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Monday, May 12th, 2014
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Mark Buselli, King Cotton and More - The Beat’s Record Roundup

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Mark Buselli

Untold Stories

OA2 Records

Hoosier polymath Buselli plays trumpet, composes, arranges and even teaches jazz at Ball State University. Untold Stories is a break from his previous orchestral and duo recordings; here Buselli teams with a quintet—sax, piano, bass and drums. Six of the seven tracks are Buselli originals, with a seventh by some guy named Ellington. Buselli is a textbook bop player, and you may get nostalgic as you listen, thinking about Lee Morgan and Clifford Brown. This is cool, intellectual stuff, beautifully integrated but not at all musty. Somebody mix up some whiskey sours.

- Bruce Collier


Tore Johansen

The Set

Inner Ear

Norwegian trumpeter Johansen is joined on The Set by tenor sax, piano, bass and drums, the latter played by his brother Roger, with whom Tore co-founded the Inner Ear label. The 40-year-old not only plays, but composes and arranges, and has sat in with the likes of Chick Corea and Kenny Wheeler. Johansen’s tone is strong and assured, powerful enough to play reflectively but without that breathiness that can be really annoying in a horn player, especially a soloist. Though there’s only 44 minutes of music, the ensemble has the assurance to be leisurely, making even the silences count.

- Bruce Collier


King Cotton

King Cotton

www.reverbnation.com/kingcotton

When country music comes with hearty doses of the blues, it just feels right. Tallahassee-based King Cotton proves their storytelling abilities with songs like the foot-stomping “Legend of Tate’s Hell” and their smooth southern rock mojo with “All You Give.” One listen and you’ll understand why they are quickly becoming regional favorites.

- Nikki Hedrick


Massacre

Back from Beyond

Century Media Records

Back from Beyond is the perfect slogan for this old-school Florida death metal band. Formed in the ‘80s, only to be shelved when most of the band joined genre juggernaut Death, Massacre is one of the fathers of an entire genre of music. This album further cements their place in metal history by staying true to their style with 14 crushing songs. Let’s just hope that it won’t be such a long wait before the next album comes around.

- Nikki Hedrick


Tony Vegas

Cuban Ladies (And Other Problems)

www.tonyvegas.com

Panama City’s Vegas pays homage to his Latin roots and channels his inner Santana on his newest release. From songs sung Spanish to funky grooves, and slices of fusionrock throughout, the album never stays in one genre for too long. Vegas often puts a focus on live recordings, which translates nicely to the ambiance of at-home listening.

- Nikki Hedrick


Yamadeo

After Party

www.yamadeo.com

Keeping ska alive in Tallahassee, Yamadeo brings a lot to the party. Whether your preference is rock, reggae, or jam music, you’ll find something to like on their newest EP. It’s filled to the brim with a smooth reggae inspired flow, capturing the vibe of the laid back musical style while maintaining enough experimentation outside the genre to earn the alternative label.

- Nikki Hedrick