http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/boston-globe-song-from-randy-newman-savagely-patriotic-harps-and-angels-no-1-for-its-rapier-September 15, 2008|1 commentsBoston Globe: Song from Randy Newman "Savagely Patriotic" "Harps and Angels" No. 1 for Its "Rapier Wit"
Randy Newman's tune "A Piece of the Pie," from Harps and Angels, has made its way onto the Boston Globe's list of "The 1 Thing You Must Do, See, or Hear This Week" as "The 1 Great Election-Season Lyric." Calling the record "savagely patriotic," the paper states: "We could go on and on about Randy Newman's rapier wit, but his words speak for themselves." Randy hits the road this week, with a free in-store performance at New York's Apple Store SoHo and a show at Carnegie Hall. The New Yorker calls the new album "a welcome, witty throwback to the days when his songs were snide, ironic, edgy, controversial, and, oh yeah, really funny."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Reviewshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/all-about-jazz-on-history-mystery-frisell-makes-the-familiar-new-as-miles-davis-didSeptember 15, 2008|0 comments
Bill Frisell played the closing sets last night in his two-week residency at New York's Village Vanguard, with Paul Motion and Joe Lovano. This week, Bill heads to Pennsylvania for two shows with Tony Scherr and Rudy Royston. All About Jazz reviews History, Mystery, the latest release from this master of the "haunting, twang-inflected telecaster," comparing to Miles Davis his ability to take the familiar in ever new directions. One reason: "his brilliant orchestrations and ability to streamline what could be an unwieldy ensemble."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Reviewshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/the-independent-uk-previews-philip-glass-nonesuch-retrospective-with-insight-on-artistic-paiSeptember 15, 2008|0 comments
Philip Glass is featured in The Independent on Sunday with a preview of his forthcoming Nonesuch retrospective, the 10-CD Glass Box. Glass gives insight into a few of his most renowned collaborations, including his groundbreaking 1976 work with Robert Wilson, Einstein on the Beach, and his score to Martin Scorsese's Kundun, both featured on The Glass Box; as well as his work with artists like Doris Lessing, David Bowie, Brian Eno, and Leonard Cohen.Read more|Journal Topics:Album Releasehttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/sam-phillips-to-perform-free-harvard-square-in-store-saturday-nprorg-to-broadcast-monday-shoSeptember 12, 2008|0 commentsSam Phillips to Perform Free Harvard Square In-Store Saturday; NPR.org to Broadcast Monday Show in Maryland Live
Sam Phillips's tour continues with stops in the Northeast this weekend, including a special, free in-store performance at the Newbury Comics store in Harvard Square, Cambridge, celebrating the retailer's 30th anniversary. As the tour continues, Sam's Monday night show in Annapolis, Maryland, will be broadcast live from NPR, for All Songs Considered's online concert series, at npr.org. "Of all of Sam Phillips' roles as a musician," says NPR, "her latest incarnation is the most alluring."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Radiohttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/us-tour-announced-for-toumani-diabate-mali-s-reigning-musical-magician-pasteSeptember 12, 2008|0 comments
Toumani Diabaté has just announced dates for a tour across the US, with music from his latest release, The Mandé Variations. Paste magazine says that with the new record, "Mali’s reigning musical magician uncorks another genie from his bottle ... Diabaté’s magic hands coax an amazing array of voices from his instrument." The Boston Globe calls Diabaté "the uncontested master of the 21-string lute called kora" who "presents his virtuosity in a whole different light" on the new record and tour.Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Reviewshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/stereophile-names-randy-newmans-five-star-harps-and-angels-recording-of-the-monthSeptember 11, 2008|0 comments
Randy Newman's Harps and Angles, is Stereophile magazine's Recording of the Month, earning five stars for performance and four stars for sound, calling it "another collection of uniquely chiseled miniatures that vividly bring back memories of what a master he is of songcraft and how expressive his voicings can be ... In short, Randy Newman has done it again."Read more|Journal Topics:Reviewshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/independent-uk-emmylou-harriss-voice-in-mint-condition-on-tourSeptember 11, 2008|0 comments
Emmylou Harris's European tour began this past Tuesday with a concert at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall. The Independent finds her voice in "mint condition," admiring "her stately mastery of her art," and noting that Emmylou's obvious pride in her latest album, All I Intended to Be, "is justified, because many of the show's best moments stem from this record." The Herald calls it "a splendid album" and reports that Emmylou is "sounding, and looking, as good as she has ever done."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Reviewshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/cleveland-free-times-phillipss-dont-do-anything-deserves-acclaim-part-of-spectacular-body-ofSeptember 11, 2008|1 commentsCleveland Free Times: Phillips's "Don't Do Anything" Deserves Acclaim, Part of "Spectacular Body of Sophisticated Pop Albums"
Sam Phillips's tour with the music of her latest release, Don't Do Anything, continues at the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern tonight in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cleveland Free Times's Michael David Toth describes Sam's work as "a spectacular body of sophisticated, shadowy pop albums," at once "progressively modern" and reflective of inspirations from the Beatles to Tin Pan Alley. Her 2004 album, A Boot and a Shoe, "stands as one of this decade's most criminally overlooked recorded masterpieces," he asserts. "With any luck, her follow-up, Don't Do Anything, will get the acclaim it deserves."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Reviewshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/emmylou-harris-launches-european-tourSeptember 10, 2008|0 comments
Emmylou Harris began her monthlong European tour last night at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall and brings the show to Newcastle's City Hall tonight. "The honeyed voice; the high cheekbones; the flowing silver hair: it can only be Emmylou Harris," says Metro UK. "Her recently released 26th album, All I Intended to Be, illustrates just how far Harris has come since her early days working as a waitress to support her New York coffee-house gigs."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tourhttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/ny-times-payton-mcbride-whitfield-show-proficiency-and-camaraderie-at-jazz-standardSeptember 09, 2008|0 comments
Nicholas Payton makes his way down to Brazil this week for the Tudo É Jazz Festival in Ouro Preto, where he'll perform on Saturday night. The event follows last week's five-night residency at New York's Jazz Standard with bassist Christian McBride and guitarist Mark Whitfield. The New York Times jazz critic Nate Chinen says the trio members "have a number of things in common: complete rhythmic assurance, for one, and an intrepid approach within the modern jazz mainstream."