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08/22/20





CLAIRE DALY/Rah! Rah!: Not exactly adhering to the standard tribute format, saxist Daly tips the cap to the spirit that got her into music in the first place, Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Putting together a program of tunes he wrote or are associated with him, she adds her own special sauce to the proceedings, leading her combo like a sure fingered pro in control all the way. While Kirk intimidated whitey more often than not, Daly was never one to be sacred off and it shows by the way she get inside the music. A fine introduction for a lot of people to the master's classics, this is how the spirit and soul of jazz lives on. Well done.
(Ride Symbol 34)

BIG BAD BONES/Emergency Vehicle Blues: It's almost like you have to go sifting through Enlightenment box sets to find blowing dates like this anymore, but here it is. With a front line of solid bone men blowing up a storm of various styles all from the pen of Brett Stamps, this has all the ear marks of a classic blowing date/cutting session where the good vibes just keep flowing. Capable pros that know their stuff, this is the stuff--the real deal all the way. Purely blowing up a good time throughout.
(Summit 768)

JASON FOUREMAN & STEPHEN ANDERSON/Duo: Just bass and piano, complete takes and a set card from as varied a collection of writers as you can imagine. It should feel like a recital but it doesn't. Solid stuff from two pros hiding out in North Carolina that the rest of the country might never run into, a wrong that's remedied here. These two jazzbos make all the sound they need to make their point and all things point to the good. A solid, low key outing that's not cocktail jazz but certainly would make one in your hand quite welcome.
(Summit 764)

GATHERING TIME/Old Friends: Continually flying high under the radar, this vet folkie trio that consistently hits the top of the folk charts pays tribute to the 60s and they do it in a sure voiced enough way that you can already feel the positive comments filling in the comments section on You Tube from young people that wished they were there. With so much good stuff to choose from, it's hard to have mistakes here and the whole winds up being greater than the sum of the parts. Nothing here but stuff to be proud of.
(Treble G 202001)

DAVID BERKMAN/Plays Music by John Coltrane and Pete Seeger: So how did the solo pianist come about this pairing? He's connecting the dots of his youth and taking you down memory lane with him. There's no sheets of sound here just a load of solid playing giving new breath to chestnuts you didn't think could ever be roasted in new ways ever again. Played with thoughtfulness and a kind of interesting reverence, Berkman hits all the right notes and then some.
(Without)

BRIAN LISIK/Gudbuy Stoopid Whirled: With a back handed bitch slap at Lucinda Williams when she's working her most down mouth tangents, this skewed folkie turns in a stripped down album that seems like it's loaded with anthems for Covid times. All that's keeping this set from being a shoe gaze opus is sections of omitted inappropriate screaming and, well, Don Dixon at the controls. With a sense of humor running underneath it all, the alt.folkie hit's the nail right on the head even if he runs left of center.
(Cherokee Queen 12)

A BAND CALLED SAM/Legacy: A blue eyed soul party man that knows all the right show room moves delivers the goods in a set that lights the fuse and keeps the party going all night long. Just pure bred rocking and rollicking that keeps the night alive, they bring the good times, all you have to bring is you. On the money.
(Highlander)

TRIO LINGUAE/Signals: Three storied improvisers get together to play the kind of intimate, grown up jazz that was the province of Bill Evans and others back in the 50s. Trust me, if they can play with telepathy, they can play composed music with their eyes closed. A tasty set throughout, it probably helps to be a grown up or have aspirational tastes to get the most out of this. Well done and cooking throughout.
(Origin 82805)

SUN KING RISWING/Delta Tales: Leon Russell gets his due as this southern rocker that feels more Joe Cocker than Otis Redding brings the Tulsa and leaves the Memphis. Getting bonus points right out of the box for being real music, this is a stomper and a raver that's sure to take you back even if you weren't there in the first place. Hot stuff.
(Peacock Sunrise 2)

UPTOWN JAZZ TENTET/What's Next: Normal jazz leaking out through cracks in the Hot Cup crew, this jazz orchestra plays with chops to spare and shares their vision of playing it traditionally or playing it forward. Rooted in solid playing no matter which way their wind is blowing, this is a real treat for any ears looking for some comforting normalcy in an upside down world. Solid.
(Irabbagast )

Volume 44/Number 299
August 22, 2020
MIDWEST RECORD
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Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2020 Midwest Record


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