Music News 5/19/22



Albert Ayler, REVELATIONS: The Complete ORTF 1970 Fondation Maeght Recordings (Anagram, 4 CDs, $52.98) – Saxophonist Albert Ayler (1936 – 1970) translated ecstatic gospel shouts, anthems and marches into his own memorable tunes, brought to life by his moaning, wailing sound on tenor and soprano.  

Parts of these live concerts, in Saint-Paul deVence, on July 25 and 27, 1970—just four months before Ayler died—were released over the years with inferior sound. The complete concerts have never been issued, and include two hours of unissued music.  

Albert Ayler led the way on tenor and soprano saxophone, with Mary Parks, soprano saxophone and vocals; Call Cobbs, piano; Steve Tintweiss, bass; and Allen Blairman, drums. 

The deluxe package comes with a massive booklet with previously unpublished photos from the concerts; essays by jazz historian/radio host Ben Young, producer Zev Feldman, and Pascal Rozat from INA; plus words by Sonny Rollins, Archie Shepp, David Murray, Carlos Santana, Joe Lovano, Carla Bley, John Zorn, Bill Laswell, Reggie Workman, James Brandon Lewis, Patty Waters, Carla Bley, Annette Peacock, Marc Ribot, Thurston Moore and Zoh Amba. 




Mavis Staples & Levon Helm, CARRY ME HOME (Anti, $14.98) – In The Last Waltz (1978), Mavis Staples took a memorable second verse following Levon Helm, on “The Weight”—in a sweet version where The Band were joined by the Staple Singers. 


Over 30 years later, Mavis Staples joined the singer and drummer for a concert at his Midnight Rambles in the summer of 2011, joined by a great backup band, backup singers (including Levon’s daughter, Amy) and a horn section. Recorded live, Carry Me Home includes classic songs include “Wide River to Cross,” “Farther Along,” “You Got to Serve Somebody,” and (of course) “The Weight.”  


Ibeyi, SPELL 31 (XL, $16.99) – The French-Cuban twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Díaz 





Two constantly inventive artists with artful voices and tunes are coming to the DC area: 


Aldous Harding, WARM CHRIS (4AD, $16.99)  

NOTE: Aldous Harding will play at the Miracle Theatre near Eastern Market on Saturday, June 11. 


Sharon Van Etten, WE’VE BEEN GOING ABOUT THIS ALL WRONG (Jagjaguwar, $14.98)  

NOTE: Sharon Van Etten will be part of the Wild Hearts tour stopping at Wolf Trap on Thursday, July 21, along with Julien Baker and Angel Olsen (who has a new album coming out on June 6).  





After classes on Quincy Jones, Bessie Smith, and Stevie Wonder for P&P, poet, archivist, and DJ Reuben Jackson is turning his attention to DC’s own Marvin Gaye, and his iconic 1971 album, What’s Going On.  

The class is this Sunday, May 22.  

Go to 

Listen to WHAT’S GOING ON (Motown, $12.98)  

And listen to Reuben’s show every other at Sunday at 4 p.m. on WPFW as he shares the Sound of Surprise slot with Larry Appelbaum, or hear it anytime for two weeks at the station’s website. 





Howard University senior Kendall Robinson created a wonderful painting to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month, commissioned by Rhino Records/Warner Brothers Music. We have some posters of the painting, which portrays jazz legends John and Alice Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Charles Mingus and Art Blakey (folded, it expands to 12” x 36”).  

Free with a purchase of a CD

Ask at the front register. 

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