September 28, 2017

PledgeMusic News Willie Nelson Joins Kris Kristofferson for Duet at Tribute Concert


On March 16th, 2016, an A-list of country music stars gathered to celebrate the music of Kris Kristofferson. The concert, which is coming to CD and DVD as ‘The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson,’ featured the likes of Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash, Reba McEntire, Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum and many more, all of whom delivered covers of some of Kristofferson’s greatest songs.

One of the night’s most memorable performances, however, came when Kristofferson was joined by fellow country legend Willie Nelson for a performance of “Sunday Morning Coming Down.” Thanks to an exclusive premiere from Taste of Country, fans can now witness the performance prior to premiere of the concert, which will air on CMT on Friday, October 27th at 10PM EST.

Fans can now pre-order the CD and DVD, along with a variety of exclusive offerings, which include merch bundles, as well as a limited edition framed poster from the night of the tribute concert, a color photo and an Epiphone Ltd. Ed. 1963 J-45 guitar, all personally signed by Kristofferson. Check out all of the offerings inside.


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Discogs Blog Top 10 Most Collected St. Vincent Releases On Discogs

If ever there were an artist that could ascend to the throne that David Bowie left empty, it is St. Vincent. Annie Clark (St. Vincent) arrived via ‘Marry Me‘ (Beggars Banquet) in 2007, setting fire to every preconception of an artist’s journey from day one. Yes, just like Bowie, but along her coordinates to a destination […]

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Goldmine Magazine Uriah Heep full of unique new releases on CD and vinyl

Uriah Heep has announced the release of a 2CD/1DVD package of their 20th Anniversary show in 1989 — and a picture disc to boot!

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The Real Mick Rock Love to see my photo David Bowie on the cover of Uncut…

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Although Mike and Kate Westbrook are based in the West Country, it’s fortunate that they venture eastwards from time to time, recently with Paintbox Jane (a celebration of Raoul Dufy) and The Uncommon Orchestra – A Bigger Show (pictured above), which is being performed at the Albany, Deptford on Friday 29 September, and at the Apex, Bury St. Edmunds the following night.

A member of their entourage is the saxophonist Alan Wakeman, who has been associated with the Westbrooks for some time. He first met Mike when he was at Drayton Manor School where Mike taught art – they were later to work together when Alan joined the Westbrook Orchestra which recorded Citadel/Room 315 in 1975 and Love/Dream & Variations in 1976. In the meantime Alan had lessons from Charles Chapman (who had tutored Joe Harriott, Ronnie Ross, Vic Ash, John Barnes and Barbara Thompson) and cut his teeth working with the London Youth Jazz Orchestra, before forming a quartet with drummer Paul Lytton. He went on to play with bassist Harry Miller and joined the Graham Collier band which recorded Songs For My Father (1970) and Mosaics (1971).The 1970s and 80s also saw him working and recording with John Dankworth, Soft Machine, Don Rendell, Michael Garrick, Harry Beckett, Stan Tracey and Barry Guy’s London Jazz Composers Orchestra, amongst others. His own band, Triton (with Paul Bridge & Nigel Morris), recorded Wilderness of Glass in 1978 – reissued on CD and well worth a listen.

His work with Mike Westbrook continued with the release of Bright as Fire (1980), the collaboration with Adrian Mitchell of William Blake’s words. He subsequently worked as a session man whilst regularly playing with various Westbrook ensembles. In recent years he has been a member of Midlands-based group Interplay, through which he has formed a strong partnership with trombonist Richard Baker, whose quintet he plays with. He also has time to work in The Rocking Hams, an outfit dedicated to the work and spirit of Lord Rockingham’s Xl (if you’re not of a certain age, look them up!). But it his relationship with the Westbrooks’ work that shows the extent of his vision and interest – their absence of categorisation and broad-based approach are things he clearly feels at one with.

