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New Album Releases Project 2020-11-2

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And then there were … Liner Notes:

Keith Jarrett’s Budapest Concert is ever so poignant given the latest news regarding his health, strokes, and his present/future as a performer. This concert album is from performances in 2018.

Jhene Aiko’s Chilombo has me pleading guilty. This recent Deluxe expanded edition of her 3rd studio album did not make its way to me until now, and I’m just now being introduced to sound/singing bowls. Truly worth more than a listen. I am enjoying the collaborations and rich textures of this album.

Sam Smith’s Love Goes has me re-thinking this artist. I went back and listened to his earlier albums, and there’s something about this one which feels simultaneously innocent, sensitive, and genuine, much like George Michael’s Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1.

Martin Helmchen’s Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 coupled with No. 1, is alive. Along with Andrew Manze and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, this rendition jumps off the page. It is so refreshing to hear a new recording of a classical staple shake things up a bit.

Harpreet Bansal Band’s Movements represents a crossroads of sorts, the intersection of two traditions: Raga (Indian) and Jazz.  The music they create paints sonorous pictures skillfully and tastefully performed. Talk about contrasts.

And lest my verbosity not is remiss:

  • Ivan Kapec 5tet – Crta
  • Ron Miles – Rainbow Sign
  • Joel Ross – Who Are You

Laura Branigan’s Self Control, this 2 CD Expanded Edition, contains the track Ti Amo, which got me hooked on her as a singer. It is a cover of Umberto Tozzi’s 1977 hit off of his album È nell’aria…tiamo. Branigan’s album grew on me and the extra and remixes bring me back to a certain time, a very happy time at that.

Nana Mouskouri’s Les bons souvenirs are indeed wonderful memories for me, having been born in Europe, lived there on numerous occasions, and traveled they’re incessant, I have heard Nana singing just about everywhere. This is a great collection for those who are familiar and even better for those who are not.

Elvis Presley’s Forgotten Album simply adds to the legend that is/was the King. The live takes had me appreciate his qualities as a performer that much more.


New Releases

Anne Paceo – Sama

Autechre – PLUS

Autechre – SIGN

Calidore String Quartet – Babel

Eels – Earth to Dora

Emerson String Quartet – R. Schumann – String Quartets Nos. 1-3

Harpreet Bansal Band – Movements

Ivan Kapec 5tet – Crta

Jennine Bailey – In the Mood for Love

Jhene Aiko – Chilombo (Deluxe)

Joel Ross – Who Are You

Keith Jarrett – Budapest Concert

Cyrille Dubois, Tristan Raes – Lili & Nadia Boulanger: Melodies

Luc Beauséjour – Le Rappel Des Oiseaux

Martin Helmchen, Andrew Manze – Beethoven – Pianos concertos 1 & 4

Neil Young – The Times

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent – Bruckner – Mass No. 2 in E Minor &Te Deum

Ron Miles – Rainbow Sign

Sam Smith – Love Goes

Various Artists – Blue Note Re-imagined


Re-Issues, Re-Masters & Miscellany

Albert Nicholas – As It Is When It Was

Elvis Presley – The Forgotten Album

Fleetwood Mac FM Broadcast New Orleans 1970

Laura Branigan – Self Control – 2 CD Expanded Edition

Nana Mouskouri – Les bons souvenirs

Porcupine Tree – Nil Recurring


Share NARP with your friends, share itwith your enemies. Now, more than ever, the walls just “gotta’ come down. Music does not discriminate. Let’s be like music.


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