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Johnny Young and the Stellar Dogs, Cosmic Alley | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | October 21st, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

There’s an interesting story behind keyboardist Johnny Young and his new outfit, the Stellar Dogs. Johnny Young’s from Brooklyn, and he was playing at B.B. King’s when he heard a trio of Eastern European playing the blues–unusual in and of itself. Still, there was something about guitarist Jernej Bervar (Slovenia), bassist Akos Forgacs (Serbia) and drummer Milos Branisavljevic (also Serbia) that made him realize wow, these guys can play anything they want. “Multi-time signatures, unusual modes, challenging chords, the sky was the limit.” This might sound familiar to fans of fusion legends such as Al Di Meola and Weather Report, but what’s surprising about the Stellar Dog debut album Cosmic Alley is just how accessible and fun it is.… Read the full article

Fern & Roby Raven Loudspeakers | Review

By | October 19th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

My adventures with the Fern & Roby Raven loudspeakers started last year, right before I left my house in Western New York to drive down to the Capital Audiofest in the suburbs of Washington DC. Minutes before I left, I double-checked the CAF website for the address so I could put it into the GPS and there it was, on the landing page, an image of a beautiful single-driver loudspeaker with glorious mid-century style wooden legs and a curiously wide baffle.… Read the full article

Flying Horse Big Band, Good News! | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | October 17th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Talk about extremes–yesterday it was Filter, and today it’s the Flying Horse Big Band. I was just thinking that the big band jazz releases have been slowing down lately, but if you can say one thing about the Flying Horse Big Band, it’s that they are prolific. In the last couple of years I’ve covered a few of their releases including 2018’s The Bat Swings! and 2017’s Big Man on Campus. This particular big band jazz ensemble is another juggernaut from a highly regarded university jazz program, just like University of North Texas program I covered last year–except, of course that FHBB hails from the University of Central Florida.… Read the full article

Filter, Title of Record 20th Anniversary LP | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | October 16th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Craft Recordings, the company that just released It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! for the first time on vinyl, has also sent me the 20th anniversary reissue of Filter’s second album, 1999’s Title of Record. Listen to these two reissues back to back and you’ll start to understand just how ambitious and eclectic Craft Recordings is. For those of you who don’t already know and enjoy the music of Filter, the story kinda goes like this…front man Richard Patrick was the touring guitarist for Nine Inch Nails, and he decided to start his own project after Trent Reznor informed him that he would be spending a lot of time in the studio working on his next album, The Downward Spiral.… Read the full article

Jillian Rae, I Can’t Be the One You Want Me to Be | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | October 15th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

I almost didn’t get to review this LP from singer-violinist Jillian Rae, I Can’t Be the One You Want Me to Be. The first obstacle was presented by the USPS mail carrier who left the album on my front porch during a big rainstorm. I barely saved it in time, but for some reason the LP was also badly warped in addition to soaking wet. (Thank goodness for record clamps and phono cartridges that are excellent trackers, right?) Second, this album didn’t make that much of an impression at first.… Read the full article

Carlos Cipa, Retronyms | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | October 14th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Carlos Cipa‘s beautiful new album Retronyms reminds me of this CD I’ve had in my collection for years, one simply called Music for Relaxation, Meditation and Concentration. I don’t know how long I’ve had this CD, where I found it or why I decided to buy it. It looks like a generic sampler, something that’s played during an hour of massage therapy, but it contains music from Popol Vuh, John Lurie, Maurice Jarre and Jurgen Kneiper. It’s an incredible CD, full of quiet and dense music that’s also deep and intellectually rewarding.… Read the full article

Troy Roberts, Days Like These | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | October 12th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Saxophone players aren’t known for being shy or demure, but Troy Roberts takes extroversion to another level. He’s known as a young lion in today’s jazz scene, a musician who really stands out with a bold, passionate style. Every note he plays is a statement, one that stems from who he is and where he’s been. He’s an ambitious sax player, so much so that after ten albums he founded his own jazz label, Toy Robot Music. The first release is this, Days Like These, and future releases will focus on the performers who join him here: Hammond B-3 players Joey DeFrancesco and Emmet Cohen and drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts.… Read the full article

Aviva Chernick, La Serena | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | October 9th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Aviva Chernick’s new album La Sirena immediately reminds me of two recent albums I’ve reviewed–Sofia Ribeiro’s Lunga and Alex Cuba’s Sublime–and not just because of the language difference. Ribeiro is from Portugal and sings in Portuguese, Cuba is Cuban and sings in Spanish, and Aviva Chernick sings in both English and Spanish and was raised in Toronto as a Ashkenazi Jew. She discovered the songs of Sephardic Jewish musician Flory Jagoda and became entranced by the Judeo-Spanish poetry in Jagoda’s works, and she has dedicated La Sirena to that specific mix of cultures, known as Ladino.… Read the full article

Nicolas Bearde, I Remember You | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | October 8th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Nicolas Bearde has released his new album, I Remember You: The Music of Nat King Cole, to commemorate the legendary singer’s 100th birthday. I love Nat King Cole, and I own many of his albums, so I would imagine that a tribute to him from a less experienced artist might contain a modicum of impersonation. Most of us love Cole because of that impossibly rich yet almost casual tenor, but Nicolas Bearde has a much more respectful approach. He stays true to his own voice, one that reaches the high notes with ease without Cole’s trademark grain.… Read the full article

Sunny War, Shell of a Girl | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | October 7th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile, Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , |

It seems like it wasn’t that long ago when I first heard singer-songwriter Sunny War and her unique blend of music, something that’s often referred to as punk-folk or folk-punk. I reviewed her album With the Sun just a little less than a year ago for Positive Feedback, and it wound up cracking my Top Five albums for 2018. Sunny War has it all–intelligent lyrics, a truly distinctive voice and an innovative approach to her acoustic guitar. With her new album, Shell of a Girl, she may also prove to be a prolific artist, the kind who keeps releasing quality albums because there’s so much she needs to say.… Read the full article

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