Allison Russell, OUSIDE CHILD (Fantasy, $15.98) – Allison Russell is a singer-songwriter, a member of the duo, Birds of Chicago, and part of Rhiannon Giddens’s quartet, Our Native Daughters—all singer-songwriters, banjo revivalists, and leaders of their own groups.
Read the New York Times profile here , and listen to her new solo album.
Sons of Kemet, BLACK TO THE FUTURE (Impulse, $14.98) – Saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings is the forefront of the British jazz scene. He leads three groups: Sons of Kemet (sax, tuba, two drums), the Comet is Coming, and Shabaka & the Ancestors. The new album features voice artists, Chicago’s Angel Bat Dawid, Philadelphia’s Moor Mother and London’s MC D Double E, Kojey Radical and Joshua Idehen.
Black Keys, DELTA KREAM (Nonesuch, $14.98) – The Black Keys (Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney) pay tribute to the Mississippi hill country blues they grew up listening to, with songs by R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough, among others.
STRINGBANDS OLD AND NEW
John Hiatt and the Jerry Douglas Band, LEFTOVER FEELINGS (New West, $14.99) – A wonderful collaboration between singer/songwriter John Hiatt and the greatest dobro player on the planet, Jerry Douglas. High-energy acoustic music.
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, WAY OUT WEST: Lost Trancriptions for Tiffany 1946 – 1947 (Real Gone, 2 CDs, $35.99) – Speaking of high energy, the pioneer of Texas Swing, Bob Wills, and his band, the Texas Playboys, embodied it. With Wills, country music instrumentation met the virtuosity and swing of jazz, led by fiddles and guitars.Wills is at his best on these radio transcriptions.
MOZART: SONATAS FOR FORTEPIANO & VIOLIN VOL. 3 (Harmonia Mundi, $19.98) – The third volume of the wonderful series of duets by violinist Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov playing fortepiano.
BERNSTEIN CONDUCTS STRAVINSKY (Sony Classical, 6 CDs, $36.98) – It’s the 50th anniversary of the death of Igor Stravinsky; one of his greatest champions was the conductor Leonard Bernstein. This new box collects Bernstein’s complete Stravinsky recordings, from 1947 to 1972. It includes The Rite of Spring (two different recordings), L’Histoire du Soldat, Petrushka, Firebird, Pulcinella Suite, and Oedipus Rex, among others. Bernstein leads the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra.