Author Archives: Amanda MacBlane

Breathing In

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This month I was simply fascinated by the diverse sources of inspiration that drove composers and musicians to commit so much work to 41 new recordings of American music.

Globe Trotters and Jet Setters

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I was fascinated this month to find so many artists among the stack of new recordings who have moved away from their roots and ventured into the unknown to find their mental and spiritual homes.

The Time Machine

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What I found most remarkable about this month’s assemblage of 56 new recordings is that they are a pretty accurate reflection of how American concert music has evolved over the last century (give or take a few decades).

Phenomenal Women

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Thirteen new recordings this month exhibit the presence of women in the jazz of the 21st century, a genre that is shedding its passé machismo and growing into a more pure expression of the human spirit.

What is “like”?

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I encourage all of you to check out the great crop of new releases featured this month, take a listen, and figure out which ones speak to you.