Editor Rick Anderson writes: "You thought July was hot enough already? Well, you haven’t experienced hot until you’ve checked out the offerings in this month’s issue of Music Media Monthly. Break out the sunblock, because Anne Shelley is filling you in on a brilliant Aaron Copland documentary and an equally glorious video examination of the art of the thematic variation (as performed by Danie Barenboim, Andras Schiff and Yefim Bronfman). Steve Dankner discusses a blistering new book on Liszt’s transcriptions and a collection of studies on Ravel.
Gene Hyde brings us word of a steaming-hot website for drummers and lovers of drumming in all musical genres. And I discuss several blazingly
great new releases from such tropical climes as Jamaica (Roy Ellis), North Carolina (Don Dixon and Marti Jones), er, New York (Paul Motian),
and, um, Germany (Echo Beach). Put on your hippest sunglasses, break out your most styling parasol, and enjoy! Read it here.