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The McIntosh County Shouter, Spirituals & Shouts Songs from the Georgia Coast (Smithsonian Folkways, $16.98) – The The McIntosh County Shouter are upholders of a very long tradition, unbroken since slavery days—that of the Gullah/Geechee “ring shout.” It is a powerful combination of “shuffle-step devotional movement,” done in groups, with singing, clapping, and the all-important “stick-man” percussionist. Besides ring shouts, the album also includes some spirituals. As with most Folkways recordings, there are over 30 pages of informative notes, interviews, and photos.
The recording is part of the African American Legacy series, co-produced with new National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Dizzie Gillespie & Friends, Concert of the Century: A Tribute to Charlie Parker (Justin Time Records, $12.98) – Recorded live in Montreal on November 24, 1980, trumpeter Dizzie Gillespie reunited an all-star group (Milt Jackson, vibes; “scene stealer” James Moody, sax and flute; Hank Jones, piano; Ray Brown, bass; Philly Joe Jones, drums) to play some tunes. There are workouts—with plenty of soloing—on “Get Happy,” “Blue ‘n’ Boogie,” “Work Song,” and more.
Kevin Whitehead reviewed the CD on Fresh Air in December.
Renée Fleming, Distant Light (Decca, $16.98) – Renée Fleming combines the old and new, and makes fascinating connections in her latest recording. She starts with Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 (with text from a prose poem by James Agee published in the The Partisan Review). She follows with a new work by Anders Hillborg, The Strand Settings (2013), set to poems by Mark Strand—at Ms. Fleming’s suggestion. Ms. Fleming finishes with three lovely settings of songs by Björk: “Virus” (very affective), “Jóga,” and “All is Full of Love.” Ms. Fleming is accompanied by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sakari Oramo.
DAS ALTE WERK
Das Alte Werk is a label started in 1958 (an offshoot of Teldec), specializing in Baroque and early music. Nikolaus Harnoncourt and his Concentus Musicus Wien were one of the major artists on the label. Warner Classics has now revived 53 titles from the back catalog with original cover art. As an introduction, they have produced Musica Barocca (Das Alte Werk, $11.98), a low-priced compilation packaged with a label catalog, by another group associated with the label, Il Giardino Armonico.
NOTE: The CD set is downstairs in our budget CD section.
LOOKING FORWARD TO NEW RELEASES
In the next month and a half, look forward to recordings by:
Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau
Dear Evan Hansen: Original Broadway Cast Recording