Archive for January 24th, 2011

Gerald Cleaver – Be It As I See It (2011)

Gerald Cleaver – Be It As I See It (2011)

by S. Victor Aaron Gerald Cleaver, along with Nasheet Waits, seems to always be the drummer on some really outstanding jazz records of late. Michael Formanek’s The Rub And Spare Change required virtuosic musicians playing at peak level to make it work, and Cleaver did his part and then some, helping to compel me to make this my Mainstream andRead More

Brian Hugh O’Neill – Free World (2010)

Brian Hugh O’Neill – Free World (2010)

by Nick DeRiso New York City-based Brian Hugh O’Neill can’t get away from hard truths on Free World. “The light’s not very kind in this place,” O’Neill sings in the anthematic “Careful What You Want.” “There’s a shadow moving over your face.” That shadow is moving, really, over the whole record, as O’Neill’s characters toss and turn through a veryRead More

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