CHARLIE SEPULVEDA & the Turnaround/Songs for Nat: One of the prime movers of the Latin jazz renaissance fished you in. The Nat in the title has nothing to do with any of the Nats in jazz's back pages, it's his wife Natalia that gets the nod on who these songs are for. Still fresh after leading this crew for 25 years through 9 albums, the trumpeter remains most right on as a leader, player and writer. A solid set throughout, it's accessible enough for gringos and a full throttle treat for every one. Well done.
(High Note 7316)
HOUSTON PERSON & RON CARTER/Remember Love: These old school cats are facing off fro their 6th duet in 25 years and do they ever show how to get the job done. Sax, bass good vibes and chops to spare make this deceptively simple set a must. Seeming like up market dinner music at first blush, if you wandered into a boite and heard this playing, you'd never leave. Old school all the way but with never a false note from either of their axes, this is the kind of stuff that made you a music fan in the first place. Elegance in motion, this is an uncut dose of the real deal.
(High Note 7315)
ROB DIXON TRIO/Coast to Crossroads: So, a legendary sax man wakes up one morning, calls Charlie Hunter and Mike Clark and asks if they feel like making a new record. Hunter agrees but only if he can produce. Did it really go down that way? Who knows? Tell you what though, this is about as funky as three jazz cats can get with very little help beyond their own 30 fingers between them. Jazz and funk meet up hard here and the result is as fresh as all outdoors on a good day. Hot stuff from cats that don't know who to do anything else.
TIM RACHBACH/Under One Moon: A straight ahead drummer that knows the tradition rounds up a solid crew that knows a thing or two about left leaning jazz and the fur flies. Feeling like a high minded, sitting down jazz date that never get pretentious, Rachbach is a smart and savvy leader that knows when to hold tight and when to loosen the reigns. Left leaning, after hours fans has a joy to behold here.
LORRAINE FEATHER/Math Camp: At this point in time, Sweet Lorraine has nothing to prove but she's not taking off her nerd glasses as she goes for the gusto one more time. Working with her partner of over 30 years still at the helm, she calls on the best of the smooth jazz jazzbos and brings the witty lyrics, kittenish delivery and side ways glances that let you know she knows. A jazz vocalist that has it in her DNA, Feather continues to break down walls and show she does it without being a wrecking crew. A winner throughout.
MAGGIE HERRON/A Ton of Trouble: With so much swing in her soul, you have to wonder how this sassy jazz thrush isn't related to Joel Herron. With chops taking the place of attitude on an indie release, this consummate pro is no stranger to pulling up her big girl panties before she steps up to the plate. Modern and forward thinking, this original set takes you places you've only heard in dreams and is a gasser throughout. You can't miss taking a chance on this outing.
BETH SNAPP/Don't Apologize: People forget that when you come from Appalachia, you can be just as exposed to gospel as you can bluegrass. Snapp finds a way to mix the two with folkie smarts and the songwriting chops of an old soul. A nice ear opening date that shows she's an artist here to stay and to be reckoned with, her music invites repeated listening and leads you to find something new in each play. A solid act that songwriting fans are required to keep an ear out for.
SAMUEL MARTINELLI/Crossing Paths: In New York by way of Brazil, this drummer goes for the Brazilian color on his debut by bringing in Claudio Rodito to lead the rest of the jazzbos on deck through the rain forest as this goes well beyond samba. As warm and inviting as you would want modern Brazilian jazz to be, this will get even the most sedentary gringo bouncing in his chair. Fun stuff done with just the right touch, this is a smoking date that shows fine things are sure to come. Well done.
ALLEN AUSTIN-BISHOP/No One is Alone: A soulful black vocalist doing some of the whitest material you can find is what's on tap here. Especially in this age of everyone getting hamstrung over nothing, this is the kind of set to cross all the divides and bring people together . Let him sing Bacharach, Bergman and Piaf, he brings something really neat to the party proving the Duke Ellington was right once again----there's only two kinds of music, good and bad. Take it from me, this is good.
LLUCIA JACKSON/You and the Night and the Music: I wouldn't hold it against 26 year old Jackson if she thought Ava Gardner was the name of a lawn service, but as sure as I've long said "Hocus Pocus" would be great movie chase scene music, I've also said "I'm a Fool to Want You" would make a great saudade. Jackson read my mind and proved me right. This set is loaded with re-imaginations of great American songbook classics, often with some south of many borders accents, and it's a wonderful treat. Coming by her Spanish passions naturally, the dancer/singer knows how to put them on parade in fine form. A tasty, low key date that never fails to keep you engaged. Hot stuff powered by cool fire.
Number 41/Number 265
July 23, 2018
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2018 Midwest Record
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