Oct
9
2017

Jeremy Rose album

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WITHIN & WITHOUT (Earshift) 7/10 Jeremy Rose isn’t going to die wondering what might have happened had he more thoroughly documented his work. After last year’s epic Iron in the Blood came a supple, slinky collaboration between the Vampires (a band he co-leads) and guitarist Lionel Loueke, and now we have this quintet offering with […]

Oct
7
2017

Puttin’ on the Ritz

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JSPAC, September 19 5.5/10 Perhaps it was historical. Perhaps the Great Depression falling slap-bang in the midst of Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter and others fashioning the golden age of popular song inclined the creators of Puttin’ on the Ritz to have deep troughs as well as highs. Otherwise it defies explanation. If Natalie […]

Oct
2
2017

Richard Thompson album

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ACOUSTIC CLASSICS II (Beeswing/Planet) 8.5/10 This is Richard Thompson in the raw. No distractions, interaction or grooves. Three years after the first Acoustic Classics comes this second volume of songs stripped back to the stings and caresses of his acoustic guitar and a voice that can variously sound as if it is crying for help […]