John Murph http://wwno.org en Sonnymoon: The Sunnier Side Of Mortality http://wwno.org/post/sonnymoon-sunnier-side-mortality Singing about one's imminent death requires a certain level of delicacy, because it's way too easy to dive into melodramatic gloom. But Sonnymoon's "Just Before Dawn" — in which Anna Wise's ethereal vocals float across Dane Orr's palpitating soundscape as she contemplates mortality — takes on a more hopeful, universal tone. "Every night, you should have someone to hold," Wise sings, "to tell you that you did okay when your mind is against you."<p>After a moment of silence midway through the song, the sparse ambience blossoms into a beautiful, electronically enhanced string arrangement. Tue, 22 May 2012 11:03:00 +0000 John Murph 11706 at http://wwno.org Scott Tixier: Sketches Of Michael Jackson http://wwno.org/post/scott-tixier-sketches-michael-jackson Soon after <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16782748/michael-jackson">Michael Jackson</a>'s death in 2009, many of his songs popped up on jazz albums. Tue, 08 May 2012 11:03:00 +0000 John Murph 10493 at http://wwno.org Alfredo Rodriguez: 21st-Century Chamber Music http://wwno.org/post/alfredo-rodriguez-21st-century-chamber-music Like many musicians who've come through Cuba's music conservatory, 26-year-old pianist <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/04/14/150521987/alfredo-rodriguez-crossing-the-border-to-meet-a-legend">Alfredo Rodríguez</a> displays ferocious virtuosity on his splendid debut, Sounds of Space. Underneath all the firepower, though, lies a remarkable composer who knows how to pull back from the razzle-dazzle and play a piece that's more memorable for its melody and arrangement than for his awe-inspiring technique.<p>His enchanting "Fog" practically qualifies as 21st-century chamber music. Wed, 02 May 2012 11:03:00 +0000 John Murph 9994 at http://wwno.org