Music News 11/22/23




Geri Allen & Kurt Rosenwinkel, A LOVESOME THING: Live at the Philharmonie Paris 2012 (Motema, $20.98) – Pianist Geri Allen (1957 – 2017) has had a lasting effect on musicians, both with her compositions and her approach to the piano. This live recording was the only collaboration between Ms. Allen and guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel. As Rosenwinkel says in the notes, “Geri was a powerful force: a master musician and a true Magician. I felt a connection with her—the level of interaction with the subtle planes, the inner lives of spirit and contact with the universe. We felt it in the music, something magical happening, and I believe you can hear it in this recording.” 


Jimi Hendrix Experience, LIVE AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL, AUGUST 18, 1967 (Sony Legacy, $16.98) – Opening with a smash version of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” the Jimi Hendrix Experience played an explosive set before the release of Are You Experienced. That album was released in May in the UK, but it was only after the mind-blowing June performance by the Experience at the Monterey Pop Festival that persuaded Reprise to release the album in America on August 23. 




Carolyn Sampson, BUT I LIKE TO SING… (BIS, $20.99) – The soprano’s newest album with her long-time accompanist, pianist Joseph Middleton. The selections cover a very wide range of composer—Schubert, Mendelssohn, Wolf, Poulenc, Franck, Barber, Parry, Bernstein, and recent work by Deborah Pritchard, Errollyn Wallen,  and the late Kaija Saariaho. 

Ms. Sampson is the cover subject of the November issue of Gramophone Magazine, celebrating this, her 100th album (but she has contributed to even more). 


Christian & Tanja Tetzlaff, Paavo Järvi, BRAHMS VIOTTI DVOŘÁK (Ondine, $17.99) – This album is subtitled "In Memoriam Lars Vogt,” a tribute to the late pianist by his frequent collaborators, violinist Christian Tetzlaff, cellist Tanja Tetzlaff, and conductor Paavo Järvi and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. The selections they chose: Brahms’s Double Concerto, Viotti’s Violin Concerto, and Dvořak’s Silent Woods for cello and orchestra. 






Jeff Tweedy, WORLD WITHIN A SONG: Music That Changed My Life and Life That Changed My Music (Dutton, $26) – A truly sweet book about some of Tweedy’s favorite songs which shaped him, interspersed with hilarious family anecdotes. 

And don’t forget Tweedy’s new album with Wilco, COUSIN (Sony, $17.98) 


BOB DYLAN: MIXING UP THE MEDICINE (Callaway, $100) – A huge compendium from the Dylan Archives in Tulsa, full of photos, song drafts, and documents. The book is edited by Mark Davidson and Parker Fishel, and includes insightful essays by Greil Marcus, Michael Ondaatje, Alex Ross, Gregory Pardlo, Lee Ranaldo, Richard Hell, Ed Ruscha, Lucy Sante, Greg Tate, and Amanda Petrusich.