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SWAMP DOGG/The White Man Made Me Do It: While most famous for gross out funk, this set kicks off with the most radical tune I've ever heard from The Dogg. Appropriate anthems for the post Ferguson era, for a cat this old to be this sharp and not be recycling himself, we all have to hail the genius of Jerry Williams. Civil rights soul is on the move from a real mover. Truly killer stuff throughout.

CURTIS NOWOSAD/Dialectics: A straight ahead date of mostly originals that sounds and feels like it could have escaped from the Blue Note vaults of the late 50s/early 60s. It doesn't hurt that the opening track is borrowed from Wayne Shorter's canon, but the date stands on it's own throughout just the same. Tasty stuff that opens the ears nicely and opens the door to listener exploration of other vintage sounds. Killer stuff that hits loads of high notes, and that‘s with a drummer as leader.

JERRY KALAF/Welcome to Earth: No space jazz here, maybe a nod or two to Paul Winter, but space ain't this place. Recorded with three different bands, this set by this master of the Hollywood back room shows what happens when you let all that pent up energy escape off the clock. Atmospheric jazz that draws you in with it's high mindedness that almost feels literal, Kalaf and his various crews know just where the jazz sweet spot is in the center of your brain. Wild while never coloring outside the lines, it's almost like Kalaf wants to craft the ECM of the future. Well done.

PHIL CHESTER GROUP/Open Door Samba: You know how when white people tackle Brazilian jazz and add smooth jazz to it? When it comes out right, it's right on. Chester and his pals are taking the high road here and it all comes out right. Bouncy, fun jazz that feels like summer throughout, this crew cuts to the chase and let's the good times roll. A great antidote if you are currently in the wrong part of the country. Certainly, it's hot stuff.

SUGAR CANDY MOUNTAIN/Mystic Hits: If you like progressive samba, you'll love this Sao Paulo/San Francisco concoction. Pyschsamba that hits you between the eyes with the most gentle punch, this is simply a gasser for any south of the south border sounds fan. Check it out.

Volume 38/Number 61
December 31, 2014
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2014 Midwest Record

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