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BILL COLE'S UNTEMPERED ENSEMBLE/Sunsum: For all of you who have been asking where can I get some didgeridoo music that isn't new age, sounds like it was made in space and holds on to a jazz and world vibe, we have an answer for you here. A cat that's been at it for 40 years, Cole knows how to hit all those points and answer all those questions. Soldiering on like a McLaughlin/Shakti that wasn't getting checks from Sony and Polygram, Cole takes you to those distance galaxies you fondly gaze at in fine style.

JAYME STONE/Lomax Project: Obviously arts council music means something completely different in Canada than it does here. This set, made with Canadian arts council money is a winner. Coloring so far outside the lines that the lines don't even apply, Stone, one of the first of the new wave of recent banjo artists, sets up an Americana set with first class talent and delivers such a sweet performance that it just blows your mind. Not a set for preservationists although it doesn't feel like it takes the source material far from the source, there's something wildly modern about this journey through the past. It don't get more indigenous than this and it's sure to engage any and every down home nerve in your body, atavistic or not. Killer stuff.

ROCKY DAWUNI/Branches of the Same Tree: In the shadow of Bob Markley's 70th birthday, Dawuni releases his 6th set and it's a modern reggae/fusion killer. With loads of under the radar cred, Dawuni isn't afraid of making his music commercial as he knows how to do it without diluting the groove. Arfobeat party music, you can detect, Kuti, Marley and sunshine pop all coming together for a one world groove and vibe that just can't be beat. Killer stuff throughout, this is contemporary music to banish hard times from your door. Must hearing for the open eared that know new kicks are out there waiting for them. Check it out.

JUBILEE RIOTS/Penny Black: Here's an ambitious thought for you. What if you were a roots band that decided to make sense out of fan letters and turn them into the basis for the songs on your next album? This crew has been there and done that. With the spark of creativity borne of the frozen north, they pulled it off. With a range of perspectives brought to the table that were probably out of the band's normal sphere of influence, this takes where you might think of as normal singer/songwriter stuff to some far out way points. Creative use of creativity, this is a nice ear opener for the lyrics fancier.

Volume 38/Number 104
February 12, 2015
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2015 Midwest Record

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