World-Jazz

Artist: 
R.L. Boyce
Label: 
Waxploitation

R.L. Boyce's Roll and Tumble is one of those special albulms that if you've never listened to anything remotely close to it you would never under normal conditions find your way to but when you somehow do, you somehow feel like your world has expanded because of it. There is no simple way to describe Hill Country Blues which is the genre Boyce lends his talent to. Everything about it seems improvised, organic, and true and although it has the word blues in its title, the association between it and traditional blues is limited at best.

Sounds Like: 
R.L. Burnside
Sounds Like: 
Mississippi Fred McDowell
Name: 
Jude Fomeche
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2017
Artist: 
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
Label: 
Self-released

I love this album so much!!! This is not what you'd expect from a band called Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, but this funky jazz will make you smile even on the worst of days. This is not their first album, and the PPPP definitely know what they're doing! "Fun in Funk" definitely puts the fun in funk! All the songs are catchy and good to sing along to, and you'll just want to get up and dance. If you're looking for something new to listen to, check out these guys and you won't regret it!

Sounds Like: 
Uptown Funk but better
Sounds Like: 
Great music
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2017
Artist: 
Hilario Durán
Label: 
Cardster Music Co.

This album is very good, no extremely good, no it is fantastic. In this album the composer, producer, piano aficionado himself Hilario Durán, uses influences from his heritage homeland of Cuba to create a fun upbeat album full of melodic masterpieces and riffs. The legend Chucho Valdés makes an appearance on the song "Duo Influenciado" and it is a must listen to as well.

Sounds Like: 
Tito Puente
Sounds Like: 
Buena Vista Social Club
Sounds Like: 
Chucho Valdés (plays on this album)
Name: 
Jaclyn Kelly
Date Reviewed: 
11/15/2017
Artist: 
Raoul Bjorkenheim & eCsTaSy
Label: 
Cuneiform Records

From the first mind bending track to the last of Raoul Bjorkenheim and quartet eCsTaSy’s Doors of Perception

Sounds Like: 
BADBADNOTGOOD (ish, mainly the drumming and guitar)
Sounds Like: 
Jimi Hendrix Experience
Name: 
Maximilian Serventi
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017
Artist: 
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Label: 
Stax

Live at Red Rocks was my first exposure to Nathaniel Rateliff. I had no idea what to expect and what I was about to listen to. The fact that it was a live albulm only added to my uncertaintity because I was not sure if the versions of songs I was about to listen to would be the weaker or stronger version in comparison to the studio versions. After listening to Live at Red Rocks, I can honestly say that if this live version turns out to be the weaker version of his songs, then Rateliff and the Night Sweats are one of the great current soul and blues artists living.

Sounds Like: 
Bruce Springsteen
Sounds Like: 
Alabama Shakes
Name: 
Jude Fomeche
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017
Artist: 
Ryan Porter
Label: 
World Galaxy Records

This album is straight fucking fire and is unlike any other album I have heard. Ryan Porter combines the elements of Jazz and Funk to capture the fun soul of children’s rhymes and music. He collaborates with various artists who rap, sing, and play the best sound for Jazz. The second track “ABC Song” is super upbeat and funky, the female lyricist sings the alphabet in an innocent melody followed by the playful sound of Justin Sky’s rap lyrics. This album is perfect for anyone who loves the sound of jazz instruments and a great female singer.

Sounds Like: 
Patsy Cline
Name: 
Miles Schuk Ehler
Date Reviewed: 
11/07/2017
Artist: 
MonoNeon
Label: 
Mononeon

This single by MonoNeon has a lo-fi, Hawaiian-ish feel. The lyrics are pretty straightforward; women, water, and weed is all we need in life. This is also a really repetitive song with 3 lines of lyrics repeated in 3:16 minutes. There are some good guitar parts in the song, but this is more eccentric than what I listen to. I definitely get the high-experimental vibe from Women, Water, & Weed and it’s pretty funky. I wouldn’t really categorize this as jazz or world, but then again, I’m not really sure there is a certain genre that this really fits into.

Sounds Like: 
Louis Cole
Sounds Like: 
Isaiah Sharkey
Name: 
Caitlin Fung
Date Reviewed: 
11/06/2017
Artist: 
Kevin Eubanks
Label: 
Mack Avenue

       Track #1 (Time Line) has a nice easy going flow.

       "Watercolors" (Track #2) is one of my dad's favorite Jazz tunes.  Hearing this song now brings back fond memories of chilling with him in his library/office as a kid.

Sounds Like: 
Easy Going flow
Sounds Like: 
Trance-provoking music
Sounds Like: 
Jazz Greats like Coltrane and Dizzy
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
11/02/2017
Artist: 
Nerina Pallot
Label: 
Idaho Records

Nerina Pallot in the album "Stay Lucky" keeps a very quiet, contemplative tone throughout the album that is very soft and poignant. Perfect for emotionally driven montages about breaking a room of ceramics, or crying softly on the way from a funeral, "Stay Lucky" has bodies of violin and piano as the driving forces behind the powerful and smooth vocals seen throughout the album. This genre of music was not what I was expecting from hearing her other songs such as "Feels Like Home", but I enjoyed the album nonetheless.

Sounds Like: 
Regina Spektor
Sounds Like: 
A Fine Frenzy
Sounds Like: 
The Pierces
Name: 
Brendan Bogar
Date Reviewed: 
10/31/2017

REV

Artist: 
Ernesto Cervini
Label: 
Anzi Records

This is a fantastic example of modern jazz! Some phrases I would use to describe this album would be: Exuberant Latin drumming, sensatiable flow and complexities, beautiful piano, fast paced, and busy bodied. REV gives the feel of being in the inner city at night, looking at all the lives passing by… Busy traffic, impatient minds, trying to find fulfillment in the night. The streets dance with life, everything is flowing to the rhythm.

 

Some Individual Reviews of Tracks:

Track 1: “The Libertine”

Sounds Like: 
JJ Johnson's Quintet
Sounds Like: 
Max Roach Quintet
Sounds Like: 
Buddy Rich
Name: 
Tyler Dille
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2017
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