Larkin Poe – An Acoustic Companion

Posted by Neil Gelowitz on 10/29/2023 to Music
Larkin Poe – An Acoustic Companion

Whether acoustic such as this EP, or full electric, the sister combo known as Larkin Poe deliver outstanding vocals and killer guitar through their own brand of roots rock and blues. If you’re captivated within the first 30 seconds of the opening track “Bad Spell”, then you’re really going to like this duo. Start here, then move to their latest full release named “Blood Harmony” which they’re promoting with their UK & Europe tour. Featured on this tour are Saskatchewan’s own “The Sheepdogs”. Be sure to also watch them on AudioTree Live on YouTube to get a great feel for them as performers. Find “An Acoustic Companion” on Qobuz and TIDAL.

Uli Fiedler Trio - Tre Pane

Posted by Neil Gelowitz on 9/9/2023 to Music
Uli Fiedler Trio - Tre Pane
Looking for something a little different? Be sure to check out Uli Fiedler Trio's albums "Tre Pane" and "Frizzante". Uli Fiedler leads a trio consisting of double bass, clarinet and acoustic guitar. They provide music that creates a certain unique atmosphere that's calm yet engaging at the same time. Sound quality on both albums is terrific as well. Check out the track "Excited About You" from the album "Tre Pane" as a highlight. For over the first minute, you get to hear Uli starting solo bass, then joined by clarinet and eventually acoustic guitar in a bluesy tune of outstanding musicianship and collaboration. Albums are available on both TIDAL and Qobuz

Bruce Cockburn – O Sun O Moon

Posted by Neil Gelowitz on 5/14/2023 to Music
Bruce Cockburn – O Sun O Moon

As a long time Bruce Cockburn fan and having seen his superb live show recently, his new album “O Sun O Moon” was anxiously awaited. The waiting was rewarded with what is already being considered one of his best of his 35 albums in a career that has spanned over half a century. This is a largely acoustic album that features a number of well known guest artists including Colin Linden, Allison Russell, Sarah Jarosz, Shawn Colvin, Susan Aglukark and more. Make no mistake though, despite the guest artist list, it is Bruce Cockburn nearing his 78th birthday that is front and center on all songs. This album is proof he is clearly still at the top of his game. Sonically, this is a very solid album as is typically the case for Bruce. Check out the track “Us All” for a great sense of clarity and airiness underpinned by solid deep bass. Listen to it in 24/44.1 on Qobuz or 16/44.1 on TIDAL.

Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado – Navigation Blues

Posted by Neil Gelowitz on 3/19/2023 to Music
Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado – Navigation Blues
With over 100 million tracks available at your fingertips, it takes something very compelling to listen to an album twice in a row back-to-back. Yet, that’s exactly what happened to “Navigation Blues” by Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado. The album is a combination of Chicago blues, rock, soul and even boogie with gripping vocals, very rhythmic melodies and propulsive drive. Upon listening to the full album, you’ll hear some things that sound like John Lee Hooker, Billy Gibbons, Ray Charles and more. Quite a variety of instruments are used in the album and the musicianship is first rate. But, it’s the flow and engaging music that will keep you coming back. Sound quality isn’t bad at all, but is somewhat marred by vocals that definitely have some edge to them. However, it could be argued that this edge suits the music and the recording. But, don’t let that dissuade you from listening to this album as you’d be missing out. Find it on Tidal

Juzzie Smith - (Live)

Posted by Neil Gelowitz on 12/11/2022 to Music
Juzzie Smith - (Live)

Juzzie Smith is a one-man-band from Australia that is known for playing up to six instruments at once. He has gained his acclaim through viral YouTube videos with millions of views from street performances to music festivals. He has a unique bluesy sound with an undeniable groove and warm vocals. This is not a gimmick by any means, but pure talent. In addition to the great music and talent, someone did a superb job of capturing his live sound with this recording. Listen to it on TIDAL.


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