NAAMA GHEBER/Dearly Beloved: Israeli born jazz vocalist Gheber knows her way around the great American song book and has mastered the art of being a swinging gal. With a kittenish voice giving everything a sprightly tone, along with her sense of her song choices, this is a sweet change up for the modern version of the canon. Working with her established crew, everybody can be counted on to hit the right notes at the right time giving the whole a proper send off into the world. Quite a find and an auspicious debut.
ARUAN ORTIZ/Inside Rhythmic Falls: The native Cuban explores the necessary subversion inherent in his culture on the working class side. The date has a retro/neuvo sensibility with cinematic flair as he takes you into an Afro-Cuban vibe that sheds the tourist veneer many jazzbos added to make it palatable to gringos. You don't have to be an egghead to get into this, just someone with a healthy sense of world beat and exploration. This piano man is really making his bones on the ivories.
MISSING PERSONS/Dreaming: A slightly strange duck of a record as the Persons are back as the alter ego of Dale Bozzio with her giving recent vintage pop hits the classic electronica spin. To all the soccer moms who wanted to be her and all the horn dogs that wanted her, this easy journey through various pasts is a valentine to boomers that still remember what it was like to buy an album and sink into it.
LOVETONES/Myriad: Left fielder Mat Tow comes back to his own indie project for it's first new outing in a decade with it's psych/pop vibe in full regalia. A beacon for the down mouthed in search of voice, he brings a bleakness from Australia that we normally don't associate with a land of beaches populated by babes wearing dental floss. He knows how to hit all the right notes in search of not finding light notes.
Volume 44/Number 144
March 23, 2020
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2020 Midwest Record
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