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10/05/20




NOAH HAIDU/Doctone: Keep your ears open because you never know what will come inside. A forward thinking piano jazzbo rounds up a crew of diverse jazzbos to explore the music of Kenny Kirkland, the rocker that added jazz to rock and was a fine secret ingredient in many mixes. The first set to fully explore the works of Kirkland, this set is part of a triptych passion project for Haidu who was really affected by Kirkland and does him proud here. A nice ear opener for the uninitiated as well as those who want to go deeper.
(Sunnyside 1595)

JACQUELINE LECLAIR/Music for English Horn Alone: Ah, what hi res mastering can do for these solo recitals with instruments you don't often think of as front and center axes. The oboist shifts to English horn for a set of premiere works and recordings that finds her front and center and knowing how to use that spotlight well. Masterfully played delivering all the sound and expression you need on her own, this recital is for music fans who like it up market but don‘t need to be eggheads. A lovely piece of art throughout.
(New Focus 272)

SOMETHING TO HUNT/various: The work of Ash Fure is given a full scale treatment by several outfits and soloists. Showing that it doesn't hurt to be an egghead to get nominated for a Pulitzer, this first time recording of a set dedicated to Fure's works rides the experimental tip hard and was made for eggheads to thoughtfully rub their chins and nod their heads to.
(Sound American)

NORA JEAN WALLACE/Blues Woman: Even if she was lauded by Koko Taylor, this big, bad shouter belter proves you don't have to appropriate Taylor to make your way to the top. An award winner that took a hiatus to care for her mother, Wallace is back in full force form. A living embodiment of the Chicago/Mississippi connection, she finds a warm reception here with a bunch of white boys that know which end is up. Shaking the rafters and raising the roof, this is such mighty blues belting you hope some well known band finds a way to appropriate her name and that she cleans up in the settlement. Time and tide hasn't dimmed her connection to down home and this set lays down what it's all about in top shelf fashion.
(Severn 79)

ANGELICA SANCHEZ & MARILYN CRISPELL/How to Turn the Moon: Either a tag team match with no opponents or a cage match, these two piano improvisers face off in an ear opener for progressive music fans. The protégé has learned well from the mentor as shown here and this set shows what happens when it's time to leave the nest. A nice lot of art for art's sake by two generations at work.
(Pyroclastic)

SUZANNE JAMIESON/Bounce: Music for when the kids are too old for kid music but still young enough to be influenced. Capturing an 80s synth pop/adult contemporary sound, the award winner dresses up the tunes with positive messages and upbeat thoughts giving a nice alternative to all the nihilism in the air these days. All the right moves are n all the right places and the result is a candy coated piece of family entertainment with some nicely sustaining stuff hidden beneath the candy coating.
(Pop Up City 51894)

MARIO ROMANO/Journey So Far: A decade ago, Romano felt he was far enough ahead in the real world to ditch it and return to the music he abandoned when responsibility reared it's ugly head. Recapping this past decade, it's nice he finally got his priorities aligned the way they should be. A skillful piano cat, he's got a lot of tricks up his sleeve and does a great job of putting them all on parade. A tasty set of real playing, this is a smoking ‘when music was music' kind of set for real listeners that still want the real deal.
(Modica)

PAUL BODDY & Slidewinder Blues Band/Friends of Tuesday: The Brits did it to us again. This bunch of white boys with the blues, camped out in suburban Philly, are led by a Brit selling us the Chicago/Texas blues connection. With a lot of rock in the mix to blur the edges just enough, this is party music from a cat that states his manifesto loud and clear in the opening track. Well stated.
(Slide)

ALTERED LABYRINTH/You Can't Improve an Animal: A duo masquerading as a power trio take their underground roots from past incursions and drive them deeper into a swirl of influences that are always driven off kilter and keep you guessing in a mix sure to infuriate parents and delight kids. Never just weird for the sake of weird, this is music to remove you from the drudge of on line learning and deluded Zoom bombers that think they're really rad. Viva la underground!
(Cream Cloud 30)

DEBRA DEVI/A Zillion Stars Overhead: A killer rocker with an encyclopedic musical knowledge that you probably never heard of if you don't live in New York has once again attracted a smoking line up of talent to her side as she kicks out the jams on this jam band set that totally kicks out the jams. A real rocker that lets you get your head lost in the clouds, Devi has earned a shot on your play list and should be given one immediately.
(True Nature)

Volume 44/Number 343
October 5, 2020
MIDWEST RECORD
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CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
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