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J. P. REALI/Highway Cruise: The comfy feel of some old pals finally making music together at long last powers this folkie/Americana ep by the DC pro and his New England pal. Back porch music for when the sun is going down and you still feel like hooting and hollering, this set is just a jumping, good old time.
(Reali 1956)

AKKU QUINTET/Depart: Minimalist percussion from the aegis of the King Crimson extended family gives this Swiss drummer a chance to really stretch out and parade his angular sounds for the left leaning. A total Euro trip all the way through.
(7D 1911)

FRED NARDIN TRIO/Look Ahead: Uncomplicated, swinging and driving jazz piano work from a crew that walks it like they talk it. The perfect treat to cleanse the mental palette after too much overload of what ever kind, Nardin is a top shelf cat that has it all on the ball. A winner throughout.
(Na´ve 6991)

BLACK OAK ARKANSAS/Underdog heroes: So, what's a 30 year recording lay off between friends? And what kind of world are we living in where BOA covers Alan Parsons? 53 years in and still rocking high school pals to the core, this is one of those things that'll never get old and will probably keep you from getting old. Boogie!
(Purple Pyramid 1174)

SATOKO FUJII-RAMON LOPEZ/Confluence: Fujii and Lopez have worked together in trio formats a couple of times before but the pianist and drummer have never worked as a duo and they never worked in a space where they just showed up and played. Improv doesn't get anymore improv than this yet it finds a spot to be minimalist without being self consciously arty. Don't worry, Fujii is still writing the book on left leaning improv jazz.
(Libra 202057)

Volume 43/Number 222
May 31, 2019
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2019 Midwest Record

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