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NEW DUETS

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Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer, Not Dark Yet (Silver Cross Records, $13.98) – After many years as solo artists, sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer team up for the very first time on an album. Not Dark Yet has mostly covers, with songs by Bob Dylan (the title track), the Louvin Brothers, Nick Cave, Kurt Cobain, and Jesse Colter. There was a good profile of the sisters and the making of this project in Monday’s New York Times.

Kacy & Clayton, The Siren’s Song (New West Records, $13.98) – One of my favorite albums from last year was Strange Country by the young duo of Kacy Anderson and Clayton Linthicum, originally from rural Saskatchewan. Kacy’s pure voice and Clayton’s guitar channeled acoustic British folk into fresh songs. Now, on The Siren’s Song, they have expanded their sound, and transformed into an electric, 1960s “psych-folk” band, helped by producer Jeff Tweedy. Kacy’s voice is perfect for these original songs—whether dreamy or haunting—and is wonderfully supported by Clayton on electric and acoustic guitars.

 

NEW CLASSICAL

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McGill/McHale Trio, PORTRAITS: WORKS FOR FLUTE, CLARINET & PIANO (Cedille Records, $16.99) – Brothers Demarre and Anthony McGill (flute and clarinet, respectively) and pianist Michael McHale formed their trio in 2014. Their first album features new works and a few transcriptions. The title work is Valerie Coleman’s Portraits of Langston, a six-movement suite inspired by Langston Hughes’s poetry. Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) reads a Hughes poem before each movement. There are new works by Paul Schoenfield, Chris Rogerson, Philip Hammond, and transcriptions of Rachmaninov and a traditional Irish tune.

Feldman: For Bunita Marcus (Hyperion, $18.98) – Pianist Marc-André Hamelin is known for his powerhouse technique and great devotion to unearthing underappreciated repertoire, such as those of Alkan, Medtner and Ornstein. Hamelin now explores the quiet and radically different sound-world of Morton Feldman (1926 -1987) on his 72 minute piece For Bunita Marcus (1985). As instructed in the accompanying booklet, the piece should be heard at low volume, and the spare gestures transport you, in Hamelin’s words, into “a world unlike any other.”

 

NPR REVIEW AND INTERVIEW

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Here are two recent radio features about favorite albums:

Kevin Whitehead reviewed tenor saxophonist JD Allen’s RADIO FLYER (Savant, $16.98) on Fresh Air.

Banjo master Stephen Wade was interviewed this past Monday on All Things Considered about his new album, Across the Amerikee (Smithsonian Folkways, $14.98).

 

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