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10/23/20





RICHARD BARATTA/Music in Film-the Reel Deal: A young drummer that didn't feel like competing with Steve Gadd segways into film and becomes the cock of the walk for well neigh 40 years. So goes time and tide when he has nothing to prove and no need to cling to security that he gets called back to jazz for an album of film music with some first call pals. Culling music from all quadrants, whether the pics were his or not, he delivers a smoking set that goes way beyond the gift shop in the hotel lobby. Great tunes are great tunes and when they are underscored by playing to match, you can never call them dated. Hot stuff.
(Savant 2186)

JULIA KAROSI/Without Dimensions: A leading Hungarian vocalist hooks up with Ben Monder for a downtown vibe as she updates the works of Bartok from olde classical to nu jazz. Certainly loaded with art chick vibes, you can forgive her for the indulgence since that's also the Euro way to go about this move. Sunday afternoon types will feel right at home with this recital.
(Double Moon 71378)

KASPERI SARIKOSKI/# + 1: A bone, bass and drum trio gives challenges to the lead man and the listener giving this distinctly 21st century jazz date something extra to consider. With roots somewhere in the Miles canon before he took leave of terrain to chart the cosmos, this is the kind of deep playing that deep listeners like. It goes it's own way well and gives off a vibe that makes it sound bigger that it is. Solid.
(Outside In 2030)

ROYAL BOPSTERS/Party of Four: The song list, the style and the guests proudly brand this as adult listening that not even manquee youngsters could command a feel for no matter how retro they portray. First class practitioners of vocalese, this harmony crew knows all to well how to hit all the right notes in royal fashion on this time piece that's anything but retro. Such a first class set, you really have to hear it to believe it. Check it out. It's so easy to sound corny when you're working in this direction and this crew does not!
(Motema 372)

JARRETT CHERNER-SARAH ELIZABETH CHARLES/Tone: A real young people release right for times in which a piano/vocal duo/couple finish recording at their Brooklyn digs during the pandemic. It's almost like hippies recording at Skyhill 50 years ago except there's only two young people here reflecting messages of the times.
(Baldhill 4)

KALEIDOSCOPE QUINTET/Dancing on the Edge: The Lovano household mixes it up with the Liebman clan and a few pals on a free form, free flowing live date from Deer Head Inn that's been hiding in the closet for almost a decade. As the major domos from Saxophone Summit tear it up in a high octane style that comes across almost as an instrumental jam version of vocalese, this set proves all you have to do is let these two take some deep breaths and then just jump out of their way. Whether the sounds are coming from the jungle room or outer space, they're magical all the way through. There's enough sax and wild playing on this one disc to sate a whole bunch of your needs for same. Hot stuff.
(Dot Time 9097)

GEORGE BENSON/Weekend in London: Returning to Ronnie Scott's for the first time in 45 years, Benson brings the show and puts on a high octane soul/R&B/jazz night for the true believers. Not standing on ceremony of whether the songs were originally his or not, he puts his stamp on the proceeding and proves that some chops are forever. Well done.
(Provogue 76152)

PETER LEITCH & HIS NEW LIFE ORCHESTRA/New Life: A hard charging twofer by a guitarist that was waylaid by cancer but not laid out by cancer, he's reinvented himself as a composer and leader since he can no longer handle his ax and has moved on to something seemingly bigger and better. A rousing, hell raising cat in his new designation, this set is pure jazzbo groove all the way. A skillful, solid work, this is jazz for those who like it heading into after hours when the playing is still tight and hasn't quite gone it's own way, just yet. Hot stuff.
(Jazz House 7006/7)

MAX HAYMER/Whirlwind Live at Sam First: A cat so busy it took him 12 years to get around to leading his piano trio again, he releases all the pent up energy on this live set where all jams are kicked out in fine style. Straight up killer stuff by a cat that knows the ropes and the notes, this jazzbo plays it like you didn't think you'd hear it again. Hot, heavy and hard, piano trio fans have it all on a silver platter here.
(Emerald City)

SCOTT ROUTENBERG/Inside: A charming pandemic inspired date by a cat that just wanted to get out of the house again. He had to stay inside and was only able to get out in his mind so the inspirations here are impressions of what he wanted to encounter again. A fine display of the power of the mind, it's easily relatable, out of the ordinary instrumental music that has a nice kick to it. Check it out.
(Summit 770)

MICHAELA STEINHAUER/Changes and Choices: A vocal/sax/piano trio that leaves you guessing whether it's an improv date, the lead vocalist is an art chick or is this some free from neo hippie stuff. Who knows? This probable art chick has no problem with finding her mode of self expression and listeners that grok the vibe will probably know and understand.

REBECCA HENNESSY/All the Little Things You Do: If you didn't know this Canadian award winner from before, then you wouldn't appreciate what a bag breaker and move forward this is for the trumpeter/vocalist as she emboldens her sound, expands her view and really takes on world wide eyes in the kind of expansive jazz/pop mode that would make 70's Joni Mitchell proud. Proof that real creativity and expression is alive and well, everything about this set is one from the heart.

Volume 44/Number 356
October 23, 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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