Jedd Beaudoin: M. Ward manages to sound fresh with each of his records. The last one was pretty dark, this one seems, at least musically, brighter. Always great with the guitar sounds and the rhythm parts. Excited to hear what happens with the whole album. [8/10]
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Steve Horowitz: Musicians who look back for inspiration can find themselves between a rock and a hard place. Nobody wants an exercise in nostalgia or pointless retro musings. Change it too much, the flavor gets lost in the present. This song offers a stylish soul jazz rooted in decades past, a nice groove, and Jimetta Rose’s vocals full of squeaky love. The song falls apart over time, and the ephemerality of it all is the point, but a bit more ambition towards an ending would be nice. [7/10]
Resonance Records is releasing two sublime Stan Getz recordings on February 19th, Getz/Gilberto ’76, featuring never before released live sessions from Getz and João Gilberto from a series of shows in San Francisco on May 11-16, 1976, and Moments in Time, which includes recordings from the same time period of Getz’s band playing live at the Keystone Korner the same week as Getz/Gilberto ’76.
Bluegrass fiddler and roots music extraordinaire Laurie Lewis returns with a new album tribute to two seminal female figures in bluegrass, Alice Gerrard and Hazel Dickens. Both of these artists were huge influences on Lewis’ artistic development as she “had heard ballsy women singers on the local bluegrass scene, but I hadn’t heard other
women doing that on recordings.”
Lewis also brought along a few notable friends to complete this amazing tribute to Gerrard and Dickens, including the stellar new talent Aoife O’Donovan and Linda Ronstadt.
Jedd Beaudoin: Could be grumpy, but it seems like the kind of track that loses all its momentum after the shock of the first line. When the choruses come the whole thing blows up in a real predictable way. Cool hook, though, and there’s some really cool rhythmic stuff that goes on in the quieter parts. But that’s not enough to really engage with. [5/10]