OA: Rock Cesario Column April 10, 2009

It is time to update you on some new releases you might not otherwise hear about.
This information is from Ambush, Alliance Entertainment’s weekly magaz

•  Grateful Dead, “To Terrapin; Hartford 1977” — “Hartford Civic Center on the closing night of their spring ’77 tour is a show long sought after by Dead fans, the set features inspired versions of songs that soon would come out on Terrapin, including ‘Estimated Prophet,’ ‘Passenger’ and the title track.”

•  Bruce Cockburn, “Slice of Life” Solo Live — “Bruce’s first-ever live solo album showcases a cross-section of this acclaimed artists finest songs and some of his most dazzling guitar work. Featuring such hits as ‘If I Had A Rocket Launcher,’ ‘Lovers in a Dangerous Time’ and his breakthrough hit ‘Wondering Where the Lions Are.’ ”

•  Leonard Cohen “Live in London” — “For over four decades, Cohen has been one of the most important and influential songwriters of our time, a figure whose body of work achieves greater depths of mystery and meaning as time goes on. This CD is from a 2008 tour, his first in 15 years, that earned Cohen more than 80 five-star reviews.”

•  Madeleine Peyroux, “Bare Bones” — “Peyroux’s unique talent and timeless voice is back on ‘Bare Bones.’ Presented with more color and emotion than before, this CD features all original material including the single ‘You Can’t Do Me.’ ”

•  Diana Krall “Quiet Nights” — “Krall’s 12th album is an intimate recording of ballads and bossa novas from the team that brought you her best-selling Grammy Award-winning CD ‘The Look of Love.’ Accompanied by her quartet and orchestra, Diana turns her sensual vocals consummate piano skills to ‘The Boy From Impanema,’ ‘Walk On By’ and other classic tunes.”

•  Neil Young “Fork in the Road” — “Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Neil Young is stirring things up again. This time he is rolling down the road not only with an auto eccentric concept album but with his own electric ride.”

•  Steve Forbert, “Place & the Time” — “Nearly 28 years since breaking into pop consciousness, Steve Forbert remains a master of songs with insight through plain-spoken, heartfelt eloquence. This new CD exemplifies Forbert’s characteristic wit, his sense of social consciousness and endearing optimism that has garnered a two decades and growing fan base eager for more.”

You can see Steve Forbert at the new Roper Music Ballroom on May 1.

Rock Cesario owns Triple Play Records, 530 Main St., and hosts “Acoustic Sunday” from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday on Drive 105.3 FM. E-mail him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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