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TIERNEY SUTTON BAND/American Road: One of our fave songbirds might have left the Telarc nest, but she took her band and producer with her. Doing a chance of pace this time around, the decorated jazz singer brings jazz to Americana for a nu fusion that's always interesting and exciting. There's enough jazzbo standards to keep the purists happy but the fresh takes on stuff like "Wayfaring Stranger" open the ears nicely. This is one former teacher that took her lesson plan seriously. Hot stuff from a cool lady.

THE GOOD INTENTIONS/Someone Else's Time: The goddamn Brits did it again, took our music and sold it back to us taking it up a notch along the way. This Liverpool trio makes compelling Americana/folk that epitomizes the low key/lo fi sound that hooks you right out of the box. The kind of stuff that Back Porch Records would still be in business if they made in the first place, this is first class adult listening for adults of all ages whether worrying about mortgages or wanting to feel sophisticated while studying for exams. Classically folk without being dated or dusty, this is the real deal that's simply going to blow you away. A winner.

DEUTER/Empty Sky: You gotta love Deuter because once again, when it comes to new age, he gives you the hippy without the dippy. Nu instrumental music for relaxing without clichés or pretense, he plays like he feels at one with the music, and for all the times he's played like he's at the top of his game, this set finds him taking the top of his game to new heights. First class adult listening, this contemplative, engrossing work could easily be an adult's headphones best friend. Lush and wondrous throughout, this is the audio getaway anyone stuck with a staycation is craving.

JIM ALLCHIN/Overclocked: Getting deeper into his second career that was really his first love no matter the circuitous path it took to get there/here, Allchin earns his guitar slinger spurs yet again with a new set that finds him knee deep in electric blues/rock shaking it up roadhouse/frat party style with super licks that just go flying all over the place. Tasty stuff that could serve as a gateway drug to the blues curious, this smoking set is a dandy entry into the tent. With octane to spare that could drive down gas prices, Allchin delivers. Well done.

DUKE ROBILLARD BAND/Low Down and Tore Up: The other Sir Duke, who was good friends with Doc Pomus, shows what he soaked up at the foot rest of Pomus' wheel chair when he was but a blues toddler learning the ropes and Pomus took Robillard back to the days from before he was writing for Elvis and was a white, Jewish blues singer that had a mean ol' growl. Going back, back, back in the day, so far that some of these songs that come from all quadrants of the blues are in copyright reclamation limbo, this is one rousing good time that you didn't have to be there to understand because of Robillard's robust passion and quest for authenticity. Smoking, rocking and rolling, this is what good times were like when the greatest generation was going home from the big one and their younger brothers and sisters were busy going nuts. This is what they used to call jump blues and it ain't all about crying in your beer about how your woman done done you wrong. Killer stuff from a genre lover that wants to share his passion far and wide.

JEFF WILLIAMS/Another Time: He came from the lofts and was a background cat in lots of important work from New York over the last 40 years, but it's taken him forever to get another solo album out because he was looking for just the right feel. He found it here and you'll find it too if free jazz/loft jazz is right up your alley. Angular and with youthful vigor, you wouldn't know he got off the bus before you were born. This is the kind of stuff hipster douche bags pretend to like but it separates the man from the manqué when it comes to digging real left field jazz that has something to say and knows how to make it's point.

PAUL MOTIAN/Windmills of Your Mind: Despite a load of ECM friendly/familiar names on board, this moody, art/jazz vocal date lies to the left of the usual ECM sensibility and sounds like the bandstand in a cocktail lounge on Mars. Before the prevalence of anti-depressants, this sounds like what moody college girls would listen to as they contemplated introducing a razor blade to their wrist. But other than that....

URI CAINE TRIO/Siren: Angular jazz that at once could be futuristic or the sound track for a spaced out silent movie. Nutty stuff for creativity hounds that like it out of the ordinary but with true chops at the core to keep it from running off the tracks. A real joyride for the left leaning open eared contemporary jazzbo.

Volume 34/Number 311
September 9, 2011
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2011 Midwest Record

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