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MR. JON & FRIENDS/Rock & Rhyme: This is part of a growing trend of kiddie records that are made with adult sensibilities that doesn't talk down to the kids and lets them learn all the bad words they want in the school yard. Mom, dad, a monkey and the kids bring in some real rock ringers to propel the goods and the writing feels like solid pop/rock, just tailored for kids. Worthy award winners, this bunch knows just how to hit it out of the park and make it look easy.

BRANDON ISAAK/Rise n' Shine: A white boy with the blues that's made Canada sit up and take notice, Isaak goes more back porch this time around than on his recent past sets and this lovely, loping set gallops with an easy gait that makes you want to fall right in step. Heavy on the roots without the tangle that frequently bogs it down, this easy charmer will work it's magic on you before the first track is done. A real sweet treat.

PELED AMIT/Bach Suites 1-3 V. 1 Casals Cello: It's not enough that he's got killer chops and proven material that's hard to misfire on but Amit has to really show off by playing the material on Pablo Casals own cello that hasn't been used to play these songs since 1936. We can appreciate the magic of the ghosts on the wood but he didn't have to go that far to make us appreciate just how masterfully he can play the material just by himself without some embellishment or coloration---not an easy feat for just anyone. A four star classical recital that inspires you to have grown up moments when you really need them most.
(CTM Classics)

Volume 42/Number 7
November 7, 2018
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2018 Midwest Record

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