Music: Best of 2004

Marina Rosenfeld


1. Don Cherry, Eternal Now (Sonet Grammofon) This magnificent, joy-filled LP from 1973 resurfaced like magic in my life early last year. With rhythms ranging from Gnawan to minimalist, it is my most important record of 2004. I played it nonstop for weeks to my pregnant belly, believing that everything was going to be OK after all.

2. John Zorn, Mike Patton, and Ikue Mori, Hemophiliac: 50th Birthday Celebration Volume Six (Tzadik) Stunning live at New York’s Tonic last September, the fearless interminglings of these three very different improvisers are just as good on CD.

3. Jose Maceda Filipino composer Maceda died in May at age eighty-seven. His ghostly, maximal compositions added bamboo instruments and the murmurs of crickets to postmodern orchestral textures, evoking a hypnotic calm.

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