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Hadestown

CD Cover Hadestown (Righteous Babe Records, $16.98) is a “folk musical” written by Anaïs Mitchell, and based on the Orpheus and Eurydice myth. On the album (originally released in 2010), Mitchell takes the role of Eurydice, with some special guests: Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) is Orpheus, Ani DiFranco is Persephone, Greg Brown is Hades, and the Fates are sung the Haden Triplets (Tanya, Petra and Rachel).

After a few years of workshopping, the work became a fully-staged musical (with additional new songs). It premiered this May at the New York Theatre Workshop, and is playing through July 31.

 

New Jazz

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Jane Bunnett, Spirits of Havana: 25th Anniversary Edition (Linus Records, 2-CDs, $19.98) – Soprano saxophonist and flutist Jane Bunnett has been visiting Cuba—and collaborating with musicians there—for decades. She’s currently touring with her all-women sextet, Maqueque, which includes five young Cuban musicians. The special 25th anniversary edition of her first recording from Cuban, Havana Sessions, includes unreleased tracks, and a 36-page booklet with essays and photographs.

Miroslav Vitous, The Music of Weather Report (ECM Records, $18.98) – Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter were the core of Weather Report, but bassist Miroslav Vitous was also there in the beginning (from late 1970 through 1973), and contributed to the special sound of the first albums. Vitous revisits some of the great tunes, like “Birdland,” “Scarlet Woman,” and “Morning Lake” with a sextet including two saxophones (Gary Campbell, Roberto Bonisolo) and two drummers (Gerald Cleaver and Nasheet Waits).

Dave Douglas, Dark Territory (Greenleaf Records, $14.98) – Trumpeter Dave Douglas’s second recording with his electronica-meets-jazz quartet, High Risk. The group includes Mark Guiliana on drums, Shigeto on electronics, and Jonathan Maron on bass.

 

Free Putumayo Sampler

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P&P is giving away copies of the Putumayo American Music Sampler with the purchase of any Putumayo title (most Putumayo titles are displayed downstairs).

The most recent Putumayo releases are Blues Party ($14.98)—featuring songs by James Cotton, Albert King, Katie Webster, and others—and French Café ($14.98), now updated with seven new songs.

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