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counter)induction/Against Method: One of the neat things about this group of contemporary classical musicians as they celebrate their 20th anniversary is their progressive attitude that never gives in to art for preciousness sake. Sounding more like they draw inspiration from late 50s Bernstein composing for Broadway than they do from pots and pans music, they bring ample professionalism and craft to these commissioned works that seek out things hiding in nooks and crannies as well as in plain sight. Playing with a passion that comes from that good place, this crew takes you on some wonderful flights of fancy here as they kick off a new decade together.
(New Focus 278)

WANG LU/An Atlas of Time: A sonic journey through hell comes right to your speakers. To make it more hellish, just when you think it's going to back off into something else, hell comes right back at cha. This is stuff for the really out sound fancier.
(New Focus 277)

JCA ORCHESTRA/Live at the BPC: Is it jazz? World? Multi culti? Who cares! A collective with forward thinking tastes and chops, they have devised their own play land that finds them being an orchestra in the midst of a wonderland where the only rules they have to follow are their own. However, they know how to exercise a professional disciple in that freedom that keeps this a tight and solid work no matter how many of your fancies it tickles. With an underlying attitude that the world is a carnival, they can only let the good times roll, in their own fashion. Cool stuff.
(JCA 1805)

BRUIT: Radical improviser Ted Moore takes it to the limit, and not in an Eagles fashion, as he has a knob spinner of a set that has nothing on "Metal Machine Music" or the "Chrome Plated Megaphone of Destiny". Facing off against a bunch of fellow travelers using software and hardware of his own making, you can either use this to explore the farthest reaches of the cosmos or clear the room when you want your party guests to finally leave.. Wild stuff that'll let you get out what you dare to put in.
(Carrier 56)

SUSAN ALCORN QUINTET/Pedernal: All it took was some grant money to give Alcorn the wherewithal to round up some fellow hell raisers and do a pedal steel record of difficult and progressive music in fine fashion. The direction she's going here isn't going to make anyone forget Sneaky Pete but it doesn't play as outré as she might imagine it. It's more like a kaleidoscopic, fun record that doesn't recognize easy boundaries that makes a great diversion. I hope she doesn't take that to mean her mission failed. Enjoyably wild stuff.
(Relative Pitch 1111)

ELLIOTT PARK/Songs With My Daughters: A different kind of kiddie album in that Park's daughters are all teens. A youthful album with a mature outlook? Created as an antidote for the negative times surrounding us, it's loaded with positive messages presented in a friendly, pleasing way with sentiments that surely would be drippy in lesser hands. Nicely done throughout. He's been a chart topping songwriter in ‘real life' and the skills transfer well here.

MIKE RENZI with JIM PORCELLA/Christmas is December Duets: A perfect example of the joys of keeping it simple. A musical spark plug behind Sesame Street teams up with a vocalist for a piano/vocal date of Christmas classics with only one original ringer. When you've got the skills to pay the bills... Sounding kind of like it probably would if you turned Mark Winkler loose on a Christmas project like this, it's simplicity and chops make it most welcome at holiday gatherings. Easily a classic in the making, just add time.
(Whaling City Sound 123)

NEW ORLEANS HIGH SOCIETY: A band that grew and grew together out of a weekly Nawlins gig, this bunch sounds retro until you notice the young ‘uns slipping some trip hop into the second line funk. Like a page out of Louis Prima's Nawlins in real time, they got a feel for the sound and fury and the resulting set is a gasser of olde tyme Dixieland complete with proper period songs. Get hep to this jive, daddio.
(1718)

GETIT SHOVAL/Connected: It's not world beat or world jazz, it's an Israeli vocalist finding the musicality in Jewish prayer (with a little help from some jazzbos). Presented with lush instrumentation and no agenda, it's a new look at a culture within a culture.

DAVID ROTUNDO BAND/So Much Trouble: After all the awards, nominations and high profile positions he's had over the last two decades, it should be no surprise now that this harp blasting white boy with the blues would hook up with soul man Lee Oskar and deliver a set that tears the roof off the sucker. With all the white boys pulling levers here, it no surprise this sounds like Butterfield really cutting loose when all the key players weren't messed up. Simply a new gold standard for modern, urban blues.
(Dreams We Share 2)


Volume 44/Number 366
October 31, 2020
MIDWEST RECORD
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CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
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