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Bob Spector

  1. Classical
  1. collection 45
  2. followers 4
  3. following 44
    by Peter Gregson
    The Day Before The Day Before
  2. "Shakin"
    by Triarky
    Shakin Shakin
  3. String Quartet #1
    by Edwin Sheard
    II. Largo II. Largo
    Delicious harmonies worthy of Debussy, and at least one tune worthy of Dvorak. The work is complex enough to please the mind; the performance (by an ad-hoc ensemble, it seems) is far better than merely workmanlike. I listen to this again and again with pleasure -- and hope for more from the composer. Can't really pick a "favorite track", since it's a coherent whole.
    appears in 1 other collection
  4. Introduction
    by Takenobu
    Fishin' Fishin'
  5. Cinefantastique
    by Gary Lucas
    Entr'acte Entr'acte
    This is string artistry (mostly guitar, seems to be partly acoustic, partly electric) of the highest order, with a bit of silliness thrown in here and there. "Entr'acte", in particular, is a tour de force the like of which you will seldom hear.
  6. Dünya Size Güller Bize/For You The World, For Us The Roses
    by DÜNYA ensemble with special guests Brenna MacCrimmon and Erkan Oğur
    Beyati Yürük Semai Beyati Yürük Semai
  7. J.S.Bach Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 3 & 7 with String Quartet
    by Vesko Stambolov
    CONCERTO No.1, BWV1052 in D Minor / Allegro CONCERTO No.1, BWV1052 in D Minor / Allegro
    Bach's Concerto No. 1, S. 1052, is said to be the very first keyboard concerto. If that's true, it's one of the few things that humans got right on the first go. Pianist Stambolov gives us ringing, I could say joyful renditions of three concerti. These pieces were clearly written for what we'd now call a chamber orchestra, but Stambolov with just violinists Radionov & Valova. violist Ivanova, and 'cellist
    Christov produce a satisfyingly full sound.
  8. Pearls
    by Arne Huber Quartet
    Erie Erie
    appears in 1 other collection
  9. Dunno
    by Owane
    Rekt Rekt
  10. Full Moon (free download)
    by Asaf Sirkis
    The Lightness The Lightness
    Barring Indian classical works, I haven't before heard a drummer so clearly as a soloist as in this big collection. Much of the time, the bassist maintains rhythm while Sirkis works his intricate riffs. There is a wealth of tasty work by other performers as well. I may have to listen carefully a dozen times to this extended collection just to get a good handle on what Sirkis is up to on each track. And yet, you get here both soulful melodies, and driving rhythms.
  11. The Voice of Suka
    by Maria Pomianowska
    Służyłem ja Tobie Służyłem ja Tobie
    Congratulations to ForTune for presenting us this treasure! What we have here are lovely tunes with the seeming simplicity of folk music, but newly written and subtly arranged. They range in tone from Western anthems to Carnatic forms. The music is calming but well worth careful listening. And it's done mostly with gorgeous instruments not long ago considered "historical", but now alive largely through Prof. Pomianowska's efforts.
  12. Darkness Sure Becomes This City
    by Joy KIlls Sorrow
    Kill My Sorrow Kill My Sorrow
    It's tuneful and wistful music beautifully carrying the classic American string band onto new ground.
  13. OPUS
    by Afenginn
    Gronja (P4) Gronja (P4)
    Richly instrumented and beautifully orchestrated, this big album is an extended series of variations on themes with deep folk roots from multiple traditions. The work ranges, though, from booming rhythms to parlando meditation, from quiet solo and duo work to a cinematically grand ensemble sound. Often singable, often danceable, it really does achieve symphonic scope, in an astonishing variety of timbres.

    (Thanks, Olga Kivius, for buying and describing this album.)
  14. Present Peregrine
    by Deathmole
    Personal Charm Personal Charm
  15. Disc. Nº 1
    by Bravadúnia
    La maldición del escorpión La maldición del escorpión
  16. The Battell
    by Anton Batagov
    The Souldiers Sommons The Souldiers Sommons
  17. Earth Harp Sessions Vol. 1
    by The Earth Harp & The Human Experience
    Moving Between Worlds Moving Between Worlds
  18. Mappamundi: World Music Our Way
    by Mappamundi
    S'iz der step shoyn opgeshorn (Di arbuzn) S'iz der step shoyn opgeshorn (Di arbuzn)
  19. Palimpsest
    by Three Cane Whale
    Shadows On The Chalk Hills Shadows On The Chalk Hills
    It's tonal, acoustic, singable, wistful, ingenious new music for mixed trio and quartet -- a collection of chamber pieces you can listen to when your heart needs lifting. Each piece has a specific reference -- a time, a person, a place. There are rhythmic complexities which, surprisingly, call to mind yMusic.

