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AMY SCHUMER/Cutting: I've been bellyaching to the powers that be for years to reissue Pearl Williams albums. Well, screw ‘em. The stuff is so old that it's now public domain in Europe and readily available here. Schumer has got to be a direct descendant of Williams. What was once blue, after hours humor is now shown in prime time. A master of the misdirected punch line and sotto voce snark, Schumer is the 80s born potty mouth Jewish broad that leaves you wondering if she really said that and leaves you laughing in the process, much like Williams whose heyday was the 50s. A brash, no holds barred stand up that grew up on the schpritz, if you haven't seen her specials, you're missing a lot. This girl is a riot from start to finish. Check it out.
(available as a download only)

AUGMENTED REALITY: A trio of up and coming young hitters show their ECM influences are worn well as they launch into a set that winds up covering a lot of ground along the way. Certainly nice sitting down jazz, this bunch is one to keep an ear out for as they are doing some really nice stuff. Check it out.

BOB GLUCK TRIO/Returning: The progressive jazz rabbi has left the bima once again to deliver sounds that would make Charlie Haden proud 30 years ago, and he's a piano player, not a bass man. The loft is open again.

DAVE LeFEBVRE/From Soul to Soul: Left leaning, forward thinking vet sax man plays it acoustic and electric, delivering a real first class sitting down listening experience for any one weaned on Paul Winter and his progressive off shoots. It's as much a journey as it is a record.
Well done.

LOVE SONGS OF THE AMERICAS: Well, here's a totally grown up recording in which Eugene Friesen is probably the only one of these four friends you've ever heard of. Certainly one of those labor of love world beat dates that takes you down the real streets as opposed to letting you see the tourist traps, this is real music for real adults that are ready to face the music head on. It's listening music, but even at it's most chambery, it isn't background music. Check it out.

ANNETTE CANTOR/Songs to the Earth: A German lass who battled cancer in New Mexico marshals up the music that helped her heal bringing together the various aspects of her back pages from Gregorian chant to desert inspired new age. There seems to be a lot of people on this track if you look at Oprah's listings, so if this is up your alley, you've come to the right place.

Volume 34/Number 164
April 14, 2011
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2011 Midwest Record

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