Music lovers in the US can be forgiven for wondering whether Canada has ever produced any important composers, since very little Canadian music is heard down here. This disc provide a small sample of what is actually a large body of significant work waiting to be discovered.
First of all, don't be misled by the "chamber orchestra" designation here: these are all big, extroverted pieces in which sonic spectacle plays a big part. Andrew MacDonald's Violin Concerto is in the 19th-Century virtuoso tradition, pitting the soloist against a busy, brass- and percussion-laden orchestra in a real stamina contest. The solo part sounds flatly impossible, but hearing is believing–thanks to Lord knows how much ………Fred Granlund @ Amazon.com
Ian Matthews left Fairport Convention in 1969, and while the U.K.'s greatest folk-rock band was beginning to reinvent itself in a more traditional and very British direction, Matthews began digging deeper into the American influences that had marked his old band's first era. Later That Same Year, the second album from Ian's new group Matthews Southern Comfort (it was released in late 1970, a mere six months after their debut, hence the title), is a beautiful set of songs that splits the difference between West Coast folk-rock and early country-rock, with Gordon Huntley's pedal steel and Roger Coulam's lending an air of sunny sadness that dovetails beautifully with Matthews' silky tenor. Matthews wrote three of the songs on Later That Same Year, and they rank with the album's finest moments, especially the ethereal harmonies of "And Me" and the graceful simplicity of "My Lady," but Matthews also borrows some excellent material from American writers, including a cover of Neil Young's "Tell Me Why" that remains faithful while creating a languid mood of its own.
Beginning with the first notes of Too Much through to the last notes of its reprise, this midsummer show from Atlanta, GA brings some heat. The 2004 Summer Tour saw the live debut of Sugar Will, Joyride, Crazy Easy, Good Good Time and Hello Again played alongside proven fan favorites and rarities. From Captain to Crush, founding member LeRoi Moore’s playing is nothing short of amazing as the band delivers one of its finer sets.