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BOB BALDWIN/Henna: His 31st album and his smooth jazz vibe is still going strong. Loaded with real musos playing real riffs rather than well meaning electronics filling in the gaps, he's got cats on here that have been with him for 30 years. The real deal throughout, this is a pro that always has you in good hands. Enjoy.
(City Sketches)

WAYNE ALPERN/Standard Deviation: One of those sets that would have been a gift shop record in lesser hands, hip cat Alpern dresses up pop standards and recent chestnuts in envelope pushing jazz that wears it's debt to Zappa on it's album sleeve. Solid, creative work that polishes up apples that don't[ fall far from the tree.
(Henri Elkan)

SETH WAEVER BIG BAND/Truth: Fairly recently out of college (North Texas to be exact), this deeply steeped southern boy shows there's jazz in the south. A clear toned bone man that shows he can lead a big band already at this stage of the game, this is a wonderful wallop of straight ahead jazz by young lions prowling the veranda with stealth in tow. Solid work that adds up to a smoking, good time.
(Outside In 2014)

ANSON WRIGHT/Only Love: A boho geezer that's the perfect example of the kind of muso that's willing to suffer for his art, he's been around the block a few times and he checks in here showing how well he's earned the mantle to be the successor top cats like Jim Hall and Joe Pass. Swinging mightily as he leads his crew, classic jazz guitar fans have a bottomless sundae with a magnificent cherry on the top here. Killer stuff.
(Saphu 36)

JENNY DAVIS/Rearranged: Not cabaret, not art chick, Davis is a jazz vocalist with a taste for samba but a parallel taste for bag breaking efforts as well. To the right of performance art, she has a spunky soul that keeps her moving toward different destinations that always holds your attention. Fun stuff that's more than a diversion and charting some nu courses. Solid work.
(Three Penny)

LOST MELODY/New Songs for Old Souls: A classic piano trio that's been at it for 20 years continues to keep it fresh and swing with the ease they had when they first started. The tunes are originals but sound like stuff you'd find digging through Enlightenment reissues. Tasty throughout, this is top shelf throughout and a pure treat for jazz piano fans that want to be taken away from the daily grind in fine style.
(Tie 2000)

JAY WILLIE & JAMES MONTGOMERY/Cadillac Walk: Willie has gone from being a well meaning white boy with the blues to the kind of cat that can face off against one of the modern masters of white boy bluesism for a unique set that is in the pocket, isn't full of dust and somehow charts a nu journey through the past. Pomo white boy blues? A delightful record that exists in it's own time zone and might set that standard for frat parties of tomorrow, the youngster has really come of age. Well done.
(Zoho 202003)

VITO DIETERLE & JOEL FORRESTER/Status Sphere: Once upon a time, Denny Zeitlin led a short list of white people that could play Monk with the right touch and feel. Times change. This differently backgrounded sax/piano duo team up for a set that delivers the goods in a nu way on Monk, and it sounds authentic throughout. Rounding out the set with some Forrester originals that uphold the spirit of the program, this recital flavored set simply hits it out of the park. A must for the deep jazzbo, this set is a stone cold delight.
(Ride Symbol 25)

VITO DIETERLE/Anemone: In which the sax man fronts an organ combo and shows that he's an important, new gunslinger in town. With a round, classic tone leading the way, this cat can play. Turning him loose on a set of chestnuts here, he stamps his own stamp on the proceedings and makes a fan out of you seemingly without much trying. With deceptively simply chops front and center, this is a killer cat that knows how to get it done. A well picked trip down memory lane, this gives you all the comforts of comfort food with no empty calories and pure protein. Well done.
(Ride Symbol 30)

VANDERLEI PEREIRA & Blindfold Test/Vision for Rhythm: A Brazilian drummer who left the classical realm after going blind in his 30s shows just how easily the skills transferred over to high spirited Brazilian jazz. A dazzling set that's right in the moment, he leads his crew through a sprightly, spirited set that's purely a party on a platter. It sounds like he sees things more clearly than most. Caliente!
(Jazzheads 1242)

Volume 44/Number 141
March 20, 2020
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2020 Midwest Record

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