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SEAN CHAMBERS BAND/Live at the Long Island Blues Warehouse: It's this simple, I've got your new Stevie Ray Vaughn right here. This guitar slinger is an electric blues blaster that cuts to the chase and delivers the goods. Easy as that. He's a bad ass, a monster and the torch bearer that's leading and lighting the way for the next generation of players and fans. And live, he goes from blistering to incendiary. Check it out!

PADMORE-LEWIS/Schubert Schwanengesang: In which we find this intrepid duo coming to the end of this Schubert trilogy giving it a real art house treatment. A real up market, Sunday afternoon kind of release, it's hard to find stuff that gets more urbane than this. Betcha with the right girl and the right wine, this music will go over better than Barry White for setting the right mood (nudge, nudge, wink, wink). A winner throughout that deep classical fans will love.

JAVIER PERIANES/DeFalla-Noches en los Jardines de Espana: Written after deFalla had gotten tired of piano music, he still had a lot left in him for a cat that was getting cynical, tired of touring, bla bla bla. This young, piano man finds the key that deFalla had lost and turns in a gorgeous piano set in this trip through a Spanish garden at night. A wonderful player with a great touch and style, this is a delightfully ear opening set that shows great future for the legacy of classical, piano soloists. Sounding like a full orchestra all by himself when he needs to, Perianes is a young lion that will be roaring for some time to come. Hot stuff.

LSO-VALERY GERGIEV/Mahler Symphony: All that remains now is to throw a slip case around the nine individual cds and call it the greatest collection of Mahler symphonies ever. Finishing out the run of his works, this is Mahler's moodiest piece, written near the end of his life and reflecting the great turmoil that was roiling his waters. With great sympathy and empathy, this recording is a well put finale to the series and shows the London Symphony as one of the greatest orchestras in the world. Serious listening from start to finish, this is a must for the classical music aficionado looking for the best of the best.

PALADINO: How long ago did we tell you Wal-Mart changed the face and sound of American music? Paladino is the music of open spaces but it's open spaces dominated by cowpunk/western/pomo folk. With the leader growling his way through songs around the contemporary landscape, this collection of art punks have found their way back to LA and report on what they see. Not the stuff your typical folkie would get, the new generation can easily wrap their ears around this one.

SEVARA NAZARKHAN/Tortadur: Even musos deep into ethnic cultures that are off our western pop radars like to make ‘one for me' albums. A pop star in her own right in her own place, Nazarkhan opts to let the electronics go this time and go deep into her version of roots music, from the house parties where the poets of the streets gather and let fly with sadness and hope and a mixture of both. Sounding almost liturgical, this dark sounding record will probably find it's way into the hands of Goth kids that won't understand it a lick but will be so drawn to it's moodiness their parents will probably start blasting Britney Spears at them non stop to get them to snap out of it. This is the kind of stuff you used to take vacations to out of the way places to hear.

JOSH NELSON/Discoveries: Music is the universal language because the written/spoken word is so imprecise. Nelson says this music was inspired by science fiction, but his idea of visionaries are Jules Verne and Mark Twain so you aren't getting angular, futuristic sounds here. You are getting first class, fusion inspired, acoustic jazz that would have made this kid the talk of the town if the major label system hadn't collapsed into a pile of rubble and was there to milk this guy dry. Tasty, tasty stuff for contemporary jazzbo ears, this piano man is a glimpse of the future regardless. A real top shelf release.

MACY CHEN/After 75 Years: There's a whole bunch of interesting back story behind this record that you should probably Google on your own as it deals with a whole lot of personal socio political stuff that doesn't really fit into a music blog. It also has one of the coolest packages we've seen since the art department at Rhino got it's nuts cut off. But on to the music...wow. This is a jazz take on the Asian Diaspora, recorded in New York but so deep in Asia that this sounds like it should be used as a soundtrack for a Martin Scorsese movie about wild stuff taking place in the New York underground. Chen is a killer singer that brings so much to the fore this record is going to knock you off your pins whether you know what's going on here or not. It's a new kind of jazz fusion taking place on a new cut road where you won't get lost with Chen as your guide. Any opened eared adult owes it to themselves to check this out and tell me is isn't a winner throughout.

Volume 34/Number 308
September 6, 2011
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2011 Midwest Record

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