The Mix: spring albums from Pat Metheny, Jon Batiste & more

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From Broadway and bluegrass to bansuri flute and Baroque violin, check out the sounds on these new spring albums from artists at 21C.
Pat Metheny: Dream BoxReleased today | BMG Modern Recordings | CD, vinyl & digital
Dream Box, the newest album from legendary American guitarist, composer and improviser Pat Metheny, drops today (June 16, 2023). As the 20-time Grammy-winner explains, the recording brings together nine “found tracks” for quiet electric guitar; he describes the collection as “a unique recording for me; it is essentially a compilation of solo tracks recorded across a few years that I only [re-]discovered while listening on tour.” Watch Metheny talk about the album in the new video he created to introduce it.
Edgar Meyer, Béla Fleck, Rakesh Chaurasia & Zakir Hussain:As We SpeakReleased May 12, 2023 | Béla Fleck Productions Inc. | CD, vinyl & digital
Indian classical, Western classical and bluegrass influences converge in As We Speak, a new album from the supergroup of MacArthur award-winning double bassist Edgar Meyer, tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, 16-time Grammy-winning banjo legend Béla Fleck and bansuri master Rakesh Chaurasia. Over a dozen songs, the quartet segues from complex Indian rhythms to the gut-level groove of a funky bass line.
Tessa Lark: The Stradgrass SessionsReleased May 5, 2023 | First Hand Records | CD & digital
Grammy-nominated American violinist Tessa Lark explores the stylistic capabilities of her instrument on The Stradgrass Sessions. With Grammy-winning bluegrass fiddler Michael Cleveland, Grammy-nominated mandolinist Sierra Hull, five-time Grammy-winning double bassist Edgar Meyer, and five-time Grammy winner Jon Batiste on piano, Lark embarks on an eclectic journey through folk, jazz and classical works, including the first recording of John Corigliano’s Stomp.
Chanticleer: On A Clear DayReleased April 21, 2023 | Platoon | digital
Grammy-winning vocal group Chanticleer showcases premiere studio recordings of music commissioned by and arranged for the choir over the past two decades. Tracing an emotional arc from darkness to light, On a Clear Day features the group’s signature takes on Harold Arlen’s torch song “Stormy Weather,” Joni Mitchell’s 1968 classic “Both Sides Now,” and the title track, Burton Lane’s “On a Clear Day,” as well as Shawn Crouch’s “Lullaby,” linked above.
Rebecca Scout Nelson: Do Not LamentReleased March 10, 2023 | Il Pirata Records | digital
Bluegrass meets the Baroque on Do Not Lament, the first recording by vocalist and Baroque violinist Rebecca Scout Nelson. Through her original songs and instrumentals, interspersed with her own early-music arrangements, Nelson tells a powerfully personal story of love, loss and grief. Inspired by the tragic death of her younger sister, Do Not Lament draws on diverse musical traditions to create a distinct yet highly accessible sound world.
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