Thursday, January 17, 2008

Casual Listening 1-18-08

Casual Listening

a review of cool new music

by Jeff Pinzino

January 18, 2008

* Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary All-Stars – Live 2007 (jazz)

Jazz giants at play. Terrence Blanchard, Benny Green, Derrick Hodge, Kendrick Scott, and James Moody, with Nnenna Freelon contributing an amazing performance on vocals. From bop-influenced finger-busters to an inspired version of “Misty,” this set is on fire.

Eric Lindell – Low on Cash, Rich in Love (blues)

The best soul music doesn’t leave room for despair – no matter what you’re going through, you can’t help but feel better just listening to it. Eric Lindell picks up your mood from the first bars and won’t let you down for a dozen songs. Hammond organ and horns add to the celebration.

Human Drama – Cause and Effect (rock)

Music to drink absinthe and write poetry by. Beautiful and sad, but still intensely alive. Mid-tempo, urgent songs with churning guitars and ethereal harmonies.

Mojo Kamikaze – Mojo Kamikaze (rock)

Classic-style metal that’ll bring you back to the days you first tasted Metallica. Big power chords and gritty, not growly vocals drive a seriously heavy rock&roll experience.

Mars Arizona – Hello, Cruel World (country)

Dip into the river of American music, and pull out a cup of old-time, bluegrass, and country-rock. Mars Arizona serves it up admirably. This is alternative country only in the sense that an older sound is an alternative to what’s on country music radio these days.

In the blog this week: “Once” for best picture. Saul Williams for rock superstar.

* highly recommended

! highest recommendation

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