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Mitch Seidman, with Claire Arenius and Jamie MacDonald – Triangulation (2010)

Mitch Seidman, with Claire Arenius and Jamie MacDonald – Triangulation (2010)

by Nick DeRiso On Triangulation, Boston-based guitarist Mitch Seidman has complete command of both the bebop R&B fission and the gentlemanly poise of early idol Kenny Burrell. That means tunes of lyrical strength and technical skill, linked by this remarkable ability to blend seamlessly with his fellow musicians across a varied soundscape. For all its congeniality, though, Triangulation is markedRead More

The Friday Morning Listen: Pink Martini – Joy To The World (2010)

The Friday Morning Listen: Pink Martini – Joy To The World (2010)

Photo by Autumn de Wilde by Mark Saleski It’s that time of year again. The time when you’re afraid to go into that store, afraid to watch the television, afraid to turn on the radio — for fear of hearing “Jingle Bell Rock.” Or “The Christmas Song.” Or “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer.” Take your pick, because everybodyRead More

Haley Dreis, “All For You” (2010): Download

Haley Dreis, “All For You” (2010): Download

Photograph by Clayton Bozard by Nick DeRiso Haley Dreis likes to fiddle with expectations. You wouldn’t expect a classically trained violinist to dabble in pop music. And you wouldn’t expect the self-confident nuance of “All For You” from someone who only began writing mainstream songs three years ago. Yet she does both on the captivatingly poised and radio-ready “All ForRead More

Maria Neckam – Deeper (2010)

Maria Neckam – Deeper (2010)

by Mark Saleski One way to define a categorical number line of female jazz vocalists would be to put artists like Ella Fitzgerald (full of insistent smolder, fire & brimstone) at one end, and balance that with voices of pure subtlety at the other — Billie Holiday, Shirley Horn, and maybe even Norah Jones. This construct is unsatisfying, partially becauseRead More

One Track Mind: Tony Joe White, "Tell Me Why" (2010)

One Track Mind: Tony Joe White, "Tell Me Why" (2010)

by Nick DeRiso While much of Tony Joe White’s new recording “The Shine” feels so bare-bones as to be undercooked, the muscular “Tell Me Why” bubbles up with the rough moral drama of a storyteller’s yarn. Still standing, despite years unjustly spent outside fame’s spotlight, White hasn’t stopped believing in himself, and in his work: “It’s all about the song,Read More

Amitie, featuring Danick – Voyage d’armour (2010)

Amitie, featuring Danick – Voyage d’armour (2010)

by Nick DeRiso Voyage d’armour, French-born Danick Isabelle Jawer’s thrillingly intricate new collaboration with Amitie, captures the affection, the sorrow and the music of a relationship – whether the listener speaks her native tongue or not. That’s thanks in no small way to Amitie (“friendship” in French), a trio from Seattle that skips along with a jaunty insouciance, yet neverRead More

Emily Hearn, “Maybe” (2010): One Track Mind

Emily Hearn, “Maybe” (2010): One Track Mind

Photograph by Amy Dey by Nick DeRiso A radiant uncertainty runs through “Maybe,” Emily Hearn’s song about the confusion and memorable pain of a lonely young heart. OK, there’s a girl, and there’s a guy, and the guy won’t give her the time of day. This, we’ve heard before. But Hearn, singing with an oaken longing reminescent of Patty GriffinRead More

Pete Robbins – siLENT Z Live (2010)

Pete Robbins – siLENT Z Live (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Jazz that’s hard to categorize is usually the kind of jazz that’s also hard to describe adequately with words but also the kind of jazz I prefer. And if it swings and grooves, so much the better. Alto sax player Pete Robbins’ music has all those qualities and then some. We delighted in the unpredictable, nearlyRead More

Bizingas – Bizingas (2010)

Bizingas – Bizingas (2010)

by Mark Saleski See, I just knew I was going to like this album. About twenty seconds into the first listen and the whole “Is it jazz?/Is it rock?/What the hell is it?” issue popped up — almost always a recipe for a good time. Heck, I knew even before that because their name is so much fun to say.Read More

Mark “Pocket” Goldberg – Off the Alleyway (2010)

Mark “Pocket” Goldberg – Off the Alleyway (2010)

by Nick DeRiso Mark “Pocket” Goldberg’s Off the Alleyway, a rootsy Americana recording with the flickering neon-soul of a blues joint, stays well away from the beaten path. His sound is as eclectic as the country’s rolling byways, bringing in low-country pedal steel, back-pew harmonizing, the nostalgic wheeze of an accordion, and crunchy late-night guitar growls. Rumbling this musical gumboRead More

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