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Music News 08/27/2014


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Cyrille Aimée, It’s a Good Day (Mack Avenue Records, $17.98) – I vividly remember Cyrille Aimée from the 2010 Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition. Along with Cécile Salvant (the eventual winner), Cyrille was the other standout, and she was one of the three finalists. Originally from France, Cyrille has a light voice, and is especially good on up-tempo numbers. On her new album, she uses three guitarists with three different sounds and styles—the Brazilian nylon string, the Django-influenced steel string, and the traditional hollow-body electric. There are fun arrangements of “Where or When,” “Caravan,” “It’s a Good Thing,” and “Love Me or Leave Me.” Cyrille sings two French songs, three originals, and the closer is a scat duet with her bassist on Oscar Pettiford’s “Tricotism.”

Chuck Brown and the Chuck Brown Band, Beautiful Life (Raw Venture Records, $13.98) – Last Friday, on what would have been the “Godfather of Go-Go’s” 78th birthday, the Chuck Brown Memorial Park was unveiled in Langdon Park, near Rhode Island and South Dakota Avenues, N.E. A new album with some of his last recordings features Chuck with special guests, plus new cuts by the Chuck Brown Band, who are carrying on in his footsteps. Sugar Bear, Wale, Faith Evans, Raheem DeVaughn, and the Howard University Gospel Choir are among those who share the mike, and the album ends with Chuck’s go-go take on Lou Rawls’s classic, “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine.”



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Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier I (DG, $18.98) – Pierre-Laurent Aimard plays some of the most adventurous piano music on the scene today, but he returns to Bach again and again. He follows his Art of Fugue from 2008 with the first volume of the Well-Tempered Clavier.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: On Friday, November 7, Aimard will play selections from the Well-Tempered Clavier at the Library of Congress’s Coolidge Auditorium

Bach: Partitas (Sony Masterworks, 2 CDs, $14.98) – Igor Levit received rave reviews for his Beethoven: The Late Piano Sonatas set last from last year. He takes on Bach’s six partitas, written between 1726 and 1730.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Next May 9, WPAS will present Igor Levit at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater.