MUSIC: THE BEST MUSIC OF 1996

1 CASSANDRA WILSON NEW MOON DAUGHTER (Blue Note). With her knowing, nocturnal voice, Wilson is the queen of contemporary jazz vocalists and the true heir of Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan. Here she branches out, with remakes of songs by the likes of U2, Hank Williams, even the Monkees. She graces all of them--covers as well as spellbinding originals--with a classy Afrocentricity that shatters boundaries even as it breaks your heart.

2 Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Bernard Herrmann: the Film Scores (Sony Classical). Remember the shower in Psycho? Hitchcock may have been the director, but it was the...

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