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Saturday, February 10th, 2018
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Chick Corea, Porches, Joshua Zook and More... The Pauseandplay.com Record Roundup

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Camille Bertault

Pas de geant

Okeh

French chanteuse Bertault’s album Pas de geant (“Giant Steps”) does not contain a cover of John Coltrane’s famous composition. After failing a conservatory audition in 2015, Bertault recorded a French-lyric song of her own and recorded it spoton over Trane’s tune for YouTube, complete with lengthy scat passage. It earned her a shot at a first album (En Vie). The 16-track recording (her second) Pas de géant, shows off Bertault’s vocal facility and energy, and her skillful sense of phrasing and timing. She’s got a breathy, sometimes fluffy quality to her singing, but there’s a mature and humorous underpinning.

- Bruce Collier


Chick Corea & Steve Gadd Band

Chinese Butterfly

Concord Jazz

Keyboardist Corea and drummer Gadd have reportedly been working together off and on for 50-some years. This eight-track studio recording, sporting five new pieces by Corea, also employs the talents of Beninese guitarist Lionel Loueke, among others. As you might expect from Corea, there’s some lengthy “let’s take our time and get into our heads” compositions. The title track is a classic example of Corea doing what he does best—playing traveling music for inner space. After all this time, you’ll still sign up to sail along. This is one you’ll want to return to… forever.

- Bruce Collier


Taylor Clark

Where the Trees Don’t Grown in a Line

Independent

Lo-fi folky goodness awaits with Clark’s 16-track album. Standouts include the anti-love song ‘Go Home Girl’ and the life anthem “Fear is a Liar.” But Clark doesn’t limit himself to modern content—check out the cheery “Pirate’s Manifesto” that wavers between socially conscious and a fun sea-shanty. The entirety of the album was created by Clark—from writing to mixing—but Clark’s strength as a lyricist provides the backbone for the album.

- Nikki Hedrick


Jumping the Gun

Chasing Tales

Independent

This three-piece band is based right outside of Pensacola, and they’re ready to take on the world with their pop-turned-rock debut EP. With an emphasis on loud guitars and Hannah Mahute’s vocals, these alt-rockers are on a strong path to making a major splash in the region and beyond. Energetic, polished and memorable.

- Nikki Hedrick


Porches

The House

Domino

The House is the third studio album by Porches, the New York-based project led by Aaron Maine. The album is anxious and inward looking, as Maine grapples with the struggles of being social, saying goodbye, and more. His concerns are largely universal, and are made to feel a bit lighter as they get swept up in his swaying beats. Musically, it’s a dynamic effort by Maine, with the introduction of more techno sensibilities to highlight the movement and energy of his signature dream pop. The House is an excellent soundtrack for these late winter days, when you want to revel in the feeling of keeping to yourself.

- Jane Morgan


Tamas Teszary Quartet

Bopcore

Tamas Teszary Quartet

London-based vibraphonist, drummer and composer Teszary recorded the eight-track album Bopcore with Imre Varga (piano), Wun Yen Chan (bass) and Cyro Zuzi (drums). If you’re a fan of vibe-masters like Milt Jackson and Lionel Hampton, this will be a very comfortable listen. The session is very tight and close-knit, with that precise blend of discipline and collective thought that characterizes all the great small jazz combos. As the title indicates, there’s nostalgia at work here—you might be listening for Lee Morgan or Sonny Rollins to jump in—but there’s no such thing as too much bop.

- Bruce Collier


Joshua Zook

Quinines

Independent

Sax aficionado Zook is out to craft hiphop chill-out music. Featuring low-key looping beats and Zook’s sax work, the EP is helped along by some guest vocals and intriguing reverb effects. But chillout music is all about crafting mood— upbeat but calming is the name of the game. Quinines is a fine addition to the ever-growing genre, blending traditional instrumentation with electronic music to prove that jazz instruments aren’t limited to jazz music.

- Nikki Hedrick


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