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ADNET-JOBIM/Jobim Orchestra & Guests: As sure as Tinker to Evers to Chance were in their time, Adventure to Jobim to Adnet is just as sure a troika. A long awaited follow up to the symphonic, Grammy winning set from this team, the follow up to celebrate Jobim's 90th birthday is long over due and equally as welcome. Imbued with the spirit of Jobim throughout, this set is fine for any fan from curious newbie to moldy fig, all of whom will just delight in. With the young lions of Brazilian jazz giving new zest to the timeless classics, this is one of those records that just goes beyond time and space. A DVD is included to make sure the good vibes never end. Killer stuff throughout.

CASEY JAMES/Strip It Down: After running through the jive mill of "American Idol", if you're a real muso the only thing left to do is find your way to Tom Hambridge and get your self back to the American night where the line between bar band and blues rocker gets so blurred that it doesn't matter as long as the result cooks. Getting back to real, James kicks it out in fine style, holding his own with Delbert McClinton and letting the fur fly. Smoking stuff throughout.

WICCID/By Design: The kids these days are more into image than reality and this darkness fills the bill for the contemporary kid that wants to seem like a badass but still wants to get a trophy for soccer participation. Dark lite? The pedigrees behind this modern electro-synth-industrial pop project seem a world away from what was once birthed via Wax Trax. Beware this is the new sound of the suburbs.

ANDY ADAMS/Back to Square One: A smart southwest singer/songwriter that forgot to remember to be mush mouthed serves up a solid, personal set that knows how to strike universal chords within all lyric driven music fans. A natch for anyone that ever spent time in an old school college coffeehouse, Adams has been kicking it for over a decade and his pen has grown as sharp as any of the singing poets of the general area. A wholloping, genre winner.

THE GREEN/Marching Orders: The Hawaiian reggae crew spins out another hard hitting set proving once again once and for all that they aren't a flash in the pan novelty. Taking it deeper yet again, this is a modern mash up where roots reggae is brought out of trench town and into the international spotlight via elements of everything. Hot stuff that reggae fans are sure to herald, this is a modern extravaganza.

SONNY EMORY'S CACHET/Love is Greatest: One of those seminal drummers that's laid down the funk on tons of your fave records like a later day Pretty Purdie, Emory brings his own funk for his own self and shows he can do it in the spotlight as well as from the back of the riser. Old school but not really, this is funky, feel good music that does the right thing without breaking a sweat. Hot stuff throughout.

ROY McGRATH/Remembranzas: Don't let the Irish name fool you, McGrath is honoring his Puerto Rican roots here with his sax leading the way. Almost drawing some inspiration from church basement jazz, this zesty pepper pot of a set shows you just how important it is to remember where you came from as it is to look at where you're going. Never less than tasty, this is inspired playing and writing that adds up to a whole that's greater than the sum of it's parts. Here's where to turn if you want some playing from the heart.

GABRIELE TRANCHINA/Of Sailing Ships and the Stars in Your Eyes: Not your typical bossa/Latin set that you can set and forget while you sit back and enjoy it, Tranchina has a way with the special sauce, ladling it out in just the right measure at just the right time. A sassy modern take on a classic vibe, this nicely ear opening set is a tonic of feel good music throughout. Check it out.

BILLY LESTER TRIO/Italy 2016: Jazz piano trio that you have to hear. That's really all that needs to be said. A killer work out on a bunch of original tunes that have the feel of chestnuts and classics, this was recorded fresh from an Italian tour and has the swinging vibe of a live date where everything is cooking and the audience is on fire---but it's just the cats at play. Smart piano jazz doesn't come much better than this. Hot stuff.

CAROL WELSMAN/For You Solo: The great jazz vocalist may not have made the record she's always wanted to make, but after letting fans vote for what they wanted to hear her sing, she's made the album they wanted her to make. Up close and personal with just her and her piano, this is the classic cabaret album you have to grow into before you can make it sound as good as this does. This is a real career defining set. Killer stuff throughout.

Volume 40/Number 358
October 25, 2017
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2017 Midwest Record

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