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Music News 2/7/2018


INSTANT LOVE VOLUME 1 (Instant Records, $12.98) – This is collection of very famous pop love songs, but now sung “between women,” putting a new spin on these classics. Irma Thomas begins with “Crazy Love” and the album ends with Erin Durant’s take on “Kind Woman.” Other songs include “Don’t Worry Baby,” “You Really Got Me,” a take on “I’m Your Man,” and a nice bossa version of “Ain’t No Sunshine.”

Sonya Yoncheva, THE VERDI ALBUM (Sony Classical, $13.98) – Soprano Sonya Yoncheva has been starring in Metropolitan Opera productions, most recently in Tosca and La Boheme. This spring she will be seen in Verdi’s Luisa Miller. Here she sings more Verdi, in arias from Il Trovatore, La Forza del Destino, Don Carlo and Otello, among others, accompanied by the Munich Radio Orchestra.

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME: SOUNDTRACK (Sony Masterworks, $14.98) – Luca Guadagnino’s film about a summer romance (with Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer) has one of the most eclectic soundtracks of recent years. It features two original songs by Sufjan Stevens (plus a remix of another), as well as works by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Giorgio Moroder, Psychedelic Furs, and French and Italian pop. Mr. Stevens’s “Mystery of Love” has been nominated for a Best Song Oscar.



Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, BOHEMIANA VOL. 1: The Compositions and Arrangements of Dan Roberts (Bleebop Records, $15.00) – The late, lamented Bohemian Caverns—its most recent incarnation forced to close in 2016—featured an adventurous big band co-led by trumpeter Joe Herrera and baritone saxophonist Brad Linde. The orchestra’s new recording features Dan Roberts—as both writer (on the three part Bohemiana) and arranger (on tunes by DC vocalist Lena Seikaly, Thelonious Monk, Brad Mehldau, Herbie Nichols and Josef Myrow).

Read the great review by the City Paper’s Michael J. West.

John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, ALL CAN WORK (New Amsterdam, $11.99) – Drummer, bandleader (the Claudia Quintet) and arranger John Hollenbeck’s most adventurous album so far for his Large Ensemble. Hollenbeck pays tribute to trumpeter, teacher, and late band-member Laurie Frink, jazz greats Billy Strayhorn, Bob Brookmeyer, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor (as well as Shakespeare and Mondrian) in new tunes and arrangements of Strayhorn, Wheeler, and a Kraftwerk classic. Vocals are by the ethereal Theo Bleckmann.



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