Category: Pop/Rock/World CD Reviews

Mumpbeak – Tooth – RareNoise

Mumpbeak – Tooth – RareNoise

Mumpbeak – Tooth [TrackList follows] – RareNoise RNR078, 41:43 [5/26/17] ****: Is it jazz? Is it progressive rock? It’s definitely Mumpbeak. (Roy Powell – Hohner clavinet, Moog Little Phatty, Hammond organ, tubular bells; Lorenzo Feliciati – bass; Torstein Lofthus – drums) What’s a Mumpbeak? Despite the title, it’s not some fantastical bird. Mumpbeak is the […]

Miriodor – Signal 9 – Cuneiform, Rune

Miriodor – Signal 9 – Cuneiform, Rune

Miriodor – Signal 9 [TrackList follows] – Cuneiform, Rune 438, 52:15 [9/5/17] ****: Miriodor: keeping the movement alive. (Bernard Falaise – guitar, keys, turntable; Pascal Globensky – keys, synth, piano; Rémi Leclerc –percussion, drums, electronics; Nicolas Lessard – bass, contrabass, keys) There are musical genres, such as punk, bluegrass and reggae. Then there are musical […]

Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition – Agrima  – Mahanthappa

Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition – Agrima  – Mahanthappa

Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition – Agrima  – Mahanthappa 60:08 [10/17/17] ****: Taking Indo-Asian jazz fusion to the next level. (Rudresh Mahanthappa – alto saxophone; Rez Abbasi – guitar; Dan Weiss – drums, percussion) “I wanted everyone to think about Agrima as if we were making a rock album.” That’s alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa describing the […]

Corey CHRISTIANSEN – Dusk – Origin

Corey CHRISTIANSEN – Dusk – Origin

Corey CHRISTIANSEN – Dusk – Origin 82743, 48:48  (10/20/17) ****: (Corey Christiansen; guitar/ Jeremy Allen; bass/ Matt Jorgensen; drums/ Zach Lapidus; keyboards/ Michael Spiro; percussion) Funky R&B/ Fusion derived jazz of high spirits and inspiration.  I don’t typically incline towards funky R&B/ fusion music. See-sawing major chords, repeated licks, and hypnotic vamps are associated with […]

Jeff DINGLER: In Transit

Jeff DINGLER: In Transit

Jeff DINGLER: In Transit – 41:43 (9/4/17) ****; (Jeff Dingler; bass/ Brad Shepik; guitar/ Lou Rainone; piano/ Gusten Rudolph/ Josh Bailey; percussion) Ethiopian inflected jazz, both buoyant and brainy. From the title of this new release—In Transit—as well as the cover, which shows a murmuration of swallows against an orange desert sky, we gather we […]

Easy Rider Soundtrack – Dunhill Records

Easy Rider Soundtrack – Dunhill Records

Easy Rider Soundtrack – Dunhill Records DSX 50063 (1969)/MVD Audio MVD8151LP (2017) – stereo vinyl, 37:38 ****:  (Featuring the music of Steppenwolf; Smith; The Birds; The Holy Modal Rounders; Fraternity Of Man; The Jimi Hendrix Experience; The Electric Prunes; and Roger McGuinn) As the 1960’s cinema evolved, the anti-hero dominated the narratives. Movies like Butch […]

The Hot Club of San Francisco – John Paul George & Django – HCL ; Thelonius Monk – Criss-Cross – Columbia  

The Hot Club of San Francisco – John Paul George & Django – HCL ; Thelonius Monk – Criss-Cross – Columbia  

Two Vinyl LPs—The Beatles in gypsy jazz and Monk’s second and terrific album; contains his big hits. The Hot Club of San Francisco – John Paul George & Django – HCL 27041 33 1/3 vinyl ****:  Thelonius Monk – Criss-Cross – Columbia CS 8838 (1963)/Pure Pleasure Records 33 1/3 vinyl re-master (2017)****:  Although they are […]

Machine Mass – Machine Mass Plays Hendrix – MoonJune Records

Machine Mass – Machine Mass Plays Hendrix – MoonJune Records

Machine Mass – Machine Mass Plays Hendrix – MoonJune Records MJR 084, 59:27 ****: Updated technical shout-out to a true rock legend!  (Michel Delville – guitar, Roland GR09, loops, stylophone, electronics, samples; Tony Bianco – drums, percussion; Antoine Guenet – keyboards, synth, acoustic piano) It would have been difficult to predict the ascension of Jimi […]

Procol Harum – A Salty Dog – Regal Zonophone

Procol Harum – A Salty Dog – Regal Zonophone

Procol Harum – A Salty Dog – Regal Zonophone/A&M (1969)/Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (1969) Limited Edition UDSACD2192 stereo-only SACD, 40:18 ****1/2: This is a stunning re-mastering of classic Procol Harum! (Gary Booker – piano, three-stringed guitar, celeste, bells harmonica, recorder, word, vocals and orchestral arrangement (Salty Dog, All This And More); Matthew Fisher – producer, […]

The Who – Isle Of Wight 2004 (Blu-ray + 2 CDs) – 2017

The Who – Isle Of Wight 2004 (Blu-ray + 2 CDs) – 2017

The Who – Isle Of Wight 2004 (Blu-ray + 2 CDs) – 2017 The Who reclaim their rock throne. Cast: Pete Townsend – guitar, vocals; Roger Daltrey – vocals; Simon Townsend – guitar, vocals; Pino Palladino – bass; Zak Starkey – drums; John “Rabbit” Bundrick – keyboards Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment EVB335649 Director: Matt Askem […]

