January Albums You May Have Missed

January 28th, 2016, 3:00 pm by Greg

By Greg Haymes

No question about it – David Bowie’s Blackstar (Columbia) was the most talked-about album of the year so far. And shockingly it was also Bowie’s first No. 1 album… unfortunately for all the wrong, heartbreaking reasons.

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Looking beyond the death-induced headlines and subsequent Bowie catalog revival, there was also a surprisingly rich batch of January releases – all the more unexpected because January is traditionally a down-turn month for new music releases.

Here’s a quick round-up of a few new album releases for the month that you may have overlooked:

Charles Lloyd & the Marvels’ I Long to See You (Blue Note): The 77-year-old sax master’s new band features guitarist Bill Frisell (who played with him last summer at Solid Sound at MASS MoCA as a surprise unannounced special guest) and pedal steel guitarist Greg Leisz, along with his longtime quartet’s rhythm section (bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland) and guest vocal cameos by Willie Nelson and Norah Jones. Together they offer a sumptuous collection of songs that range from traditional hymns (“Abide With Me”) to anti-war folk protests (Dylan’s “Masters of War”) to re-envisioned Lloyd originals from his earlier recordings (“Sombrero Sam,” “Of Course Of Course”).

Shearwater’s Jet Plane and Oxbow (Sub Pop): On the follow-up to their left-hand-turn album Animal Joy (which included a knock-out 2012 tour stop at Club Helsinki in Hudson), singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and ornithologist Jonathan Meiburg leads his Austin-based indie-rock band through another rich, deceptively complex yet readily accessible collection of songs that are at once intimate and anthemic.

Tindersticks’ The Waiting Room (City Slang): The 11th album from languid yet passionate vocalist Stuart Staples & Company features guest appearances by Jehnny Beth of Savages and the late, beloved singer Lhasa De Sela on another stellar collection of sweeping, wide-screen chamber-pop.

Cyrille Aimée’s Let’s Get Lost (Mack Avenue): The effervescent French jazz vocalist calls the album a journey through a relationship, which starts ironically enough with Stephen Sondheim’s salute to celibacy “Live Alone and Like It.”

One thought on “January Albums You May Have Missed”

  1. John G. Van Schaick says:

    There were more good releases than this including reissues.

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