JORDAN PATTERSON band/Back on Track Recording Project: After being a grown up and making a buck tour managing, Jordan steps back to the front of the stage kicking it out with the blues rock he's loved for so long and Canadians love from him. Cutting right to the chase with all the right moves in all the right places, this is the kind of commercial set that fuels all night parties as it has just what it takes to supplement the proceedings. Nice stuff that hits all the right notes.
TREVOR GREEN/Voice of the Wind: Native American inspired rock that goes to short left field for the listener looking for something out of the ordinary but not too far. If you can picture a mash up between John J. Neihardt and Philip Phillips, that's the part and parcel of what's on tap here---and it's not a disparate as you might think. A excellent step outside the lines that brings a modern touch in a proper way to several elements that can easily benefit from it, the best part of this is that it doesn't hit you over the head with it's ethnicity. Check it out.
STEINWAY & SONS
VANESSA PEREZ/Spain: It's always so nice when someone figures out how to take warhorse repertoire and find a way to re-present it in a fresh way. First class classical pianist Perez reaches back to the beginning of the 20th century when deFalla first bought his Spanish music to France and DeBussy wrapped his ears around it. She counter points the two of them in this program, with her virtuosity at the core, and brings it around to a whole that's greater than the sum of it's parts. Showing that classical piano is in good hands, this is a top shelf listening date that's hard to ignore or not enjoy fully. And she resists the urge to throw in some Chick Corea. Hot stuff.
MOIRA LO BIANCO/Imago: The latest in a long time of uber talented young whippersnappers, this fresh out of the box solo, classical pianist is one of those players that isn't afraid to make a program of Cobain/Gaga/Part/Satie and others under the same roof at the same time and make it all work almost with none of the disparate camps being any the wiser. Well trained with an ear and a touch that gives it all back and then some, this is a classic example of the kind of classical record you'd be more than happy to spend a Sunday afternoon with. Hot stuff.
DRUNK HISTORY season 3: Season three of the show that teaches us how history is more fun when the teacher is drunk takes us to various places around the country with the usual ever changing list of actors to convey the what and how of how things happened. Proof the gang in the back row of the classroom was paying attention and has taken over, particularly as this series has won some serous awardage, you'll be laughing hard at things that once made you roll your eyes. From the Civil War to the Cold War as well as farther back, you'll never be able to help the kids with their history homework again with a straight face. Check out the laugh riot for all.
THE GOOD DINOSAUR: So think about this: Suppose the movies you generally make raise the bar so high that you can't even compete with yourself? What if you make a movie that's better than just about everything everyone else is doing and the market place doesn't respond accordingly? Such is the case with the latest from Disney-Pixar that proves if you missed it the first time around, you've lost touch with your sense of wonder because this is their usual pic that's great for children of all ages. While naysayers will be happy to point out how this is "Lion King" told from another angle with another set of characters, viewers that see the glass as all full will say Ďand...?'. No matter to the Disney home video bunch as they are going to make sure that this disc goes home with you if you didn't go to the theater. This charming coming of age takes told through the eyes of a dinosaur that's still here because the asteroid that changes life on earth never hit is spiffed up with a load of extras that even those who never watch them will be forced to take a peak, especially if they want some extra quality time with their kids. Three cheers for Arlo and his pals for making sense of it all. Any true Disney fan will wind up keeping this near their playback device of choice as one package has all formats. Well done.
Volume 39/Number 116
February 25, 2016
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CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
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