Music News 10/16/2019


Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Party, LIVE AT WOMAD 1985 (Real World, $16.98) – Qawwali is the electrifying, ecstatic Sufi devotional singing heard in Pakistan and India. More than anyone else, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (1948 – 1997)—one of the most mesmerizing vocalists in our era—brought this powerful music to European and Western audiences. It was Nusrat and his Party that demonstrated the slow build and ecstatic release of qawwali.  The 12-men group which accompanied Nusrat featured two harmonium players, tablas, and the others in group singing and percussive clapping, often echoing and supporting the lead voice. Listen to Nusrat in his prime from the Womad Festival.

Marvin Gaye, WHAT’S GOING ON LIVE (Motown, $14.98) – It was “Marvin Gaye Day” in DC on May 1, 1972, celebrating the Motown star and native son. And it was during that evening’s concert at the very new Kennedy Center that Marvin Gaye would perform his hit album What’s Going On for the first and only time live.

Marvin began with a 13-minute “Sixties Medley” which included some of his greatest hits: “Pride and Joy,” “Stubborn Kind of Fellow,” “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing,” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.” Then Marving launched into the songs that made What’s Going On (which had come out one year earlier) one of the iconic albums of the era: “Right On,” “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler),” “Save the Children,” “Wholy Holy,” and, of course, “What’s Going On.”

Jan Garbarek & the Hilliard Ensemble, REMEMBER ME, MY DEAR (ECM, $18.98) – In 1994, Manfred Eicher, the head of ECM Records, had the fine idea of bringing together the Hilliard Ensemble, the English a capella group specializing in medieval and Baroque repertoire, and Norwegian jazz saxophonist Jan Garbarek as an additional “voice.” Their album, Officium, became a worldwide hit, and led to two more albums.

Twenty years later, in October, 2014, Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble embarked on a final short tour. Recorded on this final tour, the selections include works from Pérotin, Hildegard von Bingen, Guillaume le Rouge, Antoine Brumel to Komitas, Arvo Pärt and Garbarek himself.



Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain, Chris Potter, GOOD HOPE (Edition, $13.98) – Bassist Dave Holland, tabla master Zakir Hussain, and saxophonist Chris Potter have come together to play new jazz with a hint of Indian infusion. They’ve been touring with a larger group featuring keyboards, and multiple drummers—but on Good Hope, they form a unique power trio.

Kenny Barron & Mulgrew Miller, THE ART OF PIANO DUO LIVE (Sunnyside/Groovin’ High, 3 CDs, $14.98) – Two swinging pianists heard over three concerts—from Marciac, France in 2005, and Geneva and Zurich, Switzerland in 2011. Kenny Barron and Mulgrew Miller (who died in 2013) put their stamp on standards, complementing each other in the duo piano format. Enjoy!

Tyshawn Sorrey & Marilyn Crispell, THE ADORNMENT OF TIME (Pi, $15.98) – A continuous, hour-long, freely-improvised suite recorded live at the Kitchen, featuring drummer/composer and recent MacArthur Fellow Tyshawn Sorrey and pianist Marilyn Crispell, a member of Anthony Braxton’s classic quartet of the 1980s and ’90s.



Pi Recordings is the forward-looking label which released Adornment of Time (above). They also feature such artists as Henry Threadgill, Steve Coleman, Jen Shyu, and David Virelles.

Pi Recordigs has generously given us copies of three of their recent albums to make available to our customers:

Matt Mitchell, PHALANX AMBASSADORS – The pianist’s quintet with guitar, vibes, bass and drums

Anna Webber, CLOCKWISE – Saxophonist and flutist Anna Webber’s chamber works for reeds/winds, trombone, cello, piano, bass and drums

The Art Ensemble of Chicago, WE ARE ON THE EDGE: A 50th Anniversary Celebration (2 CDs) – An expanded version of AEC, heard live and in the studio.

If you’d like to enter the raffle to win CDs, please email , with PI in the subject heading.