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TRANSIENT CANVAS/Right Now, In a Second: A modern clarinet/percussion duo that actively commissions new works and premieres them, they seem to favor works that feel influenced by 50s Bernstein with their flow moving forward from there. This program is full of progressive hot spots showing just how much white space two players can fill in quite capably. Tasty stuff that meets you half way in from left field.
(New Focus 267)

ALEXANDER ZONJIC/Playing it Froward: One of the cats that wrote the book on smooth jazz shows up with his flute for an always welcome new visit. With loads of the usual flourishes and touches that give it edge and keep it interesting as well as several co-writes with Jeff Lorber and many of your fave players on board, you got smooth jazz, Detroit and lots of oomph. It's a tasty, light hearted romp throughout. Well done, as always.
(Hi Falutin' 14)

KELLY-NOVACEK/Voila Sonatas: Simply a classy classical duo date of viola and piano with pros at the helm giving it their all to keep it classy. Focusing on a narrow selection of tunes that fill out a full program, this has an old school feel with modern audio technique under pinning it. The repertoire isn't over played and anyone in the mood for a non-egghead, up market experience is in good hands with these two.
(Ibs 122020)

DUDLEY TAFT/Cosmic Radio: The hard charging blues rocker is inspired by the pandemic here and serves it hot to kill off the germs (?). Muscular, fist pumping rock the night away material, this set is here for the party and wants you to be the same. Solid bar band crunch throughout.
(American Blues)

TOBIN MUELLER/What Survives: Inspired by a Broadway show from 25 years ago, this is jazz that takes you on a journey as the pieces feel like travelogues with a defined beginning, middle and end where you can get on and off while you look around. Skillfully paced and plotted, this is a top notch experience for the instrumental music enthusiast that doesn't want to feel like he's riding an elevator.

HERMINE DEURLOO/Riverbeast: Harmonica records have come a long way since Toots Thielemanns set the gold standard. Here we find Deurloo in the company of Steve Gadd who provides just the right coloration and gets a reprieve for not getting the chance to do it with Thielemanns. It's a delightfully sassy and light hearted date that sounds almost more like a country road than jazz. Nevertheless, it's always on point and tasty showing there's still plenty of treats just waiting to be discovered. Well done..
(Zennez 1912014)

AL GROMER KHAN/Guv'nor's Choice--Best of: A journey through five of Khan's last 6 albums, the collected tracks here hang together as a whole, taking you on a trip through the trippy outland of the mind and the space it explored One of the more creative veterans in the real alternative space, where options run rampant, the freedom is harnessed here in a cohesive way that gives you reign to run free, at least in your mind. A smoking kaleidoscope of first class head music.
(Rasa 844627)

AL GROMER KHAN/Once Again the Night: A pastiche of music Khan claims got here by arriving through him, the 60s are alive and well here as the music tackles the spirit of the day, when solving the problems of the world was the national pastime and expanding your mind came naturally. Working the fringes of the pop world just enough to know it wasn't for him, Khan took his leave from there and boarded the spaceship that made this happen. This isn't just for after hours, it for way after hours. Not many people know how to properly ride and steer this rocket as Khan does.
(Rasa 844627)

Volume 44/Number 334
September 26, 2020
MIDWEST RECORD
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CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
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