Monthly Archives: January 2021

Nate Gusakov – Many Mountains (Self-released) [LOCAL]

Lincoln, VT banjoist and singer-songwriter Nate Gusakovs’ latest EP is an excellent collection of folk and blues. His deep voice (perfectly contrasted by Moira Smiley’s harmonies) is just the right vehicle for his lyrics, which sometimes stretch the boundaries of a typical meter in a way that only increases their emotional resonance.  Track Picks: 1, […]

Palouse Songbook

Works for flute & piano, gracious, varying stylistically. Play!

Andrew Rudin–Circadia

Chamber music for solo or duets, piano, flute, clarinet, strings–abstract, contemporary, ranging from staccato to flowing.

Piccolo Encounters

Modern works for piccolo and accompaniment, fun, rhythmically varying.

Three American Violin Sonatas

Works by Schoenfeld, Stuckey, Harbison and a short canon by Bernstein. Contemporary, and Harbison’s particularly lovely. Play!

Kete– Piano Music of Africa & the African Diaspora

William Chapman Nyaho performs short solo piano pieces, jazzy, folk, and rhythmically varying, some well-known.

Reunion–Clarinet & Piano

Works specifically for clarinet & piano, one transcription, from Classical era to contemporary.

Manuel Maria Ponce–Sonata Mexicana

Romantic guitar pieces with Mexican folk elements. Play!

Advenio: New Trios for Horn, Violin and Piano

Contemporary, vigorous works, varied, by Atwell, Auerbach and Sargon. Play most!

A Celebration: Chamber Music by Bernard Hoffer

Beautifully varied with horns, marimba and other instruments, nice rhythmic variation. Play!

Iridescence

Spontaneous improvisations by musicians who had not previously performed together before. Abstract, for sax, flute, piano and percussion. Play!

Craig Madden Morris–Chamber Music for Our Times

Contemporary pieces, yet with “Classical” era elements, lovely for strings and piano.

Unfettered

Chika & Scott Duo (sax & guitar) perform Classical and Romantic transcriptions–Schuber’t Serenade is lovely!

drift–Society of Composers, Inc. Vol. 34

This CD seeks to demonstrate the variety of contemporary music being composed today by the Society of Composers. A variety of instruments, trios, duos and ensembles, acoustic and/or electro-acoustic. Play most!

Day & Night: Modern Flute & Piano Duos by Women Composers

Title explains the CD: mostly gracious and lively works. Play!

SKANGER – A CHANCE TO COUNT THE COST (SINGLE) [22 RECORDINGS]

A dreamy single from Skanger- their interpretation of an 80s slow dance, complete with synth and drawn-out vocals. A good tune to just sway to… FCC: Clean

THE MASTERMINDS – DON’T GO (SINGLE) [AQUAMARINE]

The Masterminds channel The Doors with their latest single, “Don’t Go.” Rock along with their ripping riffs and organ fills, and enjoy a guitar solo that tears it up. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: 60s rock, garage rock

RED RED – LONG BLACK TRAIN (SINGLE) [DONOR PRODUCTIONS]

From their Spotify page: ” RED RED was marooned on Earth when their ship exploded after they tried to fuel it with used fritkot oil. They play psychedelic rock music beamed from the turntables of the Great Galactic Ape… RED RED is good for the pancreas, liver, and the easement of manly afflictions.” A Side […]

BILL MOSS JR. – BRAND NEW DAY (SINGLE) [SALATHIEL RECORDS]

A pleading ballad from Bill Moss Jr., whose soaring vocals overlay a jazzy composition. Worth a listen. FCC: Clean RIYL: Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago, Marvin Winans, Jason Nelson

THE BLUESBONES – LIVE ON STAGE [DONOR PRODUCTIONS]

Who knew the blues scene in Belgium was so electric? At times spooky and at times comical, The Bluesbones bring explosive blues rock that, although it may not be superb lyrically, features fantastic musicianship and heart. The organist plays with gusto and is the heart and soul of the whole outfit. Give it a listen! […]

GA-20 – SIT DOWN BABY (SINGLE) [KARMA CHIEF RECORDS]

A basic blues song from Boston-based GA-20. Enjoy the strolling baseline and shuffling drums. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Blues and Rock & Roll of the 50s and 60s

CHRISTONE “KINGFISH” INGRAM – GHOST FROM CHRISTMAS PAST (SINGLE) [ALLIGATOR RECORDS]

A blues-infused christmas song from Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, 21-year-old guitarist from Clarksdale, Mississippi, who sings and plays like an old soul. Lots to enjoy, even after the holidays! FCC: Clean RIYL: Eric Gales, Walter Trout, Southern Avenue

SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS – JUST DROPPED IN (TO SEE WHAT CONDITION MY RENDITION WAS IN) [DAPTONE]

A DJ Ravioli all-time favorite! The newest album from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings features a treasure trove of previously unheard material from the beloved Sharon Jones and her Dap-Kings. Listeners will be enthralled with a perfectly eclectic mix of covers that range from Woody Guthrie to Janet Jackson, all of them with the band’s […]

MOJO MORGANFIELD – IT’S GOOD TO BE KING (SINGLE) [DELMARK RECORDS]

A classic blues track with grinding slide guitar from the youngest son of the legendary Muddy Waters. Enjoy squeaky harmonicas, grumbly vocals, and a piano that holds the beat down. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Muddy Waters, Nora Jean Wallace, Andy Watts

Geoffrey Allen–Music for Woodwinds

Neo Modern, lyrical works for winds, mostly duos, one trio. Nice!