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TIM OTZER + MARKUS REUTER/Descending: Ambient dreamscapes from sidekicks of the extended King Crimson family that serve up the kind of loop the loop that fans of the Crimson associates know, love and expect. Some people might think this is music to watch test patterns by, but have those people really experienced real head music, down tempo style? A wonderful wealth of talent makes sure this is a proper experience throughout.

LINDSEY HORNER/Undiscovered Country: Cutting edge jazz bass player rounds up anything but the usual suspects for a world-jazz set that doesn't takes you to the usual corners of the spectrum. It also delivers the goods with a lot of energy along the way. At the end of the day, it's going to remind you of those groovy World Pacific records that were from left field but loaded with names you knew making sounds that weren't from left field but were from somewhere else. Tasty stuff that won't let you down and will certainly keep you up..

C.B. SMITH/Flesh & Bone: Organic music is alive and well in the Hudson Valley as a grown up escapes from the city with his dog and makes coffeehouse music that sounds like it came from a college campus 40 years ago. Simple stuff but fun stuff that might just be right in the pocket for aging children. Check it out.

KHAIRA ARBY/Timbuktu Tarab: Hey, put Timbuktu in the title of your album, tell us you're Ali Farka Toure's cousin and we're pretty much off to the races. The contemporary sound of the Sahara desert, where Timbuktu actually is, Arby serves up indigenous sounds of female empowerment that you already feel like you hear playing in the background of an AA meeting of the sisterhood talking about getting rid of clutter. But don't get the wrong idea, even if gringos won't know what's going on here, this is an upbeat celebration of a record that has more on the ball than wevre mouthed off about. Hey kids, the Berbers have more going on than rugs. Check it out.

DAN BERG & THE GESTALT/Manifesto: A bunch of youngsters that know how important funk is to jazz so they lace their left field sounds with a liberal dose of jazz/soul/funk among their close to the ground moves. With liberal genre splicing and youthful energy, this is the kind of set that will bring new ears into the tent where they can subsequently find out they didn't know they were listening to jazz. How delightfully amorphous! The 2010 version of a joyful noise.

MITCH KATZ/Yes I Will: In the spirit of the urban, Jewish folksingers of a generation or two ago, Katz does the lyrical tango over some solid guitar playing that makes folk clubs seem like less of a distant memory. There's a lot of stuff that gets passed off as folk music today, but this cuts more to the heart of the matter, even if there's some snaky electronics weaving in and out. He ain't gonna make the top 40 but there's juicy enough stuff here that disaffected adults can easily sink their teeth into.

GEOF BRADFIELD/African Flowers: Sax man Bradfield goes to Africa with Ryan Cohan for the state department and comes back inspired by what he saw and felt to serve up what might be his impression of Africa but he seems to have brought have his impression of the flowers. This is a bright, ensemble driven work that shows the smart side of art jazz where sitting down is a compliment and not an insult. Tasty stuff by a bunch of players that are on the short list to become household names in any house where jazz is played. Really cool.

BUEDI SIEBERT/Pyramid Call: Oddly enough, the last time we really heard anything being inspired by the pyramids, Paul Horn was at the wheel and he was playing some of the same instruments as Siebert and doing it along the same lines as Siebert but there wasn't new age as a movement back then and Horn began getting confused in the public eye with Paul Winter who was making the same kind of sounds with a nature feel. Jazz, new age, spiritual, whatever, classy adult listening by players that know their stuff never goes out of style---it exists outside the margins in the first place. Fans of this multi instrumentalist will enjoy the ride as he once again shows he knows how to deliver the goods. Solid adult sounds.

Volume 33/Number 300
August 29, 2010
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2010 Midwest Record

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