New Music Monday: Black Sabbath, Paul McCartney, Boards of Canada, Julian Lennon, Grateful Dead

Tony Iommi unleashes a torrent of gnarly riffs on the new Black Sabbath recording with Ozzy Osbourne, while Paul McCartney’s earliest post-Beatles concert successes in America are reborn on Rockshow.

The Boards of Canada crept back in with their first new music in some seven years. The Band’s Garth Hudson, meanwhile, leads a group of contemporary musicians through the mysteries and delights of age-old songs.

We’re delving into some cool, cool jazz from the likes of David Murray, Frank Wess, Dave Rempis and Wheelhouse, among others. Elsewhere, Julian Lennon has finally found a U.S. distributor for his terrific 2011 solo release.

Oh, and Jorn Lande is back with more new stuff. Does this guy ever, you know, sleep?

The Grateful Dead’s late-1980s, early-1990s collaboration with Bruce Hornsby is the subject of a fascinating new concert film. There is new blues from Mike Zito and Walter Trout, too.

We also tons of reissues, including Primus …

Alex PangmanHave a Little Fun [with Bucky Pizzarelli] (Vocals)
Alison MoyetThe Minutes (Pop/Rock)
Alvin Lee and Ten Years LaterLive at Rockpalast 1978 (Pop/Rock)
Big Time Rush – 24/seven (Pop/Rock)
Blackmore’s NightDancer and the Moon (Pop/Rock)

BLACK SABBATH – 13 (ROCK/METAL): Granted I’ve only given it a few listens, but I find myself strangely torn over this record. Tony Iommi still has the baddest riffs in the land. It has the classic Black Sabbath vibe. But a lot of the songs are just not hitting home for me yet. I’m giving it some time to see how it develops. (More here.) — Fred Phillips

BOARDS OF CANADA – TOMORROW’S HARVEST (POP/ROCK): Fans of the band’s brand of dreamy, warbly instrumental music have patiently waited for 7 years for anything new from the band. An advance single, with the catchy title of “——/——/——/xxxxxx/——/——”, contained a short bit of music and a voice reading digits, which turned out to be one set of the dashes in that title. The other numbers were broadcast on radio or hidden on websites, and thankfully others found those — otherwise who knows, we might still be waiting to find out that the group had a new album titled Tomorrow’s Harvest. (That’s sarcasm, folks.) (More here.) — Tom Johnson

Bob SchneiderBurden of Proof (Pop/Rock)
Bob MoverMy Heart Tells Me (Jazz)
CircaLive From Here There and Everywhere (Pop/Rock)
Connie FrancisDo the Twist (Vocals)

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Dandy WarholsThirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia (Pop/Rock)
Dave Koz and FriendsSummer Horns (Jazz)
Davell CrawfordMy Gift to You (Jazz)

DAVID MURRAY AND MACY GRAY – BE MY MONSTER LOVE (R&B): The word is out, David Murray is back with what should be an exciting new quartet, consisting of pianist Marc Cary, bassist Jaribu Shahid and drummer Nasheet Waits. The Infinity Quartet effectively replaces Murray’s Black Saint Quartet (which featured Andrew Cyrille on drums); featured are cameos by Macy Gray and Bobby Bradford, Murray’s former teacher — as well as the red-hot soul-jazz crooner Gregory Porter, on “Army of the Faithful.” (More here.) — S. Victor Aaron

Duke EllingtonDuke at Fargo 1940 (Jazz)
Eddie Daniels and Roger KellawayDuke at the Roadhouse: Live in Santa Fe (Jazz)
Edwin McCainExtended Versions (Pop/Rock)

FRANK WESS – MAGIC 101 (JAZZ): Here, we find a jazz lion emboldened by his surroundings, as Wess is joined by pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Kenny Davis and drummer Winard Harper. And even within the contextual sameness of a string of four slow songs in a row, Wess discovers new pieces of the narrative to accentuate on tracks like “The Very Thought of You” (where he’s as inventive as he is desperately lonesome) and “Come Rain or Come Shine” (given a searing new blue tinge). Elsewhere, there are whiffs of syncopated R&B on “Blue Monk,” and a pair of thoughtful duets with Barron — including Wess’ own “Pretty Lady,” which neatly sidesteps any old-school expectations with these angular bursts. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

