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SOUTH FLORIDA JAZZ ORCHESTRA/Cheap Thrills-the Music of Rick Margitza: Thank goodness for indies. A jazz orchestra that's not chopped liver adds some super jazzbo hitters to the line up and is helmed by three major jazz talents in the writing, producing and performing. With a wealth of real jazzbo talent on board, this big band delivers the goods showcasing an integral member of canons by Miles Davis, Maria Schneider and others. Making the most of the Blue Note roots that lie beneath it all, this is a dandy tour de force that real jazzbos will admire early and often. Hot stuff!
(Summit 757)

RAPHAEL PANNIER QUARTET/Faune: Miguel Zenon might be on board here but the star of the show is a French drummer that wants things done his way. An angular, often claustrophobic jazz set that finds him linking jazz and classical traditions, you know you have to have egghead tendencies to get the most out of this. Certainly sitting down/listening jazz, it feels like background music but certainly shouldn't be treated as such.
(French Paradox 4)

TOM GUARNA/Spirit Science: One of those chop laden guitarists you can comfortably mention in the same breath as a slew of the greats, he takes it all to the next extreme by musically exploring the nexus of art and science locating the locus of the energy that drives all things. You'd think something you describe like that would be work to listen to, but it isn't. With a bunch of name progressives on board to lend their chops as well, this is the kind of cutting edge date that your friends will suddenly get two years after you first play it for them. A wild ride that tells you to abandon your preconceived notions at the door.
(Destiny30)

ERIC REVIS/Slipknots Through a Looking Glass: A progressive bass ace that has rubbed elbows with the crème of the cutting edge as well as progressives that have been accepted in suburban rec rooms, Revis shows that being the recipient of an arts grant doesn't mean you have to sand off the rough edges and stop taking side trips. Loaded with crime jazz for an unmade 21st Century film noir, these are the prime cuts for those times when you want the mood to be something completely different. Sounds from a modern church basement? Perhaps, but that's the magic of jazz that doesn't follow any rules.
(Pyroclastic 9)

MATT WILSON QUARTET/Hug: After some travails of his own, Wilson gears up his long standing crew for a musical hug in which he lets the good times roll. With some second line funk from Jug leading things off, he then rolls into some Charlie Haden, "King of the Road", Dollar Brand and more----as long as it tickles his fancy. When you get so much stored up under your belt, busman's holidays like this are bound to be the order of the day. Never slacking off and never arranging things in a jarring manner, Wilson once again show why he's worthy of all the good things said about him.
(Palmetto 2196)

KAZE & IKUE MORI/Sand Storm: The gang at ?Dusty Grove love Satoko Fujii and their shoppers that love Miles' elephant funk period will love this because it sounds like out takes from those early 70s sessions. This is exploration that goes beyond space.
(Libra 205)

MATT RENZI/Arm Sized Leggings: The multi instrumentalist jazzbo with the classical background pulls out pals with cello, bass and drums to provide some backing and get out of his way as he delivers much more New York than you would expect form a cat from California. Angular, under the bridge kind of blowing, he doffs the cap to Sonny with this blowing that sounds like it's never seen the sun. A real deal for daddios on the natch.
(Three P's 4)

FRANK BASILE SAM DILLON QUINTET/2Part Solution: A killer, swinging blowing date from a pair of sax men that know their Al & Zoot inside out but know they have to go their own way as well. A pure blast of daddio heaven, this is a sure bet for anyone that's on the prowl for swing that's the thing. Hot.
(Cellar110519)

HORIZONS JAZZ ORCHESTRA/Brite Side: A rebranded edition of Superband pays tribute to their co-founder, arranger Lee Harris, with a set that revives the lost canon of tribute albums to arrangers. With his co-founder being a Maynard Ferguson alum, this set sounds like a throw back to when Ferguson discovered how to add funk to big band and stay relevant. Big, bold and brassy, this is a welcome blast of killer sounds from South Florida that keeps giving mainstream a good name.
(Pineapple Arts)

DAVID NELSON AGREEMENT/DNA: A way different kind of jazz/cabaret set that not only shows that Josh Nelson has some other pals these days but shows that a properly prepared eclectic set that can a full show in itself. Mixing Allen Sherman with Mark Winkler and Bill Evans, you get a real vocal tour de force that takes things around the bend and back again. Simple yet really deep, this is loaded with music you can feel. Well done
(Dash Hoffman 1026)

Volume 44/Number 284
August 7, 2020
MIDWEST RECORD
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Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
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