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VERTICAL VOICES/The Music of Maria Schneider: Art with a Capital A or not? This duo, long time adherents of Maria Schneider got the great idea to do vocal recreation of her instrumental work. Not the easiest way to make a living, even Schneider thought they were nuts. That's a good reason to proceed. Just like Grammy winner Schneider isn't for everyone, this set isn't for everyone either. However, the cognoscenti will be amply rewarded for coming on board for this musical adventure. Jazz taken to some wild extremes in pursuit of the eternal groove, this is art for the art minded who are sure to get it right away. A stellar genre production.

WALLACE RONEY/If Only for One Night: Roney is restless for a little invention and he isn't afraid to take it to the limit here. Not the kind of set that exists in this moment but shows playing and soul that opens itself the possibilities to break out of the general ennui infecting everything. Playing his horn with pride and vision, this is a delightfully ear opening date that keeps Roney right in the front lines. Hot stuff.

SHAKURA S'AIDA/Brown Sugar: Some singers just have the knack. S'Aida shatters all your pre-conceived notions as she's a black, blues singer form Canada that was raised in Switzerland. Not a background you would think would evidence a lot of soul, but brother, look out, this sister has it going on. Clearly a next wave blues star to be reckoned with, this full on assault on your senses will leave you a believer before the end of the first airing. Hot stuff throughout, this'll blow the dust out of your ears and bring you to life.

JOE CHAMBERS/Horace to Max: Classic jazz drummer keeps the classic music alive by paying tribute to Horace Silver and Max Roach played for contemporary ears without compromising the core of the material. Aligning a crew that came to play, this is part of the proof that the body of jazz is organic and a breathing entity. All the playing is right on the money and the material is ripe for rediscovery. Open your ears to goodness that came before.

THE FERNANDO ARRABAL COLLECTION 2 (containing Car Cemetery; Emperor of Peru; Farewell, Babylon): It's ain't Dada, ya poseur, it's Panic. The movement that was supposed to freak out the Surrealists ended in 1973, but one of it's tridents kept moving, making films well into the 90s and hanging out with Mickey Rooney and Spike Lee along the way. This volume collects the rest of the films made by the novelist and is mind blowing in it's scope and diversity. Children's fantasies, naked guys kissing, readings from his works and tributes to his influences---this is not something that anyone who collects Bruce Willis box sets will cotton to easily. Safe to call it Dada for contemporary tastes, it might be all over the place but it all comes together with a unique core. The first collection was a limited edition and those with a taste for the highly left of center ought to act fast. This probably won't be turning up at Redbox any time soon. Wild stuff.

Volume 33/Number 156
April 6, 2010
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2010 Midwest Record

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