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Miki Purnell, Midnight Bloom | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | October 28th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

I’ve been struggling lately to find the suitable adjectives for jazz singers such as Miki Purnell. I used to employ words such as girlish or kittenish or coquettish, and possibly words far more embarrassing than that, to describe voices I consider sexy and alluring in a still somewhat innocent manner. In this day and age, that’s opening up a Pandora’s Box of hurtin’. But there has to be a way to express a voice that sends chills down my spine, a voice that makes me think a woman has just walked past me and oh my, what perfume is that?… Read the full article

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Miguel Zenon, Sonero | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | October 25th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

When I last heard the music of Puerto Rican composer and saxophone player Miguel Zenon, he and his horn were backed by a string quartet in an interesting and somewhat avant-garde piece called Yo Soy La Tradicion. A year later we have Sonero, which is a tribute to legendary singer Ismael Rivera. Rivera lived not too far from where Miguel Zenon grew up, a place where “Maelo,” as Rivera is called, was considered a local hero. More than 30 years after Maelo’s death, Zenon has composed and arranged this album for one specific reason: “I want everyone to know about him.”

Miguel Zenon is far from a typical saxophone player from the Caribbean.… Read the full article

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This Could Go Boom! and The OSYX | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | October 24th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This Could Go Boom! believes in the potency of unheard, under-promoted musical narratives and their potential to spark action and cultural change.”

It’s certainly a noble idea, starting your own record label when you’re sick and tired of the status quo in the recording industry. This record label, started by members of a “fierce, all femxle band out of DC,” is certainly taking an active role in changing that landscape. That band, named The OSYX, has gradually evolved into a powerful and dynamic group of business people who also offer “record label services, workshops, performance opportunities and community outreach programming focused on womxn and non-binary musicians, sound engineers, music business professionals, students, and music lovers.”

This Could Go Boom!… Read the full article

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Fitted, First Fits | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | October 23rd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

A CD arrives in the mail today, a debut from a band named Fitted called First Fits. It’s from ORG Music, which means it can be anything from jazz to classic rock to everything in between. I stick the CD in my player because I got nothing else going on at the minute. The first song is crunchy, with muffled and distant vocals, and from the droning guitars and the copious feedback and reverb I start to think about English space rock from the ’90s.… Read the full article

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Acute Inflections, Electric Psychology | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | October 22nd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Acute Inflections is a jazz duo that takes a bold approach to arrangements. All you hear on their new album, Electric Psychology, is Elasea Douglas’ voice and Sadiki Pierre’s bass. That might sound austere, but it’s anything but–Pierre’s bass is a complex rhythm section on its own with lots of percussive slapping and plucking. Douglas’ voice is also quite versatile and can handle everything from jazz standards to current pop hits (Childish Gambino‘s “Redbone” is a major highlight here).

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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