Category: Album Reviews – Archive

September 1, 2019 / Album Reviews - Archive

CLASSIC CABARET RARITIES (Rouseabout) 7.5/10 Had his music not done the job, Astride Bruant’s immortality was assured by Toulouse-Lautrec’s posters famously depicting the singer-songwriter in black hat and scarlet scarf. A third of this album focuses on Paris circa 1880-1900, featuring Bruant’s scowling view of a corrupted world. Robyn Archer’s…

August 30, 2019 / Album Reviews - Archive

IN THE ORBIT OF RA (Strut/Planet) 8/10 The Sun Ra canon is an intergalactic gold mine that keeps on giving. Some live recordings and B-sides are for completists only, but this double-album (which first appeared in 2014) is a must. Setting it apart from the plethora of compilations is the…

August 29, 2019 / Album Reviews - Archive

LIFE II (Baby Buddha) 7.5/10 She’s spent her career enhancing the music of Michael Jackson, Donna Summer, Stevie Wonder, Cher, Chaka Khan, Pink and others. But, as with Lisa Fischer, when Vivian Sessoms leads her own project, her towering voice and sensitive musicality shunts many bigger names into the shade.…