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WORLD FAMOUS HEADLINERS: Remember in the great recession 20 years ago how all star jazzbos would get together just to keep busy and keep their chops up? The great recession has hit Nashville as this gang of talent on both sides of the glass would rather kick out the jams than sit around their houses. With a group that heavy on leadership and production hands to the stars twisting the knobs and changing the hard drives, this bunch, now in a position to answer to no one do it their way. And it works. Utterly awesome work from Al Anderson, Shawn Camp Pat McLaughlin and their studio pals, this is great kick ass session that shows how anyone over 40 was first mesmerized by the power of music.

MATT BRAUNGER/Shovel Fighter: Here's the second album from this solid, workaday stand up delivering the yuks in a mixtures of jokes and story arcs with a slightly bewildered everyman personae. Whether it's the unintentional flubs that give away what we keep under the mask or an assault rifle schpritz on the world around us, Braunger has a good eye on what's happening. Nicely done stuff from a cats that's still finding his footing but will be around for a good long time.

EDIE ADAMS/The Edie Adams Christmas Album: When you've got a son whose heart is in the right place, your first Christmas record gets assembled and comes to light 60 years after the sides were originally recorded (and not for records or as a Christmas record originally) and years after you've passed away. Let's face it, if you're in your 50s and you were part of the cigar craze a few years back, it's because of the impression Adams left on you as a kid when she was doing those cigar commercials. If it wasn't for the digital domain, this offbeat project might have stayed in the closet but with the reach of the world wide web, Adams and Ernie Kovacs fans can reach and be reached getting this fine personality project into the right hands. You can tell this wasn't originally intended to be a record but the sound and the vibe make it a special kind of nostalgic addition to any holiday music collection. Except for the wear on the tape, it sounds like a good friend getting up and singing at your holiday gathering. You know the songs but the up close, personal treatment adds something new---even from 60 years back. Check it out.

PAZY & THE BLACK HIPPIES/Wa Ho Ha: Leave it to Secret Stash to bring us this 1978 Nigerian date because you have to be an uber, super hipster to even know about this date. It's one of those records that gets talked about in hushed tones and when copies of the original do surface and trade hands, well, you could buy a foreclosed house for less. Totally out of step with the reggae of the times even though it's loaded wit skanking riddims, this is simply one of those sets that colors gleefully outside the lines and will drive you nuts. Recorded for EMI in their famed Nigerian studios, this is the real indigenous deal. Check it out---you have to hear it to believe it.

Volume 35/Number 306
August 22, 2012
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2012 Midwest Record

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