    Thanks to Olga Kivius for unearthing this gem.
  20. chamber music 2015
    by Sergey Akhunov
    Imprint "AVERS" Imprint "AVERS"
  21. In memory of a musician
    by Sergey Akhunov
    Quintet in memory of musician Quintet in memory of musician
  22. New Russian Quartet plays music by Sergey Akhunov
    by Sergey Akhunov
    "Psalm" for string Quartet "Psalm" for string Quartet
  23. Whatsnext?
    by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol
    The Blue soul of Turkoromero The Blue soul of Turkoromero
    I like very little big band music, but I like this. Don't let the tags fool you -- there's no "early music" here. You will, however, find tasty solos, interesting tunes, and Turkish flavor worked seamlessly into tight big-band ensemble performances. If there's Sufi influence, it's 'way down deep.
  24. Carmina Veris
    by Ambient Folklore
    O, Fortuna! O, Fortuna!
  25. Noema
    by Konstantin Ionenko Quartet
    Glassy Glassy
  26. Winter Suite
    Winter Suite Part III Winter Suite Part III
    I seem to fall for music that can't be categorized: the sounds in this fine album morph constantly among what you might call chamber music, jazz, and quietly pulsating sections you could dance to -- Part IV is the music for possibly the best cinema scene ever shot, if only someone would create the movie -- always interesting, both satisfying tunes and food for the mind . I'm pretty sure that my favorite among the four tracks will change repeatedly as I discover the subtleties of the music.
  27. Acoustic guitar solo
    by Piero Farinato
    John Kelly John Kelly
  28. Esoteric Path
    by Rachael Boyd
    Esoteric Path Esoteric Path
  29. Selected Letters of Sergei Rachmaninoff
    by Anton Batagov
    Letter from Sergei Rachmaninoff to Philip Glass Letter from Sergei Rachmaninoff to Philip Glass
    As with Batagov's other efforts, there is nourishment both intellectual and emotional here. This is a big album of studies recalling and answering the work of various composers, mostly contemporary. While the whole is a tribute to the the master post-romantic composer/performer Rachmaninoff, each track (save the prelude and postlude?) is a theme-and-variations in arch format, usually starting quietly and leading to a more intense -- but rarely noisy -- climax, then falling back to quietude.
  30. slim fat
    by imperial quartet
    D&G D&G
    It's the happy collision of R'n'B and jazz! Featuring the deep, gutsy sound of baritone saxes, it's danceable and complex. If this stuff doesn't get your juices flowing and your butt moving, you've been dead for a month.
  31. Next Stop
    by The John Irvine Band
    Next Stop Next Stop
    This is rock for grownups. Unless it's jazz. I can't really tell, and it really doesn't matter.
  32. Alle Menschen Müssen Sterben. Music of Johann Pachelbel
    by Anton Batagov
    Fantasia in D minor Fantasia in D minor
    Baroque theme-and-variation pieces -- dry and repetitive, right? Nope: Batagov makes them sing, with lines both flowing and precise. Give them a couple of hearings, and they'll engage your emotions like -- do I risk heresy here? -- the Goldberg Variations.
  33. Live In The Acoustic Asylum
    by Jon Gomm
    Hey Child (Live) Hey Child (Live)
    Wizardly guitar that at its best challenges the flamenco masters, an almost eerily wonderful high tenor voice, rhythmic drive -- what's not to like? Alas, the miking is such that the lyrics are hard to understand. But the music is easily worth the price (and more)
  34. FANCY2013
    Letter from Sergei Rachmaninoff to Peter Gabriel Letter from Sergei Rachmaninoff to Peter Gabriel
  35. Re-Music
    by Pavel Karmanov
    String QuaREtet String QuaREtet
    This is a charming album of chamber music , though you might name it otherwise (Look at all those genre tags!) There's considerable variety here -- e.g., "String QuaREtet" is a rhythmic, contrapuntal romp on a minimalist theme. "Second Snow..." is a cantabile lament.

    (By the way, I hear no "electronic" in it at all.)
  36. Americana Dawn: Civilized Folk
    by Shnabubula
    Windsong Windsong
    It's a chamber-jazz concert on folky themes. Mostly folky, anyway, excepting "Untamed Wilds", for instance. Composer-pianist Samuel Ascher-Weiss and violinist Gabriel Terracciano are superbly fluent.
  37. Pal Magnet
    by Alarmist
    Bunda Internacionale Bunda Internacionale
  38. Conveyance
    by Morten Schantz Trio
    Black Sea Black Sea
  39. Kaikoura
    by Girls in Airports
    The Grass by the Roses The Grass by the Roses
  40. Greatest Hits (EP)
    by Owane
    Saturday Begins Saturday Begins
    Stunning, jazzy, power-packed guitar, keyboard, drum, and bass work, a tight ensemble -- and all done by widely separated performers laying on tracks. An artistic thrill and a nifty technical feat.
  41. No Drum and Bass in the Jazz Room
    by Clever Girl
    Elm Elm
    The album sits in no one genre -- there's tuneful concordant guitar work that for some reason brings Joseph Spence to mind; it breaks into soaring melodies built of the guitar(s?), intricate jazz drumming and solid sax work. It's far from just saccharine happy-music -- but you can sure listen to "Elm" when you need a lift.
  42. Balance Problems
    by yMusic
    Balance Problems (Nico Muhly) Balance Problems (Nico Muhly)
  43. Solitary
    by Deathmole
    Happy New Year Happy New Year
  44. Beautiful Mechanical
    by yMusic
    Clearing, Dawn, Dance (Greenstein) Clearing, Dawn, Dance (Greenstein)
    This album has really grown on me. I got into it because of the strange but oddly friendly sounds. The album is a collection of diverse pieces, all rhythmically alive and full of unexpected delicious harmonies -- none more so than "Clearing, Dawn, Dance".
  45. I Fear No More. Selected Songs and Meditations of John Donne
    by Anton Batagov
    The Message The Message
    This passionate, dramatic, gorgeously orchestrated song cycle -- in reality, a picture of the extraordinary Donne -- shares characteristics of great symphony and great movie music (and and in spots has the rhythmic insistence of rock). Singer Korenkov's accent is at first strange to native English speakers, but his versatile voice meshes wonderfully with the deep-voiced orchestration; he puts into his performance the emotion that the material calls for. This isn't just entertainment..