Music News 9/24/2020


Diana Krall, THIS DREAM OF YOU (Impulse, $14.98) – Diana Krall’s new album includes duets, trios, quartets, and larger ensembles (arranged by her long-time collaborator, the late Tommy LiPuma). She is accompanied by (among others) guitarists Russell Malone and Marc Ribot, pianist Alan Broadbent, violinist Stuart Duncan, bassists John Clayton, Christian McBride and Tony Garnier, and drummers Jeff Hamilton and Karriem Riggins. Standards include “But Beautiful,” “Autumn in New York,” “How Deep is the Ocean,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” and “Almost Like Being in Love.”

HOW THE RIVER GANGES FLOWS: Sublime Masterpieces of Indian Violin, 1933 -1952 (Third Man, $15.98) – Archivist, collector and music historian Christopher King, who lives in rural Virginia, has put together compilations of rare recordings of music ranging from early Cajun and rural blues, and Greek and Albanian recordings (the subject of his 2018 book, Lament from Epirus). His new album is a collection of rare 78 rpm tracks of Carnatic violin performances. The music can be meditative or ecstatic, and certainly transporting! Profuse notes by Mr. King, and a cover by (fellow collector) Robert Crumb.

Christian McBride Big Band, FOR JIMMY, WES AND OLIVER (Mack Avenue, $17.98) – A tribute to Hammond B3 master Jimmy Smith (featuring Joey DeFrancesco), guitarist Wes Montgomery (featuring guitarist Mark Whitfield), and composer/arranger/bandleader Oliver Nelson.

Makaya McCraven, UNIVERSAL BEINGS E & F SIDES (International Anthem, $13.99) – More tunes composed by drummer and bandleader Makaya McCraven, collaged from international jam sessions held in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and London (the first set of compositions were first heard on Universal Beings [2018]). The new generation of artists include Brandee Younger (harp), Joel Ross (vibraphone), Tomeka Reid (cello), Dezron Douglas (double bass), Shabaka Hutchings (tenor saxophone),Nubya Garcia (tenor saxophone), and Jeff Parker (guitar).


Alicia Keys’s memoir, More Myself (Flatiron, $29.99), came out in late March; and her album, ALICIA (RCA, $13.98), was supposed to come out at the same time, but was postponed until last Friday. On her latest, Ms. Keys sings of the current political landscape ( “Perfect Way to Die”), life lessons (“Time Machine"), and romance("Show Me Love"). Duet partners include Khalid, Miguel, and Sampha.

Composer John Luther Adams has a new memoir, Silences So Deep: Music, Solitude, Alaska (Farrar Strauss Giroux, $26), about his decades in Alaska, where he lived from 1978 until 2014, and the genesis of his compositional voice.

A brand-new album, LINES MADE BY WALKING (Cold Blue, $16.99), includes two new string quartets, the title work and “untouched,” played by the Jack Quartet.

BECOME TRILOGY: Become Ocean / Become Desert / Become River (Cantaloupe, 3 CDs, 32.99) - This box set brings together the three related symphonic works, all played by the Seattle Symphony, conducted by Ludovic Morlot. (Become Ocean won the Pulitzer Prize in Music.) (available soon)

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