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JAZZ FOLK/Jazz in the Stone Age: Strange little album where Lou Reed, Jerry Garcia, Beck, Joni Mitchell and Taj Mahal are lined up side by side for a minimalist jazz deconstruction. Pomo jazz hipster stuff that exists in a time zone all it's own.

JEREMY SISKIND/Simple Songs for When the World Seems Strange: A very personal record from a jazz piano man that made a record he wanted to listen to. Not a debut that shows off all the quadrants he can hit to to show off his chops, he just wanted to do what he wanted to do. With some fellow travelers adding color, this mostly plays like a new age solo piano set leaving you with the same feeling one of the more righteous sessions of the genre would leave you with. Tasty, but mainly for people looking for a really, really personal listening experience.

CUBAN COWBOYS/Diablo Mambo: Ever wonder what would happen if Silverlake went to Matamoros? Wonder no more. Here's the wild sound of Latin post punk where no subject is off limits and there's no wall that can't be bounced off. Whether an experiment of the view of the urban future, this is wild stuff that disenfranchised kids are going to go wild for. Contemporary outsider music that will piss off parents as well as unleash pent up hormones, the future is on display now. A really wild ride.

FERNANDEZ & WRIGHT/Unsung: This duo of transplants met by accident in Oz and stuck together when the sparks began to fly. Vanessa Fernandez has the sound of the classic jazz thrushes and really knows how to work it. Tasty throughout and classy but accessible, this is a delightfully sophisticated set that's just what the doctor ordered when your inner adult is trying to escape and look like he knows what's going on. Well done and quite the auspicious debut.

HUBERT NUSS/The Book of Colours: Impressionistic piano composer Nuss is the kind of cat that likes to make music for all the senses. A fan of color, he tries to use as much white space in his composing to make the music feel like color and be appreciated by the eyes as well as the ears. It doesn't sound like arts council music but it sounds like you have to have a certain high mindedness to fully appreciate. Sometimes you just have to do art for art's sake.

PRIMO KIM/Make it Right: Picture Jack Soo in "Flower Drum Song" as less of a jive ass and Filipino with a sense of swing. Got tha?. Now you know about the Filipino jazz underground. Kim is a swinger with a classic voice that shows there's room for guys in the jazz vocal world no matter how many divas are mining the classic song bag, sometimes turning it into parody along the way. He might not be Sinatra, but he's the kind of cool cat that'll keep you in the club until closing time, just having a great time swinging the night away. Check it out.

PENA: With an ethos that lies somewhere between Sub Pop, being a bunch of out of towners creating a scene for fun and profit, and the Numero Group digging in the crates and making spiffy packages out of what they find, lies the Secret Stash gang, some crafty kids from Minnesota that headed off to Peru to dig in the crates to find the best of Afro-Peruvian music and wound up creating their own sonic scene in the process. Indigenous sounds as created by a revolving door cast of characters that know how to bang it out old school, Peru style, while still keeping it something more than a travelogue record. Sprightly, easy going party music packed in a cigar box style case. This music came about via a revival and it's cool world beat that's yet to be discovered and exploited. The open eared will enjoy this real treat. And on top of that, there's a DVD that really takes you inside what was happening and how cool it all was.

ANTHONY BROWN'S ASIAN AMERICAN ORCHESTRA/India & Africa-A Tribute to John Coltrane: This Grammy nominated big band continues to push the envelope with a conceptual tribute to John Coltrane, the latest in their pan cultural tributes to jazz icons. With a distinct Pacific Rim flavor, Coltrane was never one to shy away from world sounds and this crew really knows how to dig out the sound behind the sound. On the money throughout, open eared jazzbos will be more than happy to move and groove with this, not needing a passport. This is hot stuff that is a high water mark for sitting down jazz.

Volume 33/Number 335
October 3, 2010
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2010 Midwest Record

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