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September 16th, 2022

Score One For Analog: An Interview With Soundtrack Recording Engineer Shawn Murphy

From the archives: Michael Fremer interviews Shawn Murphy

By: Michael Fremer

(This feature originally appeared in Issue 5/6, Winter 1995/96.)

Ever hear an LP copy of Maurice Jarré’s soundtrack to Dr. Zhivago? It was released by MGM during the label’s “Sounds Great In Stereo” era. They’d put that statement on the record jacket whether or not what was inside was really recorded in stereo. “It would sound great if it had been recorded in stereo, but unfortunately, it wasn't” is what MGM meant to...Read More

September 16th, 2022

Rachel's' 'Music For Egon Schiele' Floats Above Cliche

From the archives: You’ll feel this the first play and you’ll play it repeatedly

By: Michael Fremer

(This review originally appeared in Issue 7, Spring 1996.)

Rachel’s’ 1995 release Handwriting LP (Quarterstick 30 LP) is on my top 10 of ‘95 list and this enchanting record may end up on the ‘96 list. The music here was composed by pianist Rachel Grimes for a dance and theater piece based on the life of turn of the century Viennese painter Egon Schiele.

The stage work was written and directed by Stephan Mazurek for Chicago’s Itinerant Theater...Read More

September 16th, 2022

AudioQuest Music Releases Terry Evans' 'Puttin' It Down'

From the archives: a highly recommended, all-analog blues LP from AudioQuest Music

By: Michael Fremer

(This review originally appeared in Issue 5/6, Winter 1995/96.)

I thought Pop Staples’ version of J.B. Lenoir’s “Down In Mississippi” (Pointblank/Charisma 92147-2) was powerful—and it was, but the version Terry Evans puts down here shakes the firmament. As I write this, two neo-Nazi idiots—soldiers from Fort Bragg, NC—have just been arrested for cold-blooded murdering a Black couple walking down the street in their own neighborhood (not that it would have mattered...Read More

September 16th, 2022

'The Ghost Of Tom Joad': Bruce Springsteen's Masterpiece

From the archives: The album Springsteen's been working towards his entire career

By: Tracking Angle

(This review, written by Carl E. Baugher, originally appeared in Issue 5/6, Winter 1995/96.)

It’s taken him some 20 years or so but Bruce Springsteen has finally delivered his masterpiece. Make no mistake: he’s done a ton of good work over the years. But, this is the album he’s been working towards his whole career. And there’s not a single rock song on it! Here’s evidence beyond a shadow of a doubt that the lineage which runs through Woody Guthrie and Bob...Read More

September 15th, 2022

Tyshawn Sorey Goes Deep into Jazz

The avant-garde experimental drummer-composer puts his stamp on standards

By: Fred Kaplan

The drummer Tyshawn Sorey has made his mark mainly as an experimental musician, composer, and conductor—a McArthur Genius Grant winner who spans the gamut between contemporary classical and avant-garde jazz, with stints as sideman to the likes of Marilyn Crispell, Roscoe Mitchell, and Anthony Braxton. But lately he’s taken small steps toward the mainstream, playing in Vijay Iyer’s trio and now, with Mesmerism, leading his own trio on an album of standards. Except for “Autumn...Read More