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Stanton Moore, WITH YOU IN MIND: THE SONGS OF ALLEN TOUSSAINT (Cool Green, $15.98) – New Orleans drummer Stanton Moore and his trio, with lots of New Orleans legends as guests, pay tribute to that city’s music legend Allen Toussaint—composer, arranger, producer, as well an unmistakable singer and pianist—who died just before these sessions. The album begins with Cyril Neville and Trombone Shorty on “Here Comes the Girls,” originally a local hit for Ernie K. Doe, with its funky parade snare pattern and infectious horn arrangement. Guests like trumpeter Nicholas Payton, saxophonist Donald Harrison and Maceo Parker, and vocalist Jolynda Kiki Chapman and actor Wendell Pierce appear on songs like “Java,” “Night People,” “Southern Nights,” and “Everything I Do Gone Be Funky.”

Gio Russonello (who co-ran DC’s CapitalBop concert series and website) wrote a fine piece on the project in Tuesday’s New York Times, where he’s now writing about jazz.

The Secret Sisters, YOU DON’T OWN ME ANYMORE (New West, $13.98) – If you love harmony singing, Laura and Lydia Rogers (the Secret Sisters) have produced a wonderful album full of their powerful vocal chemistry. Many of the original songs have themes of heartbreak with a head-held-high attitude (“To All the Girls Who Cry,” “’Til It’s Over” and the title song). There are also reveries about their Southern roots (“Tennessee River Runs Low,” “Little Again,” “King Cotton”) and a spare version of Paul Simon’s early “Kathy’s Song.” The album concludes with the hymn, “Flee as a Bird.” Co-producer Brandi Carlile frames the sisters in unadorned arrangements, letting their gorgeous voices shine forth.

 

 

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The English Concert, PURCELL, LOCKE, BLOW & GIBBONS (Wigmore Hall Live, $14.98) – Harry Bicket leads the English Concert ensemble from the harpsichord with guests, soprano Rosemary Joshua and mezzo Sarah Connolly in a program of Elizabethan music, recorded live at London’s Wigmore Hall, on March 10, 2015.The selections included Matthew Locke’s Suite from The Tempest, a chaconne by John Blow, a fantasy by Christopher Gibbons, and songs by Henry Purcell.

DE FALLA: EL AMOR BRUJO (Alia Vox, $20.98) – Euskal Barrokensemble, founded in Bilbao by lutenist Enrike Solinis, bring in a flamenco cantaora, and mix flamenco and Baroque perspectives to get to the “essence” of De Falla’s inspirations. The group mixes pieces by De Falla, Rodrigo, and traditional songs.

MACHAUT: SOVEREIGN BEAUTY (Hyperion, $18.98) – The Orlando Consort’s fourth volume of music of Guillaume de Machaut.

 

 

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HAYDN: “SUN” QUARTETS OP 20 NOS. 4 – 6 (BIS, $19.99) – Star violinist Alina Ibragimova has a concurrent project with the Chiaroscuro Quartet, who explore the classic repertory on gut strings. The quartet (which also includes Pablo Hernan Benedi, violin, Émilie Hornlund, viola, and Claire Thirlon, cello)—which has previously recorded Mozart and Mendelssohn—now takes on Haydn’s “Sun” Quartets, Op. 20. 

Skampa Quartet, DVORAK: “AMERICAN” STRING QUARTET & QUINTET (Champs Hill, $16.99) – One of Europe’s long-standing quartets, with a specialty in Czech music

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