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December 6, 2018
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Few classical recordings have aroused as much fascination as Glenn Gould's 1981 take on Bach's "Goldberg" Variations.

Gould, whose first major-label recording was a classic 1955 account of the "Goldbergs," rerecorded them more than 25 years later. He then died, at 50, just after the release - leaving the two Bach statements as bookends to his career.

Now the score he used while making the 1981 recording has resurfaced, offering clues about the creative process of one of the most original pianists of the 20th century. The heavily marked-up score  shows the nearly obsessive attention to detail Gould was famous for, especially after he stopped giving live performances in order to focus entirely on making recordings.

"I would call this the equivalent of a shooting script of a movie," said the critic Tim Page, a professor of music and journalism at the University of Southern California and the editor of "The Glenn Gould Reader." "He keeps track of which takes he likes, and how long they are."

Gould's jottings, mostly in black felt-tip pen, are not always legible. They mostly appear to be notes he made to himself as he assembled takes of the recording. He calls for a "wee shade less" in one section, regularly marks the timings of various takes, and seems to refer to a film he was shooting at the time of himself playing the "Goldbergs." There are few obvious interpretive notes, but he does circle the rests in one variation, as if for emphasis.
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PRS has announced its first round of new models and updates for 2019. New electrics include a revamped "Paul's Guitar," the CE 24 Semi-Hollow and a new SE Custom 24. A number of new acoustic models have been announced as well. 
IN THE BASSMENT

Italian bass guru Federico Malaman has released a new solo album, entitled Life. The recording, which marks 14 years since his first solo effort, is a snapshot of the bassist's life. "The full album title should actually be 'Life is not in 4/4'", he states. "4/4 is the simplest, straightforward meter. Real life is not like that: there are ups and downs, change of plans, pleasant surprises and unbearable pains... 
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Recently, Slash called out to fans to help create the video at the Palladium in Hollywood, the final date on their fall U.S. headlining tour. Fans shot live footage of the concert via the Cinebody app, which was assembled by director and editor Clifton Collins to create the final product. It was great to involve the fans to make this video, Slash said. They did an awesome job!  
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Jimmy Page Mystery Chord

There has been quite a debate going on regarding the chord Jimmy Page inserts into the outro section of "Immigrant Song," the opening cut from Led Zeppelin III. Following the lyric, For peace and trust can win the day in spite of all your losing. Page once described it as a "block chord that people never get right," and seemed genuinely delighted that "it's a chord that nobody could work out."
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What's The Connection Between a First Family of American music and one of the most unique bass sounds in jazz? Chris Brubeck and his vintage fretless Rickenbacker. Well before Jaco Pastorius paved a flat fingerboard with creative gold, Brubeck discovered the instrument was perfect for playing with his dad, iconic composer/pianist Dave Brubeck. The fretless Rick has remained his voice through his next family-band incarnation, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, with brother Dan on drums, guitarist Mike DeMicco, and pianist Mike Lamb. On the ensemble's fifth album, TimeLine, Brubeck's black-nylon-strung '69 Rick 4001 knows no bounds.

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