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Content by tag "Nonesuch Records"

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet: Landfall

Read "Landfall" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Laurie Anderson has always been many things to many people: an enigmatic singer, an underrated visionary, sonic adventurer, composer, a charming storyteller, and so on. Blessed with a fertile imagination, a gift for vivid and enchanting storytelling and drama, compositional prowess, during her expansive five-decade career, she has released several adventurous albums that have showcased her ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Robert Plant: Carry Fire

Read "Carry Fire" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Some albums take a split second in order to showcase both their greatness and best qualities while others take more time and require more listening in order to reveal their treasures. While singer Robert Plant's album Carry Fire is tremendous on first listen and shows great depth and richness, it also reveals an even richer experience ...

Fleet Foxes: Crack-Up

Read "Crack-Up" reviewed by Doug Collette

An impressive piece of work and all the more so given the prolonged interim since their last recorded work, Fleet Foxes' debut for Nonesuch Records, Crack-Up, bestows a cachet all its own, to the group as well as the work itself, suggesting both the band and the label are clearly poised to generate recognition equal to ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau: Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau

Read "Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau" reviewed by Geno Thackara

If you blinked at the wrong time, it was easy to miss the fact that Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau had played together at all. For two such restless collaborators, each occasional encounter was one more fleeting meet-up among many others--a quick one-off in 2011, a nine-city string of duo shows in 2013 and another two-night ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau: Nearness

Read "Nearness" reviewed by Doug Collette

Brilliant musicians don't always make brilliant music when they collaborate and while that's sometimes been the case with pianist Brad Mehldau and saxophonist Joshua Redman, on the duo concert recordings that make up the appropriately-titled Nearness, they live up to their elevated pedigree. And that's individual as well as shared cachet: Mehldau spent a fair amount ...

Mariza: Mundo

Read "Mundo" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Even if you don't understand a word of Portuguese, the enormity of Mariza's gift is immediately and intoxicatingly evident upon first hearing. Armed with an alluring voice and arresting charismatic presence, Mariza is one of the great exponents of the Portuguese fado music and much more than that. Arriving several years after her strictly traditional take ...

Allen Toussaint: American Tunes

Read "American Tunes" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The mighty river of American songs flows in many different directions: blues, gospel, jazz and funk are part of the muddy water that makes up the music.

Pianist, composer, arranger and record producer, Allen Toussaint, who sadly passed away in 2015, was an important part of the ongoing legacy of American music. He ...

Cuong Vu Trio: Meets Pat Metheny

Read "Meets Pat Metheny" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

Vien quasi da sorridere. Il nuovo album sulla cui copertina spicca il nome di Pat Metheny è intitolato semplicemente Cuong Vu Trio meets Pat Metheny. E il motivo del mezzo sorriso che si stampa sul volto è duplice: non solo i cultori del chitarrista del Missouri sapranno bene che Cuong Vu è il trombettista che da ...

Brad Mehldau Trio: Blues and Ballads

Read "Blues and Ballads" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Call Brad Mehldau's Blues and Ballads the pianist's “Every Man Set."

There has been, from the beginning of Mehldau's career, a sense of the cerebral in his approach, with its classical music influences and his deep technical virtuosity. Throw the sometimes dense and erudite writing for selected liner notes (mostly earlier in his career) ...

Pat Metheny: The Unity Sessions

Read "The Unity Sessions" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Il live in studio voluto da Pat Metheny per documentare il livello raggiunto dal gruppo nel corso del lungo tour mondiale che ha toccato 150 città vede ora la luce nella versione solo audio, dopo essere già stato pubblicato qualche mese fa come DVD/Blu Ray Disc. L'innesto del polistrumentista italiano Giulio Carmassi è bastato a trasformare ...