COME SUNDAY/Crosscurrents: All the players here hang out at Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago and somehow, they all found a common ground in jazz, gospel and the influence of Duke Ellington. Does whitey do gospel as well as he can jump? Hard to say, this is something cool and different. Inspired as much by Swingle Singers as Mahalia Jackson, this doesn't hit you over the head with Jesus and church so much as it hits you with spirituals that sound as done by Manhattan Transfer. An adult listening date all the way, it's something grandly out of the ordinary that adult ears are sure to welcome. A winner throughout.
ISAAC ALLEN/Don't Smoke: Ever wonder what a really glum Randy Newman off his meds would sound like? It's taken 15 years but there is now an Alanis Morrissette for guys by guys.
MARCIE BROWN/Reflections Over Brandy: There's no other way to put this, the cover shot makes you think this is a record from some middle aged psycho that thinks she's a folk singer with some profound insights from life's tough lessons. You wouldn't think she's an accomplished cello player that worked with Cirque du Soleil, hangs with Steve Albini and plays with symphonies among other resting points on her resume. A solid set of contemporary instrumental music that does so much genre bending between the tracks that it doesn't pay to try and tag it otherwise. First class listening music that probably has it's roots in chamber music, this is a deep adult set for adults that were raised on offbeat but far reaching sounds that have long gone the way of the dodo and are missed. Check it out.
SHERYL BAILEY 4/For All Those Living: Forget in the tradition of, Bailey plays in the properly filled footprints of Wes Montgomery. A true burner of a mainstream jazz guitarist, Bailey comes back to the group format for her new set and simply delivers in fine style. Any straight ahead jazzbo with ears that work will recognize this date is right in the pocket and a winner throughout. Loaded with comfy feeling originals, this is the after work/after hours set you've been looking for. Well done.
SUSIE GLAZE & The Hilonesome Band/Live at the Freight & Salvage: Glaze and her high octane traditional music fits right in at the Berkeley muso club house where the mostly organic programs delight adults that can take the BART right to the front door. Obviously a super star of traditional folk, Glaze and her crew are so on the money it's frightening. Not doing the dusty, moldy fig stuff, she's probably a rocker in her heart but wisely chose to use her clear soprano for it's best purpose. A winning set that'll just knock you off your pins, particularly if you re an old, back-to-the-land hippie. Killer stuff.
CLAIRE RITTER/Stream of Pearls Project: In honor of every 8 year old that ever sat down at the piano and worked his way across the keys in oblivious improv and proudly called it "River" when finished, Ritter's new project is inspired by water and it shows how "River" should really sound when you know what you are doing. With an interesting crew of musos and jazzbos that bring their interesting talents to the table for added color and depth, this is a lovely sitting down workout that unfortunately will send those now grown up 8 year olds back to the keys to add another chapter to their own piano legacies. Check it out to find out how impressionistic music is really done.
I VINTI: Gee, only 40 years before "Pulp Fiction" Michelangelo Antonioni was screwing with the narrative fabric weaving stories around each other all basically dealing with justification of acts that shouldn't be justified. Described as a precursor to "Blow Up", the Euros cerebrating man's inhumanity to man to death in experimental cinema long before it became such a universal theme isn‘t exactly news. Even pushing 60 years since it was made, it's still a gripping pic, especially even if never saw it before. Among the extras are a 1953 short film the director made about suicide and other film geek extras.
THE PERFUME OF THE LADY IN BLACK: And if you missed seeing Mimsy Farmer for the last 40 years, she's back in this 1973 psycho thriller about a successful woman coming undone by a crime she committed years before. Of course, the narrative isn't that dry and linear as we see scenes of madness and loss of reality get clearer and clearer. A great family pic if your family is the Manson family. Check it out.
WARNER HOME VIDEO
IMAX HUBBLE: Well space cases, this NASA sanctioned look at the crew that went up in 2009 to do some maintenance on the 20 year old satellite offers up loads of human drama where one slip up could really doom you to being lost in space. Mixed in with views and visions from the 20 years Hubble has been up there, this is the closest you are going to get to being there for a while yet. Of course, Imax makes it all a real you are there experience. If you think space is the place, this is one ride you won't want to miss.
Volume 34/Number 147
March 28, 2011
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2011 Midwest Record
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