Music News 1/25/24




Sarah Jarosz, POLAROID LOVERS (Rounder, $15.98) – Sarah Jarosz is a wonderful vocalist, songwriter, and superb mandolin player. Her last album, World on the Ground, won multiple Grammys; she’s a part of the trio, I’m With Her (with Aoife O’Donovan and Sara Watkins); and was a superb vocal contributor on Chris Thile’s weekly Live from Here radio show. Her new album showcases all new tunes. 


NOTE: Next Thursday, February 1, Ms. Jarosz is playing a sold-out show at Sixth and I Synagogue.  


Fabiano do Nascimento & Sam Gendel, THE ROOM (Real World, $16.98) – A “collection of folkloric pieces from various regions around South America” interpreted by do Nascimento on 7-string nylon-string guitar and Gendel on soprano saxophone. 



The Smile, WALL OF EYES (XL, $16.98) – Radiohead members Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood team up with drummer Tom Skinner (Sons of Kemet) for their second Smile project.  


(Album will arrive next week) 




Phillip Glass, SOLO (Orange Mountain, $22.98) – During the pandemic, Mr. Glass was able to concentrate on his piano playing, and revisited some of his earlier keyboard work. Solo includes Opening, originally written for Glassworks (1982); selections from MetamorphosisMad Rush, which he composed as an organ piece in 1978; and a reworked version of Truman Sleeps from the TheTruman Show

NOTE: The cover art is a portrait of Mr. Glass by Luis Álvarez Roure in the collection of National Portrait Gallery. 



PHILIP GLASS: THE COMPLETE ETUDES (Artisan, $150) – Last fall, a deluxe gift box of the Glass Etudes arrived. The oversize presentation includes the complete Etudes (1 – 20), composed between 1994 and 2012, plus a hardcover book, Studies in Time: Essays on the Music of Philip Glass. It has contributions by Alice Waters, Angélique Kidjo, Ira Glass, Justin Peck, Laurie Anderson, Martin Scorsese, Nico Muhly, Pico Iyer, and others “reflecting on the music, the art of composition, the meaning of practice, and so much more.” 





Jason Solounias, MUSIC OF HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS (Sheva, $21.99) – Jason Solounias teaches piano at the Levine School, and he’s released a rich compendium of the keyboard music of Villa-Lobos. Works include Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4; Choros No. 5From Ciclo Brasileiro; and selections from Baby’s Family Book Two, The Little Animals.  


Rudolf Serkin, THE LOST TAPES: Beethoven Sonatas (Deutsche Grammophon, $22.98) – Serkin’s final Beethoven recordings from 1986 and1989, released for the first time.  Piano Sonata No. 21 “Waldstein” and Piano Sonata No. 23 “Appassionata.”