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Bob Dylan, Triplicate (Columbia Records, 3 CDs, $23.98) – Bob Dylan is continuing his lengthy immersion in the songs of the great Tin Pan Alley composers, especially ballads. Just as on Fallen Angels (2016) and Shadows in the Night (2015), he croons softly, close to the microphone, and lets his small combo (especially the welling pedal steel guitar) carry the arrangements. The weathered voice brings even more poignancy to these standards. A prime example is “Once Upon a Time”—Tony Bennett’s version is almost operatic; Frank Sinatra’s version (from September of My Years) is more measured, sweetened by the string and woodwind arrangement by Gordon Jenkins. Dylan’s is like an old cowboy’s, singing sweetly along to Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. Each of the three CDs has a theme and title: “’Til the Sun Goes Down,” “Devil Dolls,” and “Comin’ Home Late.”

Rodney Crowell, Close Ties (New West Records, $15.98) – Rodney Crowell’s body of first-rate songs is vast, and he can deliver his narratives and reflections with grace or low-key humor. In recent years, he’s also collaborated with Emmylou Harris on two outstanding albums, Old Yellow Moon (2013) and The Travelling Kind (2015). On Close Ties, he writes new songs on revisiting his past and reflections on life (“Nashville 1972,” “East Houston Blues,” “Live Without Susanna,” and “It Ain’t Over Yet” featuring Rosanne Cash).

NOTE: Mr. Crowell will headline at the Hamilton this Saturday, April 1.

 

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Orchestra Baobab, Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng (World Circuit, $16.98) – Orchestra Baobab from Senegal was founded in 1970, and still plays its upbeat, sparkling combination of Cuban rumba mixed with West African influences, driven by layers of guitars, horns, and drums with sweet vocals on top. Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng salutes one of Baobab’s first vocalists with guests, kora player Abdouleye Cissoko, and vocalists Cheikh Lô and Thione Seck.

Julia Holter, In the Same Room (Domino, $13.98) – This album inaugurates the Domino label’s Documents series of live studio recordings. Julia and her touring band rework songs from her three previous studio albums (Tragedy, Loud City Song, Have You in My Wilderness).

Miguel Zenón, Típico (Miel Music, $17.98) – Alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón has a hard-swinging quartet

Featuring pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Hans Glawischnig, and drummer Henry Cole.

Típico was recently reviewed on Fresh Air.

 

THE KNIGHTS AT THE SHIFT FESTIVAL

CD Cover The chamber orchestra from New York, The Knights, conducted by Eric Jacobsen, have a new release, Azul (Warner Classics, $17.98). It features Yo-Yo Ma on the title work, Azul by Osvaldo Golijov; he is also featured on an arrangement of Dvorak’s “Song to the Moon” (from Rusalka). The album also includes Ascending Bird by Siamak Aghaei and Colin Jacobsen, Tierkreis: Leo by Stockhausen (arranged by Caroline Shaw), and a Suite from Run Rabbit Run by Sufjan Stevens.

NOTE: The Knights will be featured in the inaugural Shift Festival, presented by the Kennedy Center and Washington Performing Arts.

On Friday, March 31, the Knights will play new chamber music at the Hamilton, downtown at 14th & F Streets.

On Saturday, April 1, the full orchestra will be at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall playing Brahms, Vivaldi, Aaron Jay Kernis, Lisa Bielawa, and the Knights’ own piece …the ground beneath our feet, featuring vocalist Christina Courtin.

Look here to find out more about the remaining events tonight through Saturday for Shift: A Festival of American Orchestras.

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