Independent (UK): Nonesuch Explorer Series Reissue "Wonderful to Hear Once More"
The reissue of the groundbreaking Nonesuch Explorer Series titles from Japan is now complete, with the recent addition of two more titles. The Independent exclaims, "It's wonderful that Nonesuch is reissuing the 92-LP Explorer Series, which put ethnomusicology on the map in the Seventies," and says of the recently reissued Koto Classics: "[I]t's wonderful to hear once more koto master Shinichi Yuize in his prime ... and these classic pieces display [the koto's] suggestive power to the full."
The reissue of the groundbreaking Nonesuch Explorer Series titles from Japan is now complete, with the recent addition of the re-mastered and re-packaged albums Shakuhachi: The Japanese Flute and Traditional Vocal & Instrumental Pieces. With the reissue of titles from Africa, Indonesia, the South Pacific, South America, and the Caribbean also complete and other regions still awaiting re-release, The Independent's Michael Church exclaims: "It's wonderful that Nonesuch is reissuing the 92-LP Explorer Series, which put ethnomusicology on the map in the Seventies."
Earlier this fall saw the return on CD of Koto Classics, originally released in 1966, featuring a contemplative solo set from virtuoso koto player and composer Shinichi Yuize. Says Church:
[I]t's wonderful to hear once more koto master Shinichi Yuize in his prime. ... [T]he koto is one of the world's oldest instruments, and these classic pieces display its suggestive power to the full. The mood is meditative, and the swooshing slides of Yuize's hands over the long strings increase the feeling of immediacy.
Read the review at independent.co.uk.
Friday, February 24, 2017Friday, February 24, 2017
Freedom Highway, Rhiannon Giddens' follow-up to her highly praised solo debut album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, is out now. It's a "rich collection," says NPR. "[H]ope comes back to life in Giddens' music." Pitchfork exclaims: "Rhiannon Giddens emerges as a peerless and powerful voice in roots music on her second solo album." The AP calls it "a rich tapestry with threads of blues, folk, gospel, soul, country and jazz ... rootsy and relevant, delivered with crystal-clear emotion and understated musical skill." Uncut names this "remarkably wise and timely new album" its Album of the Month. It earns four stars in American Songwriter, Irish Times ("a record for and of our times"), Observer, and Guardian, which calls it a "powerful and timely set."
Wednesday, December 21, 2016Wednesday, December 21, 2016
As 2016 draws to a close, and the Nonesuch Journal takes a bit of a hiatus till the start of 2017, it's time to take a look back and remember all of the great and diverse music made by Nonesuch artists over the past year. Many Nonesuch artists and their recent Nonesuch releases have made music critics' and fans' year-end best lists. Here, in words and music and in chronological order, is a look back at the year in Nonesuch music.