Arsenio Orteza

Arsenio is a music reviewer for WORLD Magazine and one of its original contributors from 1986. Arsenio resides in China. Follow him on Twitter @ArsenioOrteza.

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Bolden and beyond

Music | Albums by Wynton and Branford Marsalis evocatively trace the evolution of jazz
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 6/20/19, 10:37 am

Although they were conceived with entirely different goals, the latest albums by Wynton Marsalis and the quartet led by his younger brother Branford illuminate two parts of the same quintessentially American narrative: jazz’s disreputable birth in the sweltering fleshpots of late-19th-century New Orleans and its maturation into a high art form befitting the toniest venues of the present. 

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Notable new CDs

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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