Music News 5/28/2020


In the weeks ahead, I will try to honor some of the musicians whom we’ve lost recently.

John Prine was one of our greatest singer/songwriters. He started with a bang in 1971 on his self-titled debut which featured “Sam Stone,” “Hello in There,” “Paradise,” and “Angel from Montgomery,” among other songs. His last album, full of heartfelt, poignant, and lighthearted songs, was released just a couple of years ago.

Prime Prine: The Best of John Prine (Warners, $14.98) (released 1976) contains all his best songs from his early years.

The Tree of Forgiveness (Oh Boy, $14.98) (2018) - his final statements in song


Luciana Souza and the WDR Big Band Cologne, Storytellers (Sunnyside, $16.98) – Vocalist Luciana Souza picked out some great Brazilian songs by the likes of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Chico Pinheiro, Edu Lobo, Chico Buarque, Guinga, Djavan, Ivan Lins, and Gilberto Gil. She is accompanied by the WDR Big Band Cologne, arranged and conducted by Vince Mendoza.


I Still Play (Nonesuch, $15.98) – has eleven new solo piano compositions written by artists who have recorded for the Nonesuch label. They were all written to honor the label’s longtime president Bob Hurwitz (now chairman emeritus), who ran the label for thirty-two years. I Still Play features works by John Adams, Laurie Anderson, Timo Andres, Louis Andriessen, Donnacha Dennehy, Philip Glass, Nico Muhly, Brad Mehldau, Steve Reich, Pat Metheny, and Randy Newman. Most of the pieces are played by Timo Andres and Jeremy Denk, and Brad Mehldau and Randy Newman play their own tunes.

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