Play List

| May/June 1999 Issue

"She first revealed herself to an Indian of the humble class, by the name of Juan Diego."
--from "Nican Mopohua" by Savae

APPLE VENUS VOLUME 1: XTC (TVT)Gone for too long, the storied British pop act returns with its musical and lyrical wits intact. The ditty "Your Dictionary" spells the ruin of a relationship much more bluntly than "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" ever did.
--Keith Goetzman

20 CENTURIES OF HITS (Rhino) A great gimmick--musical works from each century of the last two millennia. Yes, but also a great introduction to early music, from the monks of Ampleforth Abbey's stirring plainsong to the Clemencic Consort's rowdy troubadour tunes of the 12th century--along with "Green-sleeves," "Amazing Grace," and "Louie, Louie," too.
--Jay Walljasper

KULTRUM: Dino Saluzzi and Rosamunde Quartett (ECM) Chamber music with intense tango undertones, Saluzzi's work bridges the sensual and the serious. Saluzzi's bandoneon (an accordion relative) picks up where the late Astor Piazzolla left off, with dramatic and rewarding results.

I CAN HEAR MUSIC: The Ellie Greenwich Collection (Razor and Tie) The songwriter behind such huge hits as "Chapel of Love," "Then He Kissed Me," and "River Deep, Mountain High," Greenwich earned respect--though not enough--with her knack for irresistible hooks. Her own renditions of these classics are a sugary treat.

JAZZ IN FILM: Terence Blanchard (Sony Classical). The movies exposed jazz to the masses, and jazz returned the favor by creating scene-setting moods. Trumpeter Blanchard and an ace band revisit silver-screen themes--from A Streetcar Named Desire to Clockers--with a completely fresh feel.