ZEMOG EL GALLO BUENO/YoYouMeTu Trilogy: Egghead party music? Latin style? Talk about it being time for something completely different. Undeniably Latin, it's pretty alternative as well leading you down some wildly divergent paths as it goes along it's way. Do they smoke Galousies in Chihuahua? This certainly could be the soundtrack for that bunch.
DENNIS ROGER REED/Before it Was Before: With so many Dylan related songs and so much organic back porch picking, you could easily mistake this California guitar based record as being from Woodstock. Knowing his way around Dylan, blues, originals and more, this is one of those sweet albums you take very personally as it's full blooded and speaks right from the heart---right to you. A tasty ride through the back country throughout.
(Plastic Meltdown 20181)
JEB PATTON/Tenthish Live in New York: A jazz piano traditionalist with no dust on him, Patton once again shows he can fill any piano chair and crank out the daddio with the best of them. Long a New York mainstay, he fits right in the past, present and future swinging like nothing else matters. Hot stuff that already has us looking for volume two.
(Cellar Live 40818)
JEREMY MANASIA QUINTET/Sutra Book: And for all the people that roll their eyes when something like Rumi is mentioned, along comes Manasia bringing the Zen to jazz piano. With Spike Wilner watching from the corner and Manasia belonging to a sect that thinks Zen should keep pace with the times, this is a dandy, left leaning session with honking progressive edges that won't have you in the mood to sing "Kumbiya". Don't be scared off by the trappings, this is a solid club date sound that gives you the oomph to get through the rest of the week if you play it on Wednesday nights. Solid.
(Smalls Live 62)
JIM ALLCHIN/Prime Blues: Releasing his debut at a time where there were a lot of people with extra coin taking a breather to chase the dream, you knew that Allchin was one to bet on. Four records in, this white boy with the blues has jacket copy on his latest full of names like Hambridge, Zito, McKendree, Rush, Memphis Horns and more. He delivers. Loaded with gusto and a half, he doesn't stoop to manqué around when he can keep it his real---which is really good. White boy blues has entered the next level of the game.
(Sandy Key 5)
J.J. APPLETON & JASON RICCI/Beatiful Slop: A white boy blues trio that sounds influenced by Holy Modal Rounders takes you to the folk/punk college coffee shop that probably never existed but would have been welcome during those emotional rescue weekends before finals. Wild and undisciplined even if their aim is true, this is freek folk at it's finest. And to think these guys had day jobs with Johnny Winter and David Bowie. This is no whack job outing---even when the sound gets scarier than Leonard Cohen at his most suicidal.
(Old Boy Network)
ARTURO O'FARRILL/Fandango at the Wall: Remember how much a part music played in the fall of the Berlin wall and Communism? There might not be any commies with bad haircuts rocking out here, but this high octane set recorded at the Tijuana/San Diego border might just be the soundtrack of the next seismonic shift. A killer of a Latin big band/jazz orchestra date, all the highly chopped players on board here are playing with fire, fury, skills and passion that sounds like they are playing like their lives depend on it. Caliente? Don't touch your tongue to it. Killer stuff that not only will see things change dramatically but will be the underscore for it as well. A return to music driving the culture?
JOHN AKAPO/Paradise Blues: A food critic was on the air today talking about authentic food but how sometimes Taco Bell or Pizza Hut hit's the spot. Akapo takes us from white boy blues to Samoan boy blues, of which he's currently the standard bearer. What can we say, he never picked pineapples? Sounding like he's inspired by white boys inspired by Delta cats, you're almost waiting for him to wail, "I've got the blues, I've paid by dues" but he spares us as he digs in and serves up some wild stuff, even referring to having a case of the Samoan boy blues. A back porch set all the way, it must take some of the sting out of the blues to be on your back porch---looking at the Pacific Ocean. We like this guy and can't wait for more.
BRAD GOODE QUINTET/That's Right!: Enlisting Ernie Watts on sax for his new group, Goode gets in touch with his inner Miles and over all love of jazz for a set that feels like much more than just another number in the catalog no matter whether you call this set his new band's debut or his 18th as a leader. A tight, solid sound from pros that have been working together in one way or another for years, Goode is just plain damned good. A straight up jazzbo set that any straight up jazzbo fan will love.
SARAH MENDELSOHN/If: A singer/songwriter with a strong presence in Boston brings a modern take on 70s divorcee pop that hit's the target and might serve as a road map for millenials feeling dissatisfied with current tine and tide. A nice high water mark for the genre.
Number 41/Number 337
October 3, 2018
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
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