Music News 2/17/2021



The Archives, CARRY ME HOME:  A Reggae Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson (Montserrat House, $15.98) – Darryl “Trane” Burke, of the DC-based reggae group,the Archives, had the inspired idea of joining the politically-infused songs of Gil Scott-Herron and Brian Jackson to the sounds of roots-reggae. (Scott-Heron and Jackson started their Midnight Band right here in DC and Arlington. Carry Me Home has contributions from Brian Jackson himself, as well as percussionist Larry MacDonald (a veteran of Scott-Heron’s band), dub poet Mutaburaka, and DC R&B vocalist Raheem DeVaughn. Songs include classics such as “Winter in America,” “Home is Where the Hatred Is,” and “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.”  

Read the Washington City Paper article about this project here


Will Liverman, DREAMS OF A NEW DAY: Songs by Black Composers (Cedille, $16.99) – Baritone Will Liverman has programmed a powerful mix of art songs across generations written by Black composers. From Henry Burleigh, Margaret Bonds, and Thomas Kerr to Robert Owens, Leslie Adams, and Damien Sneed. The centerpiece is the premiere recording Shawn Okpebholo’s “Two Black Churches.” Mr. Liverman is accompanied by pianist Paul Sánchez. 

Listen to a feature about Dreams of a New Day on NPR’s Morning Edition


Nathalie Stutzmann, CONTRALTO (Erato, $18.98) – Nathalie Stutzmann has one of the unique voices in music—a deep and vibrant contralto, full of colors, spanning a huge range. (Ms. Stutzmann has also been appointed principal guest conductor for the Philadelphia Orchestra for the next three seasons.) 

Here, she sings selections from Handel, Vivaldi, Porpora, Bononcini, Caldara, and Gasparini with her group, Orfeo 55. 


ALFRED SCHNITTKE: Works for Violin and Piano (Deutsche Grammophon, $16.98) – Violinist Daniel Hope had an early love for the works of Alfred Schnittke (1934 – 1998), and studied with the composer during his time in the West. As Hope writes, “it was time to revisit his music and pay a recorded tribute to this extraordinary composer.” Hope is partnered with pianist Alexey Botvinov for Suite in the Old Style, the Sonata for Violin and Piano No 1, as well as a tango, polka, and madrigal, among other pieces.