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09/18/20




POTTER'S DAUGHTER/Casually Containing Rage: Art rock pals of Annie Haslam go it without her on this ep but they keep the Haslam/classic Renaissance vibe in tact nicely. A bit on the genre busting side, as long as you like cogent art rock, this is right up your alley. A tasty little treat to hold you over until the next lp length visit.
(MRR 22194)

BEN ZUCKER/Fifth Season: How many times hove you wanted to like jazz improv but found it to be too much pots and pans music for your taste? Zucker and his Chicago pals stay in bounds but aren't afraid to push the envelop. You never get tempted to say your seven year old could play like this and the musical journey feels guided rather than meandering. Newbies can feel at home with this as a jumping in point, vets will surely nod their heads approvingly.
(Amalgam 23)

JIM STANARD/Color Outside the Lines: Here's an interesting anomaly. Stanard was a 60s folk fan that gave it a good go. Years later, he had something that found him crossing the gap between Winger and Peter Yarrow bringing them together on this set of 60s inspired folk writing/performing. These times we're living in are sure to foment an nu appetite for movement oriented folk and this cat has his finger on that pulse. Politically subtextual without hitting you over the head, this is a cat with something to say that should be heard. Well done.
(2315)

KURT ALLEN/Whiskey, Women & Trouble: Who can't relate to the title of this bar room habitué's latest blues rocking opus? Ever the high octane white boy with the blues, there's soul and funk in the mix as well, all of it adding up to a heady, heartland party brew. Hot stuff for the coming cold nights.

MIKE MELITO-DINO LOSITO QUARTET/You're It!: If what you're looking for is a session where swing is the thing and the swing doesn't stop, this crew has your number. Mixing it up on covers they add their special sauce to and originals that are solid right out of the gate, this is a smoking straight up date for people that just want to sink back into some killer playing of fine jazz done right. Need anything else?
(Cellar 41620)

MICHAEL O'NEILL QUARTET/And Then It Rained: The Bay area reed whiz that turned his back on biology to live a showman's life has been working hard for several decades where ever there is a mic but often out of your sight. For his fifth record, he goes with an original program instead of covers and as you see him for what might be the first time, you get to hear the real him. Powered by a restless, adventurous spirit, this is jazz that takes you places without leaving you stranded once you get there. Dynamic throughout, his chops have been marinating in various special sauces for far to long not to be tasty at every turn.
(Jazzmo 5)

JOHN DAVERSA QUINTET/Cuarantena-With Family at Home: Diverse has proved he can do no wrong. So, here he ups the ante by assembling a Miami jazz superstar jazz group to play it like they feel it. Oh yeah, just because these cats hang around Miami doesn't mean they aren't a bunch of international superstars. Ain't it great to have friends? Jazz that doesn't confine itself like the Covid has done to us all, this opens the ears as well as the heart to a feeling of well being that's welcome sonically and physically.
(Tiger Turn)

WALTER WHITE/BBXL: The guest list alone closed me before I cracked open the wrapper. This cat with the certified studio tan took his trumpet and kicked ass the rest of the way home. A wily cat that has chops applicable to any occasion can do sessions that pay the bills and not be a jive ass when it really counts in the trenches. Smoking jazz/instrumental music that never fails to excite, this is how it is when you have real players playing like they mean it. Hot stuff.

JOHNNY RAWLS/Where Have All the Soul Men Gone: This combination of artist and label clicked right out of the box and the flame hasn't cooled off yet. Pure bred southern soul that feels cut from the true vine, there's not a false note in the bunch. No wonder he stands out so well, they don't make soul like this much anymore. Hot stuff.
(Third Street Cigar)

R.B. MORRIS/Going Back to the Sky: One of those records that remind you why you first started digging folk/country in the first place. Admired by John Prine, Steve Earle and Lucinda Williams, this heart felt cat brings it right to your heart from his. World weary lyrics and vocals drive the record home and you'll find yourself cueing up behind his already on board enthusiasts. Killer stuff throughout.
(Singular 202001)

Volume 44/Number 326
September 18, 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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