Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Margie Baker and Friends, "Live at Rasselas"

Margie Baker and Friends
Live at Rasselas

Today Margie Baker is 74, but back in 2004 when Live at Rasselas was recorded, she was only 67. Either way, she’s a jazz vocalist so close to perfect that it’s not surprising that she’s been singing for the past forty years or so.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Proghma-C, "Bar-do Travel"

Proghma-C
Bar-do Travel

I've never been a huge fan of progressive rock, but I have always been impressed by just how far bands in this genre will go to seem more progressive than the last. I guess Proghma-C didn't get the memo, because their latest release Bar-do Travel belongs in the genre sound-wise, but it's the opposite of progressive.

John McNeil and Bill McHenry, "Chill Morn He Climb Jenny"

John McNeil and Bill McHenry
Chill Morn He Climb Jenny

John McNeil and Bill McHenry team up for a second round of classic jazz covers on
Chill Morn He Climb Jenny, a jazz album that will make you dust off your copies of the originals and delight in comparing the two versions.

TyranGem, "Human Beings"

TyranGem
Human Beings

A few summers ago, I was a nanny for two kids obsessed with the Disney Channel. Rather than playing commercials, Disney plays interviews with their stars, and one they constantly played then was a group of their young actors and actresses singing about how great the world is and giving kids tips on going Green. That's pretty much how Human Beings, TryanGem's newest release, sounds – like a mess of people who don't know how to sing all singing at the same time.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Big Joe & The Dynaflows, "You Can't Keep A Big Man Down"

Big Joe & The Dynaflows
You Can't Keep A Big Man Down

Not to be confused with Fat Joe, Big Joe Maher heads up the Dynamos, a jazz-y, blues-y band that will keep you swinging and dancing for the duration of their latest release, You Can't Keep a Big Man Down.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Fortune 500, "Flavor Of The Year"

Fortune 500
Flavor Of The Year

One of my favorite things about Weezer has always been Rivers Cuomo's ability to rhyme, whether the words really fit the song or not (he manages to get “bitch” and “kids” to sound exactly the same on “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived”). The lyricist for Fortune 500 must be a huge Weezer fan, because he manages to spend most of Flavor of the Year rhyming for no reason.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Elisabeth Lohninger, "Songs Of Love And Destruction"

Elisabeth Lohninger
Songs Of Love And Destruction

Elisabeth Lohninger has a much deserved following in the jazz world, but even if you aren't big on the genre - you'll still enjoy her beautiful, soulful voice and wise words. Songs Of Love And Destruction isn't exactly a pick-me-up, but it is a stunning work of art that showcases Lohninger from start to finish.