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RICARDO SILVEIRA/ROBERTO TAUFIC/Atlanticos: Silveira we obviously know from his bountiful past work. Taufic is a top Brazilian session cat that we're glad to make the acquaintance of. Pairing up for a guitar duo, these two acoustic pros have a different flavor than all your fave past acoustic guitar duos, leaning more toward mellow and deep than flash, and they serve up a side of Brazilian jazz that you'll be glad to add to your listening palette. Lovely stuff that ranks high as a pure listening date made for blowing your ears wide open with little more than it's mere presence. Killer stuff from a new duo that ought to stick around, if only for annual studio reprises. Check it out.

PEDRO MARTINS/Dreaming High: Ouch. This is the debut of a 19 year old guitarist/multi instrumentalist that wrote and created this angular jazz date when he was 16. Yeah, ouch. Purely killer stuff showing the fusion vibe in acoustic jazz that smokes and sizzles throughout. Growing up in a musical Brazilian household, Martins absorbed his influences and lessons well as this is a sure footed, professional, mature date that has a ten year advantage over similar releases. Hot stuff that's sure to knock you out.

WILLIE MAY/Thirteen: John Koerner's underground blues were about rent parties, juke joints and the sweetness found hiding in life's miseries. May is a later day freak blues folkster that slings his dobro and other instruments down around the crossroads where people sell their souls to the devil and live to tell about it. This is a song cycle that reminds you that there's a meeting Sunday morning so you better do your sinning tonight. Wild and primal, this is a must for people that like their blues organic and raw, loaded with anguish and so offbeat that it can only line up straight unto itself. Yep, this is a real underground gasser that doesn't care what anyone thinks.

ATROPOLIS/Transitions: Old school exotica/space age pop meets modern electronica dj culture in a head trip set of wild moves that encompass a dark side of world beat, like the kind that were soundtracks for the live sex shows Johnny Ola managed to find in the back streets of Cuba. Crazy stuff you can enjoy more if you let your pre-conceptions go, it's out of the ordinary yet familiar. Put it on and expect the unexpected.

JEFF LORBER FUSION/Hacienda: Lorber seems to be playing fast and loose with some historical facts here as he says the name of this album is a tribute to the Manchester club that fostered house music. Ahem, it grew out of the Warehouse in Chicago. And what's this power fusion trio rave up have to do with house? Acid hose at best, but that's still a stretch. What is cool is reprising "King Kong" complete with Jean Luc Ponty on board. Hard charging stuff, this easily lights a new fuse under fusion as one of the grandfathers of the form is riding high here in fine form. Tasty stuff light years away from the biz jazz that fusion has too often turned into. Check it out.

ELF POWER/Sunlight on the Moon: While other alt.acts that came up the same time as the Elfs are using new fangled stuff like Pitchfork to try to sell their old cool comebacks to a new generation, the freak folk rockers have been slugging it out non-stop for the last two decades and are now bringing back acts that they opened for once upon a time. Remaining a constant for young malcontents, the Elfs might seem darker than before, but they really aren't, they're just as lo fi as ever. Make no mistake, the Elephant 6 vibe is alive and well.

DANA FUCHS/Bliss Avenue: This lapsed (?, I'm just guessing) Baptist who played Janis Joplin on stage is exactly what Tina Turner was talking about when she was talking about belting it out nice and rough. The sexy, sassy, growler delivers yet another in a series of accomplished blues/rock dates that cuts right to the bone. One of the leading lights of the contemporary blues scene, Fuchs may still seem like a comer but wider recognition is right around the corner. Hot stuff.

SEAN TYRELL/Walker of the Snow: A Celtic record with a parental advisory? It sounds so simple and traditional, just what's the Irish troubadour up to now? Nothing terrible, don't worry. Keeping it real, somewhat traditional Irish style, Tyrell draws material from all quadrants, makes it his own and serves up a special, contemporary folk set. Recorded in his living room in a somewhat spare setting with a few cohorts that really know their stuff, don't come looking here for dingly-dingly music. At times, this gets as raw as Johnny Cash singing Nine Inch Nails. Now on his sixth album, this is clearly a folkie you've got to get to know if you haven't already. Killer stuff---and not just in reference to the murder ballads.

Volume 37/Number 261
July 20 , 2013
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2013 Midwest Record

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