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MARSHALL GILKES/Koln: A vet of Maria Schneider's big band and the WDR big band, when this bone man let's his chops fly, you know he's really made his bones. A utterly cool big band set with WRD on tow, this is simply great music that doesn't need any help from me. A big band dream date, this music you can just sink into and let Gilkes' jazz do it's thing. Killer stuff.

GLENN WILSON/Timely: Why is this so hard to figure out? Let a guy that knows what he's doing do what he does. Wilson, almost a secret weapon in jazz fires up his sax which fires up his crew and the result is arguably a full on post bop classic in the brewing. Even if the gang is all grey haired, they play with four on floor intensity and the result is a snapping, crackling, popping gasser. This is real jazz for real jazz ears. Hot stuff.

NEW KINGSTON/Kingston City: Indigenous reggae roaring out of Brooklyn with a modern edge making it almost ethno-pop, this crew's third album is a monster. Hard hitting with a friendly edge and vibe, heritage is respected but young ears don't have to listen to their pop's reggae--even if Lincoln Sugar Minot lends a hand. Everything here is mighty irie. Check it out.

JOHN MILLS/Invisible Designs: There's a lot of players feeling back in the day these days. This set by this sax man feels more like a 40 year old Dee Dee Bridgewater session when creativity and freedom were more prized that hitting the charts. There's a heavy dose of church basement jazz/soul lurking here and the vibe is well captured and smartly moved forward.

JOHN PETRUCELLI/The Way: Talk about old school! Petrucelli records a double album of mostly originals in just a few days that smokes. Talk abut a portrait of a young sax man as a roaring young lion circa 2015. A classic blowing date in the classic Verve/Bluenote mold and mode, this is some supreme, sublime honking that blows you away. And he's got the groove while working on his doctorate instead of whiling the night away in smoky clubs. This is a right on set for any post bop improv fan in the market for something new and hot. Killer stuff.

JIM ED BROWN/In Style Again: When an old pro makes his first record in 30 years, it's usual nice that it happens but it usually sounds cheesy. This set hits it on the one from the opening lick. Given the setting he's due and deserves, this is classic sounding country like the kind they don't make anymore since Country Radio Seminar turned into radio bullies in 1990 bumping guys like Brown from radio. Almost so good it hurts, this is freaking killer stuff that was the backbone that gave country music it's backbone. Forget trends and enjoy class presented to the max.

RICHIE GOODS/Three Rivers: The funky bass man that's played with everybody and became the youngest member of the Pittsburgh Jazz Hall of Fame goes back in the day here with a set that sounds like Return to Forever and all it's spin offs back when they were on Polydor. With 60s accents kicking it off, the grooviness never ends and space is often the place. Wild stuff from a cat that understands the full value of creativity.

ALLAN MOON/Children of the Call: Hippie-hop from a singer-songwriter with a lot of baggage that finally puts it down for a moment to reflect on the ups and downs he's experienced around the world. If you just happen to like a modern message in your music, this is the place to let the venting fly.

TED KOOSHIAN/Clowns Will Be Arriving: C'mon, who doesn't like a jazzy set of TV themes with some edge? Kooshian revisits his youth and adds some themes of his own that should have been, like tipping the cap to Koko, Ignatz and Krazy Kat. The shows might have been humorous but the playing is no joke and this is a great way to take a walk down memory lane. Check it out.

HYPERCOLOR: In which you are introduced to your new go to guy for jazz from hell, Eyal Moaz. Inspired by the lineage of Zappa, Frissell, Ribot and others who hail the dada esthetic, this jazz power trio gleefully flouts convention serving no wave up for the new pomo generation that likes it way out. Not for the faint of heart, this goes where jazz usually doesn't.

Volume 38/Number 80
January 19, 2015
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2015 Midwest Record

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