I had just used a variation on Balliett's "sound of surprise" in a concert review when I learned of his death. Ben Ratliff has the facts. Doug Ramsey has a lot of great quotes. Alex Ross links to two classic articles.
Taylor Ho Bynum wrote a moving rememberance of his friend Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.
Jessica Williams doesn't often post to her blog or Currents, but whenever she does, it's a must-read. The latest one about transformation-through-Glenn-Gould, is typically open and passionate. [via Rifftides]
stop the play and watch the audience on the, um, unique and apparently mostly loathed Shooby Taylor.