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Today’s New Releases
Here is a look at the best new CD being released today:
Ray Charles Genius Loves Company (Concord Jazz) – Like Johnny Cash, Ray Charles was a tough old man who kept making music right up to the end, probably because everybody was too scared to tell him to knock it off. When he died in June, he was readying Genius Loves Company, his version of Frank Sinatra’s Duets, featuring pop stars such as James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Elton John and Norah Jones. The tone is reverential and warm, as the Genius sings “It Was a Very Good Year” with Willie Nelson, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” with Johnny Mathis and “Fever” with Natalie Cole. B.B. King, the one guest who can approach Charles as a peer, pushes him to play a little blues piano. But the best moment is the live “Crazy Love”: Van Morrison and Charles sing together in real time, two grizzled cats trying to top each other, competitive yet completely in tune.
The other CD’s being released Tuesday, August 31st are:
BJORK Medulla (Elektra)
BRAD MEHLDAU Brad Mehldau Live in Tokyo (Nonesuch/Warner)
BRAD MEHLDAU Live In Tokyo (Nonesuch/Warner)
DOWN TO EARTH APPROACH Another Intervention (TVT)
HOT ROD CIRCUIT Reality’s Coming Through (TVT)
JACKI-O Poor Little Rich Girl (TVT)
JEDD HUGHES Transcontinental (MCA Nashville)
JILL SCOTT Beautifully Human (Sony)
JOHN ADAMS On The Transmigration of Souls (Nonesuch/Warner)
JUDY COLLINS Sings Leonard Cohen: Democracy (Rhino)
KATAKLYSM Victims Of This Fallen World (Linus Entertainment)
KATAKLYSM Northern Hyper Blast Live (Linus Entertainment)
LIMBLIFTER I/O (Maple Nationwide)
LL COOL J The DEFinition (Def Jam)
LUCINDA WILLIAMS Live (Lost Highway/Universal)
MEMPHIS I Dreamed We Fell Apart (Paper Bag Records)
MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATRE 3000 Mystery Science Theater 3000: Essentials (Rhino)
PAPA ROACH Getting Away with Murder (Geffen)
RAZOR Decibels (Linus Entertainment)
ROKIA TRAORE Bowmboi (Nonesuch/Warner)
VARIOUS ARTISTS Platinum Dance Hits 2 (Warner Strategic Marketing)
VARIOUS ARTISTS Songs Inspired by The Passion (Sony)
VOIVOD Phobos (Linus Entertainment)
VOIVOD Kronik (Linus Entertainment)