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Joshua Redman's new album, Trios Live, is a "sax fan's dream of a live set," says the Guardian in a four-star review. "Joshua Redman, one of the most technically accomplished saxists in jazz today, parades his powers on this live set ... [He] performs with a skill that sometimes justifies comparison with early Sonny Rollins—notably on the old Rollins vehicle 'Moritat (Mack the Knife),'" and "the crowd goes wild." Jazzwise writes: "Anyone who's seen Redman, especially live, will know about his forceful sonic presence and eloquence at reinvigorating a familiar jazz language while always remaining mindful of its more contemporary shifts."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News ReviewsArtist NewsThursday, June 26, 2014|0 comments
Composer/pianist Timo Andres and The Knights orchestra performed his re-composition of Mozart's "Coronation" Concerto in NYC's Central Park on Tuesday. The New York Times says Andres's left-hand completion of Mozart's work "felt necessary—not a lark but a surprisingly moving dazzler." Andres's cadenzas "were masterly—the one at the end of the third movement receded to daring delicacy and expansiveness—and the slow central movement ached with nostalgia for a softer past while embracing the angularity of the present."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News ReviewsArtist NewsMonday, June 23, 2014|2 commentsRobert Plant's "lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar" Out September 9 on Nonesuch / Warner Bros. Records; Pre-Order Now
Robert Plant’s new album, lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar, will be released September 9 on Nonesuch/Warner Bros. Records. Produced by Plant, the album is his label debut and features 11 new recordings, nine of which are original songs written by Plant with his band, The Sensational Space Shifters. Pre-orders are available now at robertplant.com and include a limited-edition print and an instant download of an album track. Plant and the band will tour this fall. Watch an album preview here.Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Artist NewsArtist NewsMonday, June 23, 2014|0 comments
Conor Oberst recently stopped by the NPR offices while on tour with special guests Dawes, to perform a Tiny Desk Concert featuring four songs off Oberst's new album, Upside Down Mountain. "Conor Oberst's new album has fast become my favorite of the Bright Eyes singer's solo projects," says host Bob Boilen, "so having him come to NPR and perform a few of these songs at the Tiny Desk was especially exciting. The new music on Upside Down Mountain contains the sort of personal songwriting that got me loving him in the first place." Watch it here.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News VideoArtist NewsMonday, June 23, 2014|0 comments
Toumani & Sidiki, the new father-and-son recording from kora master Toumani Diabaté and his son Sidiki, has been named one of the Best Albums of 2014 So Far by Los Angeles Times music critic Randall Roberts. "It’s a beguiling sound, and when two geniuses bridge generations, you can hear echoes of a continuum stretching back centuries," says Roberts. He calls the album "a mesmerizing listen from first to last," on which the father-and-son duo "offers breathtaking synchronized sound."