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Music News 10/08/2014

Ticket Raffle for Sam Amidon (with Bill Frisell) at the barns at Wolf Trap

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Nonesuch Records is giving Politics & Prose members a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Sam Amidon show (with guitarist Bill Frisell in his band) at the Barns of Wolf Trap on Thursday, October 16.

On his brand new album, Lily-O (Nonesuch, $13.98), 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.

Bill Frisell—equally at home with jazz and melodic American—also has a brand new album, Guitar in the Space Age (Okeh Records, $13.98). Here, he pays tribute to the pop guitar heroes that he grew up with (Speedy West, Jimmy Bryant, Link Wray, Duane Eddy), as well playing songs associated with the Kinks, the Byrds, the Beach Boys, Junior Wells, the Tornados and the Astronauts.

To enter the ticket raffle, email with AMIDON in the subject field.


Song Masters

CD Cover    CD Cover Jesse Winchester, A Reasonable Amount of Trouble (Appleseed, $17.98) – Jesse Winchester’s voice was among the warmest and most tender, and his sly, understated style made his songs even more affecting. Mr. Winchester worked on this album in the last months of his life (he died this April), yet the songs are uplifting. New songs celebrating the present (“All That We Have is Now”), new version of older songs (“Never Forget to Boogie”), and three versions of doo-wop and pop classics (“Rhythm of the Rain”) add up to a wonderful album.

Loudon Wainwright III, Haven’t Got the Blues (Yet) (429 Records, $15.98) – Loudon’s new album is filled with great new songs (“I Knew Your Mother,” “God & Nature”), full of his characteristic witty and wise couplets.

NOTE: Mr. Wainwright will headline at the Barns of Wolf Trap, tonight, Thursday, October 9.



CD Cover Kim Kashkashian, Sivan Magen, Marina Piccinini (Tre Voci), Takemitsu Debussy Gubaidulina (ECM, $18.98) – Violist Kim Kashkashian, harpist Sivan Magen, and flutist Marina Piccinini (calling themselves Tre Voci) have programmed a splendid album with three works for their unusual instrumental combination. The centerpiece is Claude Debussy’s Sonata for flute, viola and harp, and two modern pieces:

Tōru Takemitsu’s And then I knew ‘twas Wind (inspired by an Emily Dickinson poem), very much an homage to Debussy, and Sofia Gubaidulina’s Garten von Freuden und Traurigkeiten, which takes the special colors of the three instruments in an even more Eastern directions.

NOTE: Kim Kashkashian, Sivan Magen, Marina Piccinini are playing the Debussy in a Musicians from Marlboro concert at the Freer Gallery, next Thursday, Oct 16, in a program that also includes Beethoven, György Kurtág and Endre Szervánszky.