Sunday, May 11, 2008
Tooth of Crime, T Bone Burnett's first album on Nonesuch and only his second solo record in over 15 years, is due out tomorrow. The music stems from a 1997 collaboration with Sam Shepard, when the playwright asked the songwriter to contribute to a new production of his 1972 play Tooth of Crime. It was a coming together that New York Times music critic Jon Pareles calls "inspired." T Bone spoke with his hometown paper, the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram: "I'm still on this quest---this sonic quest to find the grail."
Sunday, May 4, 2008
On August 5, Nonesuch will release Harps and Angels, Randy Newman's first album of new songs since 1999 and the follow up to his Nonesuch debut, The Randy Newman Songbook: Vol. 1, from 2003.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Today marks the release of Nicholas Payton's Nonesuch debut, Into the Blue, and, writes Pop Matters' Will Layman, for the renowned trumpeter, who has "had an unusually ripe and attractive sound" from the very beginning, the new album feels "like a self-discovery." The site gives Into the Blue an 8 out of 10 and notes both the genuineness and the variety apparent on the album that combine to make something new:
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Steve Reich's latest album, Daniel Variations, receives four stars from The Guardian, whose Andrew Clements writes of the title piece: "From the very first uneasy chord it is very obviously a searching, serious piece and, I think, one of Reich's major statements." The album is now available in the Nonesuch Store with the exclusive bonus download, Dance Patterns.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Congratulations to The Black Keys on the debut of their latest album, Attack & Release, at No. 14 on the Billboard album chart, marking a career high for the band. Detroit's Metro Times says the songs on the album "boast the intimate homegrown shagginess of The Black Keys' previous releases, but with numerous nuanced musical and production shimmers winningly integrated by producer Danger Mouse," blending "an epic quality with a timeless immediacy, making it lush, visual and 'soundtrack-y' in the best David Lynch or Quentin Tarantino sense."
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Steve Reich's latest Nonesuch release, Daniel Variations, will be in stores tomorrow, and the Metro (UK) gives the album five stars, calling it "remarkable." MusicOMH gives the album four stars, calling the title piece "the most vital of Reich's recent works," suggesting it marks "a new stylistic phase" for the composer.
Monday, March 31, 2008
Today's the day. April Fool's, yes, but also the day Attack & Release, The Black Keys' latest, hits stores. The New York Sun says "Attack & Release houses the most stylistically diverse set of songs the band has released to date."New York Daily News says "the duo perfectly calibrate richer sounds and fuller melodies with their usual killer riffs and scathing rhythms." Scripps Howard gives the album four stars.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
With just one more day to go before the release of Attack & Release, The Black Keys new album, the band will be live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic today. The New York Times says of the collaboration with Danger Mouse: "Happily, the results are not just evident but potent. While the sound of this blues-rock duo has been fleshed out, none of its grit has been glossed." The Cleveland Plain Dealer gives the album an A, exclaiming: "The results are splendiferous." The Akron Beacon Journal, calls it "the band's most interesting collection of songs and sounds."
Thursday, March 27, 2008
This week marked the release of the Brad Mehldau Trio's two-disc Live set, recorded during the group's weeklong residency at the Village Vanguard in October 2006; The Guardian (UK) gives four stars to the latest album from this "prodigiously gifted pianist" and his trio, offering what audiences have come to expect from Brad, namely "state-of-the-art contemporary jazz piano."
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
This Tuesday, the Brad Mehldau Trio will release the two-CD Live album. "It's the trio's increasing open-mindedness that distinguishes Live from its previous live outings," says All About Jazz. "Refined simplicity contrasts with sophisticated complexity while spare economy coexists alongside busier dynamics, making Live another exceptional milestone in a career defined by gradual but unrelenting growth and exploration."