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Music News 1/24/2018


Next Wednesday, Jan 31, jazz pianist Aaron Diehl and producer (and WAMU host) Murray Horwitz will have the second of their three conversation/demonstrations in the series, How Do We Listen? The topic will be melody, and it will be held in the McEvoy Auditorium at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Gallery Place Metro).

NOTE: The third conversation between Mr. Diehl and Mr. Horwitz—on harmony—will take place on March 8, and the Aaron Diehl Trio will be in concert at Sixth and I on April 7. Mr. Diehl’s most recent release was SPACE TIME CONTINUUM (2015). He also leads the trio accompanying Cécile McLorin Salvant, who released a terrific live album last fall, DREAMS AND DAGGERS

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Tommy Emmanuel, ACCOMPLICE ONE (CGP Sounds, $12.98) – Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel has continued the complex fingerpicking style started by Merle Travis, and popularized by Chet Atkins to with guests Jason Isbell, Mark Knopfler, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Douglas, Amanda Shires, Ricky Skaggs, Frank Vignola, Jorma Kaukonen, jake Shimabukuro, David Grisman, Bryan Sutton, and Suzy Bogguss, among others.

NOTE: Tommy Emmanuel will be at the Birchmere on February 6 – 7 with guest Rodney Crowell

Soumik Datta, KING OF GHOSTS (Globe Music $17.99) – Sarod master Soumik Datta is joined by the City of London Sinfonia in a new original score for Satyajit Ray’s 1968 film, King of Ghosts. The suite was composed by Mr. Datta, percussionist Cormac Byrne (who also performs), and Johannes Berauer. The performance was recorded at the Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare Globe, London.

Keely Smith, THE INTIMATE KEELY SMITH (Real Gone Records, $14.98) – Keely Smith passed away late in 2017. She was best known as singing partner to Louis Prima, playing the deadpan role, and singing with cool restraint—in contrast to Prima’s hot vocals and antics. The duo had a groundbreaking act in Las Vegas for many years. But after her divorce from Prima, Ms. Smith also released some splendid solo albums. The Intimate Keely Smith was released in 1964 on her own Keely Records, in conjunction with Frank Sinatra’s Reprise label. Backed by a small combo, the program centers on love and heartbreak, with masterly renditions of “Somebody Loves Me,” “Sinner or Saint,” and “It Had to Be You.” The newly remastered edition includes two bonus cuts, including Smith’s duet with Sinatra on “Twin Soliloquies” from South Pacific.

The Intimate Keely Smith is displayed downstairs.



CD CoverMarch 25 is the 100th anniversary of the death of Claude Debussy; there will be many new releases—I wrote about pianist Stephen Hough’s release two weeks ago—and many compilations forthcoming.

IMPRESSIONS: THE SOUND OF DEBUSSY (Warner Classics, $17.98) is a 3-CD compilation taken from a 33-CD box set, DEBUSSY: THE COMPLETE WORKS (Warner Classics). The artists in the sets include Martha Argerich, Itzhak Perlman, Yehudi Menuhin, Daniel Barenboim, Natalie Dessay, Sir Simon Rattle, Aldo Ciccolini, Philippe Jaroussky, Gérard Souzay, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Kent Nagano, Quatuor Ebène, and Roberto Alagna.

Debussy: The Complete Works is available to special order.