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WHEN BEAUTY IS THE ONLY WAY: ABIGAIL RICCARDS and MICHAEL KANAN

When the soul needs solacing, anti-inflammatories from the bathroom medicine chest just won’t do.  I present two you two deep practitioners of the healing arts: Abigail Riccards and Michael Kanan. 99 more words

Michael Steinman

BECKY, BUCKY, BEAUTY (2014, 2012)

Beauty is so rare, so precious.  And it isn’t arrived at easily.  But it is one of the ways in which we can save ourselves, especially if we understand that in its deep center, it is love in action: the love of the music that leads an artist to spend a lifetime in creating it.   95 more words

Michael Steinman

"SERENADE FOR CLARINETS AND STRINGS," by JAMES EVANS

If you’re hoping for Hot Nirvana — say, a ten-minute version of ROYAL GARDEN BLUES (which I do not sneer at) — please come back in a day or so, when I shall attempt to gratify your wish.   126 more words

Michael Steinman

"YESTERNOW": SWINGING WITH THE MEDELJAZZ QUARTET

I’d never heard of the four musicians who make up this wonderfully limber quartet, but their music happily reminds me of a time more recent than 1938 — when jazz improvisations were part of danceable pop music rather than consigned to their special box at the edge of the aesthetic universe.   199 more words

Michael Steinman

A "PURE DARK TONE" TO EXPRESS BEAUTY

Since childhood, Sonny LaRosa, trumpeter, has given himself body and soul to the music he loves and creates.  Here he is, two years ago, at 88: 592 more words

Michael Steinman