William Tell is Rossini's last opera, and this Romantic heroic interpretation of Schiller's epic of Wilhelm Tell among his best works. Rossini composed this opera in Paris. The original libretto was written in French, for a French audience, chorus. Parisians by reputation had more refined musical technique and tastes than their Italian counterparts and Rossini applied the best of Italian opera technique, which he had mastered and more refined and complex French musical staging which he studied and adapted during his years in Paris.
DAS RHEINGOLD, the prelude to Wagner's drama DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN, is the shortest work in the series, and at times it can be forgotten. Of the four pieces that make up the Ring Cycle, it probably would not be a stand alone opera, as the other three would be, and with the exception of "The Entry of the gods into Valhalla" it does not have the memorable highlights of the other three longer works of the cycle.
The disc covers mostly Linda's heavier rocking singles The album has sold close to two million copies in the United States alone and was Ronstadt's eighth consecutive Platinum certified album.(wikipedia)
Maturity for jazzmen has often been equated with the ability to speak passionately in a ballad setting and in this regard Washington never flags from his responsibilities. Both “Don’t Explain” and “Easy Living” find the saxophonist in peak form. His tone is lush and fervent, but never too sweet or saccharine. By contrast, funkier numbers like “Masterpiece” and “Taurian Matador” feature Washington at his soulful best in a style that has likely influenced scores of “lite jazz” saxophonists over the years but has never sounded quite as convincing in anyone’s hands but this master.( Andrew Hovan - allaboutjazz.com )
Jowee Omicil is a jazz artist unlike any you've heard before. He brings a novel and distinctly Afro-Haitian perspective to his music. Omicil's melodic storytelling blends flavors from his Creole roots with gospel, soul, hip-hop and folk, not to mention nods to the masters - from Charlie Parker to Ornette Coleman. Let's BasH!, Omicil's fourth album, is both a cry of war and a declaration of love - but above all, it's a symbol of his mission to expand the popularity of jazz.