David Royko Psy.D

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Dave Royko's Music Rambles

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Sclavis/Pifarely/Courtois-Asian Fields Variations (ECM) (April 14, 2017)

Parlor Walls - Opposites (Northern Spy) (February 16,2017)

Anticipating Chris Thile's Bach Chaconne (December 21, 2016)

Bartok, Piano Concertos, Geza Anda and Ferenc Fricsay (DG) (12/6/16)

Pee Wee Russell (December 6, 2016)

Leonard Cohen (RIP) and Sonny Rollins on Night Music (December 6, 2016)

The Ninth Symphony By Hook Or By Crook (December 6, 2016)

Holiday Music I Actually Like (December 6, 2016)

Denny Zeitlin - Cathexis (December 6, 2016)

Miles Davis - Freedom Jazz Dance (Columbia) (November 15, 2016)

Royko and Randy (Newman) (October 29, 2016)

Andres Orozco-Estrada’s Unanswered Questions (CSO, 10/27/2016)

Nick Sanders and Logan Strosahl - Janus (Sunnyside) October 16, 2016 

Anna Webber's Simple Trio: Binary (Skirl Records) (October 12, 2016)

I'm OK, You're OK, Even if you're HIP (Listening to Richter) September 24, 2016

Music Ramble - Myriad3: Moons (September 2, 2016)

Ida Lupino? Thanks for the Tip, Giovanni Guidi et al (& ECM) (8/31/16)

Music Ramble - Nachoff Stiernberg Newman  (August 28, 2016)

We Sincerely Apologize, Rudy Van Gelder (1924-2016) August 27, 2016

Keith Emerson, my mentor whether I knew it or not (August 19, 2016)

Orion + Windscape = My Favorite Bach Art of Fugue (July 5, 2016)

Oli Klarino, aka Some Great Greek Clarinet Instrumentals! (July 12, 2016)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra - When Nature calls  (June 26, 2016)

Ralph Stanley has died (June 24, 2016)

Del McCoury, "I Need More Time" (Spring, 2016)

Bartok's Mandarin and Bluebeard in Cleveland (April 2016)

Meeting Bruce Springsteen in 1978 (March 6, 2016)

Messiaen's Turangalila Symphony conducted by Dudamel (Jan 11, 2016)

Carlos Kleiber, WCLV, Beethoven, Goosebumps (October 25, 2015)

Jazz Showcase, Stu Katz and Days Gone By (October 4, 2015)

Allman Brothers + Tonight Show Horns = Sublime! (10/9/91 & 8/17/15)

Beethoven versus The Last Poets (July 13, 2015)

Jon Vickers died today: The Annoyed Tristan (July 10, 2015)

Nine year old Noam Pikelny meets Bela Fleck (June 17, 1990)

Leopold Stokowski's Wonderful Bach (May 7, 2015)

Was there ever a better how-de-do than Pat Flynn’s? (May 4, 2015)

Listening, and Not Listening, to New Music (May 1, 2015)

Beethoven - Very Minor Musings about his Piano Sonatas (April, 2015)

Robert Fripp's guitar solo on Eno's "Baby's On Fire" (3/14/15)

Andrew Patner dies at 55, and I just can't believe it (2/3/15)

Claws, by Spitting Fire (a sensitive love ballad by my son, unfinished demo, 2014)

Telluride, New Grass Revival, Strength In Numbers (12/18/14)

Standing Rooms - A Rock Concert-Going Reminiscence (11/20/14)

Special Consensus: Country Boy: John Denver tribute - Liner Notes (2014)

Tangential thoughts on Alex Ross's Beethoven piece (October 23, 2014) 

One Record Collector's Remorse (10/18/14)

A Harry Nilsson Memory (10/18/14)

20 Years Of Chris Thile (October 16, 2014)

Carlos Kleiber and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (10/15/14)

MacArthur "Genius" 2007 questionnaire for Chris Thile (10/14/14)

Never-Ending Earworm - Lou Donaldson's Blues Walk (10/2/14)

I LOST! But it's OK (The IBMA Awards, October 2, 2014)

Eugene Ormandy, Otto Klemperer, Jean Martinon, Dean Dixon (9/15/14)

Hindsight and the 1959 Randall's Island Jazz Festival (8/26/14)

Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2014 (June)

Pete Seeger, Rest In Peace -- A Seeger Memory (1/28/14)

Chris Thile and an early indicator of things to come (11/5/13)

Lou Reed: Metal Machine Music/September Song (10/31/13)

Frank Kirby, Grove and me (October 23, 2013)

Chris Thile solo concert in Evanston (October 15, 2013) 

Shana Conducts Mozart and Ellington (September 13, 2013/1988 clip)

Cheap Classical MP3 "Big Boxes" - These are the good old days, July 12, 2013

Big Bill Broonzy - I Feel So Good (Riesman): a (very) brief book review, May 23, 2013

Ben & Bela (Fleck), December 9, 2012

Leonard Bernstein's 1984 Chicago Tumble, November 21, 2012  

Beethoven, Missa Solemnis, Haitink, Chicago Symphony, October 26, 2012

Murray Perahia in Chicago. October 14, 2012 

Chris Thile - Genius Then, MacArthur Genius Now. October 2, 2012 

Doc Watson and Dad - Together On Stage! (May 30, 2012)

My favorite recording of the Elgar "Enigma Variations" (December 8, 2011)

