Music News 9/18/2019


Brittany Howard, JAIME (ATO, $13.98) – Brittany Howard, the voice of the Alabama Shakes, unveils her first solo album, full of funk, jazz, blues.

Daymé Arocena, SONOCARDIOGRAM (Brownswood, $11.99) – A powerful young Cuban vocalist now based in London, Daymé Arocena assembled a powerhouse quartet of Cuban players, and sings tributes to the Santería deities.

Ethan Iverson, COMMON PRACTICE (ECM, $18.98) – Pianist Ethan Iverson released a fine duet album last year with saxophonist Mark Turner. Now comes a quartet release, recorded live at the Village Vanguard, featuring Tom Harrell, trumpet; Ben Street, bass; and Eric McPherson, drums.  Features include the standards “The Man I Love,” “I Can’t Get Started,” and “Polka Dots and Moonbeams.”


Patricia Kopatchinskaja, TIME & ETERNITY (Alpha, $18.99) – Ms. Kopatchinskaja is one of the most adventurous violinists on the music scene, both in her stylistic decisions and in her programming. On Time & Eternity, she juxtaposes Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s Concerto Funebre, John Zorn’s Kol Nidre, the six movements of Frank Martin’s Polyptyque, interspersed with Bach chorales, Machaut’s Kyrie from his Messe de Nostre Dame, and some sacred texts. She is accompanied by Camerata Bern, where she is artistic director.

Jennifer Koh, LIMITLESS (Cedille, 2 CDs, $16.99) – The composer-instrumentalist has a long tradition in classical music. Violinist Jennifer Koh commissioned some of today’s leading practitioners to write duets for her, with each composer also playing. The composer/players include Lisa Bielawa and Du Yun (vocals); Tyshawn Sorey (glockenspiel); Qasim Naqvi, Nina C. Young, Wang Lu (synthesizers and electronics); Vijay Iyer and Missy Mazzoli (piano).