JEFF LOFTON/Jericho: The trumpeter proves that if you hang out in other places in Austin than the Chili Bar, you'll hear local, award winning jazz that's so deep in the pocket you'll think there's a hole in it as you keep trying to reach the bottom. While snots will dismiss this sterling daddio session as retro, you shouldn't believe it. Firmly in the tradition throughout, it's one of those smart, killer sets that bridges the future with the past in a seamless whole. Smoking jazz we can all relate to, it's from the heart with no posturing or posing. Deadly hot.
LILA AMMONS/Genealogy: Albert's grand daughter strayed from her jazzbo roots taking her so far a field she sang in a Stones splinter group, but she's back in the fold following in the family tradition while adding her own moves to the mix. A left of center vocal date with civil rights era underpinnings in it's vibe, it has an almost underground feel to it making it snap with a special kind of verve and spontaneity. Fine stuff that really opens the ears.
RICHIE GOODS & the Goods Project/My Left Hand Man: Mulgrew Miller was a valued jazzbo but not really a commodity to the masses, a state of affairs that dooms this tribute album to being made really indie or not at all. Helmed by Miller's long time bass player, you'd think Goods could pull this off in his sleep but he's as wide awake here as he was on the bandstand. Giving back to his mentor powered by the highest of octanes, this could almost pass as a greatest hits record as opposed to a tribute set. By the way, did we mention it's just plain smoking throughout?
ANDREA BRACHFELD/Brazilian Whispers: A member of the sorority of women that know how to pour the flute juice with a free hand that ultimately wind up letting Brazil shine on them, Brachfeld goes right to the Jobim source while avoiding most of the Jobim clichés to really get inside the music she loves. Backed up by a crew you don't find waiting around the union hall for some pick up work, all the right moves are in all the right places as art and heart mix it up here in fine form. A wonderful snapshot from the sunny side of life.
JD WALTER/Dressed in a Song: Carrying on the off the beaten path of jazz vocal ala Mark Murphy, Walter comes back from some life or death situations that drove him to make this intimate vocal set in which he faces off with a brace of stellar piano men. Firmly in the jazz/cabaret pocket, all that's missing to make this complete is a trendy cocktail, a fancy watch and the kind of snazzy gal that knows how to wrap a financial services guy on the way up around her little finger. Sometimes you just need a dose of pure creativity with no agenda.
SARAH THORPE/Deep Blue Love: A modern jazz vocalist that sounds like she was weaned on the greats that had such an intimate vibe they were never able to make the jump from clubs to halls. Such may be the halls loss. Whether kicking it out on originals or finding the vocal sweet spot on works that weren't thought of as lending themselves to vocal interpretation, Thorpe has a good handle on her art and knows how to present it as well as herself most properly.
(Dot Time 9087)
HAMILTON LOOMIS/This Season: A Christmas record by a rock trio that doesn't acknowledge any genre labels other than Christmas music? And it's so different that difference is the biggest trick in it's bag of tricks? Here's a record that colors so far outside the lines that it winds up smack dab in the middle of it all. Except for the rock touches, this could pass as a mostly original, back porch/organic date with flying colors. There's a few tent poles in the song list but this is mostly the tonic jaded holiday music ears have been seeking. Smart, easy going stuff that really works.
Volume 44/Number 51
December 21, 2019
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2019 Midwest Record
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