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10/03/20





JULIET KURTZMAN-PETE MALINVERNI/Candlelight-Love in the Time of Cholera: You could easily mistake this for a violin recital with piano coloration but you would be wrong. The classical violinist and the jazz pianist come together for a melding of minds to make a real heads up of an intimate date that's designed to chase the stuck at home blues away. With repertoire pulled from various disparate quadrants that come together nicely, perhaps this set is a busman's holiday for the duo but they aren't just letting the miles roll by. Quite the engaging, up market duet.
(Saranac)

DIONE TAYLOR/Spirits in the Water: This soulful vocalist takes you on a different kind of trip where Oscar Brown sentiments meet up with modern roots music putting together a statement that makes a real statement. A sure bet for younger tastes looking for relevance in these tumultuous times, Taylor shows that hitting the nail on the head comes naturally for her.
(Matay 20201)

YOLA NASH/Touched by Love: A left of center jazz vocalist with a wonderful underground/aggressive vibe delivers the goods on a sensual outing that's dripping more sex than one disc should have to spare. Genre blending several things at once into a mind bending whole, Nash has left her Polish roots long in the dust in the old country showing she knows how to get it done for audiences here. Hot stuff and well played.
(YoStar)

DOUGLAS OLSEN/2 Cents: A trumpeter that's long been a spark plug of the New England jazz scene finally steps out with his own debut. One of those cats that's played everything with everybody, he keeps it daddio here even with a rotating cast bringing up the rear. A certified swinger, it's about time he put his own hat in the ring and let it ring out. Well done.

AMBER WEEKES/Gathering: A SoCal jazz vocal mainstay, Weekes delivers her first Christmas album with the requisite great songs and more great players than an indie record should be able to boast. Easy going but stunning, this is a delightful take on Christmases that have everything but snow. Who needs snow? A most welcome new addition to the holiday music shelf.
(Amber Inn)

RAMON VALLE/Inner State: The Cuban piano man likes to think he composes visually and that element is probably what separates this high minded trio date from the realm of egghead recitals. Enchanting music that moves from beginning to end with loads of interesting stops along the way, it's high water mark sitting down jazz that you have to really listen to for real enjoyment. First class all the way.
(In + Out 77144)

JIM ALTAMORE/Celebrates Sinatra Live in France: Can you have enough Sinatra? Well, not when it's done right. This cat swung so hard in the Sinatra mien without a trace of manqueing around that he got an invite to do his Sinatra thing in France with a big band bringing up the rear. Honing in on Capitol period Frank, before his timbre was weathered, that audience sounds like they are enjoying the real thing. On the money throughout and the next best thing to being there.
(Splank)

DON PAUL/The Time We have Meld #1: When you're getting praise from David Amram, you know you're really dealing with some insider, hipster stuff. Songs and poems with music culled from 30 years of doing this around the Bay area, fans of Alex deGrassi will even get some surprises here. Way out there in left field for way out there left fielders.

JORGE GARCIA/Crossover: A Cuban jazz guitarist that developed a taste early on for gringo progressive rock finally gets the chance to reimagine the stuff that flooded his mind as a kid and bring some Latin rhythms to FM rock classics. Kids love this classic rock stuff but the adults that grew up on just like Garcia did will be thrilled to have this set blow the wax out of their ears and get their heads bobbing. Him and his well chopped pals hit it out of the park throughout.

DOUG WEBB/Apples & Oranges: Is it the super sax man leading this trio that makes it kill or is it Brain Charette in the organ chair making this an organ trio date that kills? The sax man ain't playing no fills here so let's give it to him. With more funk than you'd expect from a white boy with white hair, he swings, bops and continually tears it up. Delightfully smoking throughout.
(Posi-Tone 8213)

Volume 44/Number 341
October 3, 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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