Music News 12/18/2019


COME ON UP TO THE HOUSE: Women Sing Waits (Dualtone, $13.98) – Tom Waits songs done by Aimee Mann, Rosanne Cash, Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer, Phoebe Bridgers, Corinne Bailey Rae, Iris DeMent, Kat Edmonson, Patty Griffin, Courtney Marie Andrews, among others.

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Gautier Capuçon & Yuja Wang, FRANCK & CHOPIN (Erato, $18.98) – Two young stars collaborate: cellist Gautier Capuçon and pianist Yuja Wang. They play a transcription of Franck’s Cello Sonata in A, Chopin’s Introduction and Polonaise Brilliante in C and Cello Sonata in G Minor, and end with Piazzolla’s Le Grand Tango.

WYNTON MARSALIS: VIOLIN CONCERTO (Decca, $14.98) – Nicola Benedetti is featured in Wynton Marsalis’s Violin Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Cristian Macelaru, and the Fiddle Dance Suite for solo violin.


Charles Lloyd Quartet, MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL 1967 (TCB, 2 CDs, $21.99) – Early 1967 saw the release of Forest Flower, the live album by the Charles Lloyd Quartet—with Lloyd on tenor sax and flute, Keith Jarrett on piano, Cecil McBee on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums. It became a huge jazz and crossover hit. That summer, the Quartet went on a European tour—with Ron McClure on bass—and brought their new sound to the continent. The Monreux Jazz Festival set featured an inspired half-hour versions of “Forest Flower” and “Sweet Georgia Bright,” plus hits like “Lady Gabor,” and “Love Ship.” These great musicians have been producing great music in the fifty-plus years since!

SPIRITUAL JAZZ VOL 9: Blue Notes (JazzMan, 2 CDs, $19.98) – Many younger players are doing their own spin on 1960s and 1970s “spiritual jazz,” often taking the concept back their Asian roots. Blue Note Records put out many classics in this era that could be broadly put in this category. This compilation includes tunes by Bobby Hutcherson, Wayne Shorter, Andrew Hill, Joe Henderson, Booker Ervin, Hank Mobley, Jackie McLean, Pete LaRoca, Elvin Jones, Duke Pearson and others.


Two recent Broadway hits are touring, and are now at the Kennedy Center. Bartlett Sher’s 2018 revival of My Fair Lady is on now through January 19. Come from Away is on through January 5. Listen to the cast albums:

MY FAIR LADY: 2018 Broadway Revival Cast (Broadway, $18.98) – The Lerner and Loewe classic, with Lauren Ambrose as Eliza, Harry Hadden-Paton as Henry Higgins, Alexander Gemignani as Alfred Doolittle, and Allan Corduner as Colonel Pickering.

COME FROM AWAY (Musical Alliance, $17.98) – The Canadian musical about the aftermath of 9/11 when many passenger planes were grounded at the airport near the small town of Gander, Newfoundland. The music and lyrics are by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and the musical had an out-of-town tryout at Ford’s Theater in 2016 before going to Broadway in 2017, where it’s still playing.