Music News 9/30/2021


BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB: 25th Anniversary Edition (World Circuit, 2 CDs, $19.09) – With the release of Buena Vista Social Club in 1996, folks around the world were introduced to the artistry of Cuban masters Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén González, Omara Portuondo, Compay Segundo, Eliades Ochoa, Pío Leyva, Barbarito Torres, among many. The album became a worldwide hit, and these veteran stars went on to tour, record solo projects, and enjoy renewed recognition and joyful praise.  

Buena Vista Social Club: 25th Anniversary Edition includes a second CD of 12 tracks from the original 1996 sessions, and the package includes a 64-page booklet with new notes, photos, song notes and lyrics.  

Brandi Carlile, IN THESE SILENT DAYS (Low Country Sound, $15.98) – Brandi Carlile’s memoir, Broken Horses (Crown), was released this April, and she follows it with a brand new album. Beautiful piano ballads and rockers abound. 


Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, LOVE FOR SALE (Interscope, $16.98) – After their collaboration on jazz standards on Cheek to Cheek (2014), Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga duet again, this time on Cole Porter classics. Songs include “It’s De-Lovely,” “I Concentrate on You,” “So in Love,” “Just One of Those Things,” and “Night and Day,” among others. 

Brad Linde Ensemble with Lee Konitz, BRADLEE (Bleebop, $15) – DC saxophonist established a wonderful mentor/collaborator relationship with the master alto saxophonist Lee Konitz (1927 – 2020). For a performance with Mr. Konitz in 2011 at Strathmore Mansion, Mr. Linde commissioned pianist Dan Tepfer (a frequent Konitz duet partner) to write a new suite for his nine-piece Ensemble. That 4-part suite, Like a Tree Flexing Its Muscles, is the feature, along with arrangements by Gil Evans, Gerry Mulligan, band member, saxophonist Sarah Hughes, and Linde himself. The album begins with a beautiful duet rendition of “Stella by Starlight” featuring Konitz and Tepfer.  


THE BRITISH PROJECT: Elgar Britten Walton Vaughan Williams (Deutsche Grammophon, $14.98) – Conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla leads the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in historical works, in which each composer worked closely with the CBSO. The works are Elgar’s Sospiri, Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem, Walton’s Troilus and Cressida-Symphonic Suite, and Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

MOZART: PIANO CONCERTOS (Nonesuch, $16.98) – Jeremy Denk plays Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major, K. 503, and No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466—bookending the composer's solo Rondo in A Minor, K. 511. Mr. Denk is joined by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.