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10/30/20




DAMIA TIMONER/Jerry's Smilin': In this guitar tribute to the Dead, the guitarist is front and center alone delivering a new look to the sounds of the Dead for the uninitiated and the long time fan. Recorded in Spain by a champ Spanish guitarist, this solo acoustic set pulls from the varied quadrants of the group's lifespan not focusing on Garcia all the way throughout. A well crafted outing, this will convince many there's more to the group than "Ripple". Solid work throghy0out.
(Zoho 202009)

JENI SLOTCHIVER/American Heritage: A skillful and daring classical pianist that doesn't play just for eggheads examines her own southern roots on this set that recasts southern work tunes, folk songs and more into a solo piano recital that covers the water front from the civil war to civil rights. Even enlisting Keith Jarrett to arrange with her on a chestnut, this is a graceful and moving set of renditions that has much more blood flowing through it than a standard history class, and not a word need be spoken. A set that's easily as smart as she is.
(Zoho Classix 202008)

NOAH BLESS/New York Strong Latin Jazz: A cat that's been blessing New York records and gigs with his warm, round trombone tones for over 25 years finally gets to step out on his own. A little Latin, a little straight ahead, Bless delivers in fine style with the kind of playing a real jazzbo can just sink back into and purely enjoy. No pretense needed, this is the real deal presented straight up.
(Zoho 202010)

CARLA CAMPOPIANO/Chicago Buenos Aires Connections V. 2: From the opening lick of this set with it's dueling flutes, you know you are in for something different and exciting. Forsaking samba and tango, this really is a fusion of her dual homes in Chicago and native Argentina. Sprightly and upbeat, this is a cure for rainy, overcast days as it won't even let the blues into the premises let alone have to chase them away. Simply delightful throughout.

BOBBY WIENS/Talking Drums: A drummer that's a firm believer in not beating everything to death delivers his long over due debut and most of the tracks that first takes that he didn't listen to until much later. And when you know your stuff... With an after hours feel that's designed not to keep the babysitter out too late, he leads his crew through some righteously swinging stuff that's on the money throughout. Tasty licks aplenty fly through the air here and a good time is had by all.
(Cellar 81320)

IAN HENDRICKSON-SMITH/Lowdown: Just the kind of blowing date you'd expected from a sax man with a lot of flying time paying tribute to a fallen New York comrade and getting the chance to kick out the jams at Van Gelder's studio. A real New York date that's short on skronk but long on solid chops, the cats are right in the pocket and down deep. Solid stuff that's a real jazzbo treat.
(Cellar110319)

ARTUR MENEZES/Fading Away: A Brazilian guitar slinger as opposed to a regular white boy with the blues, this blues rocker knows his moves so well that he attracted Joe Bonamassa to his side to trade some licks. Right in the classic blues/rock pocket, this is righteous party music for all boogie bears and hard core chooglers. Tasty stuff throughout, even when it invokes some personal politics.
(Vizz Tone AMM1)

BOB MARGOLIN/Star of Stage and Screens: After winning an award for best acoustic blues album, Margolin keeps on steady rolling in those fields sounding like the little brother of Koerner Ray and Glover wanting to play with the big kids. Indulging in his pandemic album, Margolin looks forward to it being all over and hitting the after party. Till then, he's giving us gold standard white boy with the blues action.
(Vizz Tone SRR05)

DUKE ROBILLARD/Blues Bash: With Stony Plain being bought by True North did Robillard really think he had to call out the A team just to prove his worth? This set seems to harken back to the records the Duke bought as a kid and I feel the ghost of his old pal, Doc Pomus, hovering over the proceedings from back in the day when Pomus was a blues shouter. A well needed history lesson for the young ‘uns, this is a loaded time capsule from when rock was fun before it was even rock. Yep, it's a non stop killer diller of a date.
(Stony Plain 1423)

ZUZANA LEHAROVA QUARTET/Knochenmann: Inspired by a detective series of books, Leharova takes her jazz violin off the beaten path and gives you the same sense of excitement you got when first hearing Jean Luc-Ponty tearing it up in a new and distinct fashion. Despite her pomo looks, she's not to be taken as an art chick and you should just sit back and let her distinctive bow take you along on her flights of fancy. Never indulging in chops for the sake of chops, this newbie is a real comer that's here to stay. Well done.
(Double Moon 71377/Jazz Thing Next Generation Vol 85)

WILL BONNESS/Change of Plans: A bad ass jazz piano man that plays like he knows more notes than you do, this high octane set focuses on his originals but also manages to splice Cole Porter and Billy Corgan together in the same song stack. Leading a crew that showed up to play, this hard and heavy set blows the wax right out of your ears in mighty fashion. His well traveled piano work is a real wake up call. Pure hot stuff.

Volume 44/Number 365
October 30, 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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