Gary Peacock and Marilyn CrispellAzure (Jazz)

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GLOBAL NOIZE – SLY REIMAGINED: THE MUSIC OF SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE (R&B/JAZZ): Keyboardist and producer Jason Miles has done tribute records before: the music of Weather Report, Ivan Lins, Grover Washington, Marvin Gaye and Miles Davis have all been topics for prior records so he’s no stranger to the idea of a devoting albums to a single artist or act. But for the first time, he turned to one of his side projects to be the vehicle for it: the world fusion/RnB unit he masterminds with DJ Logic and vocalist Malu, Global Noize. And in somewhat of a coup, he got original Family Stone drummer Greg Errico to not only bless the project, but also actively participate in it (he lent his vintage rhythms to five of the ten tracks). (More here.) — S. Victor Aaron

Goo Goo DollsMagnetic (Pop/Rock)

GRATEFUL DEAD – VIEW FROM THE VAULT II: RFK STADIUM, JUNE 14, 1991 (POP/ROCK): Presented in a lo-fi home movie style, and emanating from the sonically horrendous RFK, this forthcoming 1991 Grateful Dead concert film still holds lasting significance since it documents their intriguing collaboration with Bruce Hornsby. His visceral responses — his face goes from surprise, to delight, to thrumming excitement — end up working as signposts for the whole show. You get a sense of just how improvisational the Dead’s shows, in fact, were. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

Harry Connick Jr.Every Man Should Know (Jazz)
Ian DuryLord Upminster (Pop/Rock)
Isley Jasper IsleyS.O.U.L. (R&B)
Jimmy Eat WorldDamage (Pop/Rock)

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JORN – TRAVELLER (ROCK/METAL): There’s certainly no room for complaint in Jorn Lande’s musical output. This is his second release of 2013, the other featuring symphonic versions of past songs, following 2012′s Bring Heavy Rock to the Land, a live album in 2011, his Dio tribute and albums from Masterplan and Allen/Lande in 2010 and at least one album per year from his band or one of his other projects going back to 2000 (with multiples most years). One has to wonder if eventually he’ll run out of creative juice, but with that voice, he could probably sing anything and make it work. If you like Jorn, you’ll like this record. — Fred Phillips

JULIAN LENNON – EVERYTHING CHANGES (POP/ROCK): More than anything he’s ever done, Everything Changes confronts Lennon’s father, and his father’s legacy — both musically and personally. In keeping with such an interior concept, the songs are quietly determined, rarely loud. No surprise, really, to find out the album was principally recorded in a home studio. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

Lily and MadeleineWeight of the Globe (Folk)
Marc CaryFor the Love of Abbey (Jazz)
Magic SlimBorn on a Bad Sign; Let Me Love You (Blues)

MIKE ZITO – GONE TO TEXAS (BLUES): After hearing a revitalized Mike Vito on 2008′s Today, I thought it would only be a matter of time before he ascended to the top of the heap in the current blues scene. Gone To Texas solidifies his hard-earned lofty spot with what will surely end up as one of the year’s best blues albums when it’s all said and done. (More here.) — S. Victor Aaron

Nat King Cole and Quincy JonesSwiss Radio Days 33 (Jazz)
Nina SimoneAnthology (Jazz)

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PAUL McCARTNEY – ROCKSHOW (POP/ROCK): What you’re struck by is how loose and engaged Paul McCartney seems — how utterly thrilled by it all. To be on stage playing his own songs, separate from the Beatles; to be part of a band again. And Rockshow underscores that sense of musical camaraderie early and often. Along the way, there seem to be a few implicit points: That this was his new thing, and that it was a pretty good thing, and that he was having a complete ball. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

