Entries by Peter Cates

REVIEW POTPOURRI: Christmas at the Brooklyn Tabernacle

by Peter Cates Christmas at the Brooklyn Tabernacle The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and Singers, with the London Studio Orchestra; Warner Alliance 9460042, CD, recorded 1995. Brooklyn, New York’s Tabernacle church has this very good choir as part of its weekly services and worldwide ministry. This cd is one that should please those who enjoy the […]

REVIEW POTPOURRI – Novelist: Jim Thompson

by Peter Cates Jim Thompson Pop. 1280, 1964 crime novel, roughly 217 pages. Vastly underrated during his lifetime, Jim Thompson (1906-1977) wrote over 30 novels mainly set in the “golden triangle” of Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma during the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s. Most of his characters were clueless misfits, self-serving blowhards and nihilistic villains. Pop. […]

REVIEW POTPOURRI – Composer: Bartok; Musician: Sidney Bechet; Comedians: Jonathan Winters & Dean Martin

by Peter Cates Bartok Divertimento; 5 Chants for Children’s Chorus and Orchestra; 12 Miniatures for Orchestra Vassil Kazandjiev conducting the Sofia Chamber Orchestra, with the Bodra Smyana Children’s Chorus directed by Liliana Bocheva singing the five chants – Balkanton/Harmonia Mundi HMB 103, stereo LP, released early 1980s. Also a noted Bulgarian composer and now 84, […]