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Jimi Hendrix, Paul Motian, The Chieftains & Ry Cooder, Nina Simone and Alexandre Tharaud


Jimi Hendrix, VALLEYS OF NEPTUNE (Legacy, $14.98) – Twelve re-mastered unreleased recordings from the final days of the Jimi Hendrix Experience. The highlights include the spacey title track, and the blues, “Ships Passing Through the Night,” and the electric version of “Hear My Train A Coming.” High quality Hendrix, not to be missed.

Paul Motian/Chris Potter/Jason Moran, LOST IN A DREAM (ECM, $17.98) – I love the playing and the compositions of drummer Paul Motian. Last year he released a splendid quintet album of standards -- all ballads – called Motian on Broadway, Volume 5. This year, he collaborates with young lions, saxophonist Chris Potter and pianist Jason Moran, for an album of his own compositions (plus a workout on Irving Berlin’s “Be Careful It’s My Heart”). It’s a live album, recorded a year ago at the Village Vanguard. To quote the New York Times: “Melody is at the heart of everything on this album; it brings out a contemplative glow in Mr. Moran…and an openhearted tenderness in Mr. Potter.” Highly recommended.

The Chieftains & Ry Cooder, SAN PATRICIO (Hear Music/Concord, $18.98) – Chieftain Paddy Moloney and Ry Cooder assembled a program of songs that tell the little-known story of the San Patricio battalion, a group of Irish immigrants who deserted the U.S. Army to on the Mexican side in the Mexican –American war. The Chieftains are joined by special guests Lila Downs, Los Tigres del Norte, Los Cenzontles, Carlos Núñez, among others.

Washington author Nadine Cohodas has previously written great books on Dinah Washington and Chess Records. Now, with PRINCESS NOIRE: The Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone (Knopf, $30), she’s done a terrific job on the life of one of most complex personalities of the last decades.
Hear the Nina’s great performances on ANTHOLOGY (RCA, 2CDs, $16.98), including “I Loves You Porgy,” “Mississippi Goddam,” “I Put a Spell on You,” and 28 other songs.

One of my favorite discoveries of the last few years has been the pianist Alexandre Tharaud. He’s done fantastic programs of Couperin (on Tic Toc Choc), Bach, Ravel, and, lately, some fine Chopin (check out CHOPIN: JOURNAL INTIME (Virgin Classics, $16.98), and the budget re-issue, CHOPIN: VALSES (Harmonia Mundi, CD & catalog, $8.98). He’s in town for a rare appearance with cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, on Friday, March 12, at the Library of Congress.