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Music News 2/14/2018

WOMEN’S VOICES

I’m With Her (Sarah Jarosz, Aiofe O’Donovan, Sara Watkins), SEE YOU AROUND (Rounder, $15.98) – The terrific super-group of Sarah Jarosz, Aiofe O’Donovan, Sara Watkins—all great singers, songwriters, and instrumentalists [Sarah on mandolins, Sara on fiddle]—have recorded their first album under the name I’m With Her. They wrote the songs together, take turns on the leads, and play all the instruments. The three demonstrate their superb harmony singing as well.

NOTE: I’m With Her will headline at the 930 Club on Tuesday, March 13.

Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet, LANDFALL (Nonesuch, $17.98) – Musical philosopher and monologuist Laurie Anderson’s meditations on Hurricane Sandy (and many more subjects), in a piece composed for herself (on violin, vocals, keyboards, and samplers) and the Kronos Quartet.

Brandi Carlile, BY THE WAY, I FORGIVE YOU (Elektra, $13.98) – Brandi Carlile’s new songs—always personal, conveyed with her powerful voice. Ms. Carlile co-wrote and plays the songs with her long-time bandmates, twin brothers Tim and Phil Hanseroth.

NOTE: Brandi Carlile will be at the Anthem for two nights—Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20.

MUSIC FROM MOVIES

Kendrick Lamar, SZA, others, BLACK PANTHER: THE ALBUM (Interscope, $14.98) – Black Panther is one of the most anticipated films of the year, opening on Friday, February 16. The album (“music from and inspired by the movie”) was curated by Kendrick Lamar, with many guests and collaborators including SZA, and the Weeknd.

Jonny Greenwood, PHANTOM THREAD: SOUNDTRACK (Nonesuch, $16.98) – Radiohead guitarist and composer Jonny Greenwood and director Paul Thomas Anderson have previously collaborated—on Anderson’s There Will Be Blood and The Master. Greenwood and Anderson unite once more for Phantom Thread—set in the world of haute couture in post-war London—starring Daniel Day Lewis, Lesley Manville and Vicky Krieps.

Norma Winstone, DESCANSADO: SONGS FOR FILMS (ECM, $18.98) – The British vocalist and her trio comprising saxophone and piano (plus guests on cello and percussion) on “new arrangements of music by Nino Rota, Michel Legrand, William Walton, Bernard Herrmann, and Ennio Morricone for the movies of Scorsese, Godard, Wenders, Jewison, Zeffirelli, and Olivier.”

NEW JAZZ

Wes Montgomery, IN PARIS: THE DEFINITIVE ORTF RECORDINGS (Resonance Records, 2 CDs, $24.98) – Recorded on March 27, 1965 at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, guitarist Wes Montgomery with his quartet, pianist Harold Mabern, bassist Arthur Harper and drummer Jimmy Lovelace, along with special guest tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin.

John Raymond & Real Feels, JOY RIDE (Sunnyside Records, $16.98) – An intriguing trio featuring flugelhorn player John Raymond with Gilad Hekselman, electric guitar, and Colin Stranahan, drums—with echoes of the classic pairing of Art Farmer and Jim Hall. Raymond’s originals are interspersed with a hymn (“Be Still, My Soul”), as well as takes on pop songs by Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, Bob Dylan—and the newest, Bon Iver’s “Minnesota, WI.”

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