Recently at one of tutorials I run at Monash Unversity, a student asked me about my music collection. I don't think very much of it, as it's grown as I've come across more and more music, but nevertheless the student asked if I could start a list of my listening so that he might be able to track down new things to check out.
A new one in this series of posts will hopefully be up every week or two.
James Blake - Overgrown
I enjoy Blake's first record a lot. I like it's "roughness." At first listen the new album seems a little too polished for my taste, but it's growing on me.
Craig Taborn - Chants
Taborn is one of my favourite improvising pianists, and I'm loving this album. I've heard some of the music before on bootlegs from Europe and NY, but it's great to here that repertiore brought together under one album.
Daniel Barenboim - Piano Sonatas No. 31 and 32 (L.V. Beethoven)
Although I find Barenboim's renditions a little boisterous, I'm currently in a period of learning more and more about composers I'd only previously taken a token interest in. I was inspired to check out these piano sonatas after reading some of Richard Taruskin's The Oxford History of Western Music in Five Volumes (see my series of posts with an identical label).
Claudio Arrau - Piano Sonata No. 21 (F. Schubert)
See blurb above, although I love Arrau's playing.
Bjork - Biophillia
Not a new album, but I still love the unexpected turns this album contains, the holistic approach Bjork has to music making, and the production.
Lee Konitz/Lennie Tristano - The Complete Atlantic Recordings, Subconcious-Lee and Palo Alto
I'm on another binge of learning Tristano/Konitz. So far it's been Subconcious-Lee, Background Music, April, 317 East 32nd, Wow and Hibeck. Simply amazing music, to my ears.
J-Dilla - The Lost Scrolls
Not too much to say about this . . . gets me everytime.
More soon . . .