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Music News 12/17/2014

Musette Explosion

   Accordionist Will Holshouser, guitarist Matt Munisteri, and tuba player Marcus Rojas are reviving wonderful repertoire from 1920s to 1950s France (and writing a few tunes in the spirit as well). Their trio, Musette Explosion, plays “swing waltzes”—French dance hall tunes “written under the spell of American jazz.” They found themselves “emphasizing the American (or African American) side of the music’s family history: rhythm, swing and improvisation.” Swing your holidays and New Year’s Eve with their new album, Introducing Musette Explosion (Aviary Records, $13.98).

Listen to Terry Gross’s interview with Will last month on Fresh Air.

 

Last Minute Raffle: Sam Amidon Vinyl LP

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Nonesuch Records is offering Politics & Prose members to win a vinyl version of one of my favorite albums of the year, Sam Amidon’s Lily-O.

Mr. Amidon (also playing banjo, guitar and fiddle) takes a minimalist approach to traditional folk songs, yet his unaffected voice give them a touching, wistful immediacy. Electric guitarist Bill Frisell weaves in his beautiful lines and washes of color on songs, and there are contributions from bassist Shahzad Ismaily and drummer Chris Vatalaro. Some of the highlights are the shape-note hymn, “Devotion,” and two songs associated with Doc Watson, “Groundhog [Variations]” and “Your Long [or Lone] Journey,” written by his wife, Rosa Lee.

See a video of Sam performing three songs with Bill and Shahzad on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert.

Nonesuch Records is offering Politics & Prose members to win a vinyl version of one of my favorite albums of the year, Sam Amidon’s Lily-O.

To enter the raffle, email agoldinger@politics-prose.com , with AMIDON in the subject field.

 

Christmas Concerts

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The Folger Consort is performing their holiday show, A Renaissance Christmas: Music of Flanders and Italy, circa 1500, through December 23, at the Folger Shakespeare Theater. There are vocal and instrumental selections by Busnois, Josquin, Obrecht, Martini, among others.

The Consort’s brand new album, Christmas in New Spain (Bard Records, $16.98), has lively early Baroque dances by Latin American and Spanish composers.