Mary Z Cox
Tallahassee-based performer succeeds beyond measure with bluegrass and roots album. Sprinkled with original and traditional songs, Appalachian vibes and Irish folk fiddle, Carolina Banjo is like a warm hug from your grandparents. The recording itself feels alive, homage to those who have cleared the path to keep music like this vital to our history and future.
– Nikki Hedrick
London-based jazz tuba (yeah, jazz tuba) player Theon Cross steps center stage on Fyah, joined by saxophonist Nubya Garcia and drummer Moses Boyd, with contributions on two tracks from other artists. This is reportedly Cross’ first outing as leader. The child of Caribbean parents, Cross—via a pretty unusual choice of instrument—draws from his background and his present surroundings to produce eight pieces. Some will make you think of New Orleans neighborhood bands, others of urban blues combos. It’s dramatic, bouncy, dance-y stuff, with more than a few good grooves. All anchored by that sexy virtuoso oom-pah-pah.
– Bruce Collier
c.1300 – c.2000
Welcome to a 700-year music survey, in 25 tracks. Pianist and musical wit Jeremy Denk starts with the Middle Ages and progresses from Renaissance to Baroque, Viennese to Romantic, then Post-All That, with Stockhausen and Philip Glass. He finishes by circling to another medieval piece. Denk isn’t so much telling a story as saying that “this is how they created at this point,” which leaves the listener to make of it what he will—including wondering what, if anything, the order means. Does radical Beethoven follow rational Mozart to make a point about revolution? Listen and decide for yourself.
– Bruce Collier
Opera singer Joyce DiDonato is known for her interpretations of the works of Handel, Mozart and Rossini, among others. On Songplay, she casts her net wider. There are works by old-timers like Vivaldi and Francesco Conti, and modern masters including Duke Ellington, Jerry Bock, and Richard Rodgers. Opera and pop have always coexisted pretty well—with DiDonato, so does jazz. One thing I noticed was on Ellington’s “In My Solitude.” DiDonato’s voice retains operatic formality, in contrast to the more intimate quality of a jazz singer. But as Duke once observed, “if it sounds good, it is good.”
– Bruce Collier
Longtime Mobile metal titans brew up a style that appeals to both old-school fans and newer thrash enthusiasts. D.R.E.A.D. bridges the gap between metal subcategories with a clean vocal style that will attract a broader audience. More than that, they’re ferocious, fiery and flat out fun.
– Nikki Hedrick
Keep On Keeping On: Studio Albums 1970-1974
Four discs of classic Curtis inexplicably omits his seminal soundtrack for Superfly, but there’s plenty of great stuff to get your ears around. The choicest of the choice cuts is “Move on Up,” still propulsive after nearly a half-century and fondly remembered for its appearance in the opening sequence of the ‘70s comedy film The Groove Tube.
– Chris Manson
Pauseandplay.com – Since 1997, P&P has been the definitive place for music fans to find out when a new album is coming out. Also stay up on the latest reissues and music‑related DVD/Blu‑rays and books. Elton John says he uses Pauseandplay.com to keep track of new music, and Entertainment Weekly has included it on its list of “The 100 Greatest Web Sites,” one of only 17 music sites to be selected.
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Where the Rubber Meets the Road…Meet the Team from Destin’s Rick McIntosh Memorial Bike Shop
By Bill Herrin Most times, when you think about people that have made a positive impact on your life, the ones that come to mind are cherished and remembered fondly. This...
Chef Jim Shirah: Fishing, Cooking, Lionfish
By Bruce Collier Some people just get born into their life’s work. Chef Jim (“Jimmy”) Shirah is executive chef at Dewey Destin’s Harborside Restaurant. Area residents and visitors are well acquainted...
Casey Kearney: Two Records That Changed My Life
Recently, there have been two songs I have listened to on repeat. I couldn’t make it through either of them without crying—and crying like a baby! Eventually I did, and now I...
Group Therapy Has the Cure for What Ails You
By Nikki Hedrick Group Therapy has been spreading their musical remedy for only two years, but the band has familiar faces on deck. “Our first gig was January 30, 2017,” says drummer-vocalist...
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A Dozen Works Selected for Second Round of Underwater Art
The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) and South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA) are proud to reveal the 12 sculpture designs selected by jury for permanent exhibition in the second...