Friday, April 24, 2015

Exciting “Dubb” Notes

Doug MacLeod to Play at the Blues Music Awards


For the second year in a row, Doug MacLeod will perform during the Blues Music Awards festivities on May 7, 2015 in Memphis TN. Below is a video from last year's Blues Music Awards:



Live Concert Radio Broadcast


East Grinstead (UK) community radio station Meridian FM will present its first-ever live concert broadcast from The Red Barn in Blindley Heath featuring acoustic blues master Doug MacLeod! Find more info at East Grinstead Online.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Pittsburgh Symphony's Bruckner A New Favorite

MusicWeb International review has third review for the Pittsburgh Symphony and Manfred Honeck's new recording of Bruckner's Fourth Symphony:

“My keenness to review this release was engendered by the enthusiastic critical acclaim generated by the two previous offerings. … Any newcomer, who sets forth on the well-trodden road of a work such as this, will be expected to bring something new to the score. Honeck succeeds admirably, to my mind, in furnishing his reading with a wealth of insights, based on meticulous research, and coming up with the goods – a revelatory performance. … This is an edge-of-the-seat performance in exceptionally warm, resonant and well-focused, sound, with a wide dynamic range. The Heinz Hall provides a sympathetic acoustic, allowing instrumental detail to be realized with clarity and definition. I will single out for special mention the exceptionally fine brass section, whose burnished tone rings out to striking effect at climaxes. The performance itself has all the spontaneity and excitement of a live concert, with audience participation in no way intrusive. … I can confidently add Honeck’s thrilling performance to my list of favorites.” —Stephen Greenbank, MusicWeb International

Read Stephen Greenbank's full review on www.musicweb-international.com



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Monday, April 20, 2015

Dances for Piano and Orchestra is Superb

The Classical Reviewer's Bruce Reader declares Joel Fan's performances on Dances for Piano and Orchestra “superb”:

“Some superbly laid out chords open Gabriel PiernĂ©’s (1863-1937) Fantaisie-ballet, Op. 6 showing, immediately, Joel Fan’s fine technique. He brings a great breadth and assurance before the orchestra enter to take the music forward. … Mexican concert pianist and composer Ricardo Castro Herrera’s (1864-1907) Vals Capricho, Op. 1 brings an opportunity for Joel Fan to display his lovely touch in this wonderfully written waltz… When the tempo and dynamics suddenly take off, this pianist is terrific, displaying playing of such fine articulation, rhythmic awareness, fine phrasing and light, delicate touch; quite superb. There are further fine orchestral moments with some particularly fine woodwind passages clearly heard in this fine recording. This pianist reveals passages of fine breadth and sweep, showing a great subtlety and fine rubato. A terrific performance. … This is a terrific new release with, in my download, a detailed recording full of depth, space and detail.” —Bruce Reader, The Classical Reviewer

Read The Classical Reviewer's full breakdown on TheClassicalReviewer.blogspot.com




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Friday, April 17, 2015

Exactly Like This Will Leave A Lasting Memory

UK independent music blog, Bluesdoodles, gives Doug MacLeod and Exactly Like This high praise (and high "paws"):

“Doug is a blues player that sings and writes the songs telling stories he wants to share with you. …Heaven’s The Only Place the penultimate track following a blues take on rock N’ roll again is stripped bare with vocals that are full of yearning and soulfulness leading to the closing number You Got It Good (And That Ain’t Bad) ending the album with a big bluesy shout, with piano shuffle on the drums and his vocals that wrap around the musical framework a great number to leave a lasting memory of an album that is a listen to again and often as Doug delivers blues that is modern, interesting and listenable. … The album incorporates many influences and the result is Exactly Like This; this his third album is full of music driven shapes and textures creating a sound that is full of key changes, beats and tempos that keeps your musical ear appreciatively engaged. Bluesdoodles gives this CD NINE doodle paws out of TEN.” —Bluesdoodles

Read the full album breakdown on www.bluesdoodles.com

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Bruckner in The Absolute Sound

The Absolute Sound's Andrew Quint hails Pittsburgh Symphony and Manfred Honeck's Bruckner recording as “an unqualified success.”

“…this performance of Bruckner's ‘Romantic’ symphony is an unqualified success. … The sound is gloriously full and dimensional, both in stereo and surround. Not only is there layered depth and good imaging, the full orchestral sound has mass of its own, expanding to fill Pittsburgh's Heinz Hall at the symphony's grandest moments.” —Andrew Quint, The Absolute Sound

Find the review in the May/June 2015 issue of The Absolute Sound


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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Download a track from Woman at the new Piano!

Nadia Shpachenko's Woman at the New Piano gets a great feature in I Care If You Listen's “Spring 2015 Mixtape”!

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Woman at the New Piano: American Music of 2013

Nadia Shpachenko


World Premiere recordings of new works for piano, chamber instruments and electronics from 4 notable modern composers.

Featuring Nadia Shpachenko-Gottesman: piano, percussion; with Genevieve Feiwen Lee: piano, toy piano, electronics

The new works were composed as a celebration of a newly transformed world, for the new 5,125 year cycle of the Mayan Calendar- inspired by the happy fact that the world did NOT end on December 21, 2012 at the end of the previous Mayan Calendar cycle! All the pieces touch on themes of transformation, of resonances across time, of cycles of rebirth.


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Monday, April 13, 2015

Living Blues Reviews “Exactly Like This”

Living Blues has a new review for Doug MacLeod's Exactly Like This release:

“Exactly Like This, Doug MacLeod’s latest offering in a career that spans nearly 30 years. MacLeod considers Exactly Like This to be a tribute disc of sorts—the guitar riff in Vanetta is an obvious nod to John Lee Hooker, while Jerry Reed’s influence can be heard on Ain’t It Rough? Others songs, according to MacLeod, reflect the influences of his other musical heroes - Tony Joe White, Wes Montgomery, Louis Jordan and Duke Ellington. … He never over sings or underperforms—his voice perfectly complements the mood and theme of each song. As a guitarist, he is terrific, and his range is impressive. The lead cut, Rock It Till the Cows Come Home, is jazz guitar. He sounds like a delta blues guitarist on New Morning Roads. One can even hear a little country in his playing on Ain’t It Rough? … Exactly Like This should also be complimented for its production. The disc captures the warmth and intimacy of the moment. Every instrument is perfectly balanced in the mix. … The disc’s eclecticism, expert playing, ensemble synergy and sound make this a recommended pick.” —Stephen A. King, Living Blues

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