Signs and Wonders is the September 28, 2018 release by Lowell, Massachusetts band Birdsong At Morning, led by singer/songwriter Alan Williams, along with fellow band members Darleen Wilson on guitar and Greg Porter on bass and a host of new and old collaborators, they spin elegant tapestries of sound, words, and music on the Genitian Records label. This CD/Blu Ray compilation consists of 10 original compositions, and a mesmerizing take on Supertramp’s The Logical Song, all with accompanying videos along with such tracks as Waterfall, Won’t Let It Go, Smiles Of A Summer Night, Study In Blue and much more. This mixture of rock and pop with a little bit of a jazz sound was well written, recorded and performed. You can listen to this album on Spotify and then purchase this release from CD Baby, Itunes, and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
My 941st review takes me back to the sound of Asleep With The Wheel and Leon Redbone with this great self-titled album by The Philcos consisting of Mike Cronic on acoustic guitar and lead vocal, my buddy from the WannaBeatles Bryan Cumming on clarinet, melodica and harmony vocal and Sam Frazee on upright bass and harmony vocal. I enjoyed their arrangement of such songs as Pistol Packin’ Mama, the Tennessee Ford song Sixteen Tons, Ain’t Misbehavin’ which I am a fan of Leon Redbones version, Stranger On The Shore and so much more. They took these songs and made it their own. It was well recorded and performed. I recommend this album that loves the old country sound. This album is available from CD Baby and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
C h ill a nd is the August 17, 2018 album from South Korean songwriter and lo-fi dream pop magician Beejay under the group name Shindigs, inspired by Beejay’s experiences living in both Asia and San Diego (where he currently resides), the album is entirely self-recorded and showcases both incredible musicianship and superb songwriting. This ten track album that has a sound of soft rock with a bit of a jazz sound features such tracks as Julian, Don’t Mind, Healthy Snaks, Fair Weathered Days, Flower Plants and much more. This album was well written, recorded, performed and produced and can be found from Amazon, Bandcamp and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 914th review, I am proud to present the debut album by New York City-based racehorse-trainer-turned-musician Peter Kleinhans called Something’s Not Right released February 23, 2018, on his own label which features himself on vocals and guitar. Listening to this album I hear a mixture of Country, Jazz, Blues and Pop with such tracks as 3,000,000 years, To Hell And Back, the title track Something’s Not Right, Sky Blue, ‘Til the Music Stops and much more. I was impressed with his voice and his guitar work as well as how the album was written, recorded, and performed. Please take a listen to this album on Spotify and if you like it, you can purchase this album from Amazon, Itunes, CD Baby and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 905th review, I present Take Two, an EP of Jazz standards recorded by Noa Levy, an Isreali born and San Francisco based vocalist released August 17. 2018 on the Belle Records label. She has a great jazz voice but the arrangements and recording of this album, I did not care for. Among the tracks on this album are Don’t Rain On My Parade (made famous by Barbara Streisand), I’ve Got You Under My Skin (made famous by Frank Sinatra), Social Call, Someday My Prince, and Laura. This is an album, I personally would not buy because I feel a better album could be done. I feel with the right instrumental back up, better arrangements and a better recording studio, this might be an album worth buying. I rarely write a negative review, but in this case, I have to be honest with what I am listening to and cannot recommend someone buy this album if I don’t feel that is album is worth spending your money on.
For my 898th review, I present the June 10, 2017 release from Barcelona based guitarist/songwriter Dusan Jevtovic on the Moonjune Records label. Dusan released the new album called No Answer, with Vasil Hadzimanov on piano, fender rhodes and mini moog, and Asaf Sirkis on drums and provides scorching jazz fusion rides and plenty of fleet fretboard work on such tracks as the title track No Answer, Lifetime (which is the rocking number) on this album, Prayer, El Oro (which has a taste of swing) and much more. I was impressed with how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced. This release is available from Amazon, Itunes and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 896th review, I present Art And Popain, an upcoming album by John Humphrey Coconut, a singer/songwriter from Barcelona Spain. This album of new songs between rock, blues, and colorful pop is to be released on August 24, 2018, on the Giant Pulse Records label. Among the great tracks on this album are Every Night And Every Day, Spring of Freedom, The Fabulous Catandog and much more. This album was well written, recorded and performed and totally a different sound. Please take a listen to this album on youtube and then you will want to purchase it from Amazon and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
VHS is the upcoming album by the award-winning aeronautical engineer, music producer and songwriter Dr. Chrispy (AKA Dr. Chris Boshulzen), scheduled for release on September 14, 2018, on the Interplanetary Records label. VHS is a collection of instrumental tracks which were written at different locations and titles with the name of a city, airport code, or local attraction from his many travels such as Sleeping in Tokyo, Blue Sky Line, Goodbye Shanghai, Vancouver and so much more. Chris spent nearly every spare moment writing this music on the one instrument he always had with him: his laptop at airports or on planes. This album has great vocals, and instrumentation that is brought by fellow musicians and was well written, recorded, performed and produced. I found this to be a great relaxing album with a touch of jazz and will be available in September from Amazon, Bandcamp and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
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.