Music News 7/17/2019


Lizzo, CUZ I LOVE YOU (Atlantic, $13.98) – The vocalist and songwriter Lizzo has taken the R&B world by storm with songs like “Juice,” “Boys,” and “Cuz I Love You.” She is also a classically-trained flutist, who has wowed her audiences with her vocal and instrumental prowess. 

Listen to Lizzo interviewed by Terri Gross—with many songs excerpts—on NPR’s Fresh Air.


Melissa Aldana, VISIONS (Motema, $16.98) – Chilean tenor saxophonist (winner of the Thelonious Monk Jazz Completion in 2013) has already released two dynamic trio albums in the last few years, and this spring came through DC as part of the Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars. Her new album, Visions (with a cover drawn by Ms. Aldana), takes its inspiration from Frida Kahlo, and features an expanded group, with pianist Sam Harris, vibraphonist Joel Ross, bassist Pablo Menares, and drummer Tommy Crane.

Joel Ross, KINGMAKER (Blue Note, $14.98) – Vibraphonist Joel Ross, who’s made appearances on albums by Makaya McCraven, Marquis Hill, and is also on Melissa Aldana’s album (see above), makes his debut on Blue Note Records—the home of the late vibes pioneer Bobby Hutcherson. Mr. Ross’s band includes Immanuel Wilkins on alto saxophone, Jeremy Corren on piano, Benjamin Tiberio on bass, and Jeremy Dutton on drums, plus guest vocalist Gretchen Parlato.

Fred Hersch & the WDR Big Band, BEGIN AGAIN (Palmetto, $17.98) – The pianist and composer collaborates with the WDR Big Band, with arrangements by Vince Mendoza, who also conducts. The program consists of all Fred Hersch compositions.



The Band’s Visit, with music and lyrics by David Yazbek, won the Tony for Best Musical in 2018. The musical, based on a wonderful Israeli film from 2007, is now at the Kennedy Center through August 4.

Listen to The Band’s Visit: Original Broadway Cast (Ghostlight, $18.98) with Tony Award winners Tony Shalhoub and Katrina Lenk.