Michael J. West
Sylvie Courvoisier & Cory Smythe redraw Stravinsky's feat with 'Rite of Spring — Spectre D'un Songe'Famous for starting a riot, Stravinsky's 'Rite of Spring' also started a conversation — one that contemporary pianists Sylvie Courvoisier and Cory Smythe are more than happy to engage with on their bold new album.
As an improviser, on piano and vibraphone, and as co-founder of the Creative Music Studio, Karl Berger had an outsize influence on the jazz avant-garde. He died on April 9, at 88.