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January 12, 2007

January Nano Music Reviews

Here’s the stuff I’m currently listening to, along with some impossibly concise comments. Jools Holland – Moving Out To The Country. I’ve long argued for the seriousness and value of good country music. Seems Jools is a convert as well. The best 6-7 tracks from the over-large collection are very good indeed. Joe Lovano Ensemble […]

Here’s the stuff I’m currently listening to, along with some impossibly concise comments.

Jools Holland – Moving Out To The Country. I’ve long argued for the seriousness and value of good country music. Seems Jools is a convert as well. The best 6-7 tracks from the over-large collection are very good indeed.

Joe Lovano Ensemble – Streams Of Expression. One of the biggest jazz releases of the year and unlike some other recent cuts from Lovano, this one lives up to the hype. Powerful and enthralling.

Beck – The Information If not the album of the year, then maybe the “album phenomenon” of the year. Probably his best ever release and a very solid listening experience.

Kyle Eastwood – Now. I’m a big fan of his last album, Paris Blue. This one is not as strong but still impressive, funky and enjoyable.

Fripp and Eno – The Equatorial Stars. Serious, moody ambient music. If you like that sort of stuff, you’ll love this stuff.

All Angels – All Angels. OK, I got this because a friend worked on the arrangements. Apart from an awful cover of Robbie William’s “Angels” it is quite an impressive album. If you only buy one classical album this year, etc, etc.

Lee Ritenour – Smoke ‘N Mirrors. Lee goes WorldMusic with an side serving of JazzFunk. Threatens to go SmoothJazz at times, but avoids that ignomy, largely because of some really vibrant guitar tones and a great cast of supporting musicians.

Tom Waits – Orphans, Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards. Disorientingly disappointing. I’ve been a huge, huge fan of Waits for over 20 years. This three-album uber-release has left me really flat. Lacking Waits’ typical intensity, beauty and menace, though the best of the material is still compelling and unique.

Grandadbob – Garden Of Happiness. Groovy, dancy, indie pop-rock. Quite a mix of stuff here, much of it hook-ridden, well arranged and rewarding. Unlikely to be a longterm favourite, but interesting enough to keep me hooked in the meantime.

Spanky Wilson and the Quantic Soul Orchestra – I’m Thankful. Deeply reminiscent of the late motown sound, this is great old school funk and really soulful honest singing. A real treat for people who like music made by humans.

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