Quinn Sullivan – Wide Awake

Posted by Neil Gelowitz on 6/9/2021 to Music
Quinn Sullivan – Wide Awake
He may have been a child guitar prodigy taken under the wings of Buddy Guy and admired by Clapton and Santana, but on his 3rd album at the age of 22, Quinn is solidly finding his own voice. While the songs have pop melodies, they are firmly rooted in rock and blues. With guitar prowess, great vocals and catchy songs, he could carve out a successful career along the lines of John Mayer. He definitely has the talent. Available in 24/96 FLAC from Prostudiomasters or streaming on Tidal.

Allison Russell - Outside child

Posted by Neil Gelowitz on 5/23/2021 to Music
Allison Russell - Outside child

If you were lucky enough to catch the husband/wife duo “Birds of Chicago” at the Regina Folk Festival in 2015, you may have had the pleasure of hearing Allison Russell with her husband JT Nero. Born and raised on Montreal, music saved Allison as she suffered from a traumatic childhood of abuse.  Since the duo group with her husband, she has also been part of the folk supergroup “Our Native Daughters” along with Rhiannon Giddens. “Outside Child” is her first solo album and is a rather therapeutic effort considering her past and where she has come since then. The album would be classified in the Folk/Americana genre and features the soulful vocals of this talented multi-instrumentalist.  You can find it on Tidal here:  https://tidal.com/browse/album/184088038 

Sachal Vasandani Featuring Romain Collin - Midnight Shelter

Posted by Neil Gelowitz on 4/24/2021 to Music
Sachal Vasandani Featuring Romain Collin - Midnight Shelter
Vocalist Sachal Vasandani and his friend/pianist Romain Collin team up for this sparse and subdued album that delivers incredibly well. On this album, Sachal has moved away from his more jazz-centric vocals of past albums and here concentrates more on a stripped-down presentation that’s more pop focused featuring covers from artists such as Nick Drake, Bob Dylan and The Beatles. Vocal delivery is straightforward in the vein of someone like Kurt Elling and the piano accompanies with a light touch that is the ideal compliment to these minimal arrangements. Warmth, body and intimacy are the sonic hallmarks of this excellent recording. Available for streaming on TIDAL or in 24/96 FLAC from ProStudioMasters.

John Smith - The Fray

Posted by Neil Gelowitz on 3/29/2021 to Music
John Smith - The Fray
A new album from John Smith pretty much guarantees something worth your time. His new album "The Fray" is no exception. The British singer/songwriter shows his signature warm vocals and a nice acoustic touch. Then, add guest performers of Bill Frisell, Lisa Hannigan and Sarah Jarosz to enhance the album even further. Purchased in FLAC at 7digital Canada, but available for streaming on Tidal as well.

Søren Bebe Trio

Posted by Neil Gelowitz on 1/30/2021 to Music
Søren Bebe Trio

If you're a fan of piano jazz trios, look no further than the Søren Bebe Trio. Søren Bebe leads this trio in a style that is very reminiscent of European jazz stars such as Tord Gustavsen (a personal favourite for many years) and the late Esbjörn Svensson. All the albums are worth your consideration as they not only feature great music, but are also superbly recorded.  You can find them at https://sorenbebe.bandcamp.com/ with the albums available in CD quality or 24/96 FLAC. A few are available for your enjoyment on TIDAL, but these albums are definitely worth owning. Enjoy!

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