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MADD SCIENTIST/New Day: In these Covid times, the Madd man wants you to bring the club home. The vet dj knows what to do to make your living room floor sound like a party pit with bottle service. A smoking soundtrack for people that aren't used to staying home, decking the place out with the rest of the accoutrements is up to you.
(Hodari)

SCOTT WEIS BAND/Simmer Me Down: Looking every bit like a rough and ready power trio, they rock hard but they have a dose of soul in the mix. Fist pumping, anthemia rock with no apologies, these cats will party with you until dawn. At least that's what it sounds like.

BART RYAN/Starlight & Tall Tales: A Nashville singer/songwriter that shows he's listened to a few Muscle Shoals records in his time comes in with stories just right to backdrop pandemic times and give you a reason to stay inside without complaining. A sharp cat that knows how to command an experienced crew, this is a fine set to kick back with and let the world go by as a new friend let's his hair down with you.

CAROL WELSMAN/Dance With Me: It's taken a lot of goading from fans but Welsman has finally checked with his her samba album. Being Canadian, she's really made samba for gringos as this is hardly a strictly Brazilian album---no matter how enjoyable she makes it. A delicious pop album with Latin accents, today's adult rec room occupants can play this without feeling like it's a trip back in time to their parent's time when this was in vogue the first time out. Once again, this thrush has a way with a song and knows how to make it her own.
(Justin Time 8623)

BIG PACIFIC/Welcome to the Party: The title says it all. These rocking geezers know all the right moves to let you sit back and be a guest at your own party as they provide the good vibes in just the right amounts at just the right times. Fun stuff.

RADAM SCHWARTZ ORGAN BIG BAND/Message From Groove and GW: This might be loaded with original tunes, but it's an unabashed throw back to grooving, organ trio days before Beatles and their hippie fans tossed this big, bold, badass sound out of date and out the window. A real groover that'll inspire your inner daddio, this is more than merely a party on a platter----it's a trip to Groovesville! Oh, yeah.
(Arabesque)

DIEGO FIGUEIREDO/Compilation: When the label first gave me a head's up to watch for this record, I didn't know what they were talking about but I didn't dismiss it because of their impeccable track record. Don't be in the dark like me and estimable Brazilian liner notes writer were, get hip now. If you are any kind of a guitar fan, this picker will blow you away. Way more than a Wes manqué, whether on electric or acoustic, he's
Wes with young Al DiMeola's speed, Phil Upchurch's taste and a little of John McLaughlin's inner mounting flame. A fatly tracked, trend setting jazz guitar release, this is the real deal. Hot throughout.
(Arbors 19475)

REZA ASKARI ROAR/Magic Realism: The in demand German bass ace leads a sax trio in the best of ECM cool school traditions, not totally adhering to the blue print and adding his own flourishes to the mix. While they play like a bunch of pure bred daddios, turn the lights down, get out the clove ciggies and the cool take over. A fine journey into the heart of Coolsville!
(QFTF 162)

SCOTT COOK/Tangle of Souls: Look at what you have to do to be seen as a geezer these days. Record a cd of old timey sounding music with some like minded pals and bind it into a book of personal stories that comes packaged looking like a bible. With songs as open and universal as Woody Guthrie at his mightiest, this is a plea for humanity to stop screwing up without a single punch in the chops in the bunch. A modern day troubadour that's doing it for real and without pretense, you'd be wise to enjoy this before this and stuff like it just disappear into the void. By all means check it out if you really need something to wake up your humanity. Well done.

Volume 44/Number 277
August 1, 2020
MIDWEST RECORD
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2020 Midwest Record


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