home | About MWR | MWRBlog |
 
08/14/20





WOLFF CLARK DORSEY/Play Sgt. Pepper: Three swinging jazz pals with the kind of reputations you couldn't buy get together to jam on finding some new music lurking the grooves of a 53 year old classic and bring it forth at a time when we really need a tonic like that. Feeling like cocktail music at first blush, until your ears drill down and hear all the hip touches hiding out, this is fun music to spread fun vibes. Cast off the seriousness in your world and let these jazz masters take over and take you away. Killer stuff.
(Jazzavenue 1)

EMILY ASHER'S GARDEN PARTY/If I Were a Window: This bone lady has an affinity for the past, even when she's writing something new. A swinger that knows her way around the notes, she leads and plays with sure fingered grace and knows how to deliver a toe tapping good time with old timey-ish jazz that can't help but make you feel good. Easy going stuff that's deeper than you might think, she leads her crew through what feels like a real party and this is an invite you don't want to pass up.

SUSIE MEISSNER/I Wish I Knew: For her fourth jazz vocal date in a decade, Meissner embraces her adopted city of Philly as her own ground zero and let's fly with local luminaries while bringing in some first call ringers, as she's always done, to make it a well rounded session that you need to keep coming back to. Hitting the classic songbook for the song stack, she has a proper feel for the material neither overdoing it or hamstringing the tunes along the way. A solid fast ball right down the middle for any serious jazz vocal fan.
(Lydian Jazz 1004)

JERRY COOK QUARTET +/Walk in the Park: Somewhere between blues and after-hours jazz, this sax man occupies a spot all his own. Kicking off with an original tune that gets right at home in your ear immediately, you can easily picture younger Tom
Waits walking in out of the rain and hearing this crew only to grab them up as his new backing band. An ultimate in late night blowing, this is the company you need when everyone has gone home. Killer stuff throughout.
(Cellar 91919)

POWERMAN 5000/Noble Rot: Pop Goth? Hey, you've got to roll with the times. You can feel the 80s dark roots but there's also a slew of the kind of beats today's kids want in their tunes. This crew keeps pace without selling out keeping it real for the kids that keep it all going. And there's plenty of casually tossed off bad words to eek up mom and dad.
(Cleopatra 1865)

HEADCAT 13: Talk about your mash ups! A contemporary rockabilly legend teams up with a Hawkwinder to fill the shoes of a dead Hawkwinder that helped kick this thing off in the aughts. Oft times industrial space rockabilly, you know this is going to be a soundtrack at a party where most of the girls are decked out in fishnets and tats with mischief and malice in their eyes. Who doesn't want to sign up for that? Memories will be made of this.
(Cleopatra 1730)

JD ALLEN/Toys/Die Dreaming: Never one to be shy about his BLM feelings, Allen leads his sax trio in the perfect follow up to "Barracoon" with a date that sounds like it came flying out of the church basement like a bat out of hell. Serious as a heart attack, it's free jazz but it's totally cohesive. Wild stuff from a cat that knows how to push it farther each time out.
(Savant 2184)

CONRAD HERWIG/Latin Sid e of Horace Silver: The gringo bone man that's made a Grammy winning career out of ‘Latin Side of...' albums rounds up a bunch of gringos to find the caliente in Silver compositions you thought you knew well. A real party of heat for the feet treats, this mixed crew of honkies and Latins come together in the common ground of music being the universal language and make the best case for brotherhood there is without a drop of strident rhetoric. Killer stuff.
(Savant 2187)

DAVID SILLS/Natural Lines: Anybody that's got a problem with coming back to basics probably doesn't like a well cut filet mignon with a double baked potato, a relish tray and some cognac and this sax date is that filet mignon feast. Classic blowing with some way smart embellishments, like a double guitar quintet with Larry Koonse at the helm, this set doesn't need me to tell you that it's only your mistake if you don't partake. This is a wondrous throwback to the sounds that make grand pa such a cool cat. Seriously bad ass throughout.
(Gut String 48)

BRAZIL Samba, Bossa and Beyond!/Various: Unless you're a serious Scott Adams listener, you'll feel comfy with the sounds but the names and songs will probably leave you in the dust. Putumayo once again steps up to create a listener friendly package that's not loaded with tourist music. The tunes are all pulled from recent vintage albums and are woven together with the skill and touch that you've come to take for granted from a Putumayo collection. One listen to this and you'd think Brazil is nothing but one long beach that hosts an endless summer. Top shelf all the way.
(Putumayo 381)

Volume 44/Number 291
August 14, 2020
MIDWEST RECORD
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2020 Midwest Record


Did you know we dig you linking to us? Go ahead. It's fun and easy. Want to make sure your link opens to your review? See those dates on the side of the page? Click on the one that relates to the page you want. That page's permalink will open in the browser window. Just cut and paste from there and we're off to the races.

Tossing a doubloon, shilling or sheckle in the Paypal tip jar is not only very appreciated but helps keep this site happy and well fed.

FTC Blogger Disclosure: Hold on, we're working on something that doesn't sound lame.


Did you know we dig you linking to us? Go ahead. It's fun and easy. Want to make sure your link opens to your review? See those dates on the side of the page? Click on the one that relates to the page you want. That page's permalink will open in the browser window. Just cut and paste from there and we're off to the races.

Tossing a doubloon, shilling or sheckle in the Paypal tip jar is not only very appreciated but helps keep this site happy and well fed.

FTC Blogger Disclosure: Hold on, we're working on something that doesn't sound lame.







Bookmark and Share

Subscribe



Subscribe


09/26/20



09/25/20



09/22/20



09/21/20



09/19/20



09/18/20












hosting services by BlackMilk.com site design and implementation ©2009 DLMWeb