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HORNUNG TRIO/Spieler: You know what this jazz piano man makes me think of? There was once a time that Keith Jarrett recorded for ECM in their early days because he'd already been on several major labels who dropped him because they didn't understand what he was doing and they didn't want to take the time to find out. Well, a lot of trails have been blazed since then and you don't have to make the effort to find out what creative, left leaning music is all about. Hornung and his pals take that freedom and liberty, make the most of it and turn in a debut that whets the whistle for more to come. A tasty, left leaning piano trio that shows way too much chops for their young years, this is one seriously solid ear opener. Well done.
71185 (Jazzthing Next Generation 69)

VEIN/Plays Revel: Revel and piano jazz trios seem to be a natural fit as can be evidenced here. Fitted just right for fusillades of notes flying in all directions and still holding things together, this is way more jazz than it is classical. A wild ride of fancy and delight, the non stop action is sure to leave you breathless but not exhausted. Solid work and interpretation.

FRED FRITH/Storytelling: The improvising jazz guitarist wants us to probe whether OCD and improv can go hand in hand. He had an episode in 1981 that almost proved they can't. You know him and love him from the various skins he's worn over the last 40 years and as long as you think someone pushing 70 can still be an angry young man, this former fellow traveler of Richard Thompson will have you with his way out way stations. As left leaning as you can get and still be listenable, Frith is showing no signs of slowing down.
71324 (Jazzthing European Jazz Legends 12)

MINDI ABAIR & the Boneshakers/East West Sessions: From busking to the big time, the American Candy Dulfer turns her attention to being a white girl with the blues, modern style, and she blows up a storm with a Detroit blues crew that's right in step with letting her shine from the front of the stage. Singing and playing, she calls up a deep reserve of emotion that powers the proceedings nicely. Hard and heavy stuff tailor made for those that want some real music made by some real pros.

WOGGLES/Tally Ho!: The cover makes me think this is supposed to be some kind of Beatles rip off featuring them as old men. Surprise, it's killer garage rock. Running on pure emotion and instinct, this crew kicks ass around the block and back again as they validate what it is to be young in a world you did not create where you really think everything is bullshit but don't know how to express it. Unbelievably, this bunch shows you can go home again. Hot stuff.

Volume 40/Number 291
August 19, 2017
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2017 Midwest Record

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