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Music News 1/23/2020

FOLK ROOTS

The Haden Triplets, THE FAMILY SONGBOOK (Trimeter, $12.98) – Petra, Tanya and Rachel Haden sing and play multiple instruments. They are also the third generation in their family to play music. Their grandfather, Carl E. Haden, had a family singing act on radio, which featured the singing of their father, Charlie, the baby of the family. Charlie Haden grew up to be the influential jazz bass player with Ornette Coleman, Keith Jarrett, and led groups of his own. On The Family Songbook, Petra, Tanya and Rachel pay tribute by featuring four recently unearthed songs by their grandfather; they mix these with folk standards like “Wildwood Flower,” “I’ll Fly Away, and “Wayfaring Stranger” (with beautiful guitar work by Bill Frisell and Greg Leisz). They also offer their take on Kanye’s “Say You Will” and “Every Time I Try” by their brother, Josh.

 

Bonny Light Horseman, BONNY LIGHT HORSEMAN (37d03d, $13.98) – For her newest project, Anaïs Mitchell (the creator of the Tony Award-winning Hadestown) got together with Eric D. Johnson (Fruit Bats) and folk side-man Josh Kaufman to do their spin on some traditional folk songs, and write some new ones.

NOTE: Bonny Light Horseman will perform at Songbyrd in Adams Morgan on Tuesday, February 4

 

Les Amazones d’Afrique, AMAZONES POWER (Real World, $17.98) – Les Amazones d’Afrique is a collective of great African women artists and activists formed in Bamako, Mali, in 2014. Since then, the collective—started by Mamani Keïta, Oumou Sangaré and Mariam Doumbia—has expanded with artists from across Africa and the diaspora. Contributors to the new album include Rokia Koné, Amadou Dembélé, Kandy Guira, Mamani Keïta.

 

NEW JAZZ

Jeff Parker, SUITE FOR MAX BROWN (Nonesuch/ International Anthem, $14.98) – Guitarist Jeff Parker released a great album, The New Breed, in 2016. On his follow-up, Suite for Max Brown (dedicated to his mother, Maxine), Parker builds layers of guitar, keyboards, bass, samples, percussion. On some tracks, he brings in collaborators to contribute, then mixes the new results. Beside the Parker originals, there is a lovely version of Coltrane’s “After the Rain.”

 

Bobby Watson, Vincent Herring, Gary Bartz, BIRD AT 100 (Smoke, $17.98) – Three masters of the alto saxophone pay tribute to the most influential alto player in history, Charlie Parker, with Dave Kikoski, piano, Yasushi Nakamura, bass, and Carl Allen, drums. The tunes are all by or associated with Charlie Parker (who was born August 29, 1920).

 

Previously Unreleased

Johnny Griffin & Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, OW!: LIVE AT THE PENTHOUSE (Reel to Real, $19.98) – The classic tradition of the two-tenor battle lives on in these recording from 1962 at the Penthouse in Seattle, with Horace Parlan, piano, Buddy Catlett, bass, and Art Taylor, drums.

Listen to Kevin Whitehead’s review of the album on NPR’s Fresh Air here.

 

Cannonball Adderley, SWINGIN’ IN SEATTLE: Live at the Penthouse 1966 – 1967 (Reel to Real, $19.98) – Live recordings just before and after the recording of Cannonball’s hit album, Mercy, Mercy, Mercy: Live at the “Club.”  The live recordings feature the classic frontline of Cannonball on alto sax, Nat Adderley, trumpet, and Joe Zawinul, piano, with Victor Gashin, bass, and Roy McCurdy, drums. The package includes a booklet with new interviews and essays, plus historical photos.

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