Kashmar – West Coast Toast – Delta Groove

Kashmar – West Coast Toast – Delta Groove

Kashmar – West Coast Toast – Delta Groove DGPCD174, 48: 32 ***1/2: West Coast Blues lives on! (Mitch Kashmir – harmonica, vocals, claves; Junior Watson – guitar; Fred Kaplan – piano, Hammond organ, cabs; Bill Stuve – double bass; Marty Dodson – drums) Everyone has heard about Delta or Chicago Blues. The origins of the […]

Duo Sabil = Zabad: “Twilight Tide” – HM

Duo Sabil = Zabad: “Twilight Tide” – HM

Duo Sabil = Zabad: “Twilight Tide” – Harmonia Mundi 905279, 62:11 (3/30/17)  ****½:  (Ahmad Al Kathib, oud/ Elie Koury; bouzouki/ Youssef Hbeisch, percussion/ Hubert Dupont; bass) An original take on the traditional forms of Arabic music by an ensemble with tremendous aesthetic poise and technical polish. In traditional Arabic music, the fretless lute, or ‘oud, is […]

The Beatles – Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band – 2 CD edition – 1967 – Apple/ Parlorphone

The Beatles – Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band – 2 CD edition – 1967 – Apple/ Parlorphone

The Beatles – Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band – 2 CD edition – 1967 – Apple/ Parlorphone B0026524-02 (CD1 39:49, CD2 60:29) ****1/2: A welcome 50 year reunion of Sgt. Peppers with surprises… (John Lennon – guitars, piano; Paul McCartney – bass, guitars, piano; George Harrison – guitars; Ringo Starr – drums) The 50th […]

Martin Myhre OLSEN:  “Modes for All Eternity” and “Lonely Creatures” – AMP and Øra Fonogram

Martin Myhre OLSEN: “Modes for All Eternity” and “Lonely Creatures” – AMP and Øra Fonogram

Martin Myhre OLSEN & Wako & Oslo Strings = Modes for All Eternity – AMP Music, 43:39 (1/20/17) ****½: Martin Myrhe OLSEN & MMM Ensemble = Lonely Creatures – Øra Fonogram,   48:50, (4/1/16) ***½: Two bright concept albums featuring small jazz ensembles exploring musical territory of wide visual and literary reference. I suspect that the students […]

Anat COHEN, Marcello GONCALVES, Trio Brasileiro: Outra Coisa & Rosa Dos Ventos – Anzic

Anat COHEN, Marcello GONCALVES, Trio Brasileiro: Outra Coisa & Rosa Dos Ventos – Anzic

Anat COHEN & Marcello GONCALVES: Outra Coisa: “The Music of Moacir Santos” – Anzic 0055, 46:45 (4/28/17) *****: Anat COHEN & Trio Brasileiro: Rosa Dos Ventos – Anzic 0057, 48:40 (4/28/17) ****: Anat Cohen fronts two small ensembles on a double release of stupendously creative and exciting music which draws its inspiration from choro, jazz […]

James Luther Dickinson – I’m Just Dead, I’m Not Gone: Lazarus Edition – Memphis International Records

James Luther Dickinson – I’m Just Dead, I’m Not Gone: Lazarus Edition – Memphis International Records

James Luther Dickinson – I’m Just Dead, I’m Not Gone: Lazarus Edition – Memphis International Records MIR2029 [4/4/2017] mono vinyl ****: A rock and roll pioneer gets a posthumous career boost! (James Luther Dickinson – piano, vocals; backed by North Mississippi Allstars Luther Dickinson – guitar, vocals; Cody Dickinson – drums, vocals; Chris Chew – […]

Eraldo Bernocchi and Prakash Sontakke – Invisible Tracks – RareNoise

Eraldo Bernocchi and Prakash Sontakke – Invisible Tracks – RareNoise

An international summit meeting between two progressive guitarists. Eraldo Bernocchi and Prakash Sontakke – Invisible Tracks [TrackList follows] – RareNoise RNR069, 48:44 [11/18/16] ****: (Eraldo Bernocchi – baritone guitar, electric guitar, electronics & producer; Prakash Sontakke – lap steel guitar) Those who think they know the RareNoise label may not know as much as they […]

Bobby Previte – Mass – RareNoise

Bobby Previte – Mass – RareNoise

Bobby Previte puts the massive into a Mass. Bobby Previte – Mass [TrackList follows] – RareNoise RNR072, 69:27 [11/8/16] ****: (The Rose Ensemble – 11-member chamber vocal group conducted by Jordan Sramek; Stephen O’Malley, Jamie Saft, Don McGreevy, Mike Gamble – electric guitar; Marco Benevento – pipe organ, Rheem organ, electronics; Reed Mathis – electric […]

WOLF! – 1-800-WOLF! – Royal Potato Family

WOLF! – 1-800-WOLF! – Royal Potato Family

Canis lupus rockus. WOLF! – 1-800-WOLF! [TrackList follows] – Royal Potato Family 020286222316, 35:14 [10/14/16] *****: (Scott Metzger – guitar; Taylor Floreth – drums, percussion; Jon Shaw – bass, keys) The wolf is a potent symbol. It’s no wonder the wolf has been used as a musical name by blues shouter Howlin’ Wolf; hard rockers […]

Lee “Scratch” Perry – Must Be Free – Megawave

Lee “Scratch” Perry – Must Be Free – Megawave

A dub/reggae pioneer far from his prime. Lee “Scratch” Perry – Must Be Free – Megawave MEGW0452, 58:45 [9/23/16] ***: (Lee “Scratch” Perry – vocals; Spacewave (AKA John Palmer) – production; The Groovematist (AKA Mechial White) – production (track 2); Karienne Scott – backing vocals (track 2); IAmPhloboi (AKA Kenneth Bankhead) –production (track 12); Subatomic […]