Category: Other Genres

R&B, Soul, Folk and other musical genres

Contra Sonatra

Contra Sonatra

CONTRA SONATRA: New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik, who has the career I wanted and is therefore a permanent barbed presence in my psyche, mounts a concerted defense of Sinatra. I own all the right Sinatra albums, but I’ve never entirely warmed to them. Acclimated to the hyper-virtuosity of Sarah Vaughan and Betty Carter and […]

Bert Jansch

Bert Jansch

BERT JANSCH Bert Jansch, storied fingerpicker and warble-voiced bard of the British folk movement, achieved quiet glory as a guitar stylist and member of the folk group Pentangle, in which he was paired with equally legendary but perhaps slightly less interesting guitarist John Renbourn. Of all the lost clips that YouTube has coughed up, Jansch’s […]

Fotheringay

Fotheringay

Fotheringay The motte and site of Fotheringhay Castle seen from across the River Nene I’ve been working through the four discs of The Collected Fotheringay, which memorializes Sandy Denny’s post-Fairport Convention outfit, briefly active circa 1970. I well remember buying the first—and in those days only—Fotheringay LP when I was fourteen. I didn’t care for […]

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