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Music News 12/23/2014

Tributes

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Jimmy Greene, Beautiful Life (Mack Avenue, $17.98) – Saxophonist Jimmy Greene’s memorial album, dedicated to the memory of his young daughter Ana, who was killed in the Sandy Hook shootings two years ago. Christian McBride, bass, Lewis Nash, drums, accompany him, and many guest musicians contributed to this special project.

Dear Jean: Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie (Compass, 2 CDs, $19.98) – A folk music who’s-who sing songs written by and associated with Ms. Ritchie.

 

Music Books

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A few music book suggestions:

Greg Kot, I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the Music That Shaped the Civil Rights Era (Scribner, $16) – Now in paperback

Brian Moynahan, Leningrad: Siege and Symphony: The Story of the Great City Terrorized by Stalin, Starved by Hitler, Immortalized by Shostakovich (Grove/Atlantic, $30)

Viv Albertine, Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys (St. Martin’s Press, $27.99)

Jessye Norman, Stand Up Straight and Sing! (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27)

Rick Bragg, Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story (Harper, $27.99)