Music News 9/29/2022



Michael Spyres is a baritenor—“that rare breed of singers, more prevalent in Rossini’s time, who nimbly span the ranges of baritone and tenors.” (New York Times


He will be performing on Monday, October 10 as part of the Vocal Arts DC season at the Kennedy Center.  

Mr. Spyres will be singing a program of Beethoven, Liszt, and Berlioz with pianist Matthieu Pordoy. 


You can hear him on his album BariTenor, and his duo recital with Lawrence Brownlee, Amici e Rivali (both on the Erato label, $18.98) 


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Björk, FOSSORA (One Little Independent, $17.98) – Björk further explores nature themes, mixing a bass clarinet ensemble and big beats to construct her newest sound world. To quote Björk: “the feeling was landing on the earth and digging my feet into the ground…fossora (f) from fossore (digger, delver, ditcher).”  


Buddy Guy, THE BLUES DON’T LIE (Silvertone, $14.98) – The blues legend with guest vocals by Mavis Staples, Bobby Rush, Elvis Costello, James Taylor, Jason Isbell, and Wendy Moten. 


Dr. John, THINGS HAPPEN THAT WAY (Rounder, $15.98) – On his last album, recorded in 2019, Dr. John pays tribute to his country influences. The Doctor’s laid back voice and New Orleans piano arrangements are perfect for songs like “Funny How Time Slips Away,” and “Ramblin’ Man.” There’s a duets with Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, and Dr. John revisits “Walk on Guilded Splinters,” an iconic song from his earliest recording. 




Keith Jarrett, BORDEAUX CONCERT (ECM, $18.98) – Keith Jarrett’s European solo recitals in the summer of 2016 resulted in some inspired performances. Previous concerts have been released as Munich 2016 and Budapest Concert. Now, from the night of July 6, here is the improvised 13-part suite, “the lyrical impulse to the fore.”  


Enrico Rava & Fred Hersch, THE SONG IS YOU (ECM, $18.98) – Flugelhorn and piano duets by two masters. Rava and Hersch play Jerome Kern’s “The Song Is You,” Thelonious Monk’s “Mysterioso” and “’Round Midnight, ” Jobim’s “Retrato em Branco e Preto,” among other standards. They also play their own tunes, Fred’s “Child’s Song” and Enrico’s “The Trial”, and play a free improvisation. 


The Bad Plus, THE BAD PLUS (Edition, $13.98) – Until now, the Bad Plus has always been a co-operative piano trio, first with Ethan Iverson in the piano chair, then Orrin Evans. Now, original members bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King have recruited new members, resulting in a new soundscape, with Ben Monder on guitar, and Chris Cheek on saxophones. This is the new lineup’s first recording. 





Caroline Shaw / Attacca Quartet, EVERGREEN (Nonesuch, $16.9) – The second collaboration between composer and vocalist Caroline Shaw and the Attacca String Quartet. There are three pieces written for string quartet—Three Essays, Blueprint, and The Evergreen—and two songs written for string quartet and voice. It also includes an interpretation of a twelfth century French poem, which the Quartet performs with Shaw on vocals