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09/05/20




NOHE & SUS SANTOS/Tempestad: A gringo friendly Latin release, this world beat set has so many comfy elements to it that other than not speaking the language, most gringos will feel right at home as opposed to lost. Easy rolling rock meets cumbia sounds propel this and it's a pure bred backyard party that you can leave on repeat and wile the afternoon away. A wonderful fresh breeze that we're glad to have blowing through here.

TOMAS GUEGLIO/Duermevela: A collection of instrumental, experimental pieces that focus on that space between awake and asleep make a sonic impressionistic riff on how those feels must sound when you are traversing both worlds. Surreal soundscapes worthy of Zappa's experimental moods, these pieces in various combinations are ear openers for the true egghead.
(New Focus 252)

ALECIA NUGENT/The Old Side of Town: The great thing about rubbing elbows with all the Yankees up here is that most of them don't know the difference between bluegrass and country. Nugent, who had a great bluegrass career and has been gone too long, went to Nashville, rounded up the old A team and changed course serving up some traditional country. Hitting that classic, late night radio sound with the gale force she brought to bluegrass, this is a humdinger of a country vocal album that easily sets new standards for new traditions. A fine return.
(Hillbilly Goddess 100)

SIMONE DINNERSTEINJ/Character of Quiet: Which was harder to see coming? Dinnerstein pairing up with Tift Merritt or Dinnerstein pairing up with Philip Glass. Recording at home in the heart of phase one of the current pandemic, this is her second go round with Glass and composer and player seem to have a deep mutual understanding. A solo set in which she pours plenty of emotion into the tracks, this classical set is right on the money for anyone that wants instrumental music they can feel as it ripples with passion. Quite the sensational set.
(Orange Mountain 147)

SYSTEM 6/Bennie's Lament: The vet Brit sax man is full of surprises here. Just when you think him and his pals are going atonal, they aren't. Just when you think this is headed into daddio territory, it isn't. A thrill ride full of twists and turns, when you've been at it for over 40 years and are still around, it's a given you know your stuff. A true muso, he fearlessly pushes any envelop that gets in his way and the result is a real delight for the real jazzbo. Wonderfully wild stuff.
(Skipper 1034)

CHAMPIAN FULTON/Birdsong: Exposed to Bird as she was coming out of the womb, this long time Charlie Parker fan shows her influences and affection of long standing on this centennial tribute to the works of Parker. A dandy jazz vocal set that would be a fine showcase even without the Bird hook, you just can't be a straight ahead jazzbo and not dig this. Well done.

RON THOMPSON/From the Patio Live at Poor House Bistro V. 1: Betcha anyone that picks up this white boy with the blues outing has got everything he's done since his debut on Takoma as well. Starting out on a busman's holiday from the blues and delving deeper as time when on, this date is pulled form his 8 year residency at PHB where the loyalists knew the real deal was in the air. A total trip of real blues with real soul.
(Little Village 1036)

SHERI ROBERTS GREIMES/Lightning Strikes Twice: This white gal with the blues might be a blues belting momma but this full length showcase shows she could have easily gone the folkie route. I think we prefer it that she took it to church. With a set of personal songs linked only by them coming straight from the heart, this is where you find the sweet spot where mass appeal and universality come close but don't cross. A spin or two will easily convince you that she feels your pain.

JACAM MANRICKS/Samadhi: With the kind of musical heritage that'll make you say ‘holy moley' when you take it all in, the sax man from Oz who has made himself at home here shows himself to be a Todd Rundgren level do it all cat as he wears so many hats here he probably can't fit through a door way. A solid jazzbo that knows his stuff, this is a solidly enjoyable modern set that's no less than a fast ball right down the middle. Hot stuff throughout.
(MMR)

Volume 44/Number 313
September 5, 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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