Ah, Rudy van Gelder! And Art Blakey/Jazz Showcase 1977  (April 27, 2011)

Chicago Symphony all-Copland concert with Michael Tilson Thomas (November 6, 2010)

Evesdropping on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Bud Herseth (October 11, 2010)

Yes, Dad Loved Classical Music (inspired by Neil Steinberg's column) (October 6, 2010)

Don Stiernberg - Swing 220 (Blue Night Records) (September 8, 2010)

Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music ("Ugliest Pieces of Music") (August 9, 2010)

Bernard Haitink's Beethoven Symphony Cycle with the Chicago Symphony, June 2010

Only 1 Good Song -- Really? (May 11, 2010)

Mark O'Connor: Jam Session (Compact Disc). 4/26/10

MP3 vs. CD has replaced the digital vs. analogue dispute. 1/19/10

CSO/Boulez; Dufour; Ravel, Dalbavie, Bartok's Bluebeard’s Castle. 1/12/10.

Muti's Chicago Symphony Brahms Requiem last night, October 28, 2009

Dudamel in Chicago, April 5, 2007 & Los Angeles (PBS telecast), October 21, 2009

The CSO yesterday - Tortelier, Bell, Bruch, Saint-Saens. 10/8/09

Low Class Favorites. September 23, 2009

Haydn. June 4, 2009

Bluegrass "runoff." April 20, 2009

Dudamel/BolivarYouth Orchestra, in Chicago, 4/10/09

Muti/CSO, Verdi Requiem, Saturday, January 17th, 2009, and it almost was, literally.

Abigail Wasburn, Bela Fleck. Dec 5, 2007

Nickel Creek's Farewell Concert, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Nov 29, 2007

From First to Last, Black Sabbath. Nov 7, 2007

St. Petersburg Phil/Temirkanov, Julia Fischer & CSO/Dohnanyi, Steinbacher. Nov 7, 2007

Chicago's homegrown virtuosi of phlegm and electronica (LSO & CSO). Oct 24, 2007

Last night’s CSO/Robertson/Marsalis concert: Best & Worst. Oct 17, 2007

Nagano/CSO Brahms/Rihm last night. May 9, 2007

Bruckner, CSO, and the Pope. May 3, 2007

Nickel Creek's benefit for one. Apr 9, 2007

SideMon - Bill Monroe's Recordings as a Sideman (March 27, 2007)

Nickel Creek’s 'Reasons Why - The Very Best Of' and “The Fox” Live. October 24, 2006

Andy Statman and Orthodox Jewgrass. Oct 4, 2006

Barenboim's CSO farewell. Jun 18, 2006

Barenboim's Staatskapelle Berlin Schumann Symphonies. June 16, 2006

Ivo Papasov Reunion Concert at the Old Town School. November 12, 2005

Nickel Creek at Schuba's (WXRT show). July 26, 2005

Discovering the Griller Quartet. August 12, 2004

Stereo vs. Mono (WFMT-Jim Unrath story). Jan 9, 2004

CSO/David Robertson Nielsen 4th. Dec 20, 2003

Rozhdestvensky Mahler 10 adagio question. Dec 3, 2003

Chris Thile: Nickel Creek’s Leader? August 12, 2002

A Benefit of Bad Recordings: Beethoven by the LaSalle String Quartet. April 24, 2002

Masada in Minneapolis. April 16, 2001

IBMA World of Bluegrass 2000 in Louisville – an informal report. October 23, 2000

Bear Family Records - the Bluegrass Mosaic. August 4, 2000

Masada/Sevilla 2000. August 1, 2000

Bumping into Kurt Masur at Rose Records. July 24, 2000

New Versus Old. July 18, 2000

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones' Outbound, and Fleck e-mails about Hoedown. July 3, 2000

Duke Ellington / Anthony Braxton. April 7, 2000

Earl Hines Solo Piano. December 7, 1999

Comments on Bela Fleck's Bluegrass Sessions Liner Note Recommendations. July 8, 1999

What REALLY bothers you about Kenny G... July 20, 1999

Concerts, Audiences, Dress Codes in Chicago and Salzburg. May 28, 1999

Rolling Stone Jazz & Blues Album Guide, for better or worse. May 20, 1999

Star Wars Again. May 19, 1999

Rudy Van Gelder and the RVG Blue Note Masters. April 22, 1999

In-Print, Out-Of-Print, Blue Note, and the Coming Downloading. February 9, 1999

Mosaic Boxes and Blue Note Reissues. February 1, 1999

Art Blakey. January 14, 1999

Michael Cuscuna: Sentimentalist. January 11, 1999

Complete Miles Davis Bitches Brew Sound Quality. December 10, 1998

Albert Ayler at Slugs - Paul Is Dead. November 23, 1998

Good Music by Those We Love to Hate? November 9, 1998

Mobley 'n' Mozart. August 1, 1998

The Greatest Musical Moment In History. September 18, 1998

New Grass Revival - The World's Greatest Wedding Band. January 7, 1998

Jazz Suggestions for the Newby. August 8, 1997

New Acoustic Canon. October 25, 1996

Norman and Nancy Blake's The Hobo's Last Ride, bio/press release. July 16, 1996

David Grisman: DGQ20 - A Twenty Year Retrospective, first impressions. July 9, 1996

Miles Davis/Plugged Nickel set, Japanese vs American; Corrections. Oct 18, 1995