Music News 3/31/22




Rokia Koné & Jacknife Lee, BAMANAN (Real World, $18.98) – Rokia Koné, a member of the West African collective, Les Amazones d’Afrique, embarks on a solo project, backed by her Malian band—with subtle, remote additions by Irish producer Garret (Jacknife) Lee. Ms, Koné’s powerful songs and vocals—sung in the Bambara language—address themes of women’s empowerment, the Bamana Empire, and current political upheavals.   


Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, CROOKED TREE (Nonesuch, $14.98) – Molly Tuttle is a fantastic flatpicked guitarist, singer and songwriter. Her new album with her band, Golden Highway—a traditional bluegrass line-up of fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar and bass--was co-produced by Ms. Tuttle and dobro master Jerry Douglas. It features collaborations with Sierra Hull, Old Crow Medicine Show, Margo Price, Billy Strings, Dan Tyminski, and Gillian Welch 

NOTE: Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway will play the Birchmere in Alexandria on Monday, June 27. 


SCHUBERT: PIANO SONATAS (Hyperion, $19.98) – Stephen Hough returns to Schubert, juxtaposing the “expansive terrain”  of the late Piano Sonata in G Major, D 894 (1826), and the earlier Piano Sonata in A Major, D 664. In between is the short fragment of Sonata in E minor, D769a, which was never finished.  


Tom Principato, IT’S TELE TIME! A Tribute to Roy Buchanan and Danny Gatton (Powerhouse, $17.99) – As Tom Principato notes, “I have always thought of myself in my own way, as being part of the ‘Washington D.C. Telecaster tradition’.” 

Roy Buchanan and Danny Gatton…were my heroes, and through them I heard the playing of my other heroes like Les Paul, Chet Atkins, Roy Nichols, Charlie Christian and James Burton. 

This is a collection of live recordings showing those influences…There would be a part of the show where I would strap on a Telecaster, joke about ‘it’s Tele time!’ and ‘unleashing the chickens,’ and for a part of the night everything that I learned or absorbed from Roy and Danny would come pouring out.” 


Walter Smith III & Matthew Stevens, IN COMMON III (Whirlwind, $15.99) – The three In Common albums are led by saxophonist Walter Smith III and the guitarist Matthew Stevens, and for each new volume they gather new collaborators. 

In this iteration, the two are joined by pianist Kris Davis, and the dynamic rhythm section of masters Dave Holland on bass and Terri Lynne Carrington on drums   



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