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RYAN STOUT/Touché: The tyro comic who avoided the fate of being the new Chris Hardwicke finds his footing occupying the fakey right leaning ground that already has Chevy Chase and Steve Colbert standing on it. Hilarious in a roundabout way that makes out of touch racial, sexual and other below the belt references even funnier, schizophrenigenic humor is sure to continue bitch slapping the laughs out of you after it taps you on the misdirected shoulder just as your beverage is lining up with your nostrils.

PETER WHITE/Here We Go: White enjoys his work and that’s all there is to it. Keeping smooth jazz crisp and light with bite and style, he’s got and maintains a groove that pulls you in and doesn’t let you out. With similarly smart pals on board, who you know to be hitters, this cleanly recorded outing hits all the right notes without even breaking a sweat. Tasty stuff that you’re sure to like if you know this drill.

WHEN COUNTRY METS DIXIE: Here’s a way for veteran acts to stay material in the age of the new paradigm. The Dukes of Dixieland, The Oak Ridge Boys and various guests band together for a highly professional James Stroud production that makes you say it’s nice stuff, but why? This is a great gift shop record that would be a worth the money impulse purchase when you’re coming out of a show in Branson. With Stroud doing such a nice job of capturing Ray Benson’s sound and vibe, Benson will probably scratching his head wondering when he recorded this. Very well conceived family entertainment if you have an upright but right leaning family. And this recording comes together especially well when you don’t try to over think it.

LUIS PERDOMO/Universal Mind: A piano man you probably never heard of surrounded by Drew Gress, Jack DeJohnette and Ravi Coltrane? Hmmmm. With a sound that’s somewhere along the axis of Jarrett meets Monk, this could easily be the cd for people that stopped listening to Keith Jarrett when he came out an cd and that distracting humming often took over like a bad scratch. Left leaning piano jazz is in good hands here and this well done set.

TAGA SIDIBE/Wassoulou Foli: If you dig indigenous Mali sounds more than the average armchair traveler, this audio travelogue is right up your alley. The kind of music that can motivate the masses, even if they don’t understand what’s going on, gringos won’t get it but world beaters into pure energy won’t need a Franklin translator.

Volume 35/Number 78
January 17, 2011
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2012 Midwest Record

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