Music News 5/23/24




Karrin Allyson , A KISS FOR BRAZIL (Origin, $17.98) – Vocalist Karrin Allyson in a program of Brazilian classics. She receives solid Brazilian support by Vitor Gonçalves on piano, Rhodes, and accordion, and Rafael Barata on drums, as well as Yotam Silberstein on guitar and Harvie S. on bass. Vocalist and guitarist Rosa Passos is a guest on two tracks.


Ben Patterson Jazz Orchestra, GROOVE JUNKIES (Origin, $17.98) – DC-based trombonist Ben Patterson assembled a stellar big band to play his originals. For over twenty years, Mr. Patterson was a member of the Airmen of Note, where he rose to become lead trombone and music director.


Andrew Bird Trio, SUNDAY MORNING PUT-ON (Loma Vista, $14.98) – Singer-songwriter and violinist Andrew Bird listened to classic jazz programs on Chicago’s WBEZ. Music from this “Golden Age” from the 1930s to the 1950s has influenced Bird, and now he’s unveiled an album of standards, played with bassist Alan Hampton and drummer/vibraphonist Ted Poor. Mr. Bird has a sweet voice, and revives the horn-like lines of jazz violinists of the past. Songs include “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was,” “Caravan,” “I Cover the Waterfront,” and “Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise.” The album ends on an original improvisation called “Ballon de peut-être.”





KEVIN PUTS: THE HOURS (Erato, 2 CDs, $20.98) – Composer Kevin Puts and librettist Greg Pierce wrote The Hours, based on Michael Cunningham’s novel inspired by Mrs. Dalloway, and the film based on it, directed by Stephen Daldry. The three stars are Joyce DiDonato as Virginia Woolf, Renée Fleming as Clarissa Vaughan, and Kelli O’Hara as Laura Brown.

The Met Opera Orchestra and Chorus are conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

The work premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 2022, and is returning to the Met this May.


DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES: Original Cast Recording (Nonesuch, $16.98) – The musical just received three Tony Award nominations: Adam Guettel for Best Original Score (music and lyrics), as well as for its two stars, Brian d’Arcy James and Kelli O’Hara. Days of Wine and Roses, with a book by Craig Lucas, was adapted from the 1958 teleplay and the 1962 movie.


JOHN ADAMS: GIRLS OF THE GOLDEN WEST (Nonesuch, 2CDs, $26.98) – John Adams “tells the story of the California Gold Rush not through familiar time-worn myth, but in the words and deeds of real people…Collaborator Peter Sellars drew from original sources from the era—letters, journals, newspaper articles, and familiar song lyrics—to create the libretto.”

Adams conducts Los Angeles Philharmonic with the LA Master Chorale led by Grant Gershon, with a cast featuring Davóne Tines and Julia Bullock (who both sang in a new production of Adams’s El Niño at the Met).




LIGETI (Alpha, 2 CDs, $30.99) – Ensemble Intercontemporain recorded important sonatas during the centenary year of György Ligeti (1923 – 2006).


Julius Asal, SCRIABIN / SCARLATTI (Deutsche Grammophon, $14.98) – The young pianist juxtaposes composers born two hundred years apart.