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Zachary Williams

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Tuesday, August 23 2011

Bill Evans Trio: Explorations (OJC Remasters)

For all the attention paid to his sense of harmony and melody, one could overlook an equally integral aspect to Bill Evans' mastery: he knew how to swing.


Blogs

Thursday, September 29 2011

Musical Auteurism: Recognizing Genius

An album is not an insulated document, but rather something that breathes and grows within an artist's discography. I challenge music fans to not simply find songs or albums that they like (though certainly that has a completely worthwhile place), but to find entire discographies (from acknowledged classics to forgotten albums) to grow with over time.


Friday, June 17 2011

Paul McCartney: An Auteur

Paul McCartney's effortless musical mastery (with no suffering artist gimmick) robs him of the serious consideration he deserves. But like literature and film's greatest auteurs, he will eventually undergo the Hitchcock / Shakespeare transformation from popular entertainer to century-defining artist.


Monday, March 21 2011

Against the Consensus: 'Chungking Express'

This film is a case study in style over substance. This is not always a bad thing. Godard, a master filmmaker, made a career out of this concept. However, when the style offered is derivative, the idiom looms forebodingly.


Tuesday, March 15 2011

Bud Powell: Un Poco Loco

In between stays at mental institutions for schizophrenia, Powell left behind a remarkable legacy. Sadly, he hasn’t received the same widespread admiration that his close friend Thelonious Monk secured. But to true fans of the jazz genre, Powell is revered.


My Top Ten Beach Boys Albums (Sound Affects) [6.Jan.11]
My Top 10 Rolling Stones Albums (Sound Affects) [3.Nov.10]
The Lost Art of the Non-Album Single (Sound Affects) [23.Sep.10]
Paul McCartney's "Goodbye" (Mixed Media) [2.Sep.10]
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