Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
Omnivore brings together 19 previously unissued demos from late singer-songwriter and onetime Kingston Trio member John Stewart, perhaps best known for penning The Monkees’ hit “Daydream Believer.” While that song isn’t here in demo form, numerous other bona fide Stewart classics certainly are, including “July, You’re a Woman” (also recorded by performers as diverse as Eddy Arnold and Pat Boone) and other classics from Stewart’s landmark California Bloodlines album. Available on CD and digital formats.
The troubadour returns with an album of his favorite covers including Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s “Your Song,” Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne,” Bob Dylan’s “Dignity,” Danny O’Keefe’s “Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues,” and Gordon Lightfoot’s title track. Available on CD and digital formats.
This 16-track concert makes its first appearance on CD. Features “Shoot Out the Lights, ” “Tear Stained Letter,” and more. Available on CD and digital formats.
Jazz vocalist Diane Schuur’s latest set features her distinctive interpretations of songs from Jeff Lynne (“The Sun Will Shine on You”), Eric Clapton (“Running on Faith”), The Beatles (“Let It Be”), and Paul Simon (“Something So Right”), and pays homage to the illustrious likes of Dinah Washington (“This Bitter Earth”), Jaco Pastorius (“Chicken”), and Miles Davis (“All Blues”).
Jazz musician-singer-songwriter-historian Ben Sidran is paying tribute to another icon, the late producer Tommy LiPuma, with a fascinating new biography. The Ballad of Tommy LiPuma is a personal look at Sidran’s longtime friend, written in hip, conversational, and colorful prose. LiPuma’s collaborators over the years add up to a “Who’s Who” of popular music – Barbra Streisand, Diana Krall, Willie Nelson, George Benson, and Paul McCartney, to name a few – and they’re all here, but Sidran tells an equally compelling story of how the young LiPuma overcame countless obstacles to become one of the most producers in pop and jazz history. Ballad is a breezy and engaging page-turner.
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