At the moment he is still recovering from the setback of hospitalisation and surgery last year but there are clear signs that his old edge is returning. Great news for us, for here is a musician of the highest calibre who can just as easily evoke the mellow tones of Ben Webster or the modernism of Harold Land or Wayne Shorter, as summon up the demons in an Aylerish/Shepp fashion. A man for all seasons. Oh, and Happy 70th Birthday on the 13th, Alan.

– Matthew Wright

– Photo by Roberto Priolo

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Songlines World Music News Top of the World albums: Songlines #132 (November 2017)

Here is our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the November issue of Songlines. Tracks from each of these albums are included on the free cover-CD with issue #132.

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Frost on Fiddles
Captivating folk tunes from the Finnish seven-piece supergroup known for their fiery polkas and infectious energy.
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Kyle Huval & the Dixie Club Ramblers
Straight Allons
Valcour Records
Huval showcases his own writing skills alongside Cajun classics played in the traditional, dance-hall rocking style.
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Msafiri Zawose
Soundway Records
Son of Tanzanian legend Hukwe Zawose has proved he’s a chip off the old block with this five-star album. A refreshing, sophisticated jazz sensibility displays Zawose’s musical dynamism.
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I Can Be A Clay Snapper
The combination of overlapping textures, command of polyrhythms and elegant production is mesmeric on this album from the young Slovenian trio.
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Trio da Kali & Kronos Quartet
World Circuit
Hawa Diabaté’s stunning vocals and Lassana Diabaté’s virtuosic balafon merge beautifully with captivating strings. A sublime collaboration.
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Infiné Editions 
Reflecting the cultural diversity of La Réunion, Indian slide guitarist Prakash Sontakke and revered Malian kora player Ballaké Sissoko join Labelle on this sonic tapestry of an album.
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Gwyneth Glyn
Gwyneth Glyn returns with a collection of her most intimate folk inspired songs yet. Seckou Keita’s kora and other instruments such as lapsteel, crwth and bansitar add a brooding depth to the songs.
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[Fonetiq Flowers]
World Village/Pias
This jazz-infused song is theatrical, complex, and fits comfortably on this eclectic album along with a music-shop’s worth of instruments. This French outfit sound as fresh as ever.
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Discos Ifá
A five-star debut from this Puerto Rican ensemble. Their electronic aesthetic is fused with traditional roots and permeated by spirituality, beautifully showcased on this track.
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Farida Parveen
Songs of Lalon Shah
Ocora Radio France
With a message that defies the existence of differences between race or religion, this is perhaps the most famous of Bengali poet Lalon Shah’s songs.

Pick up the October issue of Songlines to enjoy our Top of the World cover-CD, which contains tracks from each of the albums above. To find out more about subscribing to Songlines, visit:

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Songlines World Music News Introducing Songlines issue #132 (November 2017)


The November 2017 (#132) issue of Songlines is now on sale!

Our cover star this issue is Rhiannon Giddens, the American singer and multi-instrumentalist whose latest release delves into America’s dark slavery past.

Other features include an interview with Trio da Kali and Kronos Quartet about their new and thrilling collaboration, Ladilikan; Joe Boyd waxes lyrical about Albanian saze music; Prince Edward Island folk trio The East Pointers who return to the UK on tour; an interview with Vinicio Capossela, Italy’s unlikely star; a Beginner’s Guide to Argentinian bandoneón player, Dino Saluzzi, plus the latest CD, book, world cinema and live reviews.


The Top of the World CD includes tracks from Trio da Kali, ÌFÉ, Msafiri Zawose and Lo’Jo, as well as a guest playlist from Australian explorer and writer, Tim Cope, featuring music inspired by his expedition from Mongolia to Hungary on horseback.


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Discogs Blog Is Crate Diggers Coming To A City Near You?

