Herb Geller, 85, Saxophonist And Composer

Herb Geller in 2011

“Initially, he was prominent among the musicians who created the west coast jazz style, picking up combo gigs and recording dates with the best players in California. Later, after the death of his first wife, he relocated to Europe and established himself as a salaried artist in a subsidised orchestra.”

The Year Music Escaped The Concert Hall

Sound Art Notebook

“This has been the year of sound art, a year when museums and galleries, alternative spaces and train stations, parks and Beverly Hills formal gardens, even the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva went after a decent-sized piece of the acoustical action. Why now?”

Can Changing Our Reading Habits Even The Balance?

change what you read

“Establishing quotas is not inherently progressive, but it can help us examine our choices, to consider books or writers we might otherwise ignore or resist, and sometimes – as was the case for me with the wonderful Croatian author Dubravka Ugresic – recognize that we were missing out not having read them sooner.”

Today’s top AJBlog posts 12/29/13

Very angry tweet: French birds demand share of Messiaen’s royalties
Source: Slipped Disc | Published on 2013-12-29

China’s violin method: ‘Study and train hard, according to a scientific method’
Source: Slipped Disc | Published on 2013-12-29

My “Porgy and Bess” Playlist
Source: Unanswered Question | Published on 2013-12-28

The Most Exciting Magazine Of All Time


“No contemporary magazine could duplicate Life’s success, and not just because 1945 was such a monumental year. No modern magazine has remotely close to its influence. “

The Art Dealer With Deep Nazi Ties

Akten über Hildebrand Gurlitt

“Gurlitt, the ‘art dealer to the Führer,’ reinvented himself: as a victim of the Nazis, a man who had saved precious artworks from destruction and someone who had never done anything malicious.”

Is That A Sequel – Or A Sell-Out?


“Continuation literature – as it has been hailed – falls into two camps: works that are licensed by writers’ estates and those that, like Austen, are in the public domain.”