ARTICLE: “Splendid afternoon of music” (Arlo Guthrie with Boston Pops)
Here’s my review of Arlo Guthrie and the Boston Pops together at Tanglewood on Sunday afternoon, published in today’s Berkshire Eagle.
"There’s nothing wrong with, say, Procol Harum suiting up with the London Philharmonic and hammering out the orchestral version of arena rock. That’s the road most taken in the (sometimes unfashionable) tradition of this sort of collaboration. But much of the joy in Sunday’s 54-minute set came not in the broad strokes but in the details.
Muted trumpets and clarinet rendered the traditional ‘St. James Infirmary Blues’ in shades of New Orleans, complete with a slightly droopy tempo that conjured the Crescent City origins of the tune. Guthrie’s solo on acoustic guitar blended wonderfully with the Pops, not a note lost in the clean sound mix, and the slightly extended tag at the close came off just right.”
Above photo by Hilary Scott