TIM MORSE/III: Just because you're a prog rocker doesn't mean you can't enjoy some B3 as well. Keyboardist Morse investigates life's ambiguities in what was supposed to be a set where he played all the parts but missed having input from others. Kind of like the singer/songwriter side of prog, he proves it doesn't all have to be mystical bombast to get the point across. Right stuff for the right crowd.
JACK KILBY & the Front Line/Love is a Song Anyone Can Sing: Deceptively opening up with a twee narration that makes you think this swinging drummer wanted to be Michael Franks when he grew up, the crew then shows that swing is the thing as they bop through some righteous daddio moves that bring the point home in fine form. A crew with some real moxie that knows how to raise the roof, you just want to sit back and let this set do all the work. Well done.
KENNY CARR/Departure: Ray Charles' long time guitarist reconvenes the crew of top contemporary cats he had on board last time for another set of high octane contemporary jazz that hit's the spot. More than atmospheric, background stuff, this is an active listening date that you can relegate to the background at your own risk. Original and inventive, there's still plenty left to say that hasn't been musically said as this set shows with firm authenticity. Hot stuff.
SOMESH MATHUR/Time Stood Still: A top Bollywood cat that tunes into futuristic world beat as he mixes beats with the vibes and turns in an interesting multi culti experience that goes way beyond borders everywhere of all kinds. Finding that sweet spot where cutting edge and mainstream can nudge each other comfortably, this set is one of those tasty ear openers that comes at you from all directions at once and leaves you a little breathless. Fun stuff that forecasts opium dens of the future.
MICHAEL C. LEWIS/Intimate Journey: If your ears have a certain amount of miles on them, it's a little hard to follow why a cat like this isn't on a major, until you realize majors just aren't doing their jobs anymore. A multi instrumentalist trumpet player, Lewis modernizes soul jazz in a most invigorating way that brings the style into a whole new focus most appealingly. A tasty work out throughout, this cat has it going on here completely. Hot stuff.
PAUL OSCHER/Cool Cat: So who doesn't like an album that opens with an old white boy with the blues singing about pimping? Oscher played with Muddy in the 60s, even living in Muddy's basement, but his blues world view developed over the last 50 years is much more worldwide that just keeping it west side. Probably the most down home record you're going to hear this year, there's noting pomo about it as he keeps it real throughout. Totally a gasser, this is just one of those sets you have to hear to believe from a award winner that brings it home on the natch.
COLLECTIVE ORDER/ Vol. 3: If they strike you as a bunch of modern hippies, it's probably because this Toronto big band is just right for millenials that demand a message with their music. Sounding like a crew that's all about the experience of experience that likes to find their vibe millennially, the indies are beating the masses to the punch once again. Anyone over 30 that isn't touchy feely won't know what's going on here but the youngsters will understand.
FRANK MORGAN & GEORGE CABLES/Montreal Memories: A live 1989 date that was never intended to be a record finds the sax/piano duo facing off in what was probably just another night of them making a living but throws more sparks that an intentional fire. We're glad the tape was running that night as the twist and turns that two jazzbo pros can generate in the course of an evening really keep things hopping. You should have been there and this set gives you the chance to right that wrong. Well done.
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PAT BIANCHI/In the Moment: The current standard bearer of B3 doesn't just bring in his trio for his label debut, he rounds up a bunch of his stellar jazzbo pals to drop by and add some welcome licks here and there to show he's not only at the top of his game but is aware of how tough it is out there these days. Solid, solid stuff any B3 fan will know is the real deal, this is a scorcher. Well done throughout.
MIKE ZITO/Blue Room: 20th anni mulligan for the set that gave Zito his light bulb moment that wound up changing the course of things for white boys with the blues. The corner he turned that took him from slacker to smoker, this genre busting blues rocker date still bristles with the youthful energy and aggression that forced him to look at what it would take to rocket him to the top. These are the kind of records that live forever.
Volume 42/Number 6
November 6, 2018
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
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