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Jazzmeia Horn, A Social Call (Prestige, $15.98) – Ms. Horn won the 2015 Thelonious Monk Jazz Vocal Competition in 2015 (the previous winner was Cécile McLorin Salvant), and this is her debut album. Ms. Horn definitely has all the musical chops, whether on standards like “East of the Sun (West of the Moon),” on songs associated with one of her influences, Betty Carter (“Tight” and “Social Call”), or R&B gems (“People Make the World Go Round”). Ms. Horn can also do creative medleys, going from hard bop to spirituals on “Lift Every Voice and Sing”/“Moanin’” and “Afro Blue”/“Eye See You”/“Wade in the Water.”

Diana Damrau, Meyerbeer: Grand Opera (Erato, $17.98) – Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791 – 1864) was a highly successful writer of grand operas, and there is now a slow recognition of his contributions, and new productions of works seldom produced before. Zachary Woolfe wrote about Meyerbeer three weeks ago in the New York Times—and explored the many reasons behind his declining reputation, and the need for new appraisals.

Soprano Diana Damrau is certainly a Meyerbeer champion, and pays tribute with arias from 10 of his operas (sung in French, Italian, and German)—from his best known work, Les Huguenots, but also from lesser known works and rarities like Robert le Diable, Le Prophète, L’Africaine, Il Crociato in Egitto, Ein Feldlager in Schlesien and Alimelek. Ms. Damrau is heard with the Lyon Opera Orchestra and Choir, conducted by Emmanuel Villaume.

 

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Wes Montgomery & Wynton Kelly Trio, Smokin’ in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse (Resonance Records, $18.98) – Guitarist Wes Montgomery recorded two very influential live albums with pianist Wynton Kelly—Full House in 1962, and Smokin’ at the Half Note in 1965—and both included his Kelly’s trio with Paul Chambers on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums (all three veterans with Miles Davis).  Seven months after Smokin’, Montgomery and Kelly played again, this time at the Penthouse in Seattle. Sets were recorded on April 14 and 21 for KING-FM, with Cobb on drums and Ron McClure on bass (subbing for Paul Chambers). Montgomery and Kelly’s great interplay can be heard on tunes like “What’s New,” “West Coast Blues” and “Oleo.” As usual for Resonance Records, the 40-page booklet is full of new essays, testimonials, photos and interviews—including Jimmy Cobb, Ron McClure, and pianist Kenny Barron (on the importance of Wynton Kelly). There is an essay by Seattle Times jazz columnist Paul de Barros, and a warm testimonial by Pat Metheny on Wes Montgomery—his great musicality, and on his influence on Metheny’s playing (especially Smokin’ at the Half Note).

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