Music News 10/9/2019


Gaby Moreno & Van Dyke Parks, ¡SPANGLED! (Nonesuch, $16.98) – A new collaboration between Guatemalan singer Gaby Moreno (a frequent guest vocalist on Live from Here) and veteran songwriter, arranger, and producer Van Dyke Parks. Themes of immigration abound, with songs from Panama, Trinidad, Brazil, Peru, Puerto Rico, and the U.S.

Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band, OBIAA! (Strut, $13.99) – Pat Thomas, Ghana’s highlife legend and nicknamed the “the Golden Voice of Africa,” is still going strong at age 72. On Obiaa! (which translates as “everybody”), Thomas and the Kwashibu Area Band rework some classic songs, and take highlife in new directions on modern “parable songs ‘Onfa Nkosi Hwee,’ warning against arrogance, and ‘Odo Ankasa,’ about the value of real love and trust.”


Kacy & Clayton, CARRYING ON (New West, $13.99) – The young duo Kacy & Clayton hail from Canada, and their sound refreshingly updates British and American folk rock. Kacy Anderson’s voice is reminiscent of Sandy Denny, with Clayton Linthicum doing beautiful acoustic and electric guitar work. This is their third album, with a full band.

NOTE: Kacy & Clayton will open for Ray LaMontagne onTuesday, October 15, at Strathmore.

Wilco, ODE TO JOY (dBpm, $12.98) – A brand new Wilco, featuring Jeff Tweedy…

NOTE: Wilco will be at the Anthem on Tuesday, October 15.

Rachael & Vilray, RACHAEL & VILRAY (Nonesuch, $14.98) – Rachael Price is the powerful lead vocalist from Lake Street Dive. Now she embarks on a side gig: Rachael and Vilray met at music school, and found they both loved jazz standards from the ’30s and ’40s.  Ms. Price sings these ten new songs by Vilray (convincing in their retro style) with a relaxed jazz feel.  The duo also do two covers: Cuban composer Pedro Junco Jr.’s 1943 “Nosotros” and Milton Drake/Louis Atler’s “I Love the Way You’re Breaking My Heart,” first popularized by Peggy Lee.

NOTE: Rachael & Vilray will on the October 26 broadcast of Chris Thile’s radio show, Live from Here, and will be appearing live at 6th & I Synagogue on Thursday, December 12.


JULIA WOLFE: FIRE IN MY MOUTH (Decca, $14.98) – Composer Julia Wolf’s new work for orchestra and large chorus was written to commemorate the victims in the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. The work incorporates the names of the mostly immigrant women who died, as well as traces of folk material and testimonies. The work is sung by 146 female singers—made up of members of The Crossing and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City. The New York Philharmonic, conducted by Jaap van Zweden.

Daniil Trifonov, DESTINATION RACHMANINOV – ARRIVAL: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 (Deutsche Grammophon, $14.98) – The second volume of Daniil Trifonov’s survey Rachmaninov’s piano concertos.  He is accompanied by the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Trifonov also includes piano transcriptions of Rachamaninov’s The Silver Sleigh Bells (1st movement) and Vocalise.

Gerald Finley and Julius Drake, SCHUBERT / BRAHMS (Hyperion, $19.98) – Baritone Finley and pianist Drake program Schubert’s Schwanengesang and Brahms’s Vier Ernste Gesänge.