Music News 9/22/2022


Vieux Farka Touré & Khruangbin, ALI (Dead Oceans, $15.98) – Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré pays tribute to his father, Ali Farka Touré, who pioneered the influential Malian blues guitar style. He collaborates with the globally influenced trio, Khruangbin. 

Tommy McLain, I RAN DOWN EVERY DREAM (YepRoc, $17.98) – 82-old Tommy McLain is one of the legends of “swamp rock,” a regional style from Louisiana. He’s been playing since the 1960s, and has fans including  Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Ivan Neville, and Van Dyke Parks, who all helped on the album. 

Charley Crocket, THE MAN FROM WACO (Son of Davy, $13.98) – Hailing from Texas, Crocket has an raw roots-country voice, and a lifetime of busking and travelling, where’s he’s soaked up styles old and new. He can write new tunes as well, as The Man from Waco demonstrates.  



Charles Lloyd, TRIOS: OCEAN (Blue Note, $13.98) – The second of saxophonist/flutist/bandleader Charles Lloyd’s three Trio albums this year, each with a different cast (all three include a guitarist). Trios: Ocean features guitarist Anthony Wilson and pianist Gerald Clayton. Trios: Chapel (with Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan) came out in June; Trios: Sacred Thread (with Julian Lage and Zakir Hussain) will be out in November. 

Mal Waldron, SEARCHING IN GRENOBLE: THE 1978 SOLO PIANO CONCERT (Craft, 2 CDs, $25.98) – Mal Waldron (1925 – 2002) was Billie Holiday’s final accompanist, and played on classic sessions with John Coltrane and Charles Mingus, among others. He also wrote tunes that have become jazz standards like “Fire Waltz” and “Soul Eyes.” This never-before-released live album, mastered from the original Radio France tapes, includes standards and Waldron originals. The 24-page booklet includes a short introduction by Mal’s daughter Mala Waldron, plus essays by producer Zev Feldman, journalist Adam Shatz and INA’s Pascal Rozat; and interviews with pianists Ran Blake and Matthew Shipp. 

Makaya McCraven, IN THESE TIMES (Nonesuch, $15.98) – Taking live performances, drummer McCraven then re-arranges them into new compositions in the studio, centered in his recognizable “organic beat.” His albums with many collaborators include In the Moment (2015), Where We Come From (2018), Universal Beings (2018), and Deciphering the Message (2021), where he remixed famous archival Blue Note tracks. With In These Times, he reunites with close collaborators Jeff Parker, guitar; Junius Paul, bass; Brandee Younger, harp; Joel Ross, vibes; and Marquis Hill, trumpet.  



Joni Mitchell, THE ASYLUM ALBUMS (1972 – 1975): Joni Mitchell Archives Vol. 3 (Elektra, 4 CDs, $53.98) – Remixed editions of the four albums that followed BlueFor The Roses (1972), Court And Spark (1974), the double live album, Miles Of Aisles (1974), and The Hissing Of Summer Lawns (1975).