognizes this jazz classic:
Is it any wonder that Charlie Parker, a great talent scout, hired Roach for his own band? On “Ko Ko,” the record that broke Parker to the jazz public, the only full-length solo besides Bird’s is Roach’s. That solo is almost as eye-opening as the sax one—the whirl of frenetic cacophony is actually a musical variation on the riffy head Parker had written in place of “Cherokee,” played at blinding speed and utilizing seemingly every sound a trap set can make. Once you really hear it, you’ll never listen to “Ko Ko” in the same way again. It becomes a double revolution, a new way of conceiving percussion just as it’s a new way of phrasing melodies.
I wonder if Roach's death marks the end of the bop area? Although, Michael makes the point that as a musician and artist, the drummer accomplished so much more over a long period of time. Still, it's hard to believe Max was the last living musician from that renowned Massey Hall concert. This reminds me I read Geoffrey Haydon's Quintet of the Year: Massey Hall 1953; The Greatest Jazz Concert of All Time last year. The author manages to successfully weave a book around the careers of the musicians and yet center it on one seminal performance.