Discogs is organizing free entry record fairs and after parties with all-vinyl DJs all over the world to say thanks for using Discogs and to bring the record collecting community together. This weekend, we’re beginning our stretch of these Crate Diggers events in Europe (and L.A.). Here is where you can find us and what you […]

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Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise Cather notes


In this week’s issue of The New Yorker I write about Willa Cather’s home town of Red Cloud, Nebraska, and, more widely, about the present state of understanding of the great novelist’s work. Anyone interested in exploring the more or less infinitely rich world of Cather can begin with the three superb Library of America volumes devoted to her: Early Novels and Stories, Later Novels, and Stories, Poems, and Other Writings. The Selected Letters of Willa Cather, published in 2013, has instantly become an essential volume. A large quantity of Cather’s writing is available at the website of the Willa Cather Archive at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, including her complete journalism up to the year 1894. In a longer draft of my piece, I quoted her journalistic début, from the Nebraska State Journal, in 1893. She was, awesomely, nineteen:

The church was crowded; hundreds of men and women were sitting in front of the minister who stood under the twisted brass chandeliers and spoke of the brotherhood of man. He looked over the well dressed, well educated audience and his interest quickened under the pleasant knowledge that he was being appreciated. His white face flushed and his thin lips trembled with enthusiasm, enthusiasm over the beauty of the women in the audience, the grandeur of the voluntary by Haydn that died from the great moaning pipes of the organ, and over his own eloquence and conscious power. He grew earnest over man’s eternal brotherhood, he spread his hands in eloquent gestures. As he quoted an extract from Browning he took a white hot house rose from the cut glass rose bowl beside him and shook the water gently from its leaves. He laid the fleshy white petals against his nostrils with evident satisfaction, then dropped it again into the water. Rich, melodious words dropped from his tongue, and his voice had in it a sympathetic quiver born of excitement and the grandeur of his subject. At last he closed with five of the grandest lines that Shakespeare ever wrote and sat down among the palms and drew toward him a silver pitcher of ice water, and the thunder of the pipe organ took up the strain and went on preaching of the brotherhood of man.

I trust at least a few readers put down the paper that day and asked themselves, “Who the hell is this?” The assurance is what impresses. Cather is already writing from a lordly remove, yet with empathy and a detective’s eye. The best line in the piece is “five of the grandest lines that Shakespeare ever wrote.” Her editor may well have asked: “Which lines are those?” But Cather knew that we didn’t need to know: for this pompous minister, Shakespeare is décor, and any lines will do.

Many people provided assistance as I worked on this article and on the Cather chapter of my forthcoming book Wagnerism. (In the book I will have a great deal more to say about Cather’s musical masterpiece, The Song of the Lark.) Andrew Jewell, Guy Reynolds, Beth Burke, Melissa Homestead, and Kari Ronnig were excellent hosts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln last year, when I gave a talk entitled “The Schindelmeisser Factor,” unveiling my minor discovery about Cather’s childhood piano teacher. Jay Yost and Wade Leak spurred my interest in visiting and writing about Red Cloud; at the Cather Foundation, Ashley Olson, Lynette Krieger, Tracy Turner, and Jarrod McCartney were all hugely helpful and generous with their time; and members of the extended Yost family, especially Suzy Yost Schulz and the Hansens (Matthew, Sally, Dennis), gave me a sense of Red Cloud life and history. I’ve also gained much from the Cather writing of John Murphy, Joseph Murphy, Janis Stout, Ann Romines, and my esteemed New Yorker colleague Joan Acocella, among many others. At the Cather Archive site you can read back issues of Cather Studies, a rich fund of contemporary scholarship.

At the end of the article, I mention my grandfather the geologist Clarence Samuel Ross. This is not the first time the late Dr. Ross has received notice in the pages of The New Yorker. He figures in John McPhee’s masterly 1996 article “The Gravel Page,” recounting the contributions made by American geologists in tracing the origins of Japanese balloon bombs during World War II. “A damned good man on rocks” was the verdict upon him. My parents, also mineralogists, were delighted to be quoted in an article by the great McPhee, who is universally revered in the geological profession. He will be appearing at the New Yorker Festival next week. I will be there, no doubt with many of my colleagues, taking notes.

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