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Linn Barnes & Allison Hampton; Natalie Dessay; Rickie Lee Jones, William Ferris; Best Music Writing 2009; Johnny Mercer Lionel

Linn Barnes & Allison Hampton, LORD ROWAN’S RETURN (Oak Leaf, $16.99)—The local duo of Linn Barnes (lutes, Irish banjo, cittern) and Allison Hampton (Celtic harps) have a new album out. The songs and medleys on Lord Rowan are built around the story of the wanderings of lovable Colonial-era dog.

Natalie Dessay, MAD SCENES (EMI Classics, $16.98)—Dessay sings arias from both Lucia di Lammermoor and Lucie de Lammermoor, I Puritani, Hamlet, Candide, and Le Pardon de Plöermel.

Rickie Lee Jones, BALM IN GILEAD (Fantasy, $18.98)

William Ferris, GIVE MY POOR HEART EASE: Voices of the Mississippi Blues (University of North Carolina Press, book with CD & DVD, $35)—We had a fantastic reading (with music excerpts) by William Ferris (professor at UNC, and former NEH chairman) last Saturday. The book comes with a DVD of seven documentaries that Mr. Ferris made in the 1960s and 1970s, plus a generous CD of music. A perfect gift for blues and roots afficianados. There was a good interview with Mr. Ferris last Saturday on NPR ( ).

BEST MUSIC WRITING 2009, guest editor, Greil Marcus (Da Capo, $15.95)—The latest edition in Da Capo’s annual bonanza of music writing, with a different guest editor each year. This series is consistently rich in material from magazines, newspapers, and blogs.

THE COMPLETE LYRICS OF JOHNNY MERCER (Knopf, $65)—It’s the centennial of one of the greatest lyricists of the American Songbook. Mercer’s hits include:  “Too Marvelous for Words,” “Jeepers Creepers,” “Skylark,” “I’m Old-Fashioned,” “That Old Black Magic,” and “Moon River.”

Guitarist Lionel Louke is on vocalist Gretchen Parlato’s latest, IN A DREAM (Obliqsound, $17.98) as well as his own, VIRGIN FOREST (Obliqsound, $17.98)—His trio is at Clarice Smith, UMD, Sunday, November 8.

François-Frédéric Guy, BEETHOVEN: PIANO SONATAS 8, 19, 29 (Naïve, $16.99)—Guy is doing all of the Beethoven Piano Sonatas in nine concerts at the French Embassy, Nov. 13 through the 22nd.

Sara Tavares, XINTI (4Q, $16.98)—The Portuguese singer of Cape-Verdean descent combines “Portugues, Crioulo and English, flawlessly layered with Afro-beat, reggae, jazz, and Cape Verdean rhythms.” She’s at Lisner, Saturday, November 14.
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