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MATT DeMERRITT/Fool's Journey: C'mon, I have to. No demerits for this cat's playing. I bet he didn't know what lied ahead when he started this recording before everything we know and knew went sideways. The funkiest cat to ever play industrial music, one of the most protean players in LA struts his own stuff with some of his jazziest pals as they go around the world in more ways than one turning in an effort that pays dividends for thirsty, creative seeking ears. A smoking, solid date that defies easy description, just pull up your creative instrumental pants, grab a seat and listen. This is the real deal.

IGOR KOGAN/In a Big City: Just because you grow up in Russia doesn't mean you don't know about reaching out to Tierney Sutton when it's time to record your debut. A straight up jazzbo, this bass man doesn't make the mistake of playing American music not quite right by simply letting his fingers do the walking. A nice, understated outing that's full of right on playing, this'll give you the after hours vibe you're looking for when you don't want it too mellow or too choppy.

NICHOLAS BRUST/Frozen in Time: How this sax man doesn't have Sonny Rollins on his list of influences is beyond me----unless (gasp) he's too young to say so?!? A real master blaster that can take his place along side any of the sax greats even at this early point in his career, this is the stuff finger popping daddios are always on the look out for. Well done.
(Fresh Sound New Talent 601)

FLYING HORSE BIG BAND/Florida Rays: Ray Charles was originally from Florida so why shouldn't a tasty big band kick it out on Charles classics? Jeff Rupert leads all the swinging cats and kitties through all the jumping and jiving and a great time is had by all. Don't be afraid of this being a gift shop record because it's anything but. A wailing good time throughout.
(Flying Horse 8042)

ASHLEY LOCHEED & CHRIS ROTTMAYER/So In Love: Can a willowy blonde lead a piano trio through jazzy takes on standards from various times even if she had to make a living touring with Michael Bolton? The answer appears to be yes if the record was made in 2011 and is just escaping from the vault now. You'd get a babysitter on a Wednesday night to see her at the club and you'd stay for all sets. Nicely done.
(Tinuca Arts Foundation 6)

BARRETT ANDERSON BAND/Hypnoboogie: A lifer white boy with the blues that first made his bones as a teen playing with first gen white boys with the blues keeps it real on this live date that finds him and the crew tearing it up blues roots style, not blues rock style. Heating up a winter Boston night with their mix of covers and originals, Anderson has the chops and spark to make a real statement his own way. Hot stuff.
(Whitaker Blues)

SABERTOOTH SWING/Songs of Future Past: Whoa, this jive ain't no jive. Forget taking it to church, take me to Storyville. Late night Nawlins stuff that would make Buddy Bolden proud as it comes loaded with a load of funk and mezz intertwined into a heady, intoxicating mix. And they can lay it down on Tom Waits and Phish as well as they can on the classics. Utterly fun stuff to be enjoyed by anyone not too hip for the room.

BRAD BROOKS/God Save the City: Stricken with cancer just as he was preparing to take his place next to the current, classic malcontents, Brooks comes roaring back with a fist pumping, foot stomping rocking rouser that will resonate with frat boys of all ages. Hot, hard and heavy, this shows that heartland rock is alive and well even if it has to come from Tucson.
(Magic Mouth 2020)

LEAH BELL EFRASER/Crossing Hermi's Bridge: Here's a fun anomaly. This teen declares she doesn't have a lot of life experience so she's going to write about what she knows. Oddly, it comes in as a pretty cool folk/rock set that doesn't have you rolling your eyes at the lyrics. With a nice voice and good instrumental skills, she might not have to wind up going to law school to support her dreams yet. Quite the auspicious debut from one that shouldn't know which end is up yet.

MARK HYNES TRIO/Tribute: The sax man realized his dream of playing with one of the bass greats that had a 360 degree affection for all music in 2007. Before he could book the follow up, Dennis Irwin died of cancer. This live in the studio set captures the spontaneity a real pro would want to have delivered on one of his last dates. A straight up jazzbo groover, the tunes are classics done right throughout.
(Cellar 120)

Volume 44/Number 312
September 4, 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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