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Music News 10/22/2014


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Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge, Avalon (Modern Lore Records, $10.98)—Two young guitarists—one from the jazz side, the other from acoustic new-grass—have teamed up for a beautiful album. Julian Lage, a jazz prodigy who also plays acoustic old-time music, and Chris Eldridge (from the Punch Brothers, and son of banjo great, Ben Eldridge, of the Seldom Scene) play two vintage Martin guitars, and sing and play up a storm. Chris sings a couple of Seldom Scene songs, tunes by Jimmy Rodgers and Norman Blake, as well as an unadorned “Someone to Watch Over Me.” Some original instrumentals, and a jumpin’ version of the spiritual, “Open Up the Window Noah” round up the album. Recorded at the Avalon Theatre in Easton, Maryland, and produced by Kenneth Pattengale, of the Milk Carton Kids (who are coming to town, see below).
Alec Wilkinson wrote a very insightful piece on Julian and Chris for the New Yorker website.

Kenny Barron & Dave Holland, The Art of Conversation (Blue Note, $14.98) – It’s been a great year for jazz duets; you can now add pianist Kenny Barron and bassist Dave Holland’s Art of Coversation, filled with original compositions, with nods to Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk tunes.


CD Raffle for The Milk Carton Kids (plus Concert)

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The Milk Carton Kids (Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan) sing old-fashioned close harmonies and are great guitar pickers as well. A special edition of their wonderful 2013 album, Ash & Clay, Deluxe (Anti, CD & DVD, $17.98), was re-issued earlier this year, bundled with a concert DVD, Live from Lincoln Theatre (in Columbus, Ohio).

NOTE: The Milk Carton Kids are singing in a special concert with Sarah Jarosz (around one microphone) at the Lincoln Theatre (in DC) this Friday, October 24.

The folks at Anti Records have given us a few of the Deluxe CDs to raffle off.

To enter the CD raffle, email with MILK CARTON KIDS in the subject field.



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Two singular voices take on standards new and old:

Aretha Franklin, Sings the Great Diva Classics (RCA, $12.98) – True to the album’s title, Aretha soars on songs such as “At Last,” “You Keep Me Hanging On,” “I Will Survive,” “Rolling in the Deep.”

Annie Lennox, Nostalgia (Blue Note Records, $13.98) – Simple, spare arrangements (voice, piano, strings) as Ms Lennox sings “Summertime,” “God Bless the Child,” “Georgia on My Mind,” and “I Put a Spell on You,” among others.


More Concerts

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Storm Large, Le Bonheur (Heinz, $15.98) – Storm is one of the two vocalists (along with China Forbes) with the popular big band, Pink Martini. She’s got a big, brassy voice, and the arrangements don’t hold back: Storm has fun on versions of “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “Unchained Melody,” “Ne Me Quitte Pas,”  mixed with tunes by Lou Reed, Black Sabbath and a few originals.

NOTE: Storm Large will be at the Hamilton on Sunday, October 26

The Bad Plus, Inevitable Western (Okeh Records, $13.98) – The co-operative piano trio, the Bad Plus, opened up the year with a CD of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Now they shift radically with original tunes inspired by the rich cinematic realms of the western.

NOTE: The Bad Plus will perform at the Wolf Trap Barns on Sunday, October 26.