The 12” features two new tracks from Boyd and anonymous artists SW2, alongside remixes from El-B and Sully.
Bridge The Gap / Dirty South is adorned with photography from Georgina Cook, who launched a podcast exploring the intersection of art and music last year.
The new record continues a stellar run from Boyd that includes the Absolute Zero EP, released on The Vinyl Factory in 2017.
Pre-order Bridge The Gap / Dirty Southhere in advance of its 10th May release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.
1. SW2 ft Moses Boyd -Bridge The Gap
2. SW2 ft Moses Boyd – Bridge The Gap (El-B Remix)
3. SW2 ft Moses Boyd & Emmanuel Folorunso – Dirty South
4. SW2 ft Moses Boyd & Emmanuel Folorunso – Dirty South (Sully Remix)
Born in 1926 in Yonkers, NY, Vinnie Riccitelli has literally spent a lifetime playing the saxophone. He started at age 11, and by 15 was playing professionally. After serving in the Navy during WWII, he was accepted by the highly regarded Julliard School of Music as one of the first three musicians ever chosen to study the alto sax. Upon completion of his studies, he resumed his professional career. All in all, his career spans an incredible 77 years. Retiring in 2018, Riccitelli has continued to make music, only he has done so for fun from home. “For The Record” is an examination of some of his earlier releases and was recorded from November 2019 through January 2020. None of the seventeen tracks sound improvised. Rather, they come across as skillfully arranged and expertly executed. Riccitelli did not actually re-record these tracks for this release, however, he was on hand to oversee their recording. Despite being a re-release of prior recordings, it is a firm example of the skill Riccitelli possessed when he was playing professionally. All in all, this is a great example of traditional jazz by a 95-year-old musician with 77 years of experience in figuring out how to make exceptional music.
Turkish born, LA resident Melbreeze has released 10 covers of standard songs all done in a rather unique jazz, improvisational style. All of these covers tell a good story, from “Sentimental Journey” to “Killing Me Softly With His Songs.” Some songs have a measure of the spoken word. In fact, track 6, “I Love Paris” has a vocal story told during the song itself. All in all, her voice is both compelling and beguiling. She enthralls the listener, enticing them to become absorbed in the music. As I listened, and if I closed my eyes, I kept getting the feeling I was in a Paris nightclub on the Champs de Lycée in the company of a marvelous performer. Each song is its own interpretation and a relaxing journey of melodic, traditional jazz – oriented in a mix of both standard and pop related genres.
McCoy Tyner once said she had “a touch like Bill.” He was referring to Bill Evans. She began playing piano at age 4 and by adulthood had developed a love for Brazilian styled music. I reviewed a previous work of hers in November 2013. All eleven tracks have, to one degree or another, a ting of Latin inspired sound to them. Sue’s piano work is nothing less than spectacular, and perfectly instep with the overall compositions. Mostly, the pace is rather slow and purposeful. Her musical tone is more toward the melodic side. Her voice is also excellent, and she never gives the slightest hint she is overreaching her vocal abilities. Like her previous work I reviewed, “Love” is a Latin themed work of vocal driven traditional Jazz that is exceptionally composed, arranged and performed by an artist known for doing just that.
To say that the latest release from David Larsen is a cover of the music of Gerry Mulligan is a complete understatement. Already possessing multiple degrees, Larsen is currently pursuing a PhD from Washington State University where he is specifically studying Mulligan’s music. In preparation of beginning this work, Larsen visited the Library of Congress to study and examine handwritten musical scores and other information contained in the Library’s archives. Mulligan’s own work was varied and ranged from symphonic to big band, to film to small bands. Done in a traditional jazz style, Larsen’s efforts in paying tribute to someone he obviously and greatly admires is very well served. All thirteen tracks are traditional jazz and arranged in a way that they just flow along. They are not hurried, nor do they lack movement. The music just happens. Anyone who is a fan or devotee of Gerry Mulligan will, I feel sure, really enjoy the latest work from David Larsen.
While he might not be widely known by name, Lyle Workman has composed soundtracks for hit movies who in total have grossed over a billion dollars. He has been a career in demand session player. Now, he brings together all his worlds in his latest release, “Uncommon Measures.” This release is uncharacteristic in several ways. One, I could not really define it by a single genre. It has hints of jazz, rock, orchestra, I mean you almost name it. I also kept getting the feeling this work harkened back to his days producing movie soundtracks. Several songs sounded like they would be right at home in a 1970’s big budget movie with an intense car chase, one terrorizing the streets of some large city. Another surprising fact is that this release was recorded totally live. And by live, I mean at famed Abbey Road Studios in London. By no less than a 63-piece orchestra. I suppose his association with a wide and varied list of artists as a session player influenced his own orchestrations. Because while I did not feel compelled to classify “Uncommon Measures” by any one definable genre, what I can say is that it was a stunning, absolutely, positively remarkable collections of songs – all expertly crafted, orchestrated and performed.
The latest release by Bill Toms is notable in several ways. One, it was, quite literally, a virtual recording. Because of the pandemic, none of the musicians were in the studio at the same time. Given the horn sections, that is all the more difficult. Then there is the issue of having all the instruments recorded from home being able to cohesively form a worthwhile song. His bass player, for instance, was in Italy at the time of recording. In this, Tom’s tenth studio recording, a cohesive release of rock and roll is exactly what happens. Set for an April 30, 2021 release date “Moving On” is a testament to doing just that. Call it his way of putting Covid behind us and celebrating hope and faith. In my December 15, 2017 review, I wrote that Tom’s music had hints of the Jersey Shore and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. And nothing has changed. This is, for the most part, “higher” octane, horn, guitar, bass and drum styled vocal tracks done in a rock and even blues style. My toe was tapping the whole time. In fact, anytime I basically forget I’m conducting a music review and just get into what I’m hearing it is a good thing. As with his previous work, that’s exactly what happened with this release as well. I don’t think I could have enjoyed “Keep Movin’ On” more than I did. Absolutely wonderful.
