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Youssou N’Dour film at the Avalon New Jazz: Gretchen Parlato; Keith Jarrett; Anouar Brahem; Henry Threadgill Mountain Music

 

YOUSSOU N’DOUR FILM AT THE AVALON
Starting this Friday, October 9th, the Avalon will show Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love, an award-winning documentary about the Senegalese singing star. The film documents the making of his album, EGYPT (Nonesuch, $17.98), in 2005, which presented “his Islamic faith as a peaceable and tolerant religion. While the record received international acclaim, it was denounced as blasphemy in his native Senegal.” Listen to the album, and go see the film.

 

NEW JAZZ
Gretchen Parlato, IN A DREAM (Obliqsound, $15.98)—Five years ago, Gretchen Parlato won the Thelonious Monk Jazz Vocal Competition. I distinctly remember seeing her in the semi-finals at Baird Auditorium, and being riveted by her three songs: she started with a capella scatting, sang wonderfully in Portuguese, and interacted with the band with maximum swing. In a Dream fully showcases Ms Parlato’s lyrical and rhythmic approach in songs by Herbie Hancock, Dorival Caymmi, Stevie Wonder, Duke Ellington, and in many original tunes with Gretchen’s own lyrics. She is supported by Lionel Loueke’s scat-like guitar and vocals, Aaron Parks on electric piano, Derrick Hodge on basses, and Kendrick Scott on drums.
(See below under “Monk Book Event” for information on this year’s Monk Competition)

Keith Jarrett, TESTAMENT: PARIS/LONDON (ECM, 3 CDs, $33.98)—For over thirty five years, pianist Keith Jarrett has played totally improvised solo concerts—the 1975  Köln Concert being the most famous—and they have grown richer and more complex every year. By his own estimation, the two concerts he played in Paris and London last fall reached new heights.
For some great insight’s into Jarrett’s career and views on the piano, read his interview with fellow pianist Ethan Iverson (of the Bad Plus) .

Anouar Brahem, THE ASTOUNDING EYES OF RITA (ECM, $17.98)—Oud player Anouar Brahem—after two albums in a chamber music-like setting with piano and accordion—returns with a quartet that mixes his Tunisian roots with European jazz. It’s a great melding of oud, bass clarinet, acoustic bass, and Middle Eastern percussion (darbouka and bendir). The title of the CD comes from the poetry of the late Mahmoud Darwish.

Henry Threadgill & Zooid, THIS BRINGS US TO, VOL. 1 (Pi, $15.98)—Mr. Threadgill has been one of jazz’s most forward-looking composers and players for over three decades. A co-founder of the cooperative trio, Air, in the 1970s, Threadgill has lately concentrated more on composing, and leading a variety of small ensembles. His quintet, Zooid, includes electric guitar, trombone/tuba, bass, and guitar, with Mr. Threadgill on flute and alto sax. Check out the beautiful timbres, colors, and textures that he brings forth.

 

MOUNTAIN MUSIC
It’s always a delight to hear songs stripped of non-essential arrangements and done acoustically. Patty Loveless’s own hits sound even better done with a bluegrass group on MOUNTAIN SOUL II (Saguaro Records, $17.98), and she throws in some tasty covers as well.
Ricky Scaggs is a master singer and picker; he multi-tracks his own voice and instruments for a heartfelt collection of tunes on SOLO: SONGS MY DAD LOVED (Scaggs Family, $14.98).

 

BEATLES STEREO BOX SETS ARE IN
We finally have some BEATLES STEREO BOX SETS (Capitol, 16 CDs, 1 DVD). The members’ price is $206.98, non-members’ price, $242.98 (the list price is $258.98). Call and reserve one.

 

THELONIOUS MONK BOOK EVENT
P&P is having an author event on Saturday, October 10, at 6 p.m., for Robin Kelley’s
THELONIOUS MONK:  The Life and Times of an American Original (Free Press, $30). Mr. Kelley had cooperation from the Monk family, and access to the Monk archives. Put it on your calendar—we’ll have lots of Monk CDs on sale, as well.
Make a day of Monk by going to the semi-finals of the annual Monk Jazz Competition at the Natural History Museum’s Baird Auditorium, from noon to 5 p.m. This year the focus is on the jazz bass, and composition.

 

 

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