VOXFIRE/Fontis: Because the three singer are sopranos, you probably won't mistake this for a Goth record, but you might do so if you really try. Put together from chants and liturgical music from a century ago, this is a step beyond the chant records of a few decades back. With contemporary instrumentalists playing an appropriate background for the singers, the sum effect is way more heavenly than hellish. A first class leavener for your spirits.
DOUG DUFFEY & Badd/Play the Blues: A bunch of white boys with the blues that got them by putting a few miles on themselves kick it off with a wild riff on Warren Zevon's sense of self pity. It's a hoot. The rest of the record is first class choogle and party music as they want to show you they aren't geezers yet and can still show the young ‘uns a thing or two. A load of swamp blues and rock, this is a solid dose of that kind of stuff you always find infectious. Well done.
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KEVIN SUN/Sustain of Memory: How many sax men can serve up a set that makes you think you're listening to an adventurous piano trio? By the time he really comes in, the stage has been set. An ambitious double album that comes early in Sun's career, he's a muso that's in it for the long haul whose greatest fear is probably hearing you say he repeats himself. Touching so many bases in the course of this collection, there's more than enough something for everybody and the eggheads and highbrows will dig it the most.
MUNYUNGO/Morning Sun: Was your biggest complaint about Andy Narell was that he was a touch too much Berkeley and not enough Oakland (you know what I mean)? If so, Munyungo is your man. Armed with an arsenal of percussion instruments and putting them active display, he even brings the stuff you'd think are toys to a fully realized life. Loaded with an organic, close to the ground vibe, the companies that sponsor him are putting their promotional budgets to good use. Open your ears to the jazz and beyond sprightfully presented here and enjoy some new possibilities and frontiers.
WILL BOYD/Freedom Jazz Soul: A mostly gospel record coming from an unexpected place, these jazzbos dress things up in secular clothes, add a few songs about fighting for freedom and wind up opening the ears to the kind of service that brings new faces into the tent. One spin through this and you'll know the real origin of the term ‘joyful noise' Well done throughout.
MIKE DUKE PROJECT/Took a While: Ain't that the record business for ya? A hit songwriter, a member of important bands, a known associate to the powerful and connected----and it still takes 40 years for his debut album to come out with most of it being demos recorded over the last 40 years. Fans of southern roots rockers won't hold the vaguarities of the business against him. He was also so well connected that these demos sound pretty much like master recordings. Since roots and Americana ages well, these sides mostly sound like they have no dust on them. A real top shelf treat for genre fans, especially since a rough edge here or them doesn't put them off anyway.
(Little Village Foundation 1032)
Volume 43/Number 336
October 2, 2019
830 W. Route 22 #144
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CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
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