CD Selections

Latest From ICON Magazine
3:38 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Why Ron Carter is the Ace of Bass

The legendary bassist Ron Carter

As a cultural institution, the Blue Note in NYC's Greenwich Village is surprisingly small. It’s a long, shotgun room with a snug stage set midway down against the left wall - the jazz club’s glowing blue neon logo centered as a backdrop. Tables line up front in tight formation and fan out to the left and right with as many patrons squeezed into place as the room can hold.

Since it's always about the music, there’s a collective understanding why you’re there. And last February, it was all about the man of the hour—the one and only, bassist Ron Carter.

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CD Selections for the holidays!
12:34 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

'Tis the Season...for Holiday Music!

The Canadian Brass at its best paying tribute to some of the most popular animated specials created for the holidays.

WRTI brings you the gift of classical music and jazz every day. As the holidays approach, please consider giving back to WRTI with a holiday present of support, and we’ll thank you with an inspiring trio of seasonal music - guaranteed to liven up your holidays! Available for a limited time only – contribute today to receive these selections just in time for Christmas. WRTI’s new logo items are also perfect for gift giving.

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Latest From ICON Magazine
10:28 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Autumn 2014 Jazz Picks: Check Them Out!

Vocalist Alicia Olatuja

Nick Bewsey from ICON Magazine has some great jazz CDs to tell you about from Kenny Barron and Dave Holland, and Alicia Olatuja.

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Classical CD Selections
9:08 pm
Sat November 15, 2014

Classical New Releases, Fall 2014: Check Them Out!

WRTI's Mark Pinto, host of the Classical New Releases show, fills you in on the latest and the greatest classical music CDs every Saturday at 5 pm. Here are five recordings to pay special attention to.

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Latest From ICON Magazine
12:11 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

BP's Jazz Library: Singer Carmen McRae

Carmen McRae (1920-1994)

Very often with famous entertainers, only the first name is sufficient for identification. This happens particularly in the genres of jazz and standard/popular music. When a hip person wants to say something about a well-known artist, they may refer to that artist as Sarah, Billie, Ella, or Carmen. The latter of course is a reference to Carmen McRae, dubbed by jazz critics, writers and fans, "The Singer’s Singer."  

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Latest From ICON Magazine
12:16 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

The Melodic Intelligence of Jazz Guitarist Rotem Sivan

Israeli-born, New York-based jazz guitarist Rotem Sivan transports us into a realm of musical bliss.

Rotem Sivan is one reason why listening to jazz is so rewarding. And without a doubt, Sivan's new release, For Emotional Use Only, is one of the great guitar albums in recent memory. Affable in the extreme, this Israeli-born, New York-based musician evokes the better balladry of Pat Metheny and relaxed swing of Kenny Burrell, two obvious inspirations, yet his confident playing style and refreshing compositions marry that astute sense of swing with unabashed romanticism.

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Latest From ICON Magazine
1:56 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Ramshackle Serenade: The Hammond Organ, Guitar, and Drums on the Wings of Swing

Organist Larry Goldings, Guitarist Peter Bernstein, and drummer Bill Stewart
Till Bronner

Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein, and Bill Stewart's Ramshackle Serenade is a great album title for this splendid trio, the supplest and sharpest-tuned organ/guitar/drum trio making music today.

Their endurance as a unit—they’ve been recording together for many years and share more than a dozen recordings—has never been more pronounced or sophisticated.

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Classical CD Selections
6:19 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Monteverdi's Pioneering 'Vespers'

Monteverdi's Poppea.
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Originally published on Wed February 8, 2012 4:32 pm

The Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi was arguably the most important musician of the first half of the 17th century. He absorbed the musical style of the late Renaissance and, in his early works, helped bring it to its highest expression. He also pioneered new compositional techniques in his madrigals and other vocal works, effectively laying the foundation for many of the stylistic conventions of the Baroque.

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CD Selections
3:10 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

John Dowland's Art Of Melancholy

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Originally published on Mon January 30, 2012 12:28 pm

John Dowland (1563-1626) was an important instrumental composer at a time when the most serious music was vocal, and he was a popular composer at a time when there was no dichotomy between popular and classical music. Much of Dowland's music is sad and melancholy, but that's not to say that he was a self-pitying person. In his time, melancholy was the sign of a superior individual, of someone who was mature and capable of deep feeling.

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Jazz CD Review
4:21 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

ICON Suggests: Jimmy Cobb, The Original Mob

The Original Mob, assembles drummer Jimmy Cobb, guitarist Peter Bernstein, pianist Brad Mehldau, and bassist John Webber.

Drummer Jimmy Cobb, an historically important musician who duly received an NEA Jazz Master award in 2009, needs no introduction. If his only connection to jazz was through Miles Davis and playing on Kind Of Blue in 1959, his reputation would still be assured.

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