Our Sounds: May/June 2017Saturday, May 06, 2017 at 11:53am
Diana Krall's 13th studio album celebrates Jazz and the Great American Songbook, reuniting her with Grammy Award-winning producer, Tommy LiPuma. Krall is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. To date, her albums have garnered five Grammy Awards, eight Juno Awards and have also earned nine gold, three platinum and seven multi-platinum albums. Krall's unique artistry transcends any single musical style and has made her one of the most acclaimed artists of our time.
With deep roots that stretch back into the alternative country scene of the early seventies, Crowell has penned ten deeply personal songs about his Texas upbringing and his start as a Nashville songwriter, as well as tracks that pay homage to friends and former lovers. The new disc, which has a powerful undercurrent of blues running through the record, features collaborations with Sheryl Crow, John Paul White and Rosanne Cash. White and Cash join Crowell on 'It Ain't Over Yet,' which also includes harmonica work from Mickey Raphael.
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Feist's first album in six years reflects on secrets and shame, loneliness and tenderness, care and fatigue and is at it's core a study on self-awareness. The fourth full-length record from the Canadian singer/songwriter, Pleasure builds off the warm naturalism of the Polaris Prize-winning Metals and emerges as Feist's most formally defiant and expansive work so far. And while each album marks a departure from the next, Pleasure finds the four-time grammy nominee again showing the extraordinary depth of her artistry.
Available once more from Onyx Classics, this specially priced benchmark two-disc set of Mozart's complete Violin Concertos was recorded over ten years ago for the CBC, but it sounds as fresh as the day it was made. Born in Brandon, Manitoba and known internationally for his probing musicianship, virtuoso violinist James Ehnes directs the Mozart Anniversary Orchestra, a hand picked symphony of colleagues, in a performance Gramophone Magazine called "vital, elegant [and] beautiful."
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