Arsenio Orteza

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Notable new CDs

Music
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 6/13/19, 03:31 pm

Deeper Roots: Where the Bluegrass Grows

Steven Curtis Chapman

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Faithful evocations

Music | A dive into Poe, a new project for Parsons, and a classical compendium
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 5/30/19, 02:44 pm

With The Hermetic Organ, Vol. 6: For Edgar Allan Poe (Tzadik), the experimental multi-instrumentalist John Zorn has taken one of the strangest headlong plunges of his long and prolific career. Not that there’s anything strange about the concept. The Google site “Poe in Music” identifies 30 previous instances of musicians’ having drawn inspiration from Edgar Allan Poe.

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New or recent albums

Music
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 5/23/19, 02:15 pm

I Need a New War

Craig Finn

The pleasures of these intimately observed vignettes are primarily verbal—“You travel your whole life / just to get out to the place you’re gonna die” is a real attention-getter. But the murky mix gives up details too—soulful horns, keening organs, telltale heartbeats. The stakes reach their peak in “Grant at Galena,” in which a modern-day Ulysses S. fights a losing war of ontological attrition. The connection between that warfare and the cover art remains implicit. But that cross is a real attention-getter too.

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