CD Reviews

Massey - The Elements

Angela Massey, who works as an orchestral musician, solo artist, chamber musician, and instructor, is currently based in New York City. On this album, The Elements, Massey has chosen to include works that relate to the classical elements of earth, water, wind, and fire. The works are generally modern, and many American composers are featured....

Bledsoe - Ghost Icebreaker

Ghost Icebreaker is a collaboration between flutist Helen Bledsoe (of Ensemble Musikfabrik based in Cologne) and St. Petersburg pianist Alexey Lapin. This album is remarkable in that it features both instruments in free improvisation. However, this is not jazz improvisation as many might expect. There are some surreal moments on this recording, which are partially...

Noteworthy Duo - As In Dreams

On this recording, Noteworthy Duo (Lisa Schroeder, flute and Michael Anthony Nigro, guitar) present a handful of Latin American works. Of special interest is the José Luis Merlin work, Agua de Trapiche, which was commissioned by the pair. For this piece, Merlin took inspiration from a small town in Argentina where he has pleasant childhood...

McBirnie - Find Your Place

Canadian jazz flutist Bill McBirnie has released a new album which is organized as an organ trio. The unmistakable sound of the Hammond B3 organ is combined with flute and drums to present a variety of jazz tunes. McBirnie, who is based in Toronto, has built a solid career as a jazz flutist. He has...

Councell-Vargas - Gran Danzón

Martha Councell-Vargas, Assistant Professor of Flute at Western Michigan University, has assembled an album of charming Latin American music for flute. Most of these works combine European forms with Latin-inspired sounds. She was motivated by her first trip to Central America in 1996 and the charanga tradition made popular by the dance orchestras in Cuba....

Guzman - Meditation for Performers

This recently-released CD by inspirational artist Viviana Guzman helps performers focus their internal dialogue in a positive, healthy way. This recording is helpful for musicians who are in the beginning stages of their development, professional performers, and everyone in between. It would be useful for those who have stage fright or those who just want...

Scott/Garrison Duo - Perennials

Perennials Albany Records Performed by The Scott/Garrison Duo: Shannon Scott, clarinet; Leonard Garrison, flute and Rajung Yang, piano Perennials for flute, clarinet, and piano (2011)
    I. Joyous Overture
    II. Romanza
    III. Scherzo
    IV. Winter Prayer
     V. Spring Awakening Three Romances for flute and clarinet (2007)
     I. Languid
     II. Sultry
     III. Frisky...

AVIDduo - Interactions

InteractionsAVIDrecords 2014 Performed by AVIDduo: Brittany Primavera, flute and Jeffery Kyle Hutchins, saxophone We’re from the Internet  – Joshua ClausenCracked Brick – Anna E. GarmanInteractions – Lenka Štůralová… deepities – Ted MooreEver Present – Alvin LucierBAAYAMI: From the Sky – Mark OliveiroJanus: I. Janua Coeli – Paul Hayden Janus: II. Janua Inferni Asteroid Baptistina –...

Francesca Arnone - Games of Light

Games of Light MSR Classics (MS 1457) Performed by Francesca Arnone Charles Koechlin – Selections from Les Chants de Nectaire, Op. 198 William Alwyn – Divertimento for Solo Flute I. Introduction and Fughetta II. Variations on a Ground III. Gavotte and Musette IV. Finale alla Gigue Miklós Rózsa – Sonata per Flauto Solo, Op. 39...

Stephen Clark - Explosive

Explosiveperformed by Stephen Clark and the Irish StudioOrchestra
Voyage Records ExplosiveAnnie’s SongViva La VidaThe MissionThe PrayerTitanicSiamsaNovember RainLord of the DanceWhispering Winds Stephen Clark’s debut album, Explosive, is a crossover album featuring flute arrangements from diverse sources, ranging from music from the Irish dance show Lord of the Dance to Guns N’ Roses. This Scottish flutist, who...