Music News 11/2/2022




Tyshawn Sorey Trio + Greg Osby, THE OFF-OFF BROADWAY GUIDE TO SYNERGISM (Pi, 3 CDs, $35.98) – Drummer, composer, and bandleader Tyshawn Sorey has had a momentous 2022. His composition, Monochromatic Light (Afterlife)—a response to Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel (1971)—was performed in the Chapel, in Houston; an expanded version played at the Armory in New York.  

As well as his composing, Mr. Sorey also maintains his jazz playing with his trio featuring pianist Aaron Diehl and bassist Russell Hall. The Off-Off Broadway Guide to Synergism is a live triple album, recorded earlier this year at the Jazz Gallery, with the trio expanded by Greg Osby on alto sax. 

The quartet play new standards by Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman, Andrew Hill, Billy Strayhorn, and McCoy Tyner. They also take on American Songbook standards such as “Night and Day,” “Out of Nowhere,” “It Could Happen to You,” “I Remember You,” and “Three Little Words.”  


Tom Skinner, VOICES OF BISHARA (Nonesuch, $15.98) – On his debut album, British drummer Tom Skinner (a member of the Sons of Kemet, and the Radiohead side-project, the Smile) pays tribute to the late jazz cellist Abdul Wadud’s 1978 album, By Myself. His band includes cellist Kareem Dayes; bassist Tom Herbert; and two of London’s leading players, Nubya Garcia on tenor sax and flute; and Sons of Kemet leader Shabaka Hutchings, on tenor sax and bass clarinet. 




Barbra Streisand, LIVE AT THE BON SOIR (Columbia, $15.98) – Recorded 60 years ago in Greenwich Village, November 4 – 6, 1962, the 24 songs on Live at the Bon Soir are being released first time. The album was intended as Ms. Streisand’s first album. Instead, The Barbara Streisand Album (1963), studio recordings of 11 songs from her cabaret repertoire, were issued, and Live at the Bon Soir stayed in the vaults. Ms. Streisand oversaw the album, with engineers working from the master tapes in Ms. Streisand’s vault. 



Plains, I WALKED WITH YOU A WAYS (Anti, $14.99) – A new duo of Katie Crutchfield (who records as Waxahatchee) and Jess Williamson. 






Rachel Podger, TUTTA SOLA (Channel, $21.99) – Demonstrating that many composers around the time of J.S. Bach also wrote works for solo violin, Ms. Podger plays works by Bach himself, Vilsmayr, Matteis, Westhoff, and Tartini. 


NOTE: On Tuesday, November 8, Ms. Podger will give a solo recital at the Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium 


DVOŘÁK: POETIC TONE PICTURES (Sony Classical, $14.98) – Leif Ove Andsnes plays a lesser-known suite, Poetic Tone Pictures Op 85. Each of the 13 sections have programmatic, evocative titles, from “Twilight Way” to “On the Holy Mountain.” 


NOTE: Next January 24, Mr. Andsnes will be at the Kennedy Center, playing the entire Poetic Tone Pictures on his program. 


Abel Selaocoe, WHERE IS HOME? (HAE KE KAE) (Warner Classics, $18.98) – Cellist Abel Selaocoe grew up singing hymns, surrounded by a vibrant South African scene. Nowadays, besides exploring the Western cello repertoire—here, Baroque pieces by J.S. Bach, Platti,—Mr. Selaocoe makes connections to those long-ago South African hymns, and vocalizes on his own tunes.  


HILDEGARD VON BINGEN: SACRED CHANTS (Signum, $18.99) – Soprano Grace Davidson sings solo chants written by Hildegard von Bingen (1098 – 1170)—abbess, mystic, composer, and author. “Of the nine items on this recording, five are in honor of saints…Saints Maximin, Rupert, Eucharius, Disibod, and Saint Ursula. Three are in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and one speaks of the Holy Spirit.”