World-Jazz

Artist: 
Five Alarm Funk
Label: 
Warner Music Canada

Five Alarm Funk's funky album "Sweat" is some super groovy stuff, each song sounds similar but different, it never feels overplayed or that youre listening to the same thing over and over again. The only song that did sound repetitve was track 9, "Humans" there are a couple of biblical referances where they replace the lord, or christ, or god, is replaced with funk or groove, at one point in track 10 they say "its the spirit of the holy groove" very groovy.

Sounds Like: 
70's groovy car chase music
Sounds Like: 
New Orleans-esque music
Name: 
Patrick Baker
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
Lamont Arthur
Label: 
LAMART MUSIC BMI

Lamont Arthur, one of Southern Arizona's gem artists, has released his first album, "NuJazzFaNuDaze". This wholesome piece revives the classically unedited jazz sound and feel. With an entirely original tracklist, Mr. Arthur has proven to be a bonified jazz producer. Tracks such as "Coolness" and "Easy as That" really showcase his ability to understand and accentuate the unique stylings of early era jazz. Although I am not personally religious, I thought that the pious themes felt authentic and compelling.I think that Mr.

Sounds Like: 
Duke Ellington
Sounds Like: 
Art Tatum
Name: 
Nick Ziolkowski
Date Reviewed: 
03/19/2017
Artist: 
Old Time Assault
Label: 
Unsigned

Old Time Assault, a clawhammer banjo group from St. Louis, Missouri has recently released their first major album, Caxtons. Caxtons is certainly an ode to folk music and its rugged roots. This banjo-centered composition has a very acoustic feel throughout. With music approaching a point in which it could be considered overwhelming, the appeal becomes prominent. It would be especially useful for easy listening on an afternoon in the house or a quiet moment.  Take time to appreciate the rugged and uncut features of the vocals and instrumentation.

Sounds Like: 
Mumford and Sons
Name: 
Nick Ziolkowski
Date Reviewed: 
03/09/2017
Artist: 
Aquaserge
Label: 
CRAMMED DISCS

Aquaserge plays Zeuhl-influenced music. Zeuhl is a combination of Jazz and Progressive Rock, invented by French-Prog band Magma in the 1970s and sung in a made up language called Kobaïan. It's pretty much the most niche genre to ever exist (wikipedia lists 8 other Zeuhl bands total) but it's also very memorable. I can't find anything online to back up my assertion, but they have to be a little influenced by it.

Sounds Like: 
Magma
Sounds Like: 
Serge Gainsbourg
Sounds Like: 
Tame Impala
Sounds Like: 
Stereolab
Sounds Like: 
Fela Kuti
Sounds Like: 
Fire! Orchestra
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
02/24/2017
Artist: 
Lula Pena
Label: 
Crammed Discs

This album is very calming with beautiful instrumentation in the back and a very throaty female vocalist. The music almost takes over and narrates a story when you close your eyes and just let the music take over. It’s truly melodic and really beautiful. The rough yet harmonic strumming of the guitars mixed with the light bongo drumming makes a very surreal and repetitive sound. While it may be repetitive, it is not obnoxious, it carries over into other songs and creates an amazing sound. Because the album is almost one long song, some songs are much longer than others.

Sounds Like: 
Bebe
Sounds Like: 
Buika
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
02/20/2017
Artist: 
Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band
Label: 
Clavo Records

Imagine a Latin Jazz band, with percussion, trumpets, snares, everything good about Latin music and jazz music all mushed into one 60-minute album. Now, take that, throw it away, and imagine someone recording an hour-long trumpet solo, chopping it up into ten parts, and calling it a day. That is what we get with INTENSO, the overwhelmingly-named Brent Fischer fatherly tribute album. My main problem with this album is that you cant just use the same instruments in every song without adding any variation.

Sounds Like: 
Pacific Mambo Orchestra
Sounds Like: 
Pucho & his Latin Soul Brothers
Name: 
Jacob Sky Bruse
Date Reviewed: 
02/14/2017
Artist: 
Cala Vento
Label: 
BCore Disc

At first listen, Cala Vento’s album Fruto Panorama comes across as a Latino alternative band with some poppy songs.  However, the album goes beyond the surface of abstract hipster imagery into the hopes, dreams, and pain of the group. In the song “En Cueros”, the artists juxtapose cameras (possibly social media) and people hiding to state the desire the singer has for the object of their affection. Fruto Panorama is a cross between the abstraction of Modest Mouse and the softness melodies of Two Door Cinema Club.

Sounds Like: 
Terrier
Sounds Like: 
Perro
Name: 
Selena Valencia
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
Elastic Bond
Label: 
Nacional Records

Elastic Bond's new single is a great opener for people looking to immerse themselves in a calm and flowing mood. This track brings in a soothing, groovy kind of feel. The instrumentalists are very well blended together and the production value is high. I've never been to a club from the mid to late 70's era, but I would imagine that Honey Bun would be a popular pick. If you find yourself in need of a groovy kind of pickup I would suggest Elastic Bond's new single.

Sounds Like: 
Locos por Juana
Sounds Like: 
Suenalo
Name: 
Nick Ziolkowski
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
Mads Tolling & The Mads Men
Label: 
MadsMan Records

This is a very light, upbeat jazzy, classical composition of Violin, Piano, Drums, Guitar, Cello, and Bass. There are a mix of instrumental songs and beautifully re mastered covers of famous songs from the 60's. In fact this album is a dedication to the 60's. An appreciation of aesthetic and culture. It is a surreal vibe, a wetdream, a real dream. Within the album cover you will find the value of the 60's and the inspiration it inspired in the musicians and Mads rolling.

Sounds Like: 
The Shangri-Las
Sounds Like: 
Michael Bubble
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
Toby Pazner
Label: 
DAPTONE Records

This CD is Jazzy, it's Funky, it straight up JUNK. a fine blend of piano, organ, clavinet, Harpsichord, vibraphone, trumpet, trombone, guitar bass and percussion. 14 musicians are responsible for these compositions. Toby Pazner leading the pack. The rumors have it that Toby was visited by a messenger in his dreams every night throughout his visit to Greece. A messenger of the Gods supposedly, to convince him to create a musical representation, a musical dedication for the Greek Gods to once again breath them into existence in the 21st century.

Sounds Like: 
Snarky Puppy
Sounds Like: 
The Frigtners
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017