Music News 7/9/2020


JOSHUA REDMAN, BRAD MEHLDAU, CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE, BRIAN BLADE

1994’s MoodSwing featured Joshua Redman’s first quartet, with Joshua on saxophones, Brad Mehldau on piano, Christian McBride on bass, and Brian Blade on drums. They stayed together for about a year and a half, and all have been jazz leaders ever since.  The quartet has reunited for ROUNDAGAIN (Nonesuch, $14.98), with everyone contributing original compositions.

HAMILTON

With much fanfare, Disney released the filmed version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway smash, Hamilton, with the original cast, on its streaming channel last weekend. Listen to the original cast album, HAMILTON: An American Musical (Atlantic, 2 CDs with lyrics booklet, $27.98).

MUSICAL LOSSES PART 2: ENNIO MORRICONE

The great film composer Ennio Morricone died last week. He scored hundreds of films in inventive ways, notably Sergio Leone’s westerns (including The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly), The Battle of AlgiersThe MissionCinema ParadisoThe Untouchables, and, most recently, The Hateful Eight. One of the most spirited tribute albums to Morricone is THE BIG GUNDOWN: John Zorn Plays the Music of Ennio Morricone (Tzadik, $16.98). Using a cast of New York musician, Zorn’s cheeky arrangements were first released in 1985; Zorn re-issued the album on his own label 15 years later with 6 bonus tracks. It’s one inventive composer/arranger paying inspired homage to one of his inspirations.

To order, and for other music suggestions, email me directly: agoldinger@politics-prose.com