Music News 7/23/2020


Neil Young, HOMEGROWN (Reprise) – As Neil Young says, “this album is the unheard bridge between Harvest (1972) and Comes a Time (1978).” It was recorded between June 1974 and January, 1975, and was never issued. Included are seven new unreleased songs, and the first recordings of “Love is a Rose,” “White Line,” “Little Wing,” “Star of Bethlehem,” and “Homegrown,” which came out in different incarnations on later albums.

Rufus Wainwright, UNFOLLOW THE RULES (BMG, $13.98) – Using all of his pop, opera and cabaret talents, Rufus returns with a new collection of songs.


Norah Jones’s new collection, PICK ME OFF THE FLOOR (Blue Note), assembles all the collaborative songs she’s done in the last two years. “Were You Watching,” “How I Weep,” “I’m Alive,” and “Say No More” are some of the songs that feature Norah’s piano playing and singing. Blue Note Records sent us a limited number of signed CDs. To order, and for other music suggestions, email me directly:


Tenor saxophonist, composer, arranger, and big band leader Jimmy Heath died this past January. He was born in 1926, and was one of three brothers from Philadelphia (with Percy Heath on bass, and Albert “Tootie” Heath on drums) who all had major impact on jazz history. Mr. Heath had a 70 year career in jazz, from Dizzy Gillespie’s Orchestra, to playing with and mentoring today’s stars.

Jimmy Heath’s final album—LOVE LETTER (Verve, $14.98), which is all ballads—has just been issued. His band includes fellow NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron on piano, Monte Croft on vibes, Russell Malone on guitar, David Wong on bass, and Lewis Nash on drums. Wynton Marsalis joins in for Kenny Dorham’s “La Mesha,” and two star vocalists also contribute: Gregory Porter on Gordon Parks’s “Don’t Misunderstand” and Cécile McLorin Salvant on the Billie Holiday-Mal Waldron tune, “Left Alone.”