For my 890th review, I am proud to present Where The Rain Falls by Kimia Penton, a singer, songwriter, and violinist based in Dallas, Texas whose music is a fusion of pop, jazz, and world music with poignant lyrics and heartfelt vocals. This album will be released September 14, 2018, on the Kimia Q Productions Records label even though the digital copy was released a year ago. This six-song EP contains such great tracks as Show Me Love, Stepping Stones, Alive Again and much more. This album had great thumping bass lines and beautiful piano parts as well as great vocals and was well written, recorded, performed and produced. This release will be available for purchase from Amazon, Bandcamp, Itunes and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 887th review, I present the second review for guitarist Mark Wingfield. This album is titled The Stonehouse which also features Touch Guitarist Markus Reuter, bassist Yaron Stavi and drummer Asaf Sirkis‘ debut as a group along with Mark Wingfield. This great jazz album released February 17, 2017, on the Moonjune Records label was recorded live in the studio with no overdubs and completely improvised, with no music written down or rehearsed as heard in such tracks as Rush, Silver, Tarasque and more. I was very impressed on how well this album was written, recorded, performed and produced. This is one jazz album you will definitely want to add to your library. It is available for purchase through Amazon and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Riding the momentum of 2016’s groundbreaking, critically heralded release, Pasar Klewer, an album awarded a 5-star review by Downbeat, All About Jazz, and numerous others, MoonJune Records released the phenomenal album Rumah Matu by the iconic keyboardist, composer, and producer, Dwiki Dharmawan released July 20, 2018. This great jazz release consists of such tracks as the title track Rumah Matu, Rintak Rebana, Janger, Samarkand and much more. This album was well written, recorded, produced and performed and can be purchased from Amazon, Bandcamp, and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Indonesian keyboard star Dwiki Dharmawan returns following his 2015 MoonJune Records debut with his September 27, 2016 album Pasar Klewer which was recorded at London, England’s Eastcote Studio. Bassist Yaron Stavi and drummer/percussionist Asaf Sirkis comprise Dharmawan’s core trio plus a stellar cast of progressive music’s rising stars, including some otherworldly guitar work from UK transplants Mark Wingfield and Nicolas Meier, and some incredible woodwind work by renowned international artist Gilad Atzmon (also a member of Dwiki’s World Peace Trio) on this two-CD, eleven track album which features such tracks as Spirit Of Peace, London In June, Frog Dance, Purnama and much more. This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced and is available from Amazon, Bandcamp, and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Tales From The Dreaming City is the latest album by Mark Wingfield along with bassist Yaron Stavi and drummer Asaf Sirkis (both Israeli-born, now based in the U.K.) release July 20, 2018, on the Moonjune Records label. This great jazz album features such great tracks as At A Small Hour Of The Night, Looking Back At Amber Lit House, The Fifth Window, Ten Mile Bank and much more. I was impressed with how well this album was written, recorded, performed and produced. This is a great addition to your jazz library. This is available for purchase from Amazon, CD Baby and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 878th review, I am giving my take on the album Roots In The Blues, Crown Far Ahead by Italian band RoughMax And The Steamrollers. This band consists of Rough Max Peiri on bass and vocals, Luciano Lucky Pesce on piano, keyboards, and backing vocals, and Corrado D’Amato on drums and backing vocals. Among the tracks that were most tolerable was Junk, Guilty, The Second Bite and Betrayal. Listening to this album, I was a bit disappointed. The vocals on most of the songs are distorted and the mixing on the recording was horrible. There was no balance between vocals and instrumentation. The songs were well written but that was about it. I feel with a better producer and recording studio, this might be an album I would want to buy.
For my 877th review, I present Mata Hati, a February 17, 2017 album by Indonesian guitarist and composer Tohpati and his flagship group, Ethnomission on the Moonjune Records label, a fusion of jazz, progressive rock, funk and Indonesian ethnic music sounds. The ensemble is Tohpati on guitars, guitar synthesizer, Indro Hardjodikoro on bass, Diki Suwarjiki on suling bamboo flute, tarompet, Endang Ramdan on kendang percussion, and Demas Narawangsa on drums. This nine-track song album features such tracks as the title track Mata Hati, Janger, Tanah Emas, Rancak and much more. This album was well recorded, written and performed and is available from Bandcamp, Amazon and other outlets.
It is not very often I am sent a Comedy CD to review, but recently I was sent a Comedy CD called Trust Me, You’ll Like It by Howie Newman. This collection of humorous songs was released November 30, 2006, on the Major League Records label. The music on this album is a mixture of country, jazz, and little Texas swing. This thirteen track release features such songs as Everybody’s Talkin’ On The Phone, Way Past My Bedtime, Please Buy My Record, Weekend Warrior, Pushin’ 30 and much more. It was well written, recorded and produced. This release is available from Amazon, CD Baby, Itunes and many other outlets.
Vegir Featuring Tony Levin is a project of Dominique Vantomme, keyboardist, composer, bandleader and producer, equally as well known for his work with many European pop and rock acts and was joined by two musicians from the MoonJune circuit: the legendary Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel, Stick Men) on bass guitar and Chapman stick, and Michel Delville (The Wrong Object; douBt; Machine Mass) on guitar, plus Dominique’s ultra-talented Belgian colleague Maxime Lenssens on drums. This album was released February 18, 2018, on the Moonjune Records label is a mixture of progressive rock and jazz fusion features such tracks as Sizzurp, Playing Chess With Barney Rubble, Emmetropia and much more. This eight-track project was well written (all tracks by Dominque Vantomme), recorded, produced and performed. This album is available from Amazon, CD Baby, and all other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 864th review, I present the third album by experimental jazz-rock band Machine Mass with Plays Hendrix a July 21, 2017 release on the Moonjune Records label. Machine Mass consists of Guitarist Michel Delville who also adds the electronics and samples, drummer Tony Bianco, and Antoine Guenet, whose work on the piano, keyboards, and synthesizer makes this trio complete. This is the first time I have heard the music of guitar great Jimi Hendrix taken into a new and exciting sound several different kinds of jazz and rock, simultaneously with classic tracks as Purple Haze, Little Wing, Fire, Voodoo Chile, The Wind Cries Mary and so much more. This release was well arranged, recorded, produced, and performed. This a great addition to one’s jazz library and can be purchased from Amazon, Itunes, and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.