Category: Pop/Rock/World CD Reviews

Benny ANDERSSON, Piano – DG

Benny ANDERSSON, Piano – DG

Refreshing, relaxing, and simply beautiful. Benny ANDERSSON, Piano – DG 479 8143, 76:47 [Distr. by Universal] *****: Anyone who remembers or who is a fan of the pop rock group ABBA from the late 1970s will no doubt have heard, seen, or know who Benny Andersson is. The phenomenal success of the Swedish “fab four” […]

Lewis Porter-Phil Scarff Group – Three Minutes to Four – Whaling City Sound 

Lewis Porter-Phil Scarff Group – Three Minutes to Four – Whaling City Sound 

Lewis Porter-Phil Scarff Group – Three Minutes to Four [TrackList follows] – Whaling City Sound WCS 100 (distr. by Naxos), 73:19 [8/25/17] ****: Not your typical world jazz release. (Lewis Porter – piano; Phil Scarff – tenor, soprano and sopranino saxophones, tamboura; John Funkhouser – bass; Bertram Lehmann – drums) The best jazz takes listeners […]

The Film Scores and Original Orchestral Music of George Martin – Berlin Music Ensemble conducted by Craig Leon  – Atlas Realisations 

The Film Scores and Original Orchestral Music of George Martin – Berlin Music Ensemble conducted by Craig Leon  – Atlas Realisations 

The Film Scores and Original Orchestral Music of George Martin –  Berlin Music Ensemble conducted by Craig Leon  – Atlas Realisations CD ARCD008 (11/10/17) *** 1/2 Familiar and never heard music by the iconic George Martin This is a most welcome and overdue disc of the music of George Martin. This recording collects —for the […]

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 […]