Lee has experience in the radio and disc jockey world: She worked briefly as a club DJ in Toronto, also as a freelance commentator for a radio program in Barrie, and later as a mobile Disc Jockey for over 5 years with one of the largest DJ companies in Waterloo Region at the time. Lee is a graduate of Conestoga College’s 3-year Print and Broadcast Journalism program; and while writing for the college paper covered the local music scene, doing stories on such Blues... Read More
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Review of In Sevens
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Kora Feder Album: In Sevens Label: Self-Release Genre(s): Contemporary Folk
Posted By: Duane Verh
Mar 23, 2019
With a single stroke, Kora Feder propels herself into the protest song pantheon with her depiction of the country’s recurring gun-violence trauma, “Automatic Times”. With a lyrical straightforwardness evoking that of Pete Seeger, Ms. Feder masterfully shows the power of song-as-clarion-call. Balance is provided on her new offering with the moods of “Dance With Me”, “Meditation Song” and “Lists”.
The Family Sowell Album: From Texas to Tennessee Label: Poor Mountain Genre(s): Contemporary Bluegrass, Traditional BluegrassProgressive Bluegrass
Posted By: Joe Ross
Mar 20, 2019
What a surprise it was to hear the debut release from this young, energetic Tennessee-based family bluegrass band. The material is nicely arranged, and the talented players have chops well beyond their years. We hear beautiful vocals, soaring harmonies and creative breaks. Their rendition of “Softly & Tenderly” is heart-warming. Besides a few nods to traditional bluegrass (e.g. Bill Monroe’s “Uncle Pen”), the album closes with the show-stopper “Orange Blossom Special” performed live at Dollywood with guest Klondike Katie. The Family Sowell also includes some original material on the project. “Dusty Gravel Road” is the story of their father Guynn Sowell’s childhood life of playing, hunting, fishing, plowing fields, hauling hay and praying in rural Mississippi. “Pilgrim’s Prayer” is their personal tale of
Recorded live at a legendary New York City jazz venue, this CD features Carol Sudhalter (baritone sax, flute, vocal on her original “Colin Blues”), Patrick Poladian (piano), Kevin Hailey (upright bass), and Mike Campenni (drums). Poldain composed “Fun in the Alley.” The set also includes material by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Sonny Rollins, Benny Golson, Tadd Dameron, Bill Evans, Hank Mobley, Don Redman. Those numbers with Sudhalter’s bari sax are deep, lissome and expressive. Being a live album, we hear applause, an occasional cough, or comments from the bandleader. Those, along with her vocals, are a little hard to hear. She switches to flute for Bill Evans’ “Time Remembered,” “Colin Blues,” “Fun in the Alley” and “Luiza.” Each accompanist gets plenty of chances to solo, with “Gee baby Ain’t I
Danny Schmidt Album: Standard Deviation Label: Live Once Genre(s): JazzContemporary Folk
Posted By: Duane Verh
Mar 17, 2019
To suggest that a songwriter’s rep could hang comfortably on a single song may be a high-risk proposition but in the case of the title track of Danny Schmidt’s current offering, it’s at least worth mulling over. That this vivid, highly visual portrayal of love in its birth stages will likely rank among this artist’s absolute best is a safe bet in any case. Birth plays a more literal role in the also charming leadoff track, “Just Wait Til They See You”. Also standing out here are “Blue-Eyed Hole In Time” and “Last Man Standing”.
Spirited old-timey sounds of Tatiana Hargreaves’ fiddle and Allison de Groot’s clawhammer banjo convey plenty of images of yesteryear. Each track has its own quaintness, saw’ed off in a rustic fashion with rosin a-flyin’ and frailed on banjo in a studio environment. A few rollicking favorites to get the toes tapping are “Eighth of January,” “Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Melinda.” Both Hargreaves and de Groot sing, and we hear them harmonizing on The Poplin Family’s “I Don’t Want To Get Married” and Blue Sky Boys’ “Who Wouldn’t Be Lonely.” Hargreaves sings solo, accompanied only by de Groot’s banjo, on “Beaufort County Jail” and “Willie Moore.” The young women use different tunings for their instruments, and those are clearly shown in the liner notes.