The five CDs spotlighted this month run the gamut from gut-bucket blues and post-bop complexity to mellifluous solo piano adventures and one world-beating fusion of the Far East and the Caribbean. Get Down!!
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So much sound this month, it’s hard to listen to anything else. When Joan Armatrading releases a new record, I sit up and take notice. John Wesley Harding sounds great doing other people’s material. Motel Mirrors are my favorite new band. Add jazz, a Pennsylvania power blues trio, the heavenly Beth McKee and some righteous jumpin’ rockabilly and we are, indeed, “Filled With Sound.”
“God Moves On the Water” was recorded by Blind Willie Johnson for Columbia Records in New Orleans when representatives from the great label of the North went on a field expedition throughout Louisiana to try and find regional talent. It’s safe to say they hit the jackpot with the blind singing songwriting preaching Texan.
Mac Rebennack was run out of his native New Orleans when he was 28 and told to never come back. In Los Angeles, after becoming the go-to guy of recording sessions, he rechristened himself Dr. John, The Night Tripper, and recorded his debut as a solo artist, one of the greatest albums of all-time, 1968’s “Gris-Gris.” Dr. John, now 77, goes over all the fine ingredients that make up this 50-year-old album.
Pioneering Prog-Rock, Jazz Insanity, Mississippi Blues from France and two new divas make Dramatic Entrances
There’s some never-heard-before kind of sound here! Slivovitz, Vantomme and Muddy Gurdy are like nothing you’ve ever heard before. Don’t take my word for it. Check it on out! Plus, the way-out insanity jazz of Kevin Sun and Arnan Raz are totally mind-blowing, and two sultry sexy divas make dramatic entrances.