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CARLO deLORENZI/Four Seasons in One Recess: You gotta love it when this piano man turns up the organ and lets it fly. A swinging Canuck jazzbo that must use the heat from his playing to keep warm and conserve natural resources, he's a killer diller of a natural resource and he knows how to bring the heat. Fun stuff that's easy to take, wears it's influences proudly in snippets of homage and simply delivers the goods. It's really a real find. Check it out.

JAYANTHI KUMARESH/Mysterious Duality: The good Doctor Jay overdubs the living Shiva out of seven veenas (Indian violins, sort of) and comes in with four extended suites of some damn seriously fine opium den music. Sounding like something somewhere between a Fred Neil raga and a Nonesuch Explorer series set, this music form deepest, darkest India (should be Africa, right?) is just a good for yoga as it is opium dens, but you can also put it on when you want a some space music that might be some of the wildest stuff you've ever heard if you don't know where Mumbai is. Hard to categorize but wild stuff for the left leaning looking for a new thing to add to their chill arsenal. A well worth it wild ride for world beaters.

FRANK BUTREY/Malicious Delicious: The vibe has echoes of Pat Martino, the playing is all Butrey's own. A solid guitar man that knows his way around his ax, this is a solid, left leaning jazz date that hinges on fusion, nudges at jazz/rock but holds it's own in the jazz ledger. A solid leader, player and writer, Butrey deserves to be known outside his Philly stomping ground. He will be with tasty stuff like this as his calling card. Check it out.

ELIZABETH ANDERSON/More Bizarre or Barock: Staring out at you as a cross between Elvira and Morticia Addams, Anderson, the Great Kat of the harpsichord, amps it up and makes some classical piece sound like "Great Balls of Fire" The follow up set to a debut that took no prisoners, Anderson freely genre bends the time space continuum and kicks off a party that draws as much as it can from the wrong side of the tracks. Wonderfully crazy stuff that let's you know right away that this is for the adventurous and a good time is in store for all of them. Outsider music at the top of it's game!

DADO MORONI/Live in Beverly Hills: A swinging, self taught Italian piano man makes his label debut in the company of Peter Erskine and Marco Panascia who sound like they enjoy tearing it up with this cat. High octane, high energy and high times hallmark this throughout. The package also includes a DVD showing you what a contemporary jazz party looks like. Hard hitting stuff that any swinging jazzbo will have a hard time leaving alone. Well done.

JOSH JOHNSTON/Shape of Things: Doing it like they did it in the old days, this record was done in one ten hour session and Johnston, no kid, puts the sum total of his life's labors into the grooves as he recorded this in the dark, where he feels most comfortable, and just let the vibes flow. A solo piano set that hangs on the corner of jazz, new age and NAC, it's simply a set to be alone with as the playing is up close and personal with Johnston giving your headspace the utmost respect. Certainly feeling like a throw back to the golden era of Windham Hill, this is wonderful music for stressed adults to mellow out with.

SAIGON/The Greatest Story Never Told: A return to the golden age of street rap when there was a genre that was hitting it that fell somewhere between Def Jam and gangsta that was rejected by both but embraced by the street. With an amazing array of high priced talent on board for an indy record, this is no trip through amateur hour. A solidly badass set that's as serious as a heart attack and is a first class hard attack. We haven't heard anything like this for a good 20 years and it sounds good. Pops might be too old to listen to the sound of the streets these days but if you want to get to know him better, check this out. Journalism or music? Does it matter? It makes it's point and it's bad! Check it out, this demands your attention.

ZUILL BAILEY-AWADAGIN PRATT/Brahms Works for Cello & Piano: Bailey is no stranger to the top of the charts and this all Brahms program is going to be the latest of his efforts to rocket right to the top. Paired up with a long time pal that he's been playing with since 1998, this cello/piano duo says all they have to say just between the two of them. Digging a little deeper into Brahms than the usual warhorse set, Bailey can hold his own (obviously) with any of the contemporary cello masters when it comes to getting inside the music and bringing it all out. Solid stuff that classical fans will love.

Volume 34/Number 110
February 19, 2011
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2011 Midwest Record

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