Music News 7/11/2019


ECHO IN THE CANYON (BMG, $14.98) – The current documentary by Andrew Slater explores the great music that emanated from Laurel Canyon, circa 1965 – 1967. On the soundtrack, the music of the Byrds, the Mamas & the Papas, Buffalo Springfield, Brian Wilson, and other artists is newly interpreted by Jakob Dylan, Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor, Cat Power, Beck, Norah Jones, Jade Castrinos, and others.

The Black Keys, “LET’S ROCK” (Nonesuch, $14.98) – The duo of guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney return after a five-year absence with their bluesy roots rock.



Miles Davis, THE COMPLETE BIRTH OF THE COOL (Capitol, $14.98) – Over three sessions in March and April, 1949 and March, 1950, Miles Davis recorded one of the pivotal albums in jazz history. The nonet featured Gerry Mulligan (baritone sax), Lee Konitz (alto), John Lewis and Al Haig (piano), Kai Winding and J.J. Johnson (tuba), John Barber (tuba), Junior Collins, Sandy Siegelstein, Gunther Schuller (French horn), Joe Schulman, Nelson Boyd, Al McKibbon (bass), Max Roach and Kenny Clarke (drums), and vocalist Kenny Hagood. Arrangements were by Gil Evans, Gerry Mulligan and John Lewis.

This re-issue also includes live sets recorded at the Royal Roost in New York on September 4th and 18th, 1948, featuring many of the tunes and the core players of the nonet.



FILIGREE: MUSIC OF HANNAH LASH (New Focus, $16.98) – The Jack Quartet plays the music of composer and harpist Hannah Lash. Two pieces anchor the recital: on Filigree in Textile, Ms. Lash joins the Quartet in a three-part suite inspired by tapestries; in Suite: Remembered and Imagined takes the Baroque suite and its dance forms (allemande, courante, sarabande, gavotte, gigue, menuet) in new directions.

Jan Vogler & Ismo Eskelinen, SONGBOOK (Sony Classical, $14.98) – Cellist Vogler and guitarist Eskelinen play pieces written and arranged for their rare duo configuration. Ravel, Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, Satie, de Falla, and Paganini are some of the composers represented.

Andreas Ottensamer & Yuja Wang, BLUE HOUR: Weber Brahms Mendelssohn (Deutsche Grammophon, $14.98) – The clarinetist and pianist play duets by Weber, Mendelssohn and Brahms, as well as Mr. Ottensamer soloing on Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 1, accompanied by the Berlin Philharmonic, conducted by Mariss Jansons.