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LaCHERGA/Revolve: This unrepentant crew of genre benders didn't think they had enough stuff in the mix so now they've added skanking funk to the world beat mix. The traditional world beater might think this is world beat from another world but the youngster watching the world collapse will eat up this sound of transition knowing there's always another phoenix right around the next corner. Wild stuff that cosmopolitan college kids will wear on their sleeves as proof of their hipness.

ELIANE AMHERD/Now and From Now On: This Swiss Miss is going to use more than hot chocolate to mount her take over of New York. With a sound and vibe that reminds a little of James Chance's No York sound of the 70s, this smoking singer/guitarist brings a different kind of funk to the fore which is so offbeat you can't help but be drawn to it. Not a jazz vocalist for moldy figs, 20 something hedge fund players will get it. Wild stuff for a new day from a sure handed pro you'll be hearing more about.

EVAN WEISS/Math or Magic: The young trumpet pro is one of the leading lights for the big bands of tomorrow to look up to. Drawing very heavily on the big band styles of the 50s as they headed to Hollywood to labor in the studio vineyards, Weiss has the feel and style that makes you uses phrases like ‘old soul' without choking on them as they come out of your mouth. A killer set of sitting down/listening jazz, this kid is nothing less than impressive throughout. Clearly a case of auspicious beginnings, if he does nothing more than run at this speed, he'll always be finishing first. Hot stuff.

ALEX DE GRASSI/Now and then-Folk Songs for the 21st Century: Wow, all I have to do is clown around about songs like "Shortnin' Bread" and new versions start falling into my mailbox like there's no tomorrow. Legacy new age artist De Grassi aims his guitar in a different direction, dusting off the songs we had fun with as kids but later outgrew because we identified them as kid's songs, even if they weren't. Some of our fave cartoon songs, some of our fave sing-along's, some of the stuff we loved to make fun of---it's all here, but played by a guitar master with a sense of humor. There's nothing wrong with these old songs a good blast of canned air couldn't fix up. DeGrassi not only pressed the nozzle, he hung an air freshener when he got done dusting. Delightfully offbeat and completely loveable. Check it out.

Volume 34/Number 140
March 21, 2011
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2011 Midwest Record

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