DJ for Sunday Folks
Kingston, Washington, United States
Auntmama tells stories that are topical and narrative linking her Appalachian roots to her northwest home.
President of Seattle’s Storytellers Guild, emcee storyteller for Bainbridge Bluegrass and board member for Village Speaks, she can be heard on Sunday Folks.
Latest Album Reviews
Review of Albare Plays Jobim Vol. 2
Album Info: Albare Plays Jobim Vol. 2
Albare Album: Albare Plays Jobim Vol. 2 Label: Alfi Genre(s): Latin Jazz
Posted By: Joe Ross
Jan 22, 2021
The second volume of Albare Plays Jobim is yet another splendid album from the jazz guitarist known for his masterful skill, melodic style and eclectic repertoire. Despite only a couple years as a child in music conservatory, Albare is completely self-taught and plays by ear due to a genetic illness that has resulted in his loss of central vision. Albare (aka Albert Dadon) has released over a dozen albums, and since 2017 has put out a couple albums with keyboardist/programmer Phil Turcio in their smooth jazz duo called Urbanity. On Volume 2 of Albare Plays Jobim, the Latin music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, arranged by pianist/conductor Joe Chindamo, is tastefully rendered with a contemporary, relaxed, light, breezy feel. Pablo Bencid (drums), Luisito Quintero (percussion) and Ricardo Rodriguez (bass) round out the ensemble, with guest appearances by Randy Becker (flugelhorn), Nestor Torres
Seattle-based surf-rockers, The Evanstones are making waves in the instro-rock world with 1961. The 13-cut CD takes the listener back to a kinder and gentler time in music history—namely that fabled 1961 era when anything and everything was possible in music. That time when The Ventures and The Shadows were in their ascent to greatness still remains a favorite period and today’s guitar bands are still in love with it. All the tracks on 1961 are originals save for an Evanstones cover of Elmer Bernstein’s title track for The Magnificent Seven movie of the same name, also released in late 1960. Evanstones guitarists Quisp Evans and Melkor Evans have a great chemistry and they get solid backing from the rhythm section of Undercover Evans (bass) and TexMex Evans (drums). Following the Evanstones’ 2017 album Music From The Last Band On Earth, the 2020 release of 1961
Les Sabler Album: Tranquility Label: New Vista Genre(s): Smooth Jazz
Posted By: Robert Silverstein
Jan 21, 2021
Back in 2014, guitarist / composer Les Sabler released his tribute album to Antonio Carlos Jobim and, following a move from Florida to Nashville, Les is back in early 2021 with a new studio CD called Tranquility. With ten tracks clocking in at under 40 minutes, the album pairs Les with guitar icon and co-composer / music producer Paul Brown along with a range of musicians including New Orleans native, guitarist / composer Shane Theriot, keyboardist Lew Laing and other fine musicians. Utilizing a vintage Gibson Johnny Smith guitar helped Les achieve a new electric guitar sound to which he says, “The guitar’s sound is a sonic departure from anything I had previously recorded