a review of cool new music
by Jeff Pinzino
Labor Day week is slow for releases – watch for a raft of blockbusters due next week.
! Dee Dee Bridgewater – Red Earth (world/jazz)
The veteran vocalist draws her latest material and her backing musicians from
Patti Scialfa – Play it as it Lays (rock)
Raw roots-rock from a whiskey-throated singer. A member of the E Street Band, she could easily slip many of these songs right into their set. Scialfa shows herself a powerful performer in her own right, a name worth remembering more for her bluesy artistry than for being Bruce Springsteen’s wife.
Manu Chao – Radiolina (world)
Manu Chao is a musical nomad, drawing Latin and Reggae influences into a psychedelic rock beat. He manages to sound sexy in Spanish, French, or English, which accounts for his global star power. Groovy stuff.
* highly recommended
! highest recommendation