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David Greenberger


by David Greenberger September 24, 2015


  Never partial to making “The” an official part of their moniker, Small Faces became Faces in one of the more surprising reinventions on any band from the ’60s. (The Beach Boys, circa So Tough with ...


One Clear Moment

by David Greenberger August 13, 2015

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  In 1971, at 17, I’d buy LPs from a disc jockey on the local Top 40 station who’d bring them home to sell for a dollar each. This was my portal into a world beyond ...


The Spaces in Between

by David Greenberger August 6, 2015

  There are times when one is swimming in warm water and encounters a cold current. Its source in the river or lake is indiscernible, and just as quickly as it appeared it is gone, actually ...

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Ran Blake

by David Greenberger June 11, 2015


  At 80 years old, Ran Blake and his musical character continue to deepen in gentle abstractions. This album’s title is apt, as Blake has always sought the elusive nature of fading notes, letting harmonics decay ...

Stone Jack Jones

by David Greenberger February 26, 2015


  Raised in West Virginia and now living in Nashville, Stone Jack Jones has brought forth his second album, close on the heels of last year’s Ancestor. The 10 songs on Love & Torture are again ...

Roomful of Teeth

by David Greenberger February 20, 2015

  Roomful of Teeth are an ensemble of eight classically trained singers, founded six years ago and dedicated to exploring vocal techniques from around the world. Indeed, that is what they do to a remarkable degree. ...

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by David Greenberger January 29, 2015


  A trio featuring guitarist Eyal Maoz, bassist James Ilgenfritz and drummer Lukas Ligeti, Hypercolor have been playing together for the better part of a decade, and that is a key to why this debut release ...

Best Recordings of 2014: David Greenberger

by David Greenberger December 31, 2014


  1. Bill Frisell, Guitar in the Space Age Frisell explores a set of songs that made an impact on him in his youth and may well have drawn him to the guitar in the first place. ...

Best Concerts of 2014: David Greenberger

by David Greenberger December 31, 2014

  1. Billy Eli The Ale House, March 1 2. Peter Mulvey, Suitcase Junket Caffe Lena, April 4 3. My Darling Clementine The Ale House, April 16 4. David Lindley The Van Dyck, June 6 5. Chandler Travis Philharmonette The Ale House, June 28 6. King ...

Lucius, Bahamas

by David Greenberger December 18, 2014

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  We have some friends who are that rare breed who take us up on suggestions to attend musical performances by acts they’re not familiar with. We know each other well enough to have a good ...

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Gift Guide: Off the Beaten Path CDs

by David Greenberger December 11, 2014


  The once wide and clear avenues for alerting possible listeners to the existence of a new release have become a thicket of narrow pathways. Hence, many recordings, even ones created by favored artists, can remain ...

Gift Guide: Music Books

by David Greenberger December 11, 2014


  If, like me, you think that people should both be reading more and listening more closely to music, well, here’s a feast of books about music! Starting with acts that that sprung from the ’60s and ...

Captain Beefheart

by David Greenberger November 20, 2014


  The Captain Beefheart catalog has been in a shoddy state for some time. The new four-CD set Sun Zoom Spark: 1970 to 1972 remedies that in suitably dignified style. The peak of Beefheart’s powers with ...

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A Welcome Face

by David Greenberger October 30, 2014

  Ian “Mac” McLagan has a musical history that dates back to the mid-’60s and the Small Faces (followed by their evolution into the Faces). After that band dissolved in the mid-’70s, McLagan has done touring ...

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A Harmony of Its Own

by David Greenberger October 30, 2014


  Music is one of the primary elements by which I can chart my life. Through these events and ideas I see where I was and where I’ve gone. Records released more than 40 years ago ...

Paul Bley

by David Greenberger October 9, 2014


  It’s rare that unadorned type alone can make for such an apt cover, but Paul Bley’s Play Blue is as fine an example as you’re likely to see. The inch-high uppercase sans-serif black letters fill ...

Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden

by David Greenberger July 31, 2014


Charlie Haden died on July 11, a month shy of his 77th birthday. His discography follows the shape of a life from restless, explorative young bass player, to confident middle age and its continuing new ...

David Lindley

by David Greenberger June 12, 2014

  Last Friday’s performance by David Lindley at the Van Dyck was rich with the ephemeral architecture of music. One man, one stringed instrument, and every song he played created a palpable structure that dissipated in ...

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Best Concerts 2013: David Greenberger

by David Greenberger December 24, 2013

  1. Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby Catskill, Feb. 16 Billed as the Homemade Aeroplane Concert, this was a house concert in their own house, the deep, narrow room reimagined as an airline, an apt metaphor for the ...

Best Recordings 2013: David Greenberger

by David Greenberger December 24, 2013


  1. Boister Your Wound is Your Crown This album is full of ensemble grooves that spring forth like little parades, confident melodic character, and alluring propulsion. 2. Yo La Tengo Fade The simple four-letter-word title says so much. The trio, ...

Holiday Gift Guide: Music Books

by David Greenberger December 12, 2013


  Memoirs, biographies, artfully rendered collections of photography and ephemera, and even a coloring book—it’s another season of music-themed books. Since it’s now been more than five decades since there’s been a year in which there was ...

Holiday Gift Guide: Music Through the Cracks

by David Greenberger December 12, 2013

  Another year, another slew of music that may have failed to find its sympathetic listener. Such is the fractured state of the musical marketplace as well as the sidelining of recorded music as a foreground ...

The Art of Preservation

by David Greenberger November 6, 2013

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  We live our life, follow our pursuits, and often only in hindsight is a pattern seen. There is a road from a pivotal juncture in the past to the current moment, filled with potent and ...

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Ian McLagan

by David Greenberger June 26, 2013

  Now in his late 60s, Ian McLagan has become one of the deeply resonant musicians he admired and was influenced by in his youth. It’s not that he sounds like those blues and R&B singers ...

David Lindley

by David Greenberger May 8, 2013

  “Artist” is among the words that have become wobbly to the point of needing legions of clarifying adjectives (incorrectly and overused words similarly being pummeled into uselessness include genius, hero, victim, and survivor). Meanwhile, the ...