Porter Wagoner and Skeeter DavisHere’s the Answer; Sing Duets (Country)

PRIMUS – SAILING THE SEAS OF CHEESE (ROCK/METAL): Arguably Primus’ best record gets the re-release treatment with a new mix and a few previously unreleased songs thrown in for good measure. The way music progresses there aren’t many albums you can say are still unique 22 years later, but this is definitely one of them. — Fred Phillips

Prodigy and AlchemistAlbert Einstein (Pop/Rock)
QueenIcon (Pop/Rock)
REO SpeedwagonNine Lives (Pop/Rock)
Roger DavidsonJourney to Rio (Jazz)

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SLOBBER PUP – BLACK ACES (JAZZ): Slobber Pup is a supergroup of sorts, banded together by the need to stretch out, plug in and jam on loose, blues-based forms. There admittedly isn’t a whole lot a variation from tune to tune and even less within each song. It’s loud, it’s real jam-my, lots of single-line noodling and chord changes requires acts of Congress. But these are top-shelf improvisers, and within this simple, organic framework, they ply their trade like top-shelf improvisers. (More here.) — S. Victor Aaron

STURGILL SIMPSON – HIGH TOP MOUNTAIN (COUNTRY): The creative force of Sunday Valley steps to the front and puts his name on an album cover. Simpson delivers a mix of rowdy country rock, soulful ballads and even some stomping Appalachian-style bluegrass here and there. (More here.) — Fred Phillips

The DoorsL.A. Woman; Morrison Hotel; Strange Days; The Doors; Waiting for the Sun (Pop/Rock)
The Black Dahlia MurderEverblack (Pop/Rock)
The Orb featuring Lee Scratch PerryMore Tales From The Orbservatory (Pop/Rock)

THE REMPIS PERCUSSION QUARTET – PHALANX (JAZZ): Spread out over four tracks, two discs and recorded live last year in two cities, Phalanx has a little bit of everything out of this grouping of free jazz: it swings, it grooves, it’s volcanic and it’s feather-light. With four arms and legs thrashing about on the drum kits, it’s easier to do those things with conviction. (More here.) — S. Victor Aaron

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WALTER TROUT – LUTHER’S BLUES: A TRIBUTE TO LUTHER ALLISON (BLUES): Trout and Luther Allison met and played together just once, in 1986 at the Montreux Jazz Festival — a photo from that day graces the cover of Luther’s Blues — but it cemented Trout’s sense of the commitment and innovation that surrounded Allison. Trout lives up to that towering legacy here. From the floorboard-rearranging brawn of “I’m Back” to the searing soul of “Just As I Am,” Luther’s Blues is as heartfelt as it is dynamic. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

VARIOUS ARTISTS – THE BEAUTIFUL OLD: TURN OF THE CENTURY SONGS [Garth Hudson, Richard Thompson, Dave Davies, Eric Bibb] (POP/ROCK): It’s difficult, as this plays, to believe that The Beautiful Old focuses on sheet-music favorites from before the advent of electricity. These 19 gusts of folk-tinged turn-of-the-century Americana still hold boundless insights. Multi-instrumentalist Garth Hudson, of the Band, is the most consistent presence here, showing up 10 different times with an array of guest stars that includes Richard Thompson, Graham Parker, Dave Davies and Eric Bibb, among others. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

Various artistsVol. 12: Motown Singles 1972 [Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Gladys Knight, Rare Earth, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson] (Pop/Rock/R&B)

WHEELHOUSE – BOSS OF THE PLAINS (JAZZ): Recorded in Jason Adasiewicz’s attic back in 2010, this is loft jazz in the literal sense, and the closed-in acoustics of a garret serves the intimate feel of the music well. This time, there’s only one disc and fifty-three minutes of music, but the temporal, slow developing nature of the music makes it more logical to view the album as a single piece with ten episodes rather than as ten discreet songs. (More here.) — S. Victor Aaron

Youn Sun NahLento (Vocals)
ZZ TopThe Complete Studio Albums 1970-1990 (Pop/Rock)

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