MUSIC_DIRECTOR for 89.1 Jazz/Blues Time
Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States
Michael Jewett is the long-time host of 89.1 Jazz every weekday afternoon. Besides his on-air work; Michael is WEMU’s Operations Manager. Mr. Jewett started working for WEMU in 1983. He’s been on the air longer than any other current WEMU music host.
As you might imagine; Michael has a pretty large personal music collection. Most of those titles are jazz & blues, but there is also a fair amount of rock, soul, & reggae plus some hip-hop and... Read More
Latest Album Reviews
Review of From the Shoals
Album Info: From the Shoals
Barbara Blue Album: From the Shoals Label: Big Blue Genre(s): Soul Blues
Posted By: Duane Verh
Feb 5, 2023
Vocalist Barbara Blue’s forthright delivery conveys a soul-grounded Everywoman persona that endures through an engaging set of collaborations, seasoned with a couple classics. The Pittsburgh native shows some convincing blue-collar spunk on “Nutthouse Blues” and delivers a respectable reading of the Etta James-popularized “Tell Mama”. Other standout tracks include “Trail Of Tears” and the leadoff tribute “The Shoals”. Drumming legend Bernard “Pretty” Purdie mans the driver’s seat of a rock-solid backup unit.
Diane Marino Album: I Hear Music Label: Self-Release Genre(s): Jazz
Posted By: Joe Ross
Feb 3, 2023
Diane Marino sings with affable spirit and effervescent personality. She’s also a stellar arranger and pianist who has chosen a dozen splendid songs for her seventh album, I Hear Music. Born in New York, and now based in Nashville, Diane Marino draws upon Great American Songbook repertoire associated with such artists as Dakota Staton, Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O'Day, and others. A song like “Let Me Off Uptown” was a big hit for Anita O’Day when she was with the Gene Krupa Orchestra from 1941-43.
The album’s title cut begins the set with Marino’s cheerful, positive rendition of a Burton Lane and Frank Loesser tune from the 1940 film, “Dancing on a Dime.” In a bluesy vein from the same era, “Moonray” was made famous in the 40s by Artie Shaw and Helen Forrest. Throughout the album, producer-husband Frank Marino’s
Wesli Album: Tradisyon Label: Cumbancha Genre(s): World
Posted By: Joe Ross
Jan 31, 2023
Appearing at #23 on The Roots Music Report's Top World Album Chart for 2022, Wesli’s Tradisyon is the first of a two-part project that retells the story of Haiti’s past and imagines its future. The Montreal-based winner of the prestigious 2019 JUNO Award, Wesli says that you have to know where you’re from in order to know where you’re going. The sixth album from Wesli has 19 songs on Tradisyon that explore traditional chants from the voodoo religion, as well as songs incorporating traditional yanvalou, pétro, congo, nago, igbo or dahomé rhythms. “Wawa Sé Rèl O (Hommage à Wawa Rasin Ganga)” has a more explosive carnival rara rhythm, and at least five tracks feature more lilting, folksy twoubadou songs.
Opening with a thrilling call of the koné, a metal trumpet used in carnival parades,
Vocalist Johnny Ryan reads soul and ballad fare with a telltale rock edge, marking a piece of New Orleans music turf for himself and this NOLA-by-way-of-Fort Collins CO outfit. The crisp horn chart adorning the soulful strut that leads things off, the shouting-for-airplay “Love’s Got Something To Do With It”, may induce Allen Toussaint flashbacks for savvy listeners. Other infectious fare includes the ballad “Big Screen” and the insistent rocker “Treme Woman”.
Klangwelt Album: Here And Why Label: Spheric Music Genre(s): Electronic
Posted By: Robert Silverstein
Jan 25, 2023
One of the best synth-keyboard record labels in the world, Germany-based Spheric music continues releasing high-quality electronic music. After many years of issuing critically acclaimed electronic CDs, Spheric is back in 2022 with Here And Why, the fifth album by the artist known as Klangwelt. There are plenty of comparisons being bandied about, including Euro-Trace sounds of Jean-Michel Jarre, Vangelis and also Germany’s own Kraftwerk. The brainchild of Klangwelt is audio guru Gerald Arend and he truly excels on this pulsating album of high-tech electronica.
Being all-instrumental in nature, there are no borders to the accessibility of the sounds of Klangwelt. Whatever keyboard-based instrument Klangwelt implements to get across his music – from piano to synths and mellotrons the sound soars through the sonic galaxies to great effect. With 12-tracks, clocking in just