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Top 10, 2009

The premiere of Where flames a word lands in Dave Allen’s Hotbed of Intrigue, amid his list of ten favorite concerts of the year. The Crossing (who performed it) pops up twice, with special mentions also of David Shapiro and Joby Talbot. Delightful...

Vespers, Grace Notes

From the newsletter of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians: … Vespers is an hour-long tour de force with the Lutheran chorale at its heart; classic melodies provide the basic material for ethereal hymn settings, Stravinskian psalms and striking instrumental...

Vespers CD, All About Jazz

It’s not really a Christmas piece, and it’s not jazz at all, but C. Michael Bailey reviews Vespers in All About Jazz: …Smith’s musical settings are crafted in such a way that techniques and practices from different periods dissolve into one another in the solution of...