KARRIN ALLYSON SEXTET, Shoulder to Shoulder: Centennial Tribute to Women’s Suffrage (EntertainmentOne): **½

A polished project revisiting what preceded the 19th Amendment’s ratification, which won women the right to vote. Harry Belafonte, Rosanne Cash and Lalah Hathaway reprise landmark speeches (by Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, Alice Paul), while nimble-voiced Allyson and guests (saxophonist Mindi Abair, violinist Regina Carter, Kurt Elling, Madeleine Peyroux, Rapsody) labor to animate late 19th-century and early 20th-century songs. “The Great Convention” dissolves in earnestness; the rather Broadway-eque “I’ll Be No Submissive Wife,” snappy “Anti Suffrage Rose” and “Way Down Below” achieve some lift. Killer talent, clever concept, but it feels more like homework than an engaging invitation to listen. karrin.com

JESPER LINDELL, Everyday Dreams (Alive Naturalsound): ***

Part of First Aid Kit’s Americana-folk-rock circle in Sweden, Lindell builds on the retro rock and soul elements of his 2017 EP “Little Less Blue” with this full-length debut. Lead single “Stormy Waters” recounts his “shipwrecked” emotional response to a Swedish record label’s dismissal of initial demos; the rejected songs comprise the rest of this agreeable if unchallenging set. He’s no Van Morrison but Lindell’s delivery’s easy on the ears, and if you share his taste for Stax-era soul and ’60s-’70s rock, cue up “Whatever Happens” and the octave-spanning “Momentary Love.” jesperlindell.com

BIG BAND OF BROTHERS, A Jazz Celebration of the Allman Brothers Band (New West): ***½

Revered for epic, blues-drenched jams, the Allman Brothers Band’s musical egalitarianism embraced jazz alongside soul, gospel and rock — Duane Allman claimed John Coltrane as influence — and for this inspired project a 15-piece big band rearranges ABB classics like “Whipping Post,” “Dreams” and “It’s Not My Cross to Bear.” Slide guitar leads answer swinging horn solos; organ and percussion take it to church; Marc Broussard and Ruthie Foster sing — a little. More vocals would help. Allman songs are so deeply ingrained in collective memory it’s a trick to disengage from expectations. bigbandofbrothers.com

ERIN ENDERLIN, Faulkner County

(Black Crow): ****

A midtempo, intently crafted set that understatedly champions heartfelt classic country. The Arkansas-raised country songwriter and singer melds strong melodic hooks with a poet’s gift for metaphor and a novelist’s storytelling as she sings in clear, aching tones of luck-challenged, hard-working characters like the football hero of “Hometown Jersey” and “The Queen of Marina del Rey”: “Late Tuesday nights/ I’d play open mics/ One time Rosanne Cash/ Walked up to my hat/ And she threw in a five.” There’s not a weak song here. RIYL Emmylou Harris, Patty Loveless, Lori McKenna. erinenderlin.com