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New Releases

Jim Brickman, 25th Anniversary Greatest Hits

Pianist and songwriter Jim Brickman has released his latest album—a compilation of him singing 15 of his biggest hits from the past 25 years.

Daniel Szabo, Visionary: New Music for Jazz Trio & Chamber Ensemble

“Visionary” by David Szabo of Local 47 was written for a unique instrumentation combining woodwind sextet with string quartet and jazz rhythm section.

Sarah Jarosz, World On The Ground

Three-time Grammy winner Sarah Jarosz, of Local 257, has announced the June 5 release of her first new album in four years, World on the Ground.

Duo Tachoir, Shades of Blue

ades of Blue features a selection of original, eclectic jazz compositions for piano and vibraphone infused with blues influences; it also includes the classically styled “Reflections for Vibraphone and Piano” in three movements.

Utah Symphony, Berlioz

Music Director Thierry Fischer and the Utah Symphony’s new all-Berlioz album features a varied selection from Berlioz’s oeuvre, including his best-known work, Symphonie fantastique.


Steve Purcell, Ample’tudes

With more than enough guitars to satisfy any fan, Steve Purcell’s debut solo 10-song CD release, Ample’tudes, is a guitar-driven diverse collection of songs with an impressive array of world-class guest musicians.

In the Key of the World

Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, In the Key of the World

In the Key of the World exists in several musical genres at once: world, classical, traditional.

Aaron Copland Symphony No. 3

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, Aaron Copland Symphony No. 3

Recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall in March 2018, the album features the San Francisco Symphony performing Copland’s Third Symphony, completed in 1946 and described by the composer as an “end-of-war piece—intended to reflect the euphoric spirit of the country at the time.”


Taylor Swift Lover is the seventh studio album by singer-songwriter Taylor Swift of Local 257 (Nashville, TN), who also acted as executive producer. Described by Swift as a “love letter to love,” Lover’s 18 songs celebrate the ups and downs of love and incorporates brighter, more cheerful tones, departing from the dark sounds of her […]


Vince Gill On his 15th studio album, country singer Vince Gill of Local 257 (Nashville, TN) offers up the most personal collection of songs yet in his 40-plus-year career. The album’s title is taken from the once-derogatory term used to disparage migrants from Oklahoma to the nation’s west coast during the Dust Bowl and Great […]