M/A Playlist 2001

Recommended Recordings

| March/April 2001

JAZZ Live in Sevilla 2000: Masada (Tzadik). John Zorn’s lengthening attention span and Hasidic tilt are making his music richer than ever. He and his avant-garde jazz ensemble seethe with energy and new ideas in this recent concert. —Keith Goetzman

INDIAN Out of Stillness: Gopal Shankar Misra (Real World). The late son of Ravi Shankar left us with this mesmerizing recording of the sitar-like vichitra veena. —K.G.

COUNTRY The Captain: Kasey Chambers (Asylum/Warner). This Australian upstart appears to be a genetically engineered cross between the Dixie Chicks and Shania Twain, singing soaring country-turned-pop in a sweet, sweet voice. —K.G.

FOLK-ROCK White Ladder: David Gray (RCA). Singer-songwriters may be out of fashion, but Gray transcends the trend with his haunting voice, emotion-drenched songs, and a nod to his spiritual predecessor, Van Morrison. —K.G.

TEX-MEX The Soulful Women Duets of South Texas (Arhoolie). In mid-century recordings so obscure that some of the singers are unknown, Latinas in matching dresses dole out aphorisms, scoldings, and love ballads in buoyant, accordion-backed harmony. —K.G.

FOLK La Terre Commune: Elliot Murphy and Ian Matthews (Eminent). Two veteran folkies meet for a weeklong session and hit it off spectacularly, getting inside each other’s songs and tackling several keen covers, from Springsteen to Brecht/Weill. —K.G.

HONKY TONK Delbert McClinton: Nothing Personal (New West) The long-reigning king of honky-tonk music defends his crown with a choice blend of boogie blues, roots rock, country laments, and Tex-Mex—all soulfully sung. —Jay Walljasper

SCANDINAVIAN Gjallarhorn: Sjofn (NorthSide) Finnish folkies add modern eclectricity to the rich sounds and pagan sensibilities of their homeland, treating us to a melodic mystical tour. —J.W. Utne Reader