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LABEL FOCUS: SUNNYSIDE RECORDS

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Sunnyside Records has been releasing fine jazz recordings since 1982.

Here are some recent recommended Sunnyside recordings (each, $16.98) that showcase their variety:

Harriet Tubman, Araminta – The trio, Harriet Tubman (Brandon Ross on electric guitar, Melvin Gibbs on bass, and JT Lewis on drums), are joined by special guest trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith for some high powered  improvisations on Araminta. The group pushes the sound of electric Miles Davis into the 21st century, especially with Wadada on trumpet. And the group has always acknowledged politics in their music; on this album with tunes such as “Nina Simone” and “Sweet Araminta” (titled after Harriet Tubman’s given name, Araminta Ross), as well as Wadada’s “President Obama’s Speech at the Selma Bridge.”

Dan Tepfer Trio, Eleven Cages – Pianist Dan Tepfer has released some great album: a duet with alto master Lee Konitz, his own improvisations on Bach’s Goldberg Variations, and several works with vocalists. Eleven Cages is a strong trio album with Thomas Morgan on bass, and Nate Wood on drums; the album is a mix of original tunes, two spontaneous pieces, and two fascinating covers: Beyoncé “Single Ladies” and George Gershwin’s “I Loves You Porgy.”

Diego Barber, One Minute Later – Spanish classical guitarist Diego Barber uses his instrument in new jazz settings, in this case in an album inspired by the poet Lorca. His new quartet includes Alejandro Coello on marimba—making for some colorful sonic juxtapositions (Coello also plays vibes, tympani, gongs, crotales, tam-tam and kalimba)—and the dynamic rhythm section of Ben Williams on bass and Eric Harland on drums.

Hush Point, Hush Point III – Hush Point is led by trumpeter (and composer) John McNeil and Jeremy Udden on saxophones (with Aryeh Korbrinsky on bass and Anthony Pinciotti on drums). The group has an original take on the West-Coast “cool” sound, with interweaving melodic lines, and very memorable tunes.

Dominique Eade and Ran Blake, Town and Country – Vocalist Dominique Eade and pianist Ran Blake (both associated with the New England Conservatory) juxtapose “Songbook” standards with folk and folk-inspired tunes. The result is very fresh: “Moonlight in Vermont” and “Goodnight Irene,” “West Virginia Mine Disaster” and “Moon River,” and many others.

 

CLASSICAL VOICES

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Bach: Cantatas for Soprano (Harmonia Mundi, $18.98) – Soprano Carolyn Sampson and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra in a program of Bach’s “early” cantatas written, both secular and sacred, written during his time as organist and Konzertmeister to the Duke of Weimar (1708-1717). Listen to Ms. Sampson on the wedding cantata, Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten, BWV202 (beautifully dueting with oboe), and the sacred Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV199.

English Concert, Purcell, Locke, Blow & Gibbons (Wigmore Hall Live, $14.98) – Harry Bicket leads his English Concert in a program of Elizabethan music, with soprano Rosemary Joshua and mezzo Sarah Connolly (just awarded a DBE last week).

La Nuova Musica, Pergolesi and Bach (Harmonia Mundi, $18.98) – La Nuova Musica, directed by David Bates, programs Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, and several of Bach’s Cantatas. Soprano Lucy Crowe and countertenor Tim Mead are heard in this “thrilling recording” (to quote Gramophone Magazine).

Ars Nova Copenhagen, First Drop (Cantaloupe Music, $16.99) – Since 2003, Paul Hillier has led the chamber choir Ars Nova Copenhagen, emphasizing new music. First Drop includes compositions by Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Louis Andriessen, Michael Gordon, and David Lang.

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