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Reflections from the past week.

  • Gunther Schuller

    From a regional section of the New York Times, I discovered that Gunther Schuller actually did some conducting on Miles Davis’ landmark album

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    Birth of the Cool

    , in addition to playing horn. Schuller recently adopted some of that recording’s material for a new jazz nonet.

  • What is a tusch?

    In Anatomy of a Noise, the phenomena of the brass section tusch is described. In this instance it was for departing LA Phil conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen.

    This is an old tradition that Philip Farkas describes in one of his books, but in recent years I had never heard of it being done — until now. Apparently poor Esa-Pekka got a bit startled by the exuberance of it and needed a second to recover himself.

  • New category labels

    One reason for the recent 3-column redesign of this blog was to make room for category labels. These are the links at right that provide a direct link to a specific topic of interest, outside of using the search engine or just browsing around.

New categories include teachers and union stuff.