Music News 10/13/2022



HERE IT IS: A TRIBUTE TO LEONARD COHEN (Blue Note, $18.98) – Producer Larry Klein invited an all-star list of vocalists to sing Leonard Cohen songs: Norah Jones, Mavis Staples, Peter Gabriel, Gregory Porter, Sarah McLachlan, Luciana Souza, James Taylor, Iggy Pop, David Gray, and Nathaniel Rateliff. To accompany them, Klein put together a fantastic band (Immanuel Wilkins, saxes; Bill Frisell  and Greg Leisz, guitars; Kevin Hays and Larry Goldings, keyboards; Scott Colley, bass; and Nate Smith, drums). Along with the vocals, there are two instrumentals led by Mr. Wilkins (“Avalanche”) and Mr. Frisell (“Bird on the Wire”). 


THE BLUE HOUR (Nonesuch, $16.98) – “The Blue Hour is a song cycle born of a collaboration among five composers—Rachel Grimes, Angélica Negrón, Shara Nova, Caroline Shaw, and Sarah Kirkland Snider—commissioned and performed by the chamber orchestra, A Far Cry,” and sung by Ms. Nova. The song cycle is set to excerpts from Carolyn Forché’s epic poem, “On Earth,” from her book, The Blue Hour (2003). 



Conrad Herwig, THE LATIN SIDE OF CHARLES MINGUS (Savant, $16.99) – Trombonist Conrad Herwig has done Latin Side albums devoted to the music of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and Horace Silver. Now, he turns his attention to Charles Mingus, with some well-chosen tunes, like “Gunslinging Bird,” “Boogie Stop Shuffle,” “Duke Ellington’ Sound of Love,” and “Better Get Hit in Your Soul.”  Herwig’s crack sextet of veteran musicians is augmented by trumpeter Randy Brecker; Rubén Blades narrates on “No Dejes Que Pase Aqui (Don’t Let It Happen Here).” 



Wilco, YANKEE HOTEL FOXTROT: EXPANDED EDITION (Nonesuch, 2 CDs, $20.98) – The 2-CD Expanded Edition includes the original album, remastered for its 20th anniversary, plus 18 previously unreleased tracks including alternate album versions plus bonus tracks. 




Duke Ellington Orchestra, THE ELLINGTON SUITES (OJC/Pablo, $12.98) – The highlight of this compilation is The Queen’s Suite (1959), “dedicated to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” which includes the Ellington-Strayhorn classic, “Single Petal of a Rose.” Ellington sent the only pressed copy of the recording to the Queen, and stated that the recording be released only after his death. The 1959 Ellington band included Johnny Hodges, Clark Terry, Jimmy Hamilton, Paul Gonsalves, and Harry Carney. 

The album also includes The Goutelas Suite (1971) and The Uwis Suite (1972)