Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Top Five Performances
1. Riyaaz Qawwali- Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
2. Al Foster- Smoke Jazz & Supper Club
3. Kane Brown- Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
4. The Metropolitan Opera’s “‘Iolanta’ and ‘Bluebeard’s Castle’”- The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center
5. Ben Tervort’s Classically Trained- Westport Coffee House
Top Five Albums
1. Toro y Moi- Outer Peace
A homeopathic remedy for seasonal affective order.
2. Future- Future Hndrxx Presents: The Wizrd
3. Joe Lovano- Trio Tapestry
Melancholy improvisations with Marilyn Crispell and Carmen Castaldi.
4. Larry Ochs, Nels Cline and Gerald Cleaver- What Is To Be Done
5. Kassa Overall- Go Get Ice Cream and Listen to Jazz
Everything at once.
Top Five Songs
1. Lacy Cavalier- “André”
A Nashville ditty about living large on the cheap.
2. Fidlar- “By Myself”
Alcohol is awesome.
3. Ibibio Sound Machine- “Tell Me (Doko Mien)”
4. Billie Eilish- “When I Was Older”
5. Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus- “Nothing Breaks Like a Broken Heart” (acoustic version)
I write weekly concert previews for The Kansas City Star and Ink.
Oliver Mtukudzi has died. I haven’t given the Zimbabwean much consideration in recent years, but I spent many blissful hours listening to his soothing music in the 1990s.
(Original image by There Stands the Glass.)