PAUL TYNAN/Qu(art)et: Informed by punk, inspired by art, the trumpet ace has melded it all into a nifty whole in which he serves up post bop reflections on art pieces that are meaningful to him, and they are included in the album notes. Aside from the art aspect, Tynan remains a lyrical player that adds the grace to grace notes. With his hand picked crew properly in step with his lead, the result is some smokingly wonderful listening jazz that's hard to ignore. A cooker of a set throughout, it's loaded with winning sounds.
DAN McCARTHY/Epoch: Not your typical vibe record, this vibe player leans into improv in a big way and has a multi generational crew of like minded hell raisers along for his label debut ride. Riding that tip of music as art in that downtown kind of way, the open eared will enjoy this ride into impressionistic realms not previously considered. The next wave is upon us.
JOEY STUCKEY TRIO/In the Shadow of the Sun: Melodic hard rockers with Randall Bramlett and Al Chez in tow, it don't have to hit the charts these days to be hit calibre. Solid mainstreamers that hit the nail on the head, this is what killer bar bands used to sound like. With a cute nod to the past that inspired this, there are a complete set of stereo and mono mixes on board.
LUTHER RUSSELL/Medium Cool: An aggressive mainstream rocker that's been laboring successfully in the background for too long steps up once again to show he's not going gently into that good night and serves up some riotous rock with a tougher stance that some of the fellow travelers he's delivered for in the past. A real wake up call to heartland rockers, his heart might be in LA but his guts are laid out over the rest of the map. Hot stuff.
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WESTMORELAND/Cast Fire: Do young people really want to genuflect to Leonard Cohen and Townes Van Zandt these days? If they want someone of their own to inspire them to gargle with razor blades, here's a cat of their own that'll take them down that road. If it's four o'clock in the afternoon and you don't feel like very much......
JONATHAN BAUER/Walk Don't Run: A fairly recently minted music school grad beat a retreat from British Columbia to Nawlins where he fit right in right away and brings his jazz vision to the Crescent City where it's all welcome and it's all good. With the ferocity and surety of a young lion that knows he's well on his way, this trumpet man serves it up brightly and righteously. A solid mainstream work by a jazzbo that loves his job, there's a load of unbeatable stuff on parade here.
Volume 43/Number 142
March 12, 2019
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
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