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Music News 10/14/21

LUCINDA WILLIAMS: LU’S JUKEBOX VOLS 3 & 4

In 2020, Lucinda Williams and her touring band played a series of broadcast shows live from a Nashville studio to raise money for struggling music venues. The performances were called “Lu’s Jukebox,” and each show paid tribute to a songwriter or a musical era. These performances are outstanding, and you can hear how many of these songs are close to Lucinda’s heart. 

 

In April, came Runnin’ Down a Dream: A Tribute to Tom Petty: Lu’s Jukebox Vol 1

In July, Southern Soul: From Memphis to Muscle Shoals & More: Lu’s Jukebox Vol 2

 

Now, two more volumes are here:  

BOB’S BACK PAGES: A Night of Bob Dylan Songs: Lu’s Jukebox Vol 3 (Highway 20, $14.98) emphasizes the bluesy side of Dylan, with gems including “Blind Willie McTell,” “Queen Jane Approximately,” “Not Dark Yet,” “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry,” and “Tryin’ to Get to Heaven.”  

 

FUNNY HOW TIME SLIPS AWAY: A Night of 60s Country Classics: Lu’s Jukebox Vol 4 (Highway 20, $14.98) has classics such as “Apartment #9,” “Night Life,” “Together Again,” “Make the World Go Away,” and “Fist City” (a Loretta Lynn hit). 

 

NOTE: On November 19, HAVE YOURSELF A ROCKIN’ LITTLE CHRISTMAS WITH LUCINDA: Lu’s Jukebox Vol 5, will be released, and will make any holiday much, much brighter. 

 

 

STRINGS 

 

Anat Cohen and Marcello Gonçalves, RECONVEXO (Anzic, $14.98) – Clarinetist Anat Cohen and 7-string guitarist Marcello Gonçalves’s first collaboration was Outra Coisa: The Music of Moacir Santos(2017). With Reconvexo, they turn their attention to iconic songs from Música Popular Brasileira (MPB), the post-bossa nova movement which started in the 1960s. Anat and Marcello chose songs by Caetano Veloso, Milton Nascimento, Gilberto Gil, Dorival Caymmi, as well as Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luiz Bonfá. 

 

 

Yasmin Williams, URBAN DRIFTWOOD (Spinster, $17.98) – Yasmin Williams, who grew up in Northern Virginia, has developed her own style on acoustic guitar very quickly. Playing fingerpick style in different tunings, she often lays the guitar on her lap, enabling her to use tapping and percussive techniques, or placing a kalimba on top of her guitar. Listen to her flowing sounds on her second album, which came out earlier this year. 

 

 

Sol Gabetta & Patricia Kopatchinskaja, SOL & PAT (Alpha, $18.99) – The cellist and violist—friends and collaborators for over 20 years—play duets. Kodály and Ravel duos are the major works, with an inventive mix of shorter interspersed works by J.S. and C.P.E. Bach, and Leclair, as well as Widmann, Xenakis, Ligeti, Coll, Markowicz, and Zbinden. 

 

 

Solem String Quartet, THE FOUR QUARTERS (Orchid, $16.99) – A beautiful debut album by a British/American quartet thematically programmed around the journey of a day. It is centered on Thomas Adès’s “The Four Quarters” (2010), which is interwoven with short works by Purcell, Schumann, Bartók, Florence Price, and many contemporary works, including the final piece, an arrangement of Kate Bush’s “And  Dream of Sheep.” 

 

Steven Isserlis, BRITISH SOLO CELLO MUSIC (Hyperion, $19.98) – Works by Benjamin Britten, William Walton, John Gardner, Frank Merrick and Thomas Adès.

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