Take your sweetheart to hear some live music
Remember to treat your valentine with something special on February 14 - we think that a pair of tickets to a concert is a perfect idea. Claudia Acuña, Joey Calderazzo, Branford Marsalis, and Miguel Zenón all have tour dates coming up, so check out their schedules and see if they will be performing somewhere near your home. Or might we suggest a romantic trip to San Juan, Savannah or New Orleans? Read more »
Bluestate Moves Farther Into Jazzy Territory
Publication: Toronto Star
Author: Greg Quill
On his second outing produced, as was his debut, Country Libations, by Branford Marsalis, the American singer/guitarist/songwriter moves farther into jazz territory, though it’s clearly his formative country/folk environment that sustains his sensibilities.
The opener, “If I Live to See the Day,” is a biting indictment of American foreign policy, as powerful a protest song as we’ve heard in decades, dressed up in Weather Report drag.
His version of Peter Gabriel’s “Washing of the Water” is overwhelmingly spiritual in conception, though it’s suspended in a kind of timeless haze of somnolent jazz riffs and a percussive shimmer.
“Rocking Jerusalem” begins as a solemn field lament, and builds to a powerful, dissonant rave, then a rocking gospel chorus, through which Wamble’s serene, warm voice murmurs like a breeze over the lake.
A complex, challenging set, Bluestate confirms Wamble as a serious new force in American music, and as an ingenious and imaginative musician and songwriter.