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Music New 09/01/2011
Ticket Raffle for Keb’ Mo’ at Strathmore
Strathmore Music Center is launching their 2011-2012 season with blues singer Keb’ Mo’ on Thursday, September 15. They are giving away three pairs of tickets to Politics & Prose customers.
Keb’ Mo’s latest CD, The Reflection (Yolabelle/Ryko, $15.98), expands his range to include rhythm-and-blues and soul, with a full band and some great guest vocalists like Vince Gill and India.Arie.
To enter the drawing, please email your name and phone number to email@example.com , and put Keb’ Mo’ in the subject field.
For more information about this show and a listing of future concerts, click here to go to the Strathmore website.
Miguel Zenón, Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook (Marsalis Music, $16.99)
Alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón has a focused and fiery tone on his horn. He has also released adventurous projects exploring the jazz connections to his native Puerto Rican music; his last two albums were devoted to jíbaro and the plena. His new one focuses on Puerto Rican songwriters such as Pedro Flores, Sylvia Rexach, and Bobby Capo: from 1920s boleros to the feeling movement of the 1950s to 1970s salsa. Some of the most well known songs (“Silencio” and “Perfume de Gardenias”) are given the freshest twists by Zenón’s quartet plus a wind section arranged by composer Guillermo Klein.
You can hear Zenón perform some of this material at this summer’s Newport Jazz Festival here.
Tinariwen, Tassili (Anti-, $15.98)
Tinariwen are a group of Tuareg musicians (and former rebel fighters) from Mali who have led the “desert blues” phenomenon for the last decade. Expanding their mesmerizing guitar drones and loping rhythms, Tinariwen’s latest is a more acoustic affair, with contributions from guitarist Nels Cline of Wilco and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Click to see the review in Tuesday’s Washington Post.
Tinariwen will play the 9:30 Club on November 15.
Michael Gordon: Timber (Cantaloupe Music, $19.99)
Composer Michael Gordon (one of the three co-founders of the Bang On A Can composers/performing collective) wrote a percussion piece for six players for the Dutch group, Slagwerk Den Haag. The piece is played on six pieces of wood (the instruments are called simantras, and were invented by the composer, Iannis Xenakis) which have great resonance and mellow overtones (think of a soft-wood marimba).
The CD is packaged in a beautiful all-wood case (see photo).
Watch an excerpt of Timber here.
Ry Cooder, Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down (Nonesuch, $17.98)
Guitarist Ry Cooder has never lost his deep interest in American music—the local traditions of norteño, blues, Hawaiian slack-key or L.A. garage rock—even as he recorded and collaborated with musicians from Cuba, Mali, or India. And he’s always valued music as social commentary, as heard on his previous albums, Chávez Ravine and My Name is Buddy. Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down is very much in the Woody Guthrie, straight-from-the-headlines traditions, addressing mostly our economic plight. Highlights include “No Banker Left Behind” and “Humpty Dumpty World.”
John Hiatt, Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns (New West Records, $17.98)
Singer and songwriter John Hiatt is still crafting great songs. Listen to his new one, and then go see him next Tuesday, September 6 at Wolf Trap.
• András Goldinger