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Raffle: Signed CDs by Aaron Diehl
Pianist Aaron Diehl is a virtuoso player, inhabiting stride, swing, and bop with equal facility, and writing catchy new tunes. He’s also a great accompanist and arranger when working with singer Cécile McLorin Salvant. On his 2013 album, The Bespoke Man’s Narrative, Aaron took a fresh look at the sound of the piano/vibes quartet, à la the Modern Jazz Quartet.
On his new album, Space Time Continuum (Mack Avenue Records, $17.98), he works with his trio, bringing mostly his original tunes, and spotlights veteran horn player on selected cuts: Benny Golson, tenor sax; Joe Temperley, baritone sax; Stephen Riley, tenor; and Bruce Harris, trumpet. The last cut on the CD, the title track, has vocals by Charenee Wade (and lyrics by Ms. Salvant).
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Neil Young & Promise of the Real, The Monsanto Years (Reprise, CD & DVD, $19.98) – Thiry years ago, Neil Young and Willie Nelson co-founded Farm Aid, and headlined many benefit concerts to preserve family farm. He returns to these political roots, expands his targets, and gets together with Willie Nelson’s sons, Lukas and Micah (in the group, Promise of the Real) to rock out on some grunge-rock tunes excoriating Wal-Mart, Citizen’s United, Starbucks, GMOs, among other topics.
Pat Thomas, Pat Thomas and Kwashibu Area Band (Strut, $15.99) – One of iconic dance sounds of 1960s Africa, the sound of Ghanaian highlife returns in an album by the pioneering Pat Thomas. Banning Eyre (author of the recent Thomas Mapfumo biography, Lion Songs) reviewed the album on NPR.
Leon Bridges, Coming Home (Columbia Records, $12.98) – Classic in-the-pocket R & B from the young Fort Worth singer
Kamasi Washington, The Epic: Volumes 1, 2 & 3 (Brainfeeder, 3 CDs, $22.99) – One of the most talked about jazz albums of the year, tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington showcases his work with the L.A.-based collective, the Next Step.
The Capitol Steps, Mock the Vote (Capitol Steps Productions, $13.98) – The political satirists of the Capitol Steps (who perform on Fridays and Saturdays in the Reagan Building) have just released their latest. The songs include: “Jeb is Ready, He’s My Brother,” “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Crimea?” “All About the Base,” and “Don’t Call Them Redskins.”
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
The annual Smithsonian Folklike Festival focus this year is on Peru. The Festival is on the Mall (on a smaller plot this year, near the American Indian Museum) through Sunday, July 5.
NOTE: Tonight, Thursday, July 2, the wonderful Afro-Peruvian singer (and former Minister of Culture), Susana Baca, will perform an evening concert. Listen to her Afrodiaspora (Luaka Bop, $16.99).