Author: Bradley Bambarger

Bradley Bambarger

A longtime New York City-based music journalist and producer, Bradley Bambarger has written for publications ranging from Billboard to Gramophone and album liner notes for such labels as ECM Records and Sony Legacy. He currently contributes multiple pieces to each issue of the music quarterly Listen (which he helped found) and writes regularly for the jazz magazine DownBeat. He also founded and curates the avant-jazz concert series Sound It Out, having produced more than 130 concerts since 2012 by a who’s who on the jazz scene in the venerable hall of Manhattan’s Greenwich House Music School. The New York Times has called Sound It Out “a beacon of adventurous programming in Greenwich Village.” In summer 2015, he was chief editorial producer for’s coverage of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and St. Petersburg. With filmmaking partners, he produces an ongoing series of promotional videos for ECM, among other clients.

From 1995 to 2000, Bradley was the New York-based senior writer for Billboard magazine, helping to expand the magazine’s international coverage in the classical, jazz, world and edgier rock genres. He eventually served as executive editor of Billboard, co-leading a redesign of the century-old publication. From 2002 to 2009, Bradley was a staff music critic, columnist and reporter at The Star-Ledger daily newspaper of New Jersey, covering rock and classical in New York City, the Garden State and beyond. He produced award-winning archival CD+book boxed sets for pioneering classical firm Andante, has been a content consultant for the Metropolitan Opera Shop, and has taught music history classes at New York University. He has written liner notes for not only ECM and Sony Legacy but also for the Anzic, Clean Feed, Harmonia Mundi, Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical, Decca and RCA Victor labels. His writing has also appeared in such publications as Rolling Stone, Symphony, Relix, Musical America, Chamber Music, Stereophile, Revolver, Guitar World, Time Out New York, Playbill, Sing Out! and the New England Conservatory’s Notes magazine, among others. Bradley graduated from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism.


Clean Feed Records

Nine record covers of albums on Clean Feed Records 0

Through all the grim economic vicissitudes of the record business, the avant-jazz Clean Feed label seems to be enduring with its music-first ambitions intact – and operating not from a culture capital like New York or Berlin but in out-of-the-way Portugal.


Amoeba Music and Rough Trade

Storefronts of Amoeba Music and Rough Trade NYC 0

Virtual seems the way of the world, with streaming even taking over downloading. But for those who still prize the physical, Amoeba Music at three locations in California and the Rough Trade Shop in New York City push against the tide with brick-and-mortar stores that celebrate the tangible thrills of CDs and vinyl LPs that can never be replicated in the ether.


The Necks

The Necks stand against a red brick wall 0

Over the past 30 years, Australian trio The Necks – keyboardist Chris Abrahams, bassist Lloyd Swanton and drummer Tony Buck – has developed a unique brand of improvisational hypnotism.