Billie Eilish is releasing her new album — Happier Than Ever — on vinyl, via Darkroom/Interscope this July.
Like her debut WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?, Happier Than Ever was written and produced solely by Eilish and her brother FINNEAS.
The album will be pressed on standard black vinyl, as well as grey, pale yellow, golden yellow, and limited opaque brown options.
It follows a self-titled photo book exploring Eilish’s childhood and early career, which will be published this May.
Pre-order Happier Than Everhere in advance of its 30th July release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.
1. Getting Older
2. I Didn’t Change My Number
3. Billie Bossa Nova
4. my future
7. Lost Cause
8. Halley’s Comet
9. Not My Responsibility
11. Everybody Dies
12. Your Power
14. Therefore I Am
15. Happier Than Ever
16. Male Fantasy
“Commanding a firm kindness as a reminder to love yourself enough to accept others.”
Sound artist and multi-instrumentalist Ramona Córdova is releasing a new album, called Naïve, via Hidden Harmony this June.
The ten track album uses delicate guitar compositions and poetic lyricism to explore themes of systemic oppression, racism, misogyny, policing, and patriarchy.
Córdova describes Naïve as aiming to “to foster healing and healthy growth towards maturing. I feel it commanding a kind of firm kindness as a reminder to love yourself enough to accept others, by way of accepting yourself.”
It follows Hidden Harmony’s release of Morita Vargas’ 8 album, in 2020.
Pre-order Naïvehere in advance of its 10th June release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.
1. Mouth of Autumn
2. Peace Through Violence
3. Men On The Mountain
4. Loving Him
5. The Bridge Works
3. So Long
4. Scared I’ll Bite You
5. The End
The box set includes: More Than a New Discovery, Eli and the Thirteenth Confession, New York Tendaberry, Christmas and the Beads of Sweat, Gonna Take a Miracle, Smile, and Nested.
Alongside the seven studio albums, American Dreamer also includes an LP of rarities and live takes, photographs, interviews and liner notes.
Pre-order American Dreamerhere in advance of its 30th July release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.
More Than A New Discovery
1. Goodbye Joe
2. Billy’s Blues
3. And When I Die
4. Stoney End
5. Lazy Susan
6. Hands Off The Man
1. Wedding Bell Blues
2. Buy And Sell
3. He’s A Runner
4. Blowin’ Away
5. I Never Meant To Hurt You
6. California Shoe-Shine Boys
Eli And The Thirteenth Confession
3. Sweet Blindness
4. Poverty Train
5. Lonely Women
6. Eli’s Comin’
2. Stoned Soul Picnic
4. Woman’s Blues
5. Once It Was Alright Now (Farmer Joe)
6. December’s Boudoir
7. The Confession
New York Tendaberry
1. You Don’t Love Me When I Cry
2. Captain For Dark Mornings
3. Tom Cat Goodbye
4. Mercy On Broadway
5. Save The Country
1. Gibsom Street
2. Time And Love
3. The Man Who Sends Me Home
4. Sweet Lovin’ Baby
5. Captain Saint Lucifer
6. New York Tendaberry
Christmas And The Beads Of Sweat
1. Brown Earth
2. When I Was A Freeport And You Were The Main Drag
4. Been On A Train
5. Up On The Roof
1. Upstairs By A Chinese Lamp
2. Map To The Treasure
3. Beads Of Sweat
4. Christmas In My Soul
Gonna Take A Miracle (with Labelle)
1. I Met Him On A Sunday
2. The Bells
3. Monkey Time / Dancing In The Street
5. You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me
1. Spanish Harlem
2. Jimmy Mack
4. Nowhere To Run
5. It’s Gonna Take A Miracle
1. Sexy Mama
2. Children Of The Junks
4. I Am The Blues
1. Stormy Love
2. The Cat-Song
3. Midnite Blue
1. Mr. Blue (The Song Of Communications)
2. Rhythm And Blues
3. My Innocence
4. Crazy Love
5. American Dreamer
2. The Sweet Sky
3. Light (Pop’s Principle)
4. Child In A Universe
5. The Nest
Rarities & Live Recordings
1. Stoney End (Single Version) (Mono Version)
2. Lu (Demo)
3. Stoned Soul Picnic (Demo)
4. Emmie (Demo)
5. Eli’s Comin’ (Single Version) (Mono Version)
6. Save The Country (Single Version)
7. In The Country Way (Album Version)
1. Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing (Recorded Live 30 May 1971, Fillmore East, USA)
2. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (Recorded Live 30 May 1971, Fillmore East, USA)
3. O-o-h Child (Recorded Live 30 May 1971, Fillmore East, USA)
4. Up On the Roof (Recorded Live 30 May 1971, Fillmore East, USA)
5. Someone Loves You (Demo)
6. Get Off My Cap (Demo)
7. Coffee Morning (Demo)
8. Medley – Emily-Nested (Live)
Experimental artist Ulla is releasing a new album, titled Limitless Frame, via Motion Ward this May.
Across the LP’s nine tracks, Ulla creates an expansive, meditative soundscape through field recordings, elements of ambient and serene instrumentals.
While details of the album are scarce, it comes accompanied by a short text, an extract of which reads as follows: “Being somewhere, while being somewhere else. A place I look for in other places. A moment on repeat.”