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08/29/20





MARC PAQUIN-ORFILIA SAIZ VEGA/Ravel Kodaly Bartok Xenakis Vasks: A violin/cello duet recording that's basically been gestating with this duo for 25 years finally comes to light with them presenting the best the canon has to offer for this type of setting. Not letting time or geography stand in the way of their quest for the best of the best, this eclectic set really takes it to the limit and the max with simpatico and skills that are second to none. Nowhere near being affected like a recital recording, this is a full blooded, passionate collection that reflects the hard core artists at it's core. Killer stuff and wily enough to create a new crop of classical music converts.
(Ibs 92020)

YASUYO YANO/Schubert Piano Sonatas V. 1: Taking her time to really get inside the notes, the solo pianist tackles only 2 sonatas but gives them her all. With the kind of intimacy that makes this feel like she's playing just for you from these selections by the leader in lieder, there's a sure sense of artistry in motion that guides this pro's playing delivering the kind of work that makes you want to explore more of her explorations. Well done.
(Ibs 102020)

ALEJANDRO MUNOZ/Espiral: Probably as close as a classical recording can come to being a pop recording without giving into pop, this collection of premiere recordings by various composers, all centered around themes of circles, shows this young conductor in command of his art. Leading one of the orchestras he's involved with to great effect, this feels like the old school classical records from the time when it was about quality rather than maintaining a budget. The kind of recording that'll really charge your batteries, this is how real music is supposed to be. Solid throughout.
(Ibs 112020)

DIANNE DAVIDSON/Perigon Full Circle: Here's a folkie I haven't thought about in over 100 years. Back in the day, no one knew what to do with her and that's why she went out on tour with Moody Blues. Eventually making a career in the background for almost everyone that mattered in blues and rock, she's got the big voice and smart pen she had back in the day and has come full circle in her pursuit of the brass ring. Still a folk/blues hot mama, this is a solid bet for old hippies that still have an ear tuned to the good old days. Check it out.
(HWC 6)

LLOYD JONES/Tennessee Run: A guitar slinging white boy with the blues that's no stranger to anyone reading the small print on album jackets for a lot of years moves his swampericana to suburban Nashville where Delbert McClinton associates get a chance to hoot, stomp and raise the roof in a certified party on a platter. McClinton even sticks his head into the studio to see what's going on. Fun stuff that's built for speed, this is a gasser just waiting for anyone that needs to really let loose.
(Vizz Tone LL10)

ANDY WATTS/Supergroove: Talk about a guitar slinging white boy with the blues, this one comes at you all the way from Israel----and he's attracted a boatload of the genres finest to come over and join him. Snagging rising comet Eliza Neals to join him for a tune, it's always worth it to see what she's up to on her meteoric rise. Doing it old school without a drop of affectation along the way, this is the real deal throughout. Solid and super.
(Vizz Tone/Booga 2)

SARA DECKER QUARTET/Poetryfied: No stranger to finer Euro jazz circles, if Decker gives you something of a Joni Mitchell jazz vibe it's because she's setting the poetry of Rilke and Dickenson to jazz, ala Mitchell's "Mingus", but in reverse. A great example of when an art chick isn't an art chick, this is a artist stretching and pushing her boundaries, even if you don't know what she's singing about. Yankees can even enjoy this properly as a cabaret recording.
(QFTF 202)

WORLDSERVICE PROJECT/Hiding in Plain Sight: What happens when a UK punk/jazz crew decamps for Italy? They sound like they left the radical church basement and have taken their rightful place as the grandsons of the white boys that backed up Miles Davis 50 years ago entering the family business. With echoes of Miles running the voodoo down and Teo Macero's switch blade of a razor blade at work, hell is raised in the holy city, perhaps dissonantly to some but always in tune. Wild stuff for modern ears that love it when jazzbos carry on.
(Rare Noise 121)

MERZBOW GUSTAFSSON PANDI/Cuts Open: Three outrageous improvisers come together for one of those rare times when schedules permit and they take it to the limit here. Having to overcome some hell raising dates with guest Thurston Moore, they regroup here to show they can do it all on their own and they take two discs to prove that point. A cinematic effort that sounds like the soundtrack to a sinister movie, this is a love letter to everyone that thinks Leonard Cohen copped out and stopped making things dark enough.
(Rare Noise 121)

DVD SUPPLEMENT
ROMAN HOLIDAY: And this blue ray reissue of the 1953 classic is what separates the movie goers from the film fanatics. Audrey Hepburn's first starring role, the first Hollywood pic shot on location, 10 Oscar nominations, an Oscar win for the unaccredited, black listed Dalton Trumbo all wrapped around a sliding doors story of romance that blossomed when a princess wanted to ditch her responsibilities and falls in love with a hack journalist that smells a story and plays dumb. The restoration just pops. They story is at once dated and timeless and anyone that remembers production values and story will just be bedazzled. And this is why that call that era ‘when movies were movies'. Are stores starting to get their Christmas displays up already?
(Paramount Presents 9)

Volume 44/Number 306
August 29, 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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