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Nobel Prize for Bob Dylan

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Heard the news at 7 a.m. last Thursday: Bob Dylan wins the Nobel Prize for Literature—it brought a big smile to my face.


Two new Bob Dylan archive projects will issued in the next month and a half.

On November 11, there will be an epic 36-CD box set, Bob Dylan: The 1966 Live Recordings. The box set chronicles the entire tour of the U.S., UK, Europe and Australia, with Dylan playing acoustic in the first half of the shows, and then in the second half, the tumultuous electric sets with the Hawks (AKA the Band—with Mickey Jones on drums). Available for special order.

On December 2, one of those shows will be released as a 2-CD set, entitled The Real Royal Albert Hall Concert, 1966.


New Leonard Cohen

CD Cover Leonard Cohen asks the question on the title track of his latest album: You Want it Darker (Columbia, $14.98).  And he proceeds to intone his suite of poem/songs in his ever commanding voice—the couplets falling into place, grave, but always with gentle humor. The familiar sonic ingredients are here: the women’s voices answering and doubling his line, spare keyboards and drum machine, but also a few songs with lush strings as well. Highly recommended.

For some insightful context, read David Remnick’s profile of Mr. Cohen in last week’s New Yorker.



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Philippe Jaroussky, Bach Telemann: Sacred Cantatas (Erato, $17.98) – The leading countertenor on the planet, singing Bach and Telemann, supported by the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

Pretenders, Alone (BMG, $13.98) – The rocking Chrissie Hynde revives the sound of the Pretenders after a long layoff, helped by producer Dan Auerbach (the Black Keys).

Conor Oberst, Ruminations (Nonesuch, $16.98) – A solo album


International sounds

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Noura Mint Seymali, Arbina (Glitterbeat, $14.99) – The powerful vocalist in the Moorish griot tradition from Mauritania; she accompanies herself on the ardin, the 9-string harp, and is supported by electric guitar (echoing lines from the Moorish lute), bass and drums.

A-Wa, Habib Galbi (S-Curve, $11.98) – Three Israeli sisters (Tair, Liron, and Tagel Haim) make infectious pop music combining Yemenite folk with touches of techno, reggae, and hip-hop. 

Gaby Moreno, Ilusión (Sony Latin, $12.98) – Originally from Guatemala, Ms. Moreno describes her sound as “Spanglish folk-soul.”

Pat Thomas, Coming Home: Original Ghanian Highlife and Afrobeat Classics 1964 – 1981 (Strut, 2 CDs, $17.99) – A wonderful compilation by the “Golden Voice of Africa”


Miles Davis Quintet

CD Cover Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Serises Vol. 5 (Columbia, 3 CDs, $37.98) is the latest in the fascinating box sets that have been issued yearly from the archives of Columbia Records. Freedom Jazz Dance is a showcase for Miles’s second great quintet (Wayne Shorter, saxophone; Herbie Hancock, piano; Ron Carter, bass; Tony Williams, drums), and focuses on the 1966 recording, Miles Smiles. The set takes you inside the recording studio, and lets you hear as iconic songs such as “Nefertiti” come into shape. Hear some of the greatest music created in Miles’s career.