Friday, October 29, 2010

Darrell Katz & The Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra, "A Wallflower In The Amazon"

Darrell Katz & The Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra
A Wallflower In The Amazon

If you know anything at all about jazz, (enough that the name Duke Ellington means anything to you), and you enjoy what you do know, then you'll enjoy A Wallflower in the Sun, the newest release from Darrell Katz and the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra. If you don't, it won't impress you enough to change your mind.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Klezwoods, "Oy Yeah!"

Klezwoods
Oy Yeah!

There's something about the cover art of Klezwood's Oy Yeah! that speaks volumes about the music. Most jazz albums have a dark image on the front of one person playing a piano or saxophone, and they're almost never inviting. But here we have a circus-like group parading with instruments, and on the inside cover, a ferris wheel.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Peter Jennison, "Longing For Home (Songs From War)"

Peter Jennison
Longing For Home (Songs From War)

It would be easy for an Iraqi War veteran to be bitter, and it would be expected for a musician trapped in the war to make an angry album full of explosive opinions on politics. But on Longing For Home (Songs From War), Peter Jennison goes the opposite direction; he doesn't state a side or stand on a soap box. Instead, he delivers heart-breaking melodies about his time in the war that make it clear that no matter what his brain was thinking in Iraq, his heart was still feeling.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Abyssal Creatures, "Abyssal Creatures"

Abyssal Creatures
Abyssal Creatures

After listening to Ian Fellerman's Abyssal Creatures, the newest album by his solo project with the same name, I was literally dumbfounded. It's pretty clear to me that the only abyssal thing here is Fellerman.