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LYN STANLEY'S FAVORITE TAKES/London With a Twist-Live at Bernie's: Talk about taking unplugged to a new level of the game... Stanley revisits a bunch of the Julie London tunes she recorded on her tip of the cap to London, but she cuts them all over again, live direct to disc in a session that crackles like it was in front of a live, appreciative audience. There's a few curve balls in the song stack so that you don't feel like you are buying the same album twice but over all, this top jazz vocalist could have you buying the same album twice without you registering a complaint. The first time was solid and this one matches it and goes even farther. This really is a true artist cruising along at the top of her game. Hot stuff.
(A.T. 3108)

DANIEL MERON/Embracing Wild: Somewhere between Ramsey Lewis and Scott Cossu exists the time zone where Meron gleefully exists with his piano jazz bringing world wise piano jazz down to the club and making it all work. Alternately swinging and careening, Meron plays up a storm that's anything but quiet. A high octane cat, he really spreads the joy here showing just how much a piano trio can do when it sets its mind to do so.
(Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit)

AARON WHITBY/Cousin From Another Planet: The long over due solo debut from a piano cat that's been in the background making everyone else look good for long enough, he steps up as a modern cat making modern jazz for nu ears. More of the mash up variety that an in the pocket traditional release, he sees and hears the future and you can feel a new cut road form the map Miles left us in the 70s. Snazzy stuff that will keep you tuned in throughout.
(Ropeadope 479)

CLARK GIBSON/Tri-Colored Eyes: A good example of good taste being timeless, here we find the sax man taking it back to the hard bop 60s with B3 facing off against horn and undercurrents that go beyond the music informing it all. Tasty stuff anyone who's ever owned a Blue Note record will get right out of the box, this is some serious daddio jazz that know from whence it speaks. Killer stuff.

YIMBA RUDO: A trio of long time jazz experimenters that don't need to be told what to do or how to do it find a bunch of 60s civil rights jazz in their church basement, which was probably located a few miles or more away from the struggle but their hearts were in the right place. This is one of the main ways jazz can sound when true jazzbos are working away from the clock and want to bring the world to you. Open ears will be quite receptive to these excursions and diversions.
(Barking Hoop 12)

WE BANJO 3/Roots to Rise Live: And if you've never had the chance to experience this crew live, the appreciative Ann Arbor will hip you to what you have been missing---of course, as will the band. Recorded with a you-are-there directness, this is how a roots music crew sounds when kicking it out at the top of their game. Dazzling and dazing, they take it back to when the Hatfields and the McCoys first migrated from Great Britain to resume their feud in Appalachia and they blast it forward form there. Just plain killer stuff that raises the bar for roots.
(WB3 6)

VICTOR GOULD/Thoughts Become Things: A jazz piano cat that's been spending so much time with Jeremy Pelt that Pelt might not have realized he wasn't showing up for his own session when he showed up here. Gould is a wonderful throwback to the when music was music days turning in a highly textured and nuanced performance that covers a lot of ground and covers it mightily. With a dream team of a backing crew on board this is a smorgasbord of real music served up just right for anyone with a hankering (and good taste). A solid dose of jazz as a work of art.
(Blue Room 1006)

MATTHEW WHITAKER/Now Here This: Producer Brian Bacchus strikes a blow for vet producers that have been put out to pasture too soon by putting this young piano man front and center showing he can handle the pa t and future and do it with a crew of real hitters by his side. Tasty, contemporary piano jazz that takes second to no one, it's a bold and clear date that give ears the opening up they sorely need. Killer stuff throughout.
(Resilience Music Alliance 12)

CHARLIE WOOTON PROJECT/Blue Basso: Ready for a trip to Nawlins with a bass master inspired by Jaco that knows how to bring the funk and jazz as well as a line up of guest stars that isn't really needed but adds some tasty frosting to the cake? A wild and rip snorting set that never gives you a chance to catch your breath, Wooton and the gang are writing a new textbook here on how to righteously tear it up. The perfect party platter for when a good time is needed by all.
(Wild Heart 1003)

J.P. SOARS/Let Go of the Reins: It don't get more organic than this. Recorded in 5 days with 7 of the songs written on the spot, this award winner and his pals just plain get down and dirty and tear it up like a high powered shredding machine. The kind of blues rock that just burns up the night, the case for immediacy is really made here. Hot stuff.
(Whiskey Bayou 1003)

Volume 43/Number 261
July 9, 2019
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2019 Midwest Record

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