Music News 6/13/2019


Bruce Springsteen, WESTERN STARS (Columbia, $14.98) – After his long stint on Broadway, and his successful memoir, Bruce Springsteen strikes out in new directions. He combines lush, symphonic (almost Copland-esque) arrangements with his insightful portraits and narratives.

Neil Young and the Stray Gators, TUSCALOOSA: LIVE (Reprise, $17.98) – On February 5, 1973, Neil Young and the Stray Gators played a set featuring songs from the recently released Harvest, plus songs from After the Gold Rush, and what would appear later on Tonight’s the Night. His band featured some of the best session players in Nashville and Los Angeles: Tim Drummond (bass), Kenny Buttrey (drums), Jack Nitzsche (piano) and Ben Keith (pedal steel guitar). Highlights include “Don’t Be Denied,” “Alabama,” “Out on the Weekend,” “Old Man,” and “Heart of Gold.”


Hadestown won the Tony for Best Musical, for Best Original Score (for composer Anaïs Mitchell) as well as six other Tonys. So far, there are two recordings of some of the music.

HADESTOWN (Righteous Babe Records, $17.99) first came out in 2000 as an Anaïs Mitchell CD before it became a full-fledged musical, with Ms. Mitchell plus guest singers like Ani Di Franco, Bon Iver and Greg Brown.

HADESTOWN: 2017 Off-Broadway Cast Recording (Warner Classics, $17.98) has many of the present cast members (but not Tony-winner André De Shields).

There is no official Broadway Original Cast album yet (probably late summer for the physical CD).


Ms. Mitchell and Righteous Babe Records sent along a signed Playbill of Hadestown. If you’d like to enter to win: please send an email to , with HADESTOWN in the subject field.


Anat Cohen Tentet, TRIPLE HELIX (Anzic, $17.98) – Clarinetist (and saxophonist) Anat Cohen and her quartet just headlined last weekend at the Hamilton, part of the DC Jazz Festival. But Anat also leads a versatile large ensemble called the Tentet, featuring trumpet, saxophones, trombones, cello, vibes, guitar, piano/acccordion, bass and drums, featuring the arrangements of Oded Lev-Ari, also the music director. The Tentet’s first CD, Happy Song (2017) was a joyful experience.  Triple Helix features the three-part title concerto written by Oded, as well as originals by Anat, as well as tunes by Astor Piazzola, and the traditional “La Llorona.”

NOTE: Ms. Cohen is also the cover subject of July’s DownBeat Magazine.

Stan Getz, GETZ AT THE GATE: The Stan Getz Quartet Live at the Village Gate, Nov. 26, 1961 (Verve, 2 CDs, $19.98) – Live sets with pianist Steve Kuhn, bassist John Neves and drummer Roy Haynes (aka “The Boston Band”).

Paul Bley, WHEN WILL THE BLUES LEAVE (ECM, $18.98) – A 1999 live set with Gary Peacock on bass and Paul Motian on drums.