Hi everyone, here are our six musical recommendations for the week; five streaming suggestions and one recommended album on CD.

(Click on the photo to stream or request the album)

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

Just Charlie by Charlie Wilson (Genre: R&B, Funk, Pop)

Charlie Wilson first came to the forefront of the music scene in the 70s and 80s as a member of, and lead singer for the Gap Band.

This 2010 LP shows him at his solo career finest and includes the songs: My Girl is a Dime, You Are, I Wanna Be Your Man, Crying for You and Lotto.

Conversations with Christian by Christian McBride (Genre: Jazz):

Vocalist and acoustic bassist Christian McBride plays duets with a number of talented and well known guests on this LP including Sting, Angelique Kidjo, Dee Dee Brdigewater, Eddie Palmieri, George Duke, Doctor Billy Taylor & Hank Jones. Also of note is the excellent playing by McBride’s band including work by Roy Hargove on trumpet, Ron Blake on tenor saxophone and Russell Malone on guitar.

Songs on the album include: Afirika (feat. Angelique Kidjo), Consider Me Gone (feat. Sting), Spiritual (feat. Dr. Billy Taylor) & McDukey Blues (feat. George Duke).

Street of Paris: Rue Henry Monnier  by Various Artists (Genre: Electronic/Pop):

From the researching this album online I discovered very little information about the artists on the LP. Most of the groups have brief listings on the AllMusic site and those groups are all classified as playing electronic music.

The songs on the album feature a blend of electronic instruments, horns and guitars and collectively the offer listeners a journey of easy listening musical experimentation.

Songs on the album include: Samedi Soir by Soul Buddha, Soft Red Light by Panaphonic, Wassup by The Bas Lexter Ensample, Hotel D’amour by Bobby Trafalgar and Rock N’ Roll Partyout by Capsule.

Hats Off: A Tribute to Bill Monroe by Various Artists (Genre: Country, Classic Country, Folk):

This various artist collection offers a solid tribute to Bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe. In fact, in researching Bill Monroe for this posting I discovered that in 1940s he played with a group known as the Blue Grass Boys – and they played a fast tempo style of music that emphasized the proficiency of fiddle players, banjo players and guitarists and they were so popular and influential that the group gave its name to a new style of country music – Bluegrass!

This is a happy, upbeat collection of songs that honor the work and memory of Bill Monroe.

Includes on the LP are the songs: Orange Blossom Special by Donna Stoneman, Muleskinner Blues by the Stonemansons, In The Pines by Mac Wiseman, Footprints In The Snow by Smith Brothers and Little Georgia Rose by Seldom Scene.

Sibelius by Leif Ove Andsnes (Genre: Classical):

Andsnes hail from Norway and is word renowned as an outstandingly skillfully pianists whose works generally fall under the genre of classical music.

This 2017 release features 24 songs including: 6 Impromptus, Op. 5: 6 Impromptus, Op. 5: Impromptu V, Kyllikki – Three Lyrical Pieces for Piano, 10 Pieces for Piano, Op. 24: 10 Pieces for Piano, Op. 24: Romance, No. 9, Valse Triste, Op. 44, No. 1 and 6 Bagatelles for Piano, Op. 97: Lied, No. 2

CD Suggestion of the Week:

Fire in My Bones: Raw Rare + Otherworldly African-American Gospel (1944-2007):

The majority of this music has never been reissued on CD, or in any other form (most tracks were originally released on regional independent labels). Most post-WWII compilations of African-American gospel music naturally concentrate on the astounding quartet and solo vocalist sounds made during the music’s Golden Age. Fire In My Bones attempts to address and collect more neglected sounds from that era (and on to the present day). Dozens of traditions are represented. Some go back hundreds of years while others seem to have been arrived at as soon as the tape began to roll. Field recordings and studio tracks are all mashed together, with solo performances next to congregational recordings, hellfire sermons next to afterlife laments. Leon Pinson, Elder & Sister Brinson & the Brinson Brothers, Grant & Ella, Straight Street Holiness Group, Theotis Taylor, Brother & Sister W B Grate — these artists will now be just a little less obscure.

Fire In My Bones provides a small peek at the incredible diversity and power of post-war black gospel. Much of this music is raw, distorted and might sound a bit strange. But it is not presented as a novelty freak show or as “outsider music.” This is gospel – which we must always remember translates as “the good news” – as it has been sung and performed in tiny churches and large programs, from rural Georgia to urban Los Angeles. It is clearly among the most vibrant, playful, beautiful and emotionally charged music in the world.

Produced by Mike McGonigal. Package design by Grammy-winner Susan Archie.

Songs include: Peace in the Valley by Rev. Lonnie Ferris, Rock and Roll Sermon by Elder Beck, By His Word by the Holmes Sisters and Swing Low by Theotis Taylor

Streaming Videos of the Week:

You Are by Charlie Wilson:

Consider Me Gone by Christian McBride & Sting:

Soft Red Light by Panaphonic:

Stoneman Family Short Bio:

It’s Mighty Dark To Travel Mac Wiseman:

Sibelius (Trailer) by Leif Ove Andsnes:

Down By The Riverside by Snooks Eaglin:

Have a great day!

Linda, SSCL

P.S. If you have any questions about how to download or stream free music through the Freegal Music service to a desktop or laptop computer or how to download and use the Freegal Music app let us know! Drop by the library or give us a call at: 607-936-3713

*You must have a library card at a Southern Tier Library System member library to enjoy the Freegal Music Service. Your card can be from any library in the system, and the system includes all public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Allegheny Counties and includes our own Southeast Steuben Count Library in Corning, New York!

Library cards are free if you live in our service area. And you can obtain a card by visiting the Circulation Desk and presenting staff with a form of ID that features your name and your current address.

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