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07/18/20




JD TAYLOR/Coldwater Sessions: Here's a white boy with the blues that could probably find his way around Memphis with his eyes closed. Going solo after 25 years with an award winning crew, this singing harp player knows how to keep it real and give you authentic, traditional post war blues. With a soul as big as all outdoors and a blues knowledge base to match, this is a good time from good hands. Well done.
(Vizz Tone JDT 1)

LUCKY LOSERS/Godless Land: The hard charging, award winning duo continue to put the Bay area on the blues map with this set. Rollicking, romping and stomping, the sure footed and sure handed performance is spot on throughout and the good times are assuredly rolling. Solid stuff from a crew that shows up to work it.
(Vizz Tone LL 1)

JOHN FINLEY/Soul Singer: A rock survivor that even has opening for the Stones in 65 on his vitae rolls it all together for a tour de force that's loaded with soul, makes a passionate stop at Leonard Cohen and reprises his hit single for Three Dog Night before it's all over. From when big voices were more important than bombast and rock was loaded with soul roots, this recidivist release gives you whip lash as it moves forward and backward all at once. A real tour de force for real rock fans.
(Vesuvius 2)

TERRY OHMS/Smooth Sailing Forever: Recorded as a reaction to the current lockdown, Ohms isn't one to mince words as the alt.rocker let's fly with what's bothering him---as well as who. Quasi protest music for miasmic times where everything is disconnected and chaos rules.
(Cornelius Chapel 57)

WILY BO WALKER & DANNY FLAM/Ain't No Man a Good Man: As you can tell from the cover art, Americana bad girls aren't the same as they were when Hank Thompson was singing songs for rounders. Americana from across the pond done up in such big, badass fashion it turns your head as it turns you on your head. Oft times feeling like it was inspired by a Covid inspired fever, this ain't your daddy's Americana---that's for sure.
(Mescal Canyon)

BARRETT MARTIN GROUP/Scattered Diamonds: The former alt.rock drummer has aged into a global jazzbo with a contact list of real hitters that turnout to add wonderful flourishes to this date. Proving the Ellington dictum that there's only two kinds of music, Martin sticks to making the good kind on this engrossing party on a platter that takes 5 p.m. jazz to new places as you shift your energy away from the week into the weekend (if such divisions exist in today's world). A tonic for anyone always on the prowl for new sounds, this Grammy winner obviously has some space on his mantle that he still has designs on filling up. Killer stuff.
(Sunyata 9)

PEGGY LEE/Ultimate: It's really not an understatement to compare Lee to Sinatra. Both started out back when the earth was cooling fronting a front line big band. Lee recorded 1,110 songs and had a hand in writing 200 (as opposed to Sinatra's 15) and both knew how to swing. Kicking off the Lee centennial, it must have been a killer task to boil the set down to 22 tracks particularly since there was no urgency to sort the tracks by chart position and release date. Since most of this stuff is 60 years old, it's hard not to take Lee for granted but this set could bring her skills and thrills back to the front.
Rounded out with a previously unreleased track, anyone with a taste for the great American songbook or the building blocks of modern musical history will get the greatest kick out of this collection. Right on throughout.
(Capitol 31403)

Volume 44/Number 263
July 18, 2020
MIDWEST RECORD
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Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2020 Midwest Record


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