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What We’re Listening to This Week
Jeffrey St. Clair
Thelonious Monk: Paris, 1969 (Blue Note, 2013)
Finally liberated from the vaults, this sterling performance shows Monk still innovating on the outer edges of bop, with his faithful sidekick Charlie Rouse, before a rapt audience in a nation (unlike his own) that revered him.
Trombone Shorty: Say That to Say This (Verve, 2013)
One of the most versatile young musicians of our time, Trombone Shorty Andrews, mines the deep veins of southern soul and New Orleans R&B, with contributions from stalwarts Cyril Neville and Raphael Saadiq (who also produced), yielding one of the funkiest records in years.
Alex Chilton: Electricity by Candlelight, NYC 2/13/97 (Bar None, 2013)
The iconoclast, captured live at the Knitting Factory in 1997, swerves through an eclectic (even for him) acoustic set of standards and covers, ranging from Pete Seeger and Jobim to the Beach Boys and Loudon Wainwright, rendered in Chilton’s manic, not-quite-out-of-control voice.
Uncle Tupelo: No Depression (Legacy, reissue, 2014)
Lake Street Dive: Bad Self Portraits (Signature Sounds Recordings, 2014)
La Luz: It’s Alive (Hardly Art, 2013)
The Luyas – Animator (Dead Oceans, 2012)
Spoon River – Kingdom of the Burned (Northern Electric, 2010)
Uncle Tupelo: No Depression (Legacy, reissue, 2014)
Kevin Alexander Gray
Outkast: Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik (La Face, 1994)
A Tribe Called Quest: Midnight Marauders (Jive, 1993)
The Tower of Power: The Tower of Power (Reprise, 1973)
Ish: La Love (CD Baby, 2013)
Metallica: Death Magnetic (Rhino Blackened, 2013)
Miles Davis: Doo Bop (Warner, 1992)
2Cellos: In2ition (Sony Masterworks, 2013)
Dan Newton’s Cafe Accordian Orchestra: Le Disque Français (Dan Newton, 2004)
Balkan Beat Box: Give (NatGeo Records, 2012)
Jacqueline du Pré: The Complete EMI Recordings (Warner Classics, 2007)
With a repertoire extending from François Couperin to Edward Elgar and encompassing concertos, chamber works, and a pair of Bach solo suites, the sets runs from the year of du Pré’s debut at the Wigmore Hall in London in 1961 at the age of sixteen to a live performance of the Lalo Cello Concerto in Cleveland under the baton of her husband Daniel Barenboim in October of 1973, the same month she was diagnosed with the multiple sclerosis that ended her career and led to her death in 1987. The haunting E Minor Sonata of Brahms, in two versions from 1968 both with Barenboim on piano, is holding the week’s top spot, fending off the mighty concertos of Dvorak, Saint-Saëns, Schumann, Lalo, Delius, Britten, and—of course—Elgar.
Gang of Four: Entertainment! (EMI, 2001)
Bloomfield, Kooper and Stills: Super Session (Sony, 2003)
Quilt: Held in Splendor (Mexican Summer, 2014)