Oct 052017
CD Reviews: Ghost Train Orchestra’s Book of Rhapsodies, Vol. II" and Jane Ira Bloom’s "Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson" – Second Thoughts

In two new releases, Jane Ira Bloom and Brian Carpenter complete their work on self-defined projects that are tonics for a time of trouble.

Dec 272013
Fuse Review / Commentary: Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra and Some Notes on “Irony”

Brian Carpenter and the Ghost Train Orchestra are not about re-creating either hot jazz from the ’20s or novelty works from the ’30s and ’40s. They’re interested in capturing the spirit that they perceive to be inside these almost-forgotten pieces and using that spirit to make original new music.