JODI PROZNICK/Sun Songs: Loaded with strong echoes of la Mitchell from her jazz period, this jazz vocal set feels arty but avoids all the art chick clichés and delivers the goods. The set may feel niche in today's world but it's owning that niche in fine form.
GEOFF GIBBONS/Buffalo Hotel: Although he's got a CV that shows him with a lot of hits to all fields, Gibbons returns to his singer/songwriter roots and scores here just like he has every where else. Easy rolling stuff that fuses all the Americana staples into a delicious whole, this cat knows how to hit the mark and he doe sit here with ease. Well done.
ANDREW DISTEL/It Only Takes Time: A worthy heads up not only for jazz vocal but for an overview of what's happening in the current Chicago jazz scene. Not finger popping daddio stuff, this is deep, a little mysterious and murky and the kind of thing that takes jazz vocal to other places. Everybody on board does their all to make it shine and it does. Check it out.
SHUT UP AND SING
D.B. RIELLY/Live From Long Island City: Maybe it's a matter of taste. The hype sheet posits him along the Kristofferson/Prine axis but I'm hearing a lot of prime, early Loudon Wainwright. Recorded live at his fave neighborhood bar, this singing/songwriting folkie revives and reveres the best of an era that doesn't need to be long gone and is served well by practitioners like this. Hot stuff.
STEVEN CASPER & Cowboy Angst/Sometimes Jesse James: What was once country rock is now Americana and this is a top shelf take on it. Only an ep sized release to deal with our short attention span times, this'll get you heading to the nearest honky tonk to find the music from the true vine and then some. Killer stuff throughout.
FREE WORLD/What It Is: Funky, multi-culti Memphis boys celebrate their 30th year together by kicking it off mash up style, strong on the left side of the ledger, and continuing to keep it funky. A tasty party on a platter that's loaded with more goodies than a single disc should be. Well done.
WINGS OF SILVER
MARIUS HOLTH/Fortuneteller: If this Norgewie sounds familiar to you, it's because he is inspired by 70s soft rock. He's got a real ear for selling our stuff back to us and this sounds almost like the Billy Joel record they forgot to release. You can go back again, sort of.
Volume 41/Number 35
December 5, 2017
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CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
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