Dave Douglas, Uri Caine & Andrew Cyrille
Trumpeter Dave Douglas, with Uri Caine on keyboards and Andrew Cyrille on drums, have joined together on Devotion. Like many of Douglas’ albums, there’s a strong theme here knitting the tracks together. Here the clue is in the title—each song is a form of tribute, salute, or just a musical meditation on a person. The cast of characters ranges from the Three Stooges’ Jerome “Curly” Horwitz to Carla Bley, Mary Lou Williams and Dizzy Gillespie. If I told you there’s Sacred Harp-inspired stuff as well, you’d either say I’m kidding, or “must be a Dave Douglas record.”
– Bruce Collier
French jazz guitarist Alex Grenier followed a tour of the U.S., Japan and Canada with 7Tet, an occasionally driving but also relaxed and happy playlist of 10 songs. It’s a mixed program, with the first track (“Honolulu”) evoking Santana and War. There’s also dreamy blues and funk, some smooth jazz slipping in and out, and a little vintage ‘50s jazz lounge stuff. The final track (“Tamanoir”) gets funky, fluty and electric, even a little rock ‘n roll. Grenier’s from Angers in the Loire, where the French kings used to kick back in their chateaux. Figures.
– Bruce Collier
Deep Lotus Pavilion
This one-person studio project from John Palmer Morton entwines metaphysical concepts with synth, pop and sprinkles of retro-flared new wave. It’s heavily shaped by its predecessors, who first took the layering of synth productions to create emotional soundscapes, and aims to blaze its own avant-garde trail by revitalizing the concepts with all that’s now available to creatives at large.
– Nikki Hedrick
With punk underpinnings and a rebellious rock ‘n roll spirit, Surrounder confronts the desire for systematic change and the realities of existing in a society where it’s easier to idolize those principles than act on them. Ruthlessly honest, with lyrics reflecting any cynical idealist’s feelings. Musically, Surrounder combines influences that allow them to alternate between hauntingly beautiful and boisterous, controlled chaos. With local roots and a busy summer tour schedule, Surrounder shouldn’t be slept on.
– Nikki Hedrick
Common Ground – The Music of Gregg Hill
Jazz bassist, educator and leader Rodney Whitaker has worked with guys like Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Heath, Diana Krall and a long list of other stars. On Common Ground he has put together an eight-song program of tunes by composer and pianist Gregg Hill, a favorite of his. Among Whitaker’s collaborators here are hard bop trumpet kingpin Terrell Stafford and Whitaker’s daughter, vocalist Rockelle Fortin. As the cover photo shows, it’s a labor of love—several of the songs have an earnest whiff of social and political idealism. Everyone gets to shine, notably Stafford and his frequent collaborator, pianist Bruce Barth.
– Bruce Collier
The Sea of Everything
St. Petersburg singer-songwriter offers a dozen fine Jameson-soaked reflections on things that matter, not the least of which is “Whiskey.” Other highlights include “Nobody’s Cool Anymore,” “Others” (which is Ms. Pulley’s musical genre, if you must assign one to her), and “Doot, Doot, Doo,” which had the 14-year-old in my car singing along after the first chorus. Not exactly an “Old Town Road” reaction, but a good start.
– 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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