[Music] Martin Neuhold – Sofa Guitar Sessions #1

For those of you pining for the days of raw bedroom recordings of guitar improvisation that remind you of seminal acts like The Durutti Column, a name mentioned frequently on these pages, this latest album by Martin Neuhold does the job nicely.  The only quibble is the slightly rushed feeling in-between tracks, which makes this mini-album feel a bit rushed.  The musicianship, thankfully, doesn’t suffer a bit.

[Music] Chad Lawson – The Chopin Variations / Modern Interpretations on Chopin Works


I grew up in a house that appreciated the work of Frédéric Chopin.  My Mom was and is still a big fan of his compositions.  It came as a pleasant surprise to hear that a North Carolina pianist issued some arrangements of Chopin’s music which were recorded beautifully.

Pianist Chad Lawson is joined by Judy Kang on violin and Rubin Kodheli on cello.  They update Chopin’s work into a modern, minimalist landscape.