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In Memoriam

Honoring some in the music world—many legends, some lesser known masters and innovators—who died in 2015.

JAZZ: Ornette Coleman, alto sax, composer; Clark Terry, trumpet & flugelhorn; Phil Woods, alto sax; Jerome Cooper, drummer & percussionist, Revolutionary Ensemble; Mark Murphy, vocalist; Gunther Schuller, composer & jazz scholar; Masabumi Kikuchi, piano; Marcus Belgrave, trumpet; Lew Soloff, trumpet; Ralph Sharon, pianist/arranger; Bruce Lundvall, Blue Note Records head; Orrin Keepnews, Riverside & Milestone Records founder; John Taylor, pianist; Ward Swingle, founder, the Swingle Singers; Jeff Golub, fusion guitarist

Pop, country, Folk, Blues, International:

B. B. King, blues legend; Lesley Gore, vocalist; Allen Toussaint, pianist, singer, songwriter, arranger, producer; Ben E. King, singer; Percy Sledge, “When a Man Loves a Woman; Jean Ritchie, Appalachian singer; Theodore Bikel, Broadway star and folk singer; Little Jimmy Dickens, Grand Old Opry star; Andraé Crouch, gospel star; Don Covay, singer; John Renbourn, English acoustic guitarist; Bill Keith, banjo innovator; Buddy Emmons, pedal-steel master; Doudou N’Diaye Rose, master drummer

Classical: Kurt Masur, conductor; Alan Curtis, Baroque music conductor; Heinz Fricke, conductor; Robert Craft, conductor & Stravinsky specialist; Mattwilda Dobbs, soprano; Aldo Ciccolini, pianist; Ivan Moravec, pianist; Jon Vickers, tenor

& other contributors:

Billy Sherrill, Nashville producer; Bob Johnston, producer for Dylan, Cash, and others; Vic Firth, drumsticks maker


Peter and the Wolf…and Jazz

There are many versions of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, with orchestras and narrators galore, but none cleverly arranged for a jazz big band, with Doctor Who as a narrator.

On Peter and the Wolf…and Jazz (Chant du Monde, $18.98), The Amazing Keystone Big Band make it work splendidly: they choose appropriate instruments for each character, and make Prokofiev’s melodies swing. The bird (flute and muted trumpet), the duck (soprano sax), the cat (tenor sax), wolf (trombones and tuba), Grandfather (baritone sax), and Peter (the rhythm section of piano, guitar, bass), and the hunters (drums and rimshots!) have even more personality, and the Big Band uses each section of the work as a mini jazz history. From stride to swing to blues, bop and bossa nova, Peter and the Wolf takes on even more wonderful colors and tones.

Narrated in sweet Scottish tones by David Tennant (Doctor Who, Broadchurch), the CD also comes with a colorful mini picture book with illustrations by Martin Jarrie of the story, and plenty of fun notes.

NOTE: This CD is displayed in the Children and Teens Department.



Karrin Allyson, Many a New Day: Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein (Motema Music, $14.98) – Karrin Allyson picks some of the finest songs from Oklahoma, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music, and with wonderful accompaniment from pianist Kenny Barron and bassist John Patitucci, sings them simply and tenderly. Though these songs are familiar, Ms. Allyson (with her arranger Michael Leonhart) gives them a lively and fresh look. Songs such as “Hello Young Lovers,” “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught,” and “Something Good” are classics, and new versions—especially given such sweet and vital performances—are always welcome.