Music News 2/29/24




Mary Timony, UNTAME THE TIGER (Merge, $14.98) – Singer, guitarist, and songwriter Mary Timony grew up in DC, and went to Duke Ellington School of the Arts. She’s been a leading figure in groups like Autoclave, Helium, Wild Flag, Hammered Hulls, and Ex Hex. Untame the Tiger is her fourth solo album, the first in 15 years.


NOTE: Mary Timony will be headlining at the Black Cat on Thursday, March 14, with DC’s own Birthday Girl opening.



Julian Lage, SPEAK TO ME (Blue Note, $14.98) – Guitarist Julian Lage expands his trio (Dave King on drums and Jorge Roeder on bass) with Kris Davis on piano, Patrick Warren on keyboards, and Levon Henry on saxophone. On Speak to Me, Lage features his acoustic guitar as well as his Telecaster work.


NOTE: Julian Lage will be bringing his group to the Lincoln Theatre on Saturday, March 30.





Gidon Kremer & Kremerata Baltica, SONGS OF FATE (ECM, $18.98) – Violinist Gidon Kremer, his Kremerata Baltica chamber ensemble, and soprano Vida Miknevičiūtė feature works by by Baltic composers Raminta Šerkšnytė, Giedrius Kuprevičius, Jēkabs Jančevskis, as well as PostludeAria Op 9,  and Jewish Songs Op. 13 by Mieczysław Weinberg.



Mary Bevan, Nicky Spence, Joseph Middleton, A MOST MARVELLOUS PARTY With Noel Cowards and Friends (Signum, $21.98) – Soprano Mary Bevan, tenor Nicky Spence, and pianist Joseph Middleton have put together a lively program mixing Noel Coward’s songs with those by his contemporaries. There are songs by Ned Rorem, Liza Lehmann, William Walton, Benjamin Britten, Roger Quilter, Erik Satie, Igor Stravinsky, George Gershwin, and Kurt Weill.

As Oliver Soden writes in his booklet notes: “the imagined party of this album shows the often surprising web of composers that can be woven around the protean figure of Noel Coward, whose own music, astonishing in its range, flicked between Edwardian musical comedy, European cabaret, Viennese operetta, jazz, blues, Gilbert-and-Sullivan patter, and the world of the American musical.”