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Original Cast Recording - Girl From the North Country; Reconsidering Bob Dylan: The Man, The Myth, The Broadway Musical

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Todd Almond, cast, 'Girl From The North Country',  Matthew Murphy via Deadline Playbill magazine describes it as a "jukebox musical." That very concept suggests the type of Broadway show that is well liked and potentially quite profitable; shows like Mama Mia (Abba), Movin' Out (Billy Joel) or Beautiful (Carole King).  Girl From The North Country , according to Playbill, had its world premiere at the Old Vic in London followed by a run in the West End before coming to America, where it played at the Public Theater.  Girl From The North Country made its Broadway premiere on March 5, 2020, opening just in time for Broadway's Covid shutdown. The show is scheduled to resume on October 13, 2021 at the Belasco Theater in NYC. Right on time comes the newly released original cast recording.   Although I have not had the pleasure of seeing it, I think that it would be safe to say that the Bob Dylan songs are meant to advance and enhance the narrative of the play, w

Sting - ...all this time (DVD, 2001); A Sublime Concert And All The 9/11 Documentary I Need

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                                                                                                                                 YouTube Remembering 9/11 indeed. This will not be one of those articles about how it's hard to believe that it's been 20 years, etc., etc. Only if you were born in the new millennium would you have a use for all those television specials about remembering 9/11. If you are old enough to remember that day, you know that it's far more than just a "where you were at that moment" story. Those images of the crashed airplanes are burned into the brain along with the incredulity that two planes could destroy the Twin Towers and that anyone could have plotted to kill Americans here in the homeland on that scale. I saw enough detail at the time that the memories remain fresh, and I've learned in the past nineteen years to avoid watching television on or about September 11th. Gems From The Record Room:  The choice of date was pure happenstance.

Dot Allison, Heart-Shaped Scars; The Surprising New Release That You Really Need To Hear

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  Photo courtesy of the artist When the publicity email announced that there would be a new Dot Allison album coming this summer, I knew right away that I was interested, but I could not say exactly why or even tell you what she sounded like, her last record being so long ago (12 years, to be exact). Thinking back, I associated her with being the figurative ancestor of such pop/rock/electronic artists as Imogen Heap, Kate Havnevik and the like.  In addition to her solo work, Allison is known for her group One Dove, whose only album was well regarded . Although her older work has become hard to find, a quick sampling of what's out there confirms that my conception was not far off.  All that is interesting, but it doesn't begin to prepare you for the excellence of Allison's new album  Heart-Shaped Scars . They call this folk and it may well be, but despite the overused hyperbole of the word, this sure sounds like it could be genreless.  I was also excited to learn that she co

Christone "Kingfish" Ingram - 662 Crushes It On New Music Friday; Amongst A Crowded Field Of Excellent New Releases On July 23rd (Including Jackson Browne, David Crosby, and Others) One Record Stood Out

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  Photo courtesy of artist On last week's new music Friday, Jackson Browne delivered the long awaited Downhill From Everywhere , his most listenable album in years. Not only is the title track an environmental reference to the ocean (natch) but the whole record brims with joyous lead and slide guitar that will remind you of David Lindley.  Similarly, David Crosby came out with For Free , which also sounds as great as it was long awaited. Crosby displays his inner-Steely Dan with accompaniment of the velvet voiced Michael McDonald on the first track. He also sounds great doing Joni Mitchell's "For Free," with Sarah Jarosz.  As if that weren't enough, in-`demand Nashville producer Rodney Crowell released his latest album Triage , also long awaited. Triage is the latest in a long line of superior singer-songwriter albums of the country persuasion.  No one should be surprised that Capitol Records would release Glen Campbell's last live recording. What is surprisi

Ella & Louis For Lovers (Deluxe Edition); On This New 23 Track Expanded Edition Hear Sublime Pop/Jazz At Its Best

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Photo: Phil Stern/Gilles Petard/Redferns As I was going through the new releases recently, I noticed that Verve had released a 23 track deluxe edition of their  Ella & Louis For Lovers , so I gave it a spin. This entry in the label's For Lovers series previously contained 11 tracks. This new expanded set is so good that I had to write about it. Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong were already stars in their own right in 1955 when they got together to record an album of duets called    Ella & Louis. A year later, they made a second LP,  Ella & Louis Again. This release is drawn mostly from those two LPs with the addition of three bonus tracks for good measure (two singles and a stereo version).  When these LPs were recorded, Fitzgerald and Armstrong were both at the top of their game. These selections sound like the cream of the Great American Songbook and the backing by Oscar Peterson and his trio could not be better.  Russell Perry (All About Jazz) shared the followin