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Beginning with 1990's acclaimed Cole Porter tribute Red Hot + Blue, which featured a stellar assortment of queer and queer-friendly artists, including Sinead O'Connor, Jimmy Somerville, Erasure, k.d. lang, Annie Lennox, U2, Debbie Harry and Iggy Pop, and the late Kirsty MacColl and the Pogues, singing Porter tunes, the Red Hot Organization launched a series of AIDS fundraising albums that continue to be issued to this day. Covering a variety of genres (indie, country, dance, Latin, Brazilian, African, alternative, and jazz, to mention a few) and calling on an incredible array of talent (Antony, Sharon Jones, David Byrne, Grizzly Bear, Meshell Ndegocello with Herbie Hancock, Bebel Gilberto, Angelique Kidjo, George Michael, Natalie Merchant, Smashing Pumpkins, Patti Smith, Bob Mould, Pavement, Dolly Parton, Wilco with Syd Straw, and Future Bible Heroes), the Red Hot compilations are something to look forward to, and all in the name of a worthy cause. Red Hot + Bach (Masterworks), one of the Red Hot Organization's 2014 releases, is akin to the work that Cameron Carpenter is doing in that it features a variety of hip artists (such as Chris Thile, Mia Doi Todd, Shara Worden, and Julianna Barwick) performing the music of J.S. Bach for an audience (read: generation) that might not necessarily have Bach in its iTunes playlist.  SEE THE Out Smart REVIEW PAGE