Politics and Prose on Connecticut Avenue will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday November 22.
Politics and Prose at The Wharf will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow. Both locations will be closed for Thanksgiving.

To buy any of these titles e-mail András Goldinger agoldinger@politics-prose.com or call the store: (202) 364-1919

Barbra Streisand, Roseanne Cash & Bebel Gilberto

Barbra Streisand, LOVE IS THE ANSWER (Columbia, $14.98)—Ms Streisand returns to her roots, singing standards with a small jazz combo led by singer and pianist Diana Krall (who also produced), with arrangements by Johnny Mandel. She even performed last Saturday night at the Village Vanguard. Anthony Tommasini interviewed her about her vocal style (and her admiration for Shirley Horn) in the last Sunday’s New York Times.

Roseanne Cash, THE LIST (Manhattan, $17.98)—When she was just starting out as a singer, Rosanne Cash’s father, Johnny, gave her a list of one hundred songs he thought were the bedrock of American music. Roseanne performs a dozen of these in spare arrangements, including “Motherless Children,” “I’m Moving On,” and “Miss the Mississippi and You.”

Bebel Gilberto, ALL IN ONE (Verve, $14.98)—Bebel’s updating of samba and bossa nova has proved infectious. Her previous CDs, Tanto Tempo and Momento, are standbys on the P&P sound-system rotation. On her newest, she covers “Bim Bom”—written by her father, João Gilberto—along with many originals.


Mick Moloney, IF IT WASN’T FOR THE IRISH AND THE JEWS (Compass, $16.98)—Musician, folklorist, and historian Mick Moloney recreates the early days of vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley, and a golden age of Irish and Jewish song-writing collaborations. From the 1890s to the beginning of the Great Depression, song-writing teams wrote both serious and novelty songs addressing themes of the new and old immigrant communities in flux. An all-star group backs up Moloney on “Are You Really the O”Reilly?” “Sailing Off to the Yankee Land,” “When McGuinness Gets a Job,” among other treats.

Susan McKeown & Lorin Sklamberg, SAINTS & TZADIKS (World Village, $17.98)—Irish and Jewish collaborations are still going strong today. Celtic singer Susan McKeown (who also sings on If It Wasn’t…) and Klezmatics singer Lorin Sklamberg fascinatingly combine songs (in the Irish medley tradition) from Yiddish and Irish sources which speak to similar themes.

Juan Calle and His Latin Lantzmen, MAZEL TOV, MIS AMIGOS (Reboot Stereophonic, $15.99)—From the late 1940s and through the 1950s, in the heyday of New York’s Palladium ballroom, Latin rhythms were the rage. Even in the Catskills and Miami Beach, the mambo and the cha-cha became the “preferred soundtrack to Jewish-American leisure time.” In 1961, Riverside Records released Mazel Tov, Mis Amigos that included some of the best Latin and jazz players of the day, including Ray Barretto and Willie Rodriguez on percussion, Charlie Palmieri on piano, and Clark Terry and Doc Cheatham on trumpets. “Juan Calle” was actually John Cali, a session banjo player, here playing Latin string instruments. The album combines Yiddish traditional and theatre tunes with some very hot arrangements. Take a trip back in time!

The Folger Consort has a free sampler CD of music from their 2009/2010 concert season. Their theme is “Circa 1610: Inspired Music from an Age of Innovation,” and the first concert is “A Harmony of Friends: Music of Italy and China” this Friday, October 2nd through Sunday, October 4th, at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

P&P is having an author event on Saturday, October 10, at 6 p.m., for Robin Kelley’s
THELONIOUS MONK:  The Life and Times of an American Original (Free Press, $30). Mr. Kelley had cooperation from the Monk family, and access to the Monk archives. Put it on your calendar—we’ll have lots of Monk CDs on sale, as well.
Make a day of Monk by going to the semi-finals of the annual Monk Jazz Competition at the Natural History Museum’s Baird Auditorium, from noon to 5 p.m. This year the focus is on the jazz bass, and composition.

• András Goldinger