AG WEINBERGER/Reborn: You gonna argue with the cat that's up for best blues album in Dracula's neighborhood? A bluesy guitar slinger that has our idiom and vernacular down righteously, he might be a white boy with the blues once removed but he does know how to pitch a wang dang doodle all night long and follow it up with a bunch of originals that fill the bill just as well. He's got it right in the pocket throughout and deserves any accolades he racks up. Well done.
LUCA KIELLA/Figure It Out: The lure of Chicago does it again as this Italian kid makes his way across the pond to ply his piano/organ barrel house trade as a right on white boy with the blues. Finding a home in the background of the Alligator stable, he delivers a rollicking good time in high octane fashion. With a dash of Jon Cleary in his quiver, he knows how to let the good times roll. Check it out.
BB KING BLUES BAND/Soul of the King: The cast of characters on board here will make you dizzy just thinking about it. Cats that rubbed elbows with the King aren't afraid of tackling the tunes one more time, even without the main man at the wheel, because they have these charts tattooed on the inside of their eye lids. Kicking it out in a way that'll intimidate any potential pretenders to the throne, this is a smokingly, killer way to remember the blues giant. This is the real deal.
BOB CORRITORE & FRIENDS/Do the Hip Shake Baby!: One reason to pay attention to Corritore is that his cover art is usually a lot of fun. Another reason to pay attention is that this time around, the singing harp player takes it to the next level of the game. Not content with being a proficient white boy with the blues, he kicks it so old school here that he's making authentic 50s jungle music! Helped out by a cast of thousands, this is sure to put your old school grand parents in the hospital. Totally bad ass and in the pocket throughout, this is the perfect way to kick off a misspent youth. Killer stuff throughout.
RICK VITO/Soulshaker: There's a lot of guys out there that are called the best, and in a lot of cases, it's really not an idle boast. Then there are cats like Vito that just own it. A pre-eminent rock and more guitarist for decades, this isn't a ‘look ma, no hands' kind of record. This is a cat you can easily call the best doing what he does best. A
genre busting set that's as unstoppable as he is, guitar fans have to put this on their must hear list. He can do it all and makes it look/sound so easy. Killer stuff.
JIM SNIDERO/Waves of Calm: We knew Snidero was a star from the first notes he waxed. Here we find the sax man years later in the company of a bunch of other leaders in their own rights showing how much he can say with how few notes. Showing more white space than he ever has in any previous record, the minimalism is working real well for him here. A classic music as art feeling kind of set, this is listening jazz at the top of it's game. Well done.
TOM HARRELL/Infinity: If I had Bill Charlap giving me props, I'd call it a day and go home. Instead, Harrell hits us up with this freest and most inventive date yet where the trumpet ace just let's the jazz flow taking you on a ride that lets you listen intently as you hang on through the twists and turns. Hard hitting stuff that knows no bounds, this is the kind of jazz that's a wake up call to tired ears that think there's no new kicks to be had. A winner throughout.
(High Note 7321)
Volume 43/Number 145
March 15, 2019
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2019 Midwest Record
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