Music News 4/11/2019


Norah Jones, BEGIN AGAIN (Blue Note, $11.98) – Seven new songs, with a variety of different approaches..



Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan, EPISTROPHY (ECM, $18.98) – The second volume of guitar and  bass duets recorded at the Village Vanguard (Small Town, the first volume of songs from these evenings came out in 2017). Long time band-mates—and both veterans of bands led by the late drummer Paul Motian—Frisell and Morgan are ideal duet partners. The many highlights include tunes by Monk (“Pannonica” and the title tune) and Motian (“Mumbo Jumbo”), a medley of “Wildwood Flower/Save the Last Dance for Me,” and the standards “Lush Life,” “All in Fun,” and ending with “In the Wee Small Hours.”

Ben Monder, DAY AFTER DAY (Sunnyside, 2 CDs, $19.99) – Ben Monder’s first recording of cover songs. Disc 1 is a solo recording, and includes “Dreamsville” (Henry Mancini) and “The Windows of the World” (Burt Bacharach). Disc 2 is a trio with Matt Brewer, bass, and Ted Poor, drums. Songs by Jimmy Webb, George Harrison, John Barry and Bob Dylan are included.

Gio Russonello wrote a nice profile of Mr. Monder and David Torn (whose album, Sun of Goldfinger, came out last month) in Wednesday’s New York Times.


Evgeny Kissin & Emerson String Quartet, THE NEW YORK CONCERT: Mozart Fauré Dvořák (Deutsche Grammophon, $19.98) – The recording was made a year ago, on April 27, 2018 in Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall. Featured are the Mozart and Fauré Piano Quartets, the Dvořák Piano Quintet, and, as an encore, the 3rd Movement, “Scherzo. Allegretto,” from Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet.

Kinan Azmeh, UNEVEN SKY (Dreyer Gaido, 2 CDs, $29.99) – Clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, originally from Syria, has been a long-time member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Uneven Sky’s first disc features Mr. Azmeh as soloist and composer, including Suite for Improvisor and Orchestra and The Fence, the Rooftop and the Distant Sea, a duet for himself and Mr. Ma. Disc 2 includes three pieces by Syrian composers: Kareem Roustom, Zaid Jabri, and Dia Succari. All three feature Mr. Azmeh and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, conducted by Maneil Nawri.