Music News 3/11/2021



Charles Lloyd and the Marvels, TONE POEM (Blue Note, $14.98) – This is the third album for Charles Lloyd’s twin-guitar group featuring Bill Frisell (electric guitar) and Greg Leisz (pedal steel), and his stalwart rhythm section, Reuben Rogers on bass, and Eric Harland on drums. I Long to See You (2016) was followed by Vanished Gardens (2018) which featured Lucinda Williams on vocals. Tone Poem features three tunes by Lloyd, as well as songs by Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk, Gábor Szabo, Leonard Cohen and Bola de Nieve. 

Valerie June, THE MOON AND STARS: Prescriptions for Dreamers (Fantasy, $15.98) – Valerie June has a “wayward twang and a sly finesse” and an ability to combine “soul, country, folk, jazz and blues” (to quote Jon Pareles in the article below). She calls her style “organic moonshine roots music.” Pushin’ Against a Stone (2013) and Order of Time (2017) were her first two albums.  

Ms. June will also have a book coming out in April, Maps for the Modern World, under her full name, Valerie June Hockett. 

Read the New York Times profile of Valerie June, and the making of the album. 

Hafez Modirzadeh, FACETS (Pi, $15.98) – Tenor saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh has explored incorporating Persian and Arabic modes outside the Western equal temperament system into his music. He invited three distinctive pianists—Kris Davis, Craig Taborn, and Tyshawn Sorey—to try this newly “re-tuned” piano in a series of duets. 

Lake Street Dive, OBVIOUSLY (Nonesuch, $15.98) – Lake Street Dive has a great sound, fronted by Rachel Price’s powerful voice. The group formed in 2004 while attending the New England Conservatory of Music.