Nov. 24, 2002
As music director of Weekend Edition Sunday, Ned Wharton (here, with host Liane Hansen) supervises music continuity for the show, keeps tabs on what's new and noteworthy in the music world and produces many of the artist features heard on our program.
Guitarist Tim Sparks releases another in his wonderful series of adaptations of Jewish melodies. With guitarist Marc Ribot, cellist Erik Frielander, bassist Greg Cohen, and percussionist Cyro Baptista, At the Rebbe's Table is on John Zorn's Tzadik label.
Perhaps better known as a sax player, Cuban-born Paquito D'Rivera plays clarinet exclusively on The Clarinetist (Pimienta Records). Playing his own pieces as well as works by Latin American composers including Astor Piazolla and Carlos Franzetti, D'Rivera is backed by lush orchestration and solid soloists.
Songbird Eva Cassidy had a wide-ranging repertoire that was just too eclectic for the record companies, and sadly, her music went largely undiscovered until after her death from cancer in 1996. Fortunately, Blix Street Records has been compiling her work, and the latest in the series is Imagine.
The lushly orchestrated Travelogue covers more than three decades of Joni Mitchell's legendary career. On Nonesuch Records.
The talented pianist Rachel Z pays tribute to Joni Mitchell with tasty jazz arrangements on Moon at the Window. (Tone Center Records)
Afro-Rock Volume One is a terrific collection of grooves from African rock bands of the 1960s and '70s. The sound quality of these rare recordings varies, but the performances electrify. On Evolver Records.
Red Hot + Riot
Ever since the 1990 Red Hot + Blue album was released to promote AIDS awareness, the Red Organization has brought together artists from all genres to help battle the disease. The latest in the series, Red Hot + Riot, pays tribute to AIDS victim Fela Anikulapo Kuti, who died in 1997. Proceeds from the sale of this disc will benefit efforts to fight AIDS in Africa.
The masters of dark, twangy and evocative instrumentals are still casting their spell: New Everything is on Big Lazy's Tasankee Label.
Surfy holiday instrumentals from this Nashville group will ratchet up holiday gatherings nicely. Tis the Season for Los Straitjackets is on YepRoc Records.
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