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DAVE BASS/Gone: You know how it goes: Up and coming piano man that's pals with the rest of the then up and coming class hurts his hand and becomes a government lawyer. Not content to be good enough for government work, he heals up, calls some first call chums and burns it up on a tour de force that showcases all his various interests that he's missed while he's been away. The result is a groovy comeback. You want to hear some cats burning on blues and jazz for the sheer joy of it, this just might be the right place.

GALEET DARDASHTI/The Naming: Holy Chol Hamoid, Batman! To be released between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kipper, this singer, whose day job is being one of the few women cantors, makes a set that sounds like it sets the high holiday services to belly dance music as she makes a political statement about the presence of tough broads throughout the Bible. You better not argue with her or you'll get a ram's horn in your labonza! Wild stuff for ultra left leaning Jewish ears.

GREG LEWIS/Organ Monk: Top NYC organ scenester Lewis turns in his tribute to Monk, but this is the first time it's been done by an organ led trio. With the new Mrs.
Santana on the skins and Ron Jackson on guitar, you don't even miss his interpretation of "Well You Needn't"not being part of the set list. Funky stuff like they used to make with some real challenging music at the core just waiting to be reinvented, you can easily call this jazzbo outing a real taste treat.

HOWARD WILEY & the Angola Project/12 Gates to the City: A new work based on the feeling of old penitentiary songs in the feel of Duke Ellington is served up on this second in a series of Wiley's Angola records. An all original work, this is a wild set that really takes the adventurous ears to someplace else. Firmly a jazz work even if inspired by the Lomax field recordings, this is a killer sax man with enough vision to deserve the support of several arts councils that really want to support the arts instead of their own pet projects. Someone step up and nominate this cat for a Grammy.

KNEEBODY/You Can Have Your Moment: For those of you that always wanted Zappa to shut up and play his guitar, this Grammy nominated art rock crew is a fast ball down the middle. You know who you are. Serious music for those that like it difficult, this isn't pseudo intellectual stuff, this is real, contemporary, unclassifiable high brow stuff with sympathy for the masses. Casual music fans, move along, there's nothing to see here.

THEO BLECKMANN/I Dwell in Possibility: Minimalist vocalist Bleckmann takes it down to the basics and does it in one take. This is the kind of stuff that would have flied out of Rizzoli if they were still around. Urbane almost to the point of needing a sherpa to penetrate it, we're talking some serious ars gratia artis here.

Volume 33/Number 276
August 5, 2010
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2010 Midwest Record

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