FAVORITES OF THE YEAR HANDOUT
My 4-page Favorite Music, 2021 handout is available to pick up at the Conn. Ave. store.
Here’s a link to an expanded version of the list.
- Andras, Music Buyer
Joni Mitchell, ARCHIVES VOL. 2: The Reprise Years (1968 – 1971) (Rhino, 5 CDs, 65.98) – Joni Mitchell’s second volume of archival material covers her breakthrough years with the albums Song To A Seagull (1968), Clouds (1969), Ladies Of The Canyon (1970), and Blue (1971). The box set features five albums of demos, alternate takes, and full concerts, including live at Carnegie Hall, in February, 1969, and the famous BBC concert in London with James Taylor, in October, 1970.
LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL 1969 (Rhino, 3 LP, $60.98) is also available on vinyl.
Courtney Barnett, THINGS TAKE TIME, TAKE TIME (Mom + Pop, $14.99) – Courtney Barnett is among the wittiests lyricists on the scene—delivering mini short-stories in deadpan style.
Snail Mail, VALENTINE (Matador, $16.99) – Lindsey Jordan, recording as Snail Mail, returns with her second album.
Bruno Mars & Anderson Paak, AN EVENING WITH SILK SONIC (Atlantic, $18.98) – A soulful get-together, with guest, Bootsy Collins.
Radiohead, KID A MNESIA (XL, $23.99) – Material from Radiohead’s albums, Kid A (October, 2000) and Amnesiac (May, 2001), “here put back together as originally intended, with an additional disc of bonus material—including 2 original unreleased recordings from the era.
Bill Charlap Trio, STREET OF DREAMS (Blue Note, $13.98) – Pianist Bill Charlap’s trio with Peter Washington, bass and Kenny Washington, drums, a working trio for over 20 years
RELIEF: A Benefit for the Jazz Foundation of America’s Musicians’ Emergency Fund (Mack Ave, $18.98) – An all-star benefit compilation of previously unreleased music by Jon Batiste, Christian McBride, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Esperanza Spalding & Leo Genovese, Kenny Garrett, Hiromi, Joshua Redman’s “Still Dreaming” Quartet, Charles Lloyd & Kindred Spirits. As a bonus, there is a historic live performance of “Gingerbread Boy” featuring Herbie Hancock, Jimmy and Tootie Heath, Wallace Roney, and Buster Williams.
The Cookers, LOOK OUT! (Gearbox, $14.98) – The all-star group—Billy Harper and Donald Harrison on saxophones, Eddie Henderson and David Weiss on trumpets, George Cables on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Billy Hart on drums—team up again for their sixth release. All of the Cookers are leaders and veterans of some of the most iconic groups of the last 50 years. Enjoy!
Next week: The returns of Robert Plant & Alison Krauss and Adele
For more Music reviews, check out our Best of Music 2021
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