Music News 11/27/2019


IF YOU’RE GOING TO THE CITY: A Tribute to Mose Allison (Fat Possum, CD & DVD, $19.98) – Mose Allison (1927 – 2016) was a one-of-a-kind musician: he wrote some of the most acerbic and witty songs in the jazz cannon, he sang them in delightful, understated drawl, and he played a mean piano. “Your Mind is On Vacation,” “Your Molecular Structure,” “Everybody’s Crying Mercy,” “Ever Since the World Ended,” “Parchman Farm, and “Stop This World” are some of his many songs. If You’re Going to the City is full of wonderful performances by Bonnie Raitt, Loudon Wainwright III, Richard Thompson, Taj Mahal, Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, Dave & Phil Alvin, Robbie Fulks, Jackson Browne, Peter Case, Frank Black, Iggy Pop, Amy Allison with Elvis Costello, and the Tippo Allstars featuring Fiona Apple. But, of course, nobody can do Mose like Mose himself.

The package comes with DVD with a biographical BBC documentary, Ever Since I Stole the Blues. It has plenty of performances, footage shot in his hometown of Tippo, Mississippi, and has insightful quotes from Mose’s admirers like Pete Townsend, Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison, and Elvis Costello.

David Byrne, AMERICAN UTOPIA ON BROADWAY (Nonesuch, 2 CDs, $21.98) – Every of the 12 band member is barefoot, is in matching, tailored, grey suits, and dances around the stage with their instruments in front of a silver curtain. Welcome to David Byrne’s American Utopia, his touring show now on Broadway. The original cast album is out, full of new songs, as well as Talking Heads favorites like “I Zimbra,” “Don’t Worry About the Government,” “Once in a Lifetime,” and “Burning Down the House.”

Beatrice Rana, STRAVINSKY RAVEL (Warner Classics, $18.98) – The pianist plays Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite and Three Movements from Petrushka (in arrangements), and Ravel’s Miroirs and La Valse.