Lady Blackbird – Black Acid Soul

Posted by Neil Gelowitz on 9/6/2021 to Music
Lady Blackbird – Black Acid Soul

How is this possibly a debut album? Only one listen is needed to know this will be one of the best jazz albums of 2021. This is the type of album one might see from an industry veteran of many years. Her expressive voice evokes a feel like Nina Simone chock full of emotion and soul. She possesses power and control, but uses her vocal prowess wisely without going over the top with acrobatics. One listen to the song “Fix It” and you’re taken back to what sounds like an incredible piano ballad version of “Flamenco Sketches” by Miles Davis. Highly recommended! Find it on Tidal.

Amythyst Kiah - Wary + Strange

Posted by Neil Gelowitz on 8/27/2021 to Music
Amythyst Kiah - Wary + Strange

You may have heard of Amythyst Kiah from the Americana/Folk supergroup “Our Native Daughters” along with Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla and Allison Russell. Her song “Black Myself” on their album received a Grammy nomination for Best American Roots song. The song, however, is reimagined here on “Wary + Strange” with a much heavier rock vibe featuring not only Amythyst’s incredible vocals but a bevy of guitars, bass and drums that gives the song incredible drive. This album “Wary + Strange” is an incredible album that combines alt rock, blues and roots music. She may be known for her guitar work, but it’s her vocals that will really grab you. The biggest compliment I can give is think of her sound as a more rock-based and edgier Tracy Chapman. Find the album on Tidal.

Patricia Barber – Clique

Posted by Neil Gelowitz on 8/8/2021 to Music
Patricia Barber – Clique

Well, the hyped and long-awaited new album from Patricia Barber has arrived! Considering the quality of her other recordings and with this one being recorded in DXD at 32-bit/352.8 kHz, there was little doubt the audio quality would be at a high standard. However, this means nothing if the music is not at a high caliber as well. While Patricia typically has distinctive interpretations of standards, the music won’t be for everyone, but she definitely has a legion of fans as well. Of note on her recordings is the talent of other performers, in particular her bassists. This is mentioned as her cover of “The In Crowd” as a duo between Barber and bassist Mulcahy is a particular standout. Check it out on Tidal.

Tedeshi Trucks Band, Trey Anastasio - Layla Revisited (Live at LOCKN')

Posted by Neil Gelowitz on 8/1/2021 to Music
Tedeshi Trucks Band, Trey Anastasio - Layla Revisited (Live at LOCKN')
If you’re a fan of “Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs” by Derek & The Dominos, do yourself a favour and check out “Layla Revisited (Live at LOCKN’) by Tedeschi Trucks Band with Trey Anastasio. Wow, what an incredible version! This is blues/rock of the highest caliber. Find it here on Tidal.

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.
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