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Rhiannon Giddens, Tomorrow is My Turn (Nonesuch, $16.98) – Rhiannon Giddens is the lead vocalist, fiddler, and a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Her first solo album is a program inspired by a pantheon of women performers: there are songs written or sung by Odetta, Geeshie Wiley, Nina Simone, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Jean Ritchie, Sheila Kay Adams, Florence Quivar, and Elizabeth Cotten. Ms Giddens ends her album with her own song, “Angel City,” paying tribute to these powerful singers.
NOTE: Rhiannon Giddens and her band will play the Lincoln Theater on Sunday, April 12
Vijay Iyer Trio, Break Stuff (ECM, $18.98) – Pianist Vijay Iyer released two projects last year: Mutations (ECM Records) for string quartet and piano, and music for the film Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi, written for a chamber group (available on DVD). Now he returns to his strongest setting on Break Stuff—playing with his trio of Stephan Crump on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums, who’ve been together for eleven years. The trio explores Vijay’s notions of the “break”—“embellishing, flexing and warping them” as different rhythms and tempos intersect. Interspersed are three classics by Monk (“Work”), Coltrane (“Countdown”) and Strayhorn.(“Blood Count”).
NOTE: The Vijay Iyer Trio will play on Sunday, April 19, at Sixth and I Synagogue, as part of the Levine School of Music’s Jazzfest.
Ian Bostridge & Deborah Voight
We have signed copies of tenor Ian Bostridge’s multifaceted meditation on Winterreise, Schubert’s Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession (Knopf, $29). Michael Dirda wrote a very insightful review in the Washington Post.
Soprano Deborah Voigt has a new memoir, Call Me Debbie: True Confessions of a Down-to-Earth Diva (HarperCollins, $27.99). She recently appeared on the Diane Rehm Show.
Her newest recording is Divine (Es-Dur, CD & DVD, $24.98), on which Ms Voight sings scenes from Wagner’s Götterdämmerung. The concert begins with Stravinsky’s Apollon Musagète. Jeffrey Tate conducts the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, and the package includes both a CD and DVD of the concert.