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Midwest Book Review: A.G.N.Z. “Chance Meeting” and Rale Micic “Night Music”

Midwest Book Review: A.G.N.Z. “Chance Meeting” and Rale Micic “Night Music”

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Library Bookwatch: November 2016
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Midwest Book Review
278 Orchard Drive, Oregon, WI 53575

 

The Library CD Shelf

 

Whaling City Sound
1310 Tucker Road, No. Dartmouth, MA 02747
www.whalingcitysound.com

Whaling City Sound presents two original music CDs sure to appeal to jazz connoisseurs and collectors. “Chance Meeting” ($14.99) is the brainchild of quartet drummer Adam Nussbau, bassist Dave Zinno, guitarist Jay Azzolina, and saxophonist Dino Govoni, whose happenstance first encounter led to creative collaboration. The tracks are “Problem Child” (6:06), “N.T.I.” (4:35), “Lament for Michael Brecker” (5:10), “1 of 3” (4:36), “My Maia” (7:19), “Asha” (7:38), “Jimmy’s Blues” (6:59), “14” (7:00), “Meatsauce” (3:58), and “Insight, Enlight” (2:55). “Night Music” ($14.99) features songs by Serbian-born guitarist-composer Rale Micic, along with Danny Grissett on piano, Corcoran Holt on bass, and Johnathan Blake on drums. “Night Music” was inspired by Hungarian classical composer Bela Bartok, and has an innate intensity that reflects the challenge of adapting to life’s unexpected changes. The tracks are “Hotel Insomnia” (7:35), “Jano” (5:55), “Melody in a Mist” (1:24), “Late Call” (4:58), “Blue” (4:41), “Nocturne” (1:38), “Night Music” (7:18), “Night Music” (7:18), “Nocturne (reprise)” (1:35), “Afterparty” (4:19), “Sunrise” (9:19), and “Color of the Sun” (5:39).

 

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Midwest Book Review October 2016 Issue: Tim Ray Trio “Windows”

Midwest Book Review October 2016: Tim Ray Trio “Windows”

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Windows
Tim Ray Trio (Tim Ray, John Lockwood, and Mark Walker)
Whaling City Sound
1310 Tucker Road, No. Dartmouth, MA 02747
www.whalingcitysound.com
c/o Naxos of America, Inc. (distribution)
1810 Columbia Avenue, Suite 28, Franklin, TN 37064
www.naxosaudiobooks.com
$13.99 CD / $8.99 MP3 amazon.com
Windows is a classic piano trio album by Tim Ray, John Lockwood, and Mark Walker, performing some of the most beloved piano trio standards plus a pair of original compositions (Ray’s “Joy” and Lockwood’s “12 x 7”). Windows is a succinctly mellifluous piano trio performance, highly recommended for connoisseurs of coordinated artistry. The tracks are “I’m Beginning to See the Light” (5:37), “Monk’s Dream” (5:12), “Toys” (6:27), “DE-Train” (3:50), “Joy” (6:38), “I’ve Been to Memphis” (5:47), “Dolphin Dance” (3:23), “Windows” (5:37), “So Tender” (5:52), “Star Eyes” (6:51), “Peace” (5:22), and “12 x 7” (3:08).
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Midwest Book Review October 2016 Issue: Steven Kirby “Illuminations”

Midwest Book Review October 2016 Issue: Steven Kirby “Illuminations”

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Illuminations
Steven Kirby
Whaling City Sound
1310 Tucker Road, No. Dartmouth, MA 02747
www.whalingcitysound.com
c/o Naxos of America, Inc. (distribution)
1810 Columbia Avenue, Suite 28, Franklin, TN 37064
www.naxosaudiobooks.com
$13.99 CD / $8.99 MP3 amazon.com
Jazz guitarist Steven Kirby presents Illuminations, a striking album of both instrumental pieces and lyrical vocalizations from the dulcet-toned Aubrey Johnson. Guest jazz musicians including John Funkhouser (piano/keys), Greg Loughman (bass), Mike Connors (drums/percussion), Bill Vint (sax/flute), Mark Shilansky (piano), Steve Hunt (keys), and Ed Lucie (bass) interleave their talent with Kirby’s exceptional guitar playing. The smooth, evocative music is a joy to experience, in this treasure recommended for both personal and public library collections. The tracks are “Parabola” (5:58), “I Hear a Rhapsody” (5:01), “Illuminations” (7:46), “Beautiful Rain” (5:09), “Lake Of Stars” (7:49), “Slow Circle” (6:35), “May The 4ths Be With You” (5:35), “A Luz Das Estrelas” (3:11), “Over The Rainbow” (6:04), “Returning” (6:05), and “Last Song” (6:24).
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