Walt Mundkowsky

Walt Mundkowsky was born 1944 in San Antonio, TX. As a teenager, he had a dachshund named after Hugo Wolf. Extensive writings on film (cf. his “Cinema Obscura” column in Home Theater, 1995-2001). He favors the mine-shaft approach to music listening — in-depth exploration of tiny, unrelated areas. A resident of Beverly Hills, he has lived in basements in Denver, London and Stockholm, and may very well do so again.

Paul Bley’s singular Ballads

Reissues in Japan often exhibit a short life. This influential album hit CD 15 years ago, but only on the Japanese market, and will now appear there (briefly!) in SHM-CD attire.

Paul Bley’s singular Ballads

Reissues in Japan often exhibit a short life. This influential album hit CD 15 years ago, but only on the Japanese market, and will now appear there (briefly!) in SHM-CD attire.

Four Centuries Apart 4.

Get this disc by Josie and the Emeralds, an enterprising soprano and quartet of viols in Australia, for the two-thirds that’s new to us.

Four Centuries Apart 4.

Get this disc by Josie and the Emeralds, an enterprising soprano and quartet of viols in Australia, for the two-thirds that’s new to us.

Dowland’s Lachrimæ 1604: Update

Savall’s disc last appeared a decade ago in a five-CD Astrée brick called pieces for the viols.

Dowland’s Lachrimæ 1604: Update

Savall’s disc last appeared a decade ago in a five-CD Astrée brick called pieces for the viols.

Charlie Haden

Bassist Charlie Haden passed away in Los Angeles on July 11, 2014, aged 76.

Charlie Haden

Bassist Charlie Haden passed away in Los Angeles on July 11, 2014, aged 76.

James Erber’s The “Traces” Cycle

My entry into this rewarding series came via a scenario I always enjoy – a highly evolved structure is interrogated, at first through hesitations and “mistakes,” and eventually falls apart.

James Erber’s The “Traces” Cycle

My entry into this rewarding series came via a scenario I always enjoy – a highly evolved structure is interrogated, at first through hesitations and “mistakes,” and eventually falls apart.

Lying down with Stax phones 2.

Stephen Whittington’s title must refer to Satie’s musique d’ameublement and Eno’s Music for Airports, but he turns them inside out – an exploration of inner states.

Lying down with Stax phones 2.

Stephen Whittington’s title must refer to Satie’s musique d’ameublement and Eno’s Music for Airports, but he turns them inside out – an exploration of inner states.

Lying down with Stax phones 1.

“Already in bed, lying on my back and wearing headphones” is my standard listening mode, hence my interest.

Lying down with Stax phones 1.

“Already in bed, lying on my back and wearing headphones” is my standard listening mode, hence my interest.

Jürgen Jürgens’ Trauer-Ode

Another important reissue (out 6-25-13) involves Bach’s powerful Trauer-Ode.

Jürgen Jürgens’ Trauer-Ode

Another important reissue (out 6-25-13) involves Bach’s powerful Trauer-Ode.

Gunar Letzbor’s early Biber

I’m happy to welcome this Biber program (inessential but lots of fun) back into circulation.

Gunar Letzbor’s early Biber

I’m happy to welcome this Biber program (inessential but lots of fun) back into circulation.

Charles Rosen’s Goldbergs

Even with 217 other Goldbergs in the catalog, I’m glad Charles Rosen’s is back (as of Sept. 24).

Charles Rosen’s Goldbergs

Even with 217 other Goldbergs in the catalog, I’m glad Charles Rosen’s is back (as of Sept. 24).