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A look at the new releases of the American label Nonesuch Records

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Phosphorescent bluesThe Nonesuch Records – label founded in 1964 by Jac Holzman and now included in the group of Warner Music and distributed by Elektra Records – has announced the release of some interesting records, which will be published in the coming weeks. We have selected three of the most representative of the production of this record label based in New York, who was born with the intention of opening a commercial space to refined artists and, above all, be given an opportunity to be distributed at affordable prices. In the years has produced the most important representatives of the folk, roots, jazz and world international music scene, as Dan Auerbach, The Blind Boys of Alabama, T Born Burnet, Ry Cooder, Youssou N’Dour, Chris Thile, Ali Farka Toure, Wilco, Bombino. Here we place our attention on the new album by Punch Brothers, “The phosphorescent blues”, released a few days ago; the new album by Rhiannon Giddens, “Tomorrow is my turn”, whose release is scheduled for February 10th (you can listen to streaming throughout this week as NPR First Listen); and “Lost and Found”, the highly anticipated album of the Buena Vista Social Club, which will be released March 24, 2015. Let’s start with the latter. It is – needless to say – an extraordinary event. First, because the Buena Vista was the world phenomenon of the nineties and has consecrated the strength of the encounter between musicians of different backgrounds (in this case the old Cuban of the famous club in Havana and American guitarist Ry Cooder). Secondly because – despite the extraordinary commercial success of the self-titled album, released in 1996 and won a Grammy in 1998 – the Buena Vista did not released other work (partly due to the death of some of the components, including Compay Segundo and Ibrahim Ferrer). Now, almost twenty years later, resurface some unreleased tracks, some of which have been recorded during the sessions of “Buena Vista Social Club” and others in the following years. It has all been collected in “Lost and Found”, with the addition of some songs recorded live in the world. “Tomorrow is my turn” is the first solo album by Rhiannon Giddens, singer, violinist, banjo player and founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Her band has enjoyed considerable success in recent years, thanks to winning a Grammy in 2013, proposing a philological elaboration of country-blues and old-time repertoires. Giddens, however, began to move by herself in the American scene, thanks to the initiatives that revolve around T Born Burnet (who is also the producer of her solo debut), participating in the concert “Another day, Another time” and then the soundtrack of “Inside Lewis Davis”, the Coen brothers movie, released in Italy last year. In this album Giddens condenses all her views reference: gospel, jazz, blues, country, folk and popular music. The final output to be reported is “The phosphorescent blues”, the fourth studio album by Punch Brothers, formation of virtuoso musicians, including mandolin, violin, double bass, banjo and guitar. It was released on 27 January and here too we find T Born Burnet as producer. It was preceded by two singles, which have been a great success with the critics. The first, “I blew it off,” was released November 17, 2014. The second, “Julep”, coincided with the official announcement of the title of the album and was published on 4 December 2014.

Autore: Daniele Cestellini

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