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BRITTNI PAIVA/Tell U What: Basically a duet record between Paiva and Tom Scott with some special LA jazzbos showing up for a turn or two, uke has come a long way from Arthur Godfrey sounding like he was killing something. Sounding much more like various LA smooth jazz modes than the sounds of the beach of her native Hawaii, Paiva knows how to turn up the heat and turn on a dime as this is wildly different that her past outings. With a youthful, non-pomo vibe, her take on the form is a welcome tonic. This is summer evening listening that's right for any time, any time of the year. Well done.

JESSICA JONES-MARK TAYLOR/Live at the Freight: Under the radar long time jazzbos come in with a live date that has the vibe and feel of Davis/Coltrane era low key jazz. Not an homage, this is cats that love to play kicking it out. Solid, grown up sitting down jazz all the way, this is high art for the serious listener that likes it high minded without being stilted or stifling.

ERNIE KOVACS/Presents Percy Dovetonsils...thpeaks: Foretelling what would come on niche cable channels in the distant future, Kovacs took his mincing quean farther than Milton Berle did and as a result, this comedy album went into hiding, unreleased, for 50 years. Well, leave it to Edie Adams kid from her next marriage and a&r great, Cheryl Pawelski , to get this set freed from creative bondage. If you appreciate Kovacs, or should, this low key laugh riot survives the ages in fine form and delivers the goods from the cat that invented alt.tv long before anyone ever considered it. It's not timely, but it's not dated and it's a wonderful dose of rec room hipster 101. Check it out.

Volume 35/Number 255
July 3, 2012
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2012 Midwest Record

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