KINAN AZMEH, Uneven Sky
(Dreyer Gaido): 4 stars

Best known as part of cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, the Syrian-raised, New York-based clarinetist’s soulful, tonally magnificent artistry in concert can change how you think about music’s essence. Here, his improvisation, composing and performance service his vision of music — be it classical, jazz, or Middle Eastern — as a geography-transcending continuum. Opening with the zesty “Love on 139th Street in D,” this double-album set’s first half also features Azmeh’s “The Fence, the Rooftop and the Distant Sea,” a tautly absorbing, five-part duet with Ma. Concertos by Kareem Roustom and Zaid Jabri comprise the second half, along with Dia Succari’s beautifully melodic “Paroles,” a fittingly cinematic suite showcasing Azmeh’s dynamic range. kinanazmeh.com

OVER THE RHINE, Love & Revelation (Great Speckled Dog): 3½ stars

Over three decades Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler have steadily refined their sound, replacing Edge-style guitars with cellos, cornets, rootsy acoustic instruments, and Detweiler’s piano, sensitively arranged around Bergquist’s expressive, balm-like voice. Titled after a favorite Joe Henry email signature and poetically landscaped with natural imagery, the Ohio duo’s 15th studio album balances grief (“Los Lunas”), gentle joys (“Rocking Chair”), spiritual contemplation (“May God Love You [Like You’ve Never Been Loved]”), and hope (“Broken Angels,” “Betting on the Muse”) with grace and the kind of melodies that lace through heartstrings. overtherhine.com

TEEN, Good Fruit  (Carpark): 3½ stars

Sisters Teeny, Lizzie and Katherine Lieberson waste no time, ingratiating listeners with “Popular Taste,” the hooky opener of their smartly produced fourth album, whose carefree waterfalls of synths contrast with its sly social commentary, and the ’80s-resurrecting drum effects and dance-pop of “Ripe.” Both Prince and Kate Bush echo through “Connection” and the tempo-shifting drama of “Shadow,” while tight sibling harmonies are particularly effective when rising together in solidarity during breakup power ballad “Pretend” and thumping, accept-me-as-I-am anthem “Runner.” At the Echo in Echo Park Tuesday, March 19. teentheband.net

ERIC BRACE, PETER COOPER & THOMM JUTZ, Riverland (Red Beet): 3 stars

A thoughtful acoustic concept album attuned to Mississippi’s conflicted history and musical heritage. The rippling melody of the Nashville trio’s “River City” and the jauntier “King of the Keelboat Men” convey bygone river life as persuasively as the bluesy “Drowned and Washed Away,” about the twin plagues of segregation and the 1927 flood. Other highlights: the striking “Mississippi Magic,” about Rev. Will D. Campbell’s “radical” love-and-justice theology amid civil rights-era violence; “As Far as I Can See” and the amusing “It Might Be Hollywood,” which imagine trenchant commentary by William Faulkner. redbeetrecords.com