Meet the official 2011 Rifftides Halloween jack-o’lantern, designed to scare trick or treaters out of their costumes and away from RT world headquarters. In case that doesn’t work, several pounds of cheap candy are standing by.
It may be that jazz musicians have recorded music with a Halloween theme worth relaying to the Rifftides readership. If so, I couldn’t find it. However, by merest chance, the night before Halloween I came across video of the piano team of Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe. The clip begins with a tour of the Steinway piano factory before we see and hear Anderson and Roe in a four-hands performance of Franz Schubert’s formidable “Der Erlkönig.” Schubert was inspired by the Goethe poem of that name. If you’re not familiar with Goethe’s story, you are encouraged to go here and read it in German or English before you watch the video.
Somehow Anderson and Roe never drop a note or miss a beat despite the horror, the horror…
If I were you, unless you have urgent business there, I’d give the Steinway factory a wide berth.