Music News 3/4/2021



Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, ALL THE GOOD TIMES (Acony, $14.98) – A pandemic cover-song project by Gillian and David featuring songs by Elizabeth Cotton, Bob Dylan, John Prine, and Norman Blake, among others.  There are traditional songs as well (“All the Good Times Are Past and Gone,” “Poor Ellen Smith”), and the duo finish with rousing versions “Jackson” and Y’All Come. 

Pat Metheny, ROAD TO THE SUN (Modern, $15.98) – Two new guitar suites by Pat Metheny are unveiled—the six-part Road to the Sun, played by the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, and the four-part Paths of Light, played by Jason Vieaux. As a “bonus” track, the album ends with Metheny himself plays his arrangement of Arvo Pärt’s Für Alina, for his special 42-string guitar. 

Omar Sosa, AN EAST AFRICAN JOURNEY (OTA, $17.99) – On a tour throughout East Africa, Cuban pianist Omar Sosa recorded musicians from Madagascar, Kenya, Sudan, Ethiopia, Burundi, Zambia, and Mauritius. Later he added very delicate piano and percussion details for a fascinating collaborative project. 

Dusty Springfield, THE COMPLETE ATLANTIC SINGLES 1968 – 71 (Real Gone, $19.99) – The glorious voice of Dusty Springfield around the time of the iconic Dusty in Memphis. The set features the A and B sides of all 12 of Dusty’s singles in glorious mono (16 have never been issued on CD)—the fruit of her creative collaborations with Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd, Arif Mardin and Gamble & Huff, featuring the best studio musicians in the land. 

Read Amanda Petrusich’s fine article on Dusty in the New Yorker


Imani Winds, BRUITS (Bright Shiny Things, $13.98) – The African American wind quintet plays new music: Vijay Iyer’s Bruits (2014), written for the quintet and pianist Cory Smythe, is a response to Trayvon Martin’s killing. Reena Esmail’s The Light is the Same uses Hindustani ragas as inspiration, and Frederic Rzewski’s Sometimes, juxtaposes texts by Reconstruction scholar John Hope Franklin, a poem by Langston Hughes (sung by soprano Janai Brugger), and Rzewski’s “deconstruction” of “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child.” 

Hilary Hahn, PARIS (Deutscche Grammophon, $14.98) – Violinist Hilary Hahn’s new Parisian album opens with Chausson’s Poème for Violin and Orchestra; the centerpiece is Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No 1; and it concludes with the world premier of Rautavaara’s Deux Sérénades, dedicated to Ms. Hahn. 

She is accompanied by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France, conducted by Mikko Franck. 

Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexander Melnikov, BEETHOVEN: TRIPLE CONCERTO (Harmonia Mundi, $19.98) – The violinist, cellist and pianist—a trio of musicians with a long history of collaboration—continue their Beethoven project. The Triple Concerto is played with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado. A trio transcription of Symphony No 2 (Piano Trio Op 36) completes the set. 

Paul Lewis & Steven Osborn, FRENCH DUETS (Hyperion, $19.98) – Two masterful pianists play Fauré, Ravel and Debussy.