Brecht and Company – John Fuegi

John Fuegi's 1994 biography of Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) is an exhaustive monument to academic scholarship gone awry. At over 700 pages (including nearly 100 pages of endnotes), Brecht and Company is the longest full-scale Brecht biography in print. It is also the most controversial. Assailed by scholars and critics  ...

Big Fun – Miles Davis

Big Fun is one of the forgotten items in Miles Davis's discography. Recorded with four different bands (one for each of its album-side-long cuts), it falls somewhere between the expansive soundscapes of Bitches Brew and the chugging, anarchic funk-noise of On The Corner. As Miles's early-70s works are re-evaluated,  ...

Brian Lane Green

.. Brian Lane Green made his Broadway debut as Huck Finn in Big River, was Tony nominated for his performance in Starmites and, in 1998, starred as Jo Jo in Cy Coleman and Ira Gasman's The Life. He is also a member of vocal group The Tonics and appeared  ...

Billy Barnes’ Divas

Billy Barnes first enjoyed fame with a series of musical revues. He went on to write special material for Danny Kaye, Judy Garland, Sonny and Cher and the Academy Award telecasts. This album gathers together a collection of songs he has written to order over the years, most recorded  ...

Fidelio  –  Ludwig van Beethoven

Online references on Beethoven If Fidelio is not the finest argument that opera transcends the sum of its parts, what is? The story has a ridiculous premise: a woman, whose husband has been unjustly kidnapped by a prison commandant, disguises herself as a  ...

Bistro – Sharon O’Connor

Sharon O’Connor’s Bistro is an ambitious and engaging cookbook that covers all the bases with enthusiasm, charm and an acknowledged passion for French bistro cooking. O’Connor tells of being “hopelessly smitten” with her subject matter, and proceeds to unfurl it with sixty-eight recipes by the chefs of  ...

Brent Barrett: The Kander & Ebb Album

Brent Barrett has appeared on Broadway in Grand Hotel and Chicago, off-Broadway in March of the Falsettos and the original production of Maltby and Shire's Closer Than Ever and, for New York City Opera, in Brigadoon. His show recordings also include a studio version of Wonderful Town. On his  ...

All I Ask Of You – Barbara Cook

. In a career that spans the second half of the twentieth century, Barbara Cook has achieved a status accorded only a handful of Broadway performers. Her influence on other artists has been as great as that of Ethel Merman, Mary Martin or Alfred Drake and she remains the definitive  ...

Bad Love – Randy Newman

To the extent that Randy Newman is known at all, it's as a purveyor of sentimental Americana in the soundtracks of mediocre films. Every ten years or so, he scores a minor hit single with a novelty song like Short People or I Love L.A. It's no surprise then  ...

Atlas Eclipticales, Winter Music, 103 – John Cage

Suggested reading: Silence (1973), John Cage Talking Music: Conversations With John Cage, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, and Five Generations of American Experimental Composers (1999), William Duckworth The music of John Cage represents "difficulty" in multiple ways. Firstly, there is the perceived "difficulty" in  ...