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Bill Frisell, Richard Thompson, Frank Sinatra & Miles Davis
Bill Frisell, BEAUTIFUL DREAMERS (Savoy, $15.98) – Guitarist Bill Frisell has had a wonderful interplay with other string players during his career, whether violin, steel guitar, or cello. His new trio with long-time cohorts Eyvind Kang on viola and Rudy Royston on drums continues this winning streak. Melodically thrilling originals are interspersed with standards old and new: "Tea for Two" by Vincent Youmans; "Benny's Bugle" by Benny Goodman; "Keep on the Sunny Side," by the A.P. Carter; and the title track by Stephen Foster. Another beautiful release by Frisell.
Richard Thompson, DREAM ATTIC (Shout Factory, $15.98) –Singer, songwriter, and masterful guitarist Richard Thompson, pioneer of the British (Folk) Invasion, has made classic albums with Fairport Convention, with Linda Thompson, then as a solo act. His songs and guitar playing (both electric and acoustic) are in a class by themselves. He unveils 13 new songs, recorded live with a versatile quartet during a West Coast tour.
Frank Sinatra, SEPTEMBER OF MY YEARS (Concord, $11.98) – Sinatra selected some memorable songs for his thematic album from 1965 that looked at the passing of time. Surrounded by luscious arrangements by Gordon Jenkins, Sinatra sings the title song, "Don't Wait Too Long," "It Gets Lonely Early," "Last Night When We Were Young," and "September Song," among others. Bonuses include a live version of "This Is All I Ask," and the single of "How Old Am I?"
Miles Davis, BITCHES BREW: LEGACY EDITION (Columbia, 2CDs & DVD, $22.98) – The 40th Anniversary Edition of Miles Davis's pioneering album (with lots of added material, including a DVD of previously unissued live performance from Copenhagen, in November, 1969, featuring a band of superstars: Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Dave Holland, and Jack DeJohnette. The package also includes a 24-page booklet featuring an essay by Greg Tate.
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