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ALBANY
TAKAAKI/New Kid in Town: A young piano cat that transplanted from Japan to New York is fitting right in with his adopted town and delivering jazz piano trio work that stands mightily against any comparisons. Blessed with the touch, he leads, writes and plays like a champ that's already arrived. Solid stuff throughout out that specializes in hitting all the right notes.
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BABAIKA
ALAN SIMON/Excalibur IV-Dark Age of the Dragon: The on going prog rock opera surprised even the cat at the wheel with a volume four begging to be unleashed. Here we find Merlin escaping the clutches of the evil Morgana and the sound the world unfolding once again unfolds. A skilled production with way too much rock cred in the grooves, this is the kind of thing that's polished but never strikes you as jive---particularly if you're a real fan. Grandiosity to the max, you have to wonder how the dark side can often sound so sunny. Fun stuff genre fans are sure to celebrate.
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COIL
MISTER G/Mitzvah Bus: A Jewish music experience that splices in the multi culti generously. A smoking little kiddie set that can inspire ethnic pride in young ones that don't relate to the shul experience, this cat that's earned his musical spurs shows he really knows how to reach the kids---by making things fun. Try it sometime.
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DAVE KERZNER/Static: A rock opera with all kinds of malcontents and left fielders on board, this is a return to the golden era even if most of the participants weren't even born yet. A wild ride throughout, this careening joyride is directly for those that never called first generation prog bands dinosaurs. Way cool throughout by dudes that love their work and don't think it's work.

DIVINOVINYL
ANGELO DIVINO/Love A to Z: Swinging jazz/cabaret vocals are alive and well in this cats well honed chops. Tasty stuff that goes well with real martinis, Dinivo will have you checking out the full gamut of everything love does and does to you. A solid set from a quadrant that doesn't seem to have enough real adherents these days, he's a cat that knows how to set the bar. Check it out.

MAISONNETTE
BOOGAT/San Cristobal Baile Inn: Hey gringos, this is a Latin party in contemporary style that amps up the electronics and never takes it's foot off the gas pedal. You don't have to know what he singing about to catch the vibe and rhythm. Fun stuff in any language, this is how you really get things started. Well done.
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MODICA
DAVE YOUNG-TERRY PROMANE/Octet V. 2: So how to you follow up your award nominated big band debut set? With another that's probably going to take it all this time around. Smoking, solid contemporary jazz that you can't get enough of as just about everything becomes fashion statements these days, these cats play like they're in it to win it going way deeper than making pretty sounds for pretty people. Well done throughout by pros we want to hear from more often.

POUR SOUL
JOHNNY MAX BAND/Roadhouse Soul: Hot stuff from the frozen north that's loaded with rollicking good time blues rock sure to heat up the coldest night. With a certain kind of special sauce that separates this from the rest of the pack, this is a bunch of frat boys that have never grown up and are determined to keep the good times rolling. Well done stuff from pros that know how to get it done.
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TROY
TAKAAKI/New Kid in Town: A young piano cat that transplanted from Japan to New York is fitting right in with his adopted town and delivering jazz piano trio work that stands mightily against any comparisons. Blessed with the touch, he leads, writes and plays like a champ that's already arrived. Solid stuff throughout out that specializes in hitting all the right notes.
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X2X
GEOFFREY DOWNES-CHRISTOPHER BRAIDE (DBA3)/Skyscraper Souls: And you wonder how a cat that writes for Lana Del Rey can be an integral part of a prog duo with a cat that brought later stage prog to the pop charts? It all fits somehow. There's a real pop sensibility existing here side by side with the kind of prog that exists in it's own time zone. Like novelists that don't wish to blossom in obscurity, they might be taking the road less traveled but fellow travelers will appreciate it throughout.
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ZOHO
JAY WILLIE BLUES BAND/Jay Walkin': The kid that ain't afraid or ashamed to admit he likes to look back brings it hotter and heavier this time around with some jumping, humping blues that rocks as well as it rolls. Tasty stuff from the kind of cat that feels like one of us, he's got everything on target for making first class parties on platters. Jump to it.
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Volume 41/Number 24
November 24, 2017
MIDWEST RECORD
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2017 Midwest Record


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