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New: Voices

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Asleep at the Wheel, Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (Bismeaux Records, $15.98) – An all-star tribute to the great Texas Swing master, Bob Wills, orchestrated by Asleep at the Wheel. There’s a different vocal cast for each of the 22 tracks, including Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Kat Edmonson, Lyle Lovett, the Del McCoury Band, Pokey LaFarge, Amos Lee, The Avett Brothers, Jamey Johnson, Old Crow Medicine Show, Elizabeth Cook, George Strait, Buddy Miller, Carrie Rodriguez and Emily Gimble.

Ernestine Anderson, Swings the Penthouse (High Note, $16.98) – Ms Anderson is 86, and this club date from 1962 in Seattle, shows her at her peak. Ms Anderson swings standards like “Time After Time,” “You Make Me Feel so Young,” and “Angel Eyes” with a trio behind her.  As the New York Times wrote, she “braid[ed] the threads of Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, and Lena Horne…She occupied that spot with Nancy Wilson and Gloria Lynne, among others, and played at their level, sometimes better.”

Dom La Nena, Soyo (Six Degrees Records, $12.98) – Dom la Nena is a vocalist, cellist and songwriter born in Brazil, who’s also studied and worked in Argentina and France. Her album is full of quiet, sweet melodies, with subtle, graceful rhythms. She talked about her album on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday, and Tom Moon had a review on All Things Considered

NOTE: Dom La Nena will play the Artisphere in Rosslyn, on Saturday, April 4.

Brandi Carlile, The Firewatcher’s Daughter (ATO Records, $11.98) – After her appearance last Saturday on Prairie Home Companion, Ms Carlile releases her new album.

NOTE: Mark your summer calendars, as Ms Carlile plays Wolf Trap on July 22.


New: Oud, Piano, Cello

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Anouar Brahem, Souvenance (ECM, 2 CDs, $35.98) – The Tunisian oud player Anouar Brahem usually works in small chamber-jazz groups with piano, clarinet, and sometimes percussion. For his latest recording, he wrote a suite for his group and orchestra, featuring pianist François Couturier, bass clarinetist Klaus Gesing, and bass player Björn Meyer, and the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, conducted by Pietro Mianiti.

Grigory Sokolov, The Salzburg Recital (Deutsche Grammophon, 2 CDs, $18.98) – Pianist Grigory Sokolov does not go into the recording studio, so his live recordings are eagerly awaited. His recital from the 2008 Salzburg Festival has just been issued, and includes Chopin’s Preludes, and a couple of Mazurkas, and Mozart’s Piano Sonatas Nos. 2 and 12. Six encores include works by Scriabin, Chopin, Rameau, and Bach.

Sol Gabetta, Prayer (Sony Classical, $12.98) – Cellist Sol Gabetta weaves together a program of classical pieces inspired by Jewish melodies. Bloch’s Jewish Life, Méditation Hébraïque, and Schelomo, selections from Shostakovich’s From Jewish Folk Poetry, and Pablo Casals’s Catalan Song of the Birds.

Simone Dinnerstein, Broadway – Lafayette (Sony Classical, $12.98) – Ms Dinnerstein explores the French-American musical connection (specifically between Gershwin and Ravel) on her newest recording. She programs Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major, and a new work by Philp Lasser, written for Ms Dinnerstein, The Circle and the Child: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. Kristjan Järvi conducts MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra.