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Music News 09/17/2014

Lucinda Williams Pre-Release Listening Party

CD CoverCalling all Lucinda Williams fans. On Tuesday, September 23, at 5 p.m., come and hear Lucinda’s new album one week early.  We’ll meet downstairs in the remainder room to listen to Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone. It’s a double-CD set of all new songs, her first album in four year, and will be released on her own Highway 20 Records on September 30. We will have silk-screened poster to raffle, and you can pre-order the CD. If you have any questions, email , with LUCINDA in the message field.


New Jazz

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Jason Moran, All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller (Blue Note, $11.98) – Pianist Jason Moran (and his trio, Bandwagon), and bassist and vocalist Meshell Ndegeocello have teamed up with more musician friends to take multiple looks at the music--and the entertaining personality—of Fats Waller. Each classic tune (“Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “The Joint is Jumpin’,” “Jitterbug Waltz,” “Sheik of Araby” among them) is given a different spin, from full stride piano to touches of soul  ballads, funk, hip-hop, and rhythm and blues.

The Washington Post had a front-page Style article about the Fats Waller project written by Giovanni Russonello, one of the founders of the DC jazz blog, Capital Bop.

Andy Bey, Pages from an Imaginary Life (High Note Records, $16.98) – Vocalist and pianist Andy Bey follows up his wonderful solo album from last year, The World According to Andy Bey, with another album of mostly ballads, as he enters each standard with his light piano touch and his rich baritone.



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Charles Lloyd, Manhattan Stories (Resonance Records, 2 CDs, $22.98) – Newly released performances  from two concerts recorded at Judson Hall and Slugs’ Saloon in 1965 with Gábor Szabó on guitar, Ron Carter, bass, and Pete La Roca Sims, drums. The sound is clean and crisp: the tapes are from engineer and label head George Klabin (Judson Hall) and Charles Lloyd himself (the session from Slugs’, the legendary Lower East Side club). Mr. Lloyd already had a powerful sound on the tenor (and the flute), and the interplay with Szabó, Carter, and La Roca is terrific.

CD CoverThere’s also a new documentary on Charles Lloyd, Arrows into Infinity (ECM DVD, $24.98), that covers his entire career, with inspiring concert footage, and insightful interviews.

Mark Turner Quartet, Lathe of Heaven (ECM Records, $18.98) – Tenor saxophonist Mark Turner has recently appeared on CDs by Billy Hart, Stefano Bollani, and his collective trio, Fly. His new quartet includes Avishai Cohen, trumpet, Joe Martin, bass, and Marcus Gilmore, drums.

Jane Bunnett, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque (Justin Time, $15.98) – Soprano saxophonist and flutist Jane Bunnett has had a long love affair with the music of Cuba. She has visited many times, and collaborated with countless Cuban musicians. Her latest group, Maqueque, is comprised of young Cuban women instrumentalists and vocalists.



Congratulations to saxophonist and composer Steve Coleman, honored in the latest group of MacArthur Fellows. Mr. Coleman has had countless musicians as part of his M-Base collective, including Cassandra Wilson and Greg Osby, and his layered and rhythmically complex music has had a profound effect on jazz since the 1980s. His most recent album is Functional Arrhythmias (Pi Recordings).


Ticket Raffles for Toumani & Sidike Diabaté and Peter Matthew Bauer

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Warner Music is giving Politics and Prose members a chance to win a pair of tickets to a pair of shows:
On Friday, Oct. 3, at Rosslyn’s Artisphere, kora master Toumani Diabaté and his son, Sidiki, will play duets, as heard on their recent album, Toumani & Sidiki (Nonesuch, $16.98).

The following evening, Saturday, October 4, Peter Matthew Bauer (of the recently disbanded Walkmen) will be at the 930 Club, opening for Delta Spirit. His first solo album, Liberation! (Mexican Summer, $9.98) starts with the autobiographical “I Was Born in an Ashram,” and explores themes of liberation in its many guises.

To enter, email with either DIABATE or BAUER in the subject field.


Next week

New Leonard Cohen, John Coltrane, and Tony Bennett (with Lady Gaga)!