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LAURA MEADE/Remedium: With a toe dipped in the waters of several disciplines, Meade wants you to think she's a goofy art chick---but don't be mislead. A performance artist that's sneaking protest music into her millennial cabaret act, she's trying to catch more flies with honey than vinegar. Pomo and left leaning all the way, you have to have a taste for coloring outside the lines to really appreciate what's on parade here. Unbridled and progressive, Meade is angling to be the poster girl for left leaning tastes.

SWAMPERS/Muscle Shoals Has Got: Whether you knew it or not, whether the record label said it or not, if you were a music fan in the 60s and 70s, The Wrecking Crew, The Funk Brothers and The Swampers were playing the soundtrack of the story of your life. Sure, this set or unreleased stuff by the Muscle Shoals gang is just one little record now, but it's release is as monumental as when Universal first started poking around in all those old Motown boxes and found a wealth of unreleased Funk Brothers tracks to unleash on an unsuspecting world. Not a band even in the sense of Booker T & the MGs, this was still a crew that could lock in a groove by telepathy and make the sweetest sounds. While these disparate tracks were obviously never conceived to be an album, some of the track segues might be a little jarring but you'll be amazed how easily you can over look that. Take a trip behind the curtain to hear where the magic was really made. Killer stuff from one of the killer crews of all time.

YUKA & CHRONOSHIP/Ship: Roger Dean does the logo for this female fronted, Japanese prog rock band that's figured out how to sell us back our own sound the way the Brits did with the blues a few generations ago. Basing their tunes on myths they deliver the proper bombast to make prog rock rock. Perhaps this ship has fond a home sailing along on topographic oceans? It's right in the pocket for genre fans that want to get a new version of the real deal.

LAUREN SEVIAN/Bliss: As Posi-Tone continues to beef up it's bull pen of saxy ladies, they've made a wise choice with the addition of Sevian. While you might not be familiar with her if you're not a New Yorker or a big band fan, she's someone you ought to get up to date on. Don't be put off by the touchy feely vibe of the title, one of her big band chairs is the Mingus one and at her most touchy feely she sounds like Sonny Rollins on a hot date with the underside of a bridge. A smoking honker that really knows how to blow up a storm, after laboring in the vineyards this long, it's more than time to be her time. Hot stuff that'll remind you how much fun it is to cruise along at break neck speed.

Volume 41/Number 190
May 9, 2017
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2018 Midwest Record

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