a review of cool new music
by Jeff Pinzino
A one-hour road trip for the mind, “Susanville” captures the restlessness and discovery of barreling across
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* Celia Mur – Simpatia (jazz)
Nightclub jazz with sultry vocals in Spanish, Portuguese, and English.
Listen to Celia
Emma Lou Diemer – Summer Day: The Complete Works for Violin and Piano (classical)
Diemer’s compositions are characterized by a strong sense of melody, a quality that is rare to find in the world of modern composition. The duet format leaves plenty of space for the melodies to emerge.
Listen to Emma Lou Diemer “Suite for Violin and Piano: Summer Day”
Rickie Lee Jones – Balm in
Jones’ unpolished but enthusiastic voice always brings a smile to my face. Whether she’s doing retro soul, honky tonk, jazz, or just her own thing, there’s an underlying joy to the music that’s irresistible. Not to mention songwriting that’s head and shoulders above most of what gets produced today.
Listen to Rickie Lee Jones “Eucalyptus Trail”
Amerie – In Love & War (R&B)
High quality pop candy. Amerie’s buoyant voice bobs across a clear sheen of energy that manages not to be too much of anything, but draws elements of soul, rock, rap, and funk. Nearly every song on here could see radio airplay.
Listen to Amerie “Dangerous”
Kate Earl – Kate Earl (rock)
While she’s cribbed a page from Lily Allen’s playbook, she does it so well that you really don’t mind. Slick, sexy, and aloof, this is an enjoyable listen.
Listen to Kate Earl “Nobody”
* highly recommended
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