Did bluegrass spring fully formed from Bill Monroe's head or does it just sound that way? Whatever the facts, it's been the classical music of country for more than 50 years, all about virtuosity expressed within severe formal limits. For country folks, those limits signify tradition; for city folks, they're a container that, once comprehended, can deliver the artistic goods: a lead singer and/or instrumentalist, backed by a quartet that breaks for solo improvisations on a repertoire of standards. Diana Krall at Lincoln Center? January 26, it was Rhonda... More >>>