Music News 3/21/24

HISTORICAL JAZZ

 

Alice Coltrane, THE CARNEGIE HALL CONCERT (Impulse, 2 CDs. $24.98) – A momentous concert from February 21, 1971. Ms. Coltrane played harp and piano, and assembled a “double quartet” of fantastic players: Pharoah Sanders and Archie Shepp played saxophones and flute, Jimmy Garrison and Cecil McBee were on basses, and Ed Blackwell and Clifford Jarvis played drums. Kumar Kramer and Tulsi Reynolds, playing harmonium and tamboura, respectively, added to the cosmic sound.

Ms. Coltrane had recently released her album, Journey in Satchidananda, and the group plays the title cut, as well as “Shiva-Loka,” and two John Coltrane tunes, “Africa” and “Leo.”

 

WOMEN’S VOICES

 

Aoife O’Donovan, ALL MY FRIENDS (Yep Roc, $17.99) – Aoife O’Donovan’s new album begins with the title track, her voice supported by the timeless sound of a brass quartet (by the Westerlies). Then the chamber orchestra, the Knights, and San Francisco Girls Chorus, join in. Ms. O’Donovan’s thematic album is inspired by the women’s suffrage movement, “the passage of the 19th amendment and the evolving landscape of women’s rights in America over the past century.”

 

 

Adrianne Lenker, BRIGHT FUTURE (4AD, $17.99) – Adrienne Lenker is has been releasing solo albums, as well as those by the group Big Thief.

Read the profile of Ms. Lenker in last Sunday’s New York Times.

 

 

Waxahatchee, TIGER’S BLOOD (Anti, $14.98) – Waxahatchee is the project of Katie Crutchfield, and she brings a new batch of songs…

 

 

Sierra Ferrell, TRAIL OF FLOWERS (Rounder, $15.98) – Singer, songwriter, and fiddler Sierra Ferrell unveils catchy new tunes like “Dollar Bill Bar,” “Fox Hunt,” “Money Train,” among others.

 

NOTE: Ms. Ferrell headlines at the 930 Club on Wednesday, May 22.

 

NEW

 

André 3000, NEW BLUE SUN (Epic, 2 CDs, $28.98) – André 3000 (from OutKast) focuses on instrumentals played on a variety of wind synthesizers and flutes

 

Gary Clark, Jr., JPEG RAW (Warner Records, $16.98) – The blues mixed with soul, hip-hop, and a few nods to Saharan sounds…