On September 10, tenor saxophonist Theodore Walter Sonny Rollins, Harlem native and one of the last of the great boppers, celebrated his 80th birthday with a major concert at the Beacon Theater.
Were this year's Lilith Fair attendees hearing the swan song of the all-women's music festival?
His compositions seem to emerge from below the auditory threshold to captivate with suggestions of lush sensuality. The Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino, an aesthete born of a world of evanescent sounds, silences, and evocations, is one of the leaders of the European avant-garde.
Given the financial disincentives created by the instant downloadability of just about any rare old recording in the age of the MP3, its worth celebrating the fact that there are still labels out there releasing nicely packaged and properly remastered reissues.