Category Archives: Compact Discs

RECENT PLEASURES: A REVIEWER’S NOTES ON ELISABETH LOUISE VIGEE LE BRUN, PETER TOGNI WITH STACIE DUNLOP, AND THE DEPARTING JACKIE MAXWELL OF THE SHAW FESTIVAL –THANK YOU, JACKIE!

PLEASURE 1: Several years ago I was walking through London’s National Gallery on the way to view The Adoration of the Shepherds from about 1640 by the Le Nain Brothers. Was this profoundly gentle painting more the work of Antoine? … Continue reading

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DIANA PANTON: THE JAZZ SINGER’S AWARD-WINNING CDS “RED” AND “I BELIEVE IN LITTLE THINGS” – A REVIEW

One tends to believe Diana Panton when she sings. In a prevailing cultural environment of massively marketed popular singers who strain for effect in whining or blaring a single attitude, Panton the jazz singer gives a solid impression that what … Continue reading

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CREATURES: MARIE-LYNN HAMMOND’S NEW CD SHOWS A SINGER-SONGWRITER’S ARTISTRY, COURAGE, AND COMPASSION FOR ALL LIFE

Marie- Lynn Hammond’s superb new CD, Creatures, is a work of finely realized imagination, seamless artistry and delightful variety. Sometimes this gently potent collection does heavy duty work in the fibers of the heart and does so with grace, composure … Continue reading

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CD REVIEW SHELBY LYNNE MERRY CHRISTMAS

Shelby Lynne, on her new seasonal CD Merry Christmas, combines a sense of childlike wonder and adult worldly smarts. Her musicality is thoroughly compelling as she imbues often overly familiar lyrics with a worldly understanding of life’s complexity. On every … Continue reading

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