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LARRY GOLDINGS/In My Room: You have to be a real muso to know Goldings, even if his sound is so well known it will hit you immediately. If you aren't a real muso, this solo piano set will sound something like a Steinway demo record. If you are a muso that knows and loves Goldings, you will flip out that he takes you inside his head as he plays here whether on iconic covers or heartfelt originals. Certainly a sitting down record and not quite an ECM record despite the cover, it'll be an oasis to the true believers.

FALKNER EVANS/Point of the Moon Shines: Evans has got to be one of those guys that wants you to follow the bouncing ball. A jazzbo piano man that has done a tour of duty with Asleep at the Wheel, this time around he's writing for some horn players he admires and dang it if he doesn't come up with something that sounds like some classic Pete Christlieb sides. And that's a good thing. A jazzbo strutting his stuff in new ways compared to his last three albums, this is a highly creative set that's sure to catch your ear and keep holding on. Super sitting down jazz that goes the distance.

DAVID SERBY/Poor Man's Poem: A honky tonker with a day job as a union organizer gets religion somewhere along the way and turns his gaze to some killer organic folk music that keeps in touch with the struggle but blows you away and doesn't down you out in the process. Simply state of the art back porch music that raises the bar for all aspiring nu folkies following the singer/songwriter trail. This is one of those records that makes you keep hitting the repeat button until you finally get tired of it. Hot stuff throughout.

101 THINGS TO DO IN BONGOLIA/Various: Hey, this is how Sub Pop started out, sort of. Collecting all the 45 rmp singles the label has put out over it's first year of existence, the Sub Pop comparison is in vibe only. Sounding like crazy stuff that was too close to the street for even Barbes, this collection is wild and mixmasters every sound, style and vibe you can think of actually serving up a real sound of the streets record, circa 2012 and beyond. Something for everyone with good vibes for all.

GENTICORUM/Nagez Rameurs: Here's something to think about. Maybe you think you like Cajun music but you don't. This Canadian Francophile set sounds like it should be Cajun but it isn't. I think it's the French thing all you sonic seekers have been looking for that you weren't finding in Cajun and zydeco. With very much the same vibe but with a slower outlook and a more accessible musicality for those that want to sink into the sound, this is the thing you should be checking out. Unless you're a Frenchy, you won' know what these guys are talking about any better than you do what the other guys are talking about but there's something so charmingly back porch about it you almost want to lump it into a folkie/Americana bag. Trust me organic music fans, this one is really going to get under your skin, in a very good way. Check it out.

MONKEY JUNK/To Behold: Roots blues rock with an ear toward an industrial future, Canada style. It used to be roadhouse rock, now it's the sound of the beer joint at the edge of exurbia, but basically, same thing, just rolling with the times. If you went through the frat house in the 90s or the 00s, you'll get this sound once the tap starts flowing.

STAN KILLIAN/Unified: Here's a young sax lion that knows his way around an energetic, sitting down jazz set. With enough on the ball to attract some stellar leaders to lend a hand as sidemen, he knows his stuff and proves his point. Distinctly New York sounding without being overly obvious about it, probably owing to his Texas roots, Killian is a player that's got the goods. Well done.

BILL EVANS/The Sesjun Radio Shows: Another twofer of tracks pulled from Evans appearances on the Dutch radio show, he's working with two 70s trio and a guest appearance by Toots Thielemanns on the Toot's classic. With some surprises for an Evans reissue, even as he takes you places you haven't been before (that's right, there's no "Waltz for Debby"), you should know Evans was a reliable tour guide even as he veered in Paul Simon and Henry Mancini in the same session. Without the self consciousness that often cropped up on his studio sessions, Evans and his crew have that low key spark well in evidence that will keep him a favorite for a long time to come. Essential? Who knows. Stupid to pass by? You better believe it. Well done.

Volume 34/Number 207
May 27, 2011
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2011 Midwest Record

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