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Nostalgia 77 Sessions

Vol. 1 featuring Keith and Julie Tippett

(Tru Thoughts; US: 10 Mar 2009; UK: 2 Feb 2009)

If Benedic Lamdin is involved, you know it’s going to be a classy affair. His Nostalgia 77 Octet released one of the smoothest jazz albums of 2007. These sessions only cement his reputation as purveyor of the cool. With Sessions, he hooks up with legendary avant-garde pianist Keith Tippett and his wife Julie (formerly Driscoll, who released several well regarded r ‘n’ b rock albums with Brian Auger in the ‘70s).


This album strikes the perfect balance between its many experimental flourishes that tantalizes the purists and the finger snapping hot jazz that gets grandmothers rocking out. Julie’s voice has aged like fine wine, and seems more versatile than ever. She ably belts out swoon-worthy croons and skips through the most passionate scat this side of Sarah Vaughn without sounding at all strained. Her vocals shape the album just as much as the all-star musicians behind her. On the whole, Sessions has more fun and variety than three Matthew Shipp albums combined.

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Author of blurbs, curator of playlists, and booker of shows, Alan Ranta has been plugging away at that music writing and programming thing since 2004. His brutally honest critical opinion has appeared in such publications as Exclaim!, CBC Music, PopMatters and Tiny Mix Tapes, and has been enlisted to help judge the Polaris Music Prize, Pazz & Jop, and Juno Awards. Based in East Van, he graduated with a BFA in music from Simon Fraser University in 2012. He's also a social media plague, cat whisperer, socio-political haranguer, Canucks fan, and one of the last remaining cowboys.


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