Azure Miles Records ~ the Music of Michael Robinson

Writings about Music by Michael Robinson

"I enjoyed reading your words. They flowed like good music does." - Marty Morell

"Your words and music essay is BRILLIANT and thought provoking. You, Paul Desmond and Roger Ruggeri, former principal bassist with the Milwaukee Symphony as well as wonderful composer and arts administrator are top members of my HIGH I.Q. Club." - David Amram

Special thanks to Joel Chadabe for suggesting that I begin writing liner notes for my CDs, a custom that expanded to addressing myriad musical subjects, as compiled here.

Index by Subject

 

2017

Mozart and Mockingbirds

 

Tree Music

 

John Lennon's Musical Intuition

 

Triad and Triads

 

Sounds from Silence

 

Music Out of This World

 

Sensing

 

Malleable Music Maze

 

Before His Time

 

 

2016

Absorbing and Augmenting

 

Familiar Flourish

 

Priceless Musical Gems: Emile, Ikutaro, Nolan, Alex and Al

 

Moon Necklaces

 

A Stranger Nobody Sees

 

Gadd's Glow

 

Refracting Musical Light Through Time and Place

 

Extemporaneously

 

A Musical Hypothesis: Liberace and Bill Evans

 

One Nature of Collaboration

 

Promised Land

 

Our Collective Solitude and Beyond

 

Shakti's Chanteuse: Joni Mitchell

 

Nautical Moccasin Elusive Blues

 

Eagle Rock

 

Thoughts So Sublime: Helen Vendler Invents

 

Allen and William and James

 

Jerry and Buddy

 

Jaded Juggarnauts

 

Keeping the History of Jazz Real

 

Manhattan Riches

 

Cajoling the Stormy Sea

 

Phantom Puppet Poetry: Vladimir's Vicissitudes

 

Extremes

 

A Massive Bedrock

 

Two Not One and Sacking A Miscue

 

Astonishing Auditory Auteur: Silence Is Emboldened

 

The Life of Thought

 

Jackie's Jazz

 

Sea Turtles and Prince

 

Breakfast with Frank

 

Alone Together

 

Gratitude for Pierre Boulez

 

Steph Curry, the Prophet of Basketball

 

Songs by a Malibu Musician Saint

 

Transpicuous Nebulosity

 

This Mild Equator

 

Wooden Ships

 

The Sun of Music

 

Music of Reflexive Adjusts

 

Moving Past

 

 

2015

for tangerines and oranges and mangos

 

Luminous Ecstasy: the Music of Bill Evans

 

The Best Ever: Lee Konitz

 

Beethoven's Blog

 

The Forgotten Pot

 

When a Negative Brews a Positive

 

Painting Raga Composition Junction

 

Rapturous Resonance: Phil Lives

 

Janis Joplin and the Houseguest

 

California Dreamers

 

Uneven Streets

 

I'm Getting Sentimental Over You Unsentimentally

 

Manhattan Smoke and Miracle Mile Incense

 

Six Seas: Conlon, Charles, Claude, Charlie, Chick and Chirico

 

Deciphering Desmond

 

Mesmeric Mantra Enchants Even Ravens

 

Sinatra and Shiva: Unexpected Connections Abound in Music

 

Deploying Energy: About Composition

 

Pristine Atmospheres: the Music of Dizzy Gillespie

 

Land of Pancakes: Walking Miracle Mile and More

 

Finding Nazir: The Precious Generosity of Nazir Ali Jairazbhoy

 

 

2014

Mas que Nada

 

White Jade Floating: Time in Music

 

Into a Newborn Day: Words Inspiring Jazz

 

You Say Hindustani I Say North Indian - Let's Call the Whole Thing woOff and warp

 

Silhouetted by the Sea: Bob Dylan in Mississippi

 

Transcendental Consolidation: The Music of Stan Getz

 

Indian Summer in Forests of Azure: Time and Thyme with Ray Manzarek

 

Two of a Kind: Bob Dylan and Charlie Parker

 

Leonard Altman: Music Rescuer

 

Beginning Composition

 

Music for Rain

 

 

2013

Texan Rhabdomancer: Echoes of Nothing by Kyle Gann

 

Bird and DIzzy's Music Blitzkrieg: the Influence of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie

 

The President of the Cool

 

Lips and Music Wed: Songstress Judy Collins

 

Reconstructing Ratzo's Reflexivity

 

Seraphic Surge: Conguero Poncho Sanchez

 

Batiked by an Apsara: Catharine Buchanan

 

Decoding a Bacchus from Bonn and a Visionary from Varanasi: Ludwig van Beethoven, Ravi Shankar and Harihar Rao

 

That Rhythm Dance You Into Sunlight: The Music of Michael Jackson

 

Conflagrating Rag and Tal: Jackie McLean and Jack DeJohnette

 

Ethereal Ebony: The Majesty of Red Garland

 

Human Counterpoint: The Music of NBA Basketball

 

Advocating Ad: The Paintings of Ad Reinhardt

 

Lee and Leonard: Konitz Figures In Bernstein's West Side Story

 

 

2012

East West Side Story: Ravi Shankar and Leonard Bernstein

 

Wellspring of Joy: Rollan Masciarelli

 

The Doors

 

Stupendous in Invention

 

Light the night: The Music of Laura Nyro

 

Mellifluous Marv: Homage to Marv Albert

 

The Preeminence of Winter: Johnny Winter

 

Three Suns: Swapan. Anindo and Zakir

 

 

2011

The Search For A New Instrument

 

 

2010

Michael Robinson, John Cage and Digital Music

 

Fence Sounds

 

Saptaka Sea: Sailing In The Melakartas of Karnatica

 

Sam Cooke: The Mystery of the Beatles' Musical Origin Solved

 

 

2004

Meruvina: Composition & Performance Coalesce

 

 

2003

Shivkumar Sharma: Spiritual High

 

 

2002

Charukeshi In Lahaina: An Evening With George Harrison

 

Pandit Jasraj: The Perfect Notes

 

Zakir Hussain: The Instrument Is Alive

 

Composing With The Raga Form and Technology

 

 

2001

Ali Ahmad Hussain: Weaving A Cosmic Rug

 

 

2000

What Is A Raga?

 

 

1998

Shivkumar Sharma: Painting With Mallets and Strings

 

Lee Konitz: The Miracle of Improvising

 

 

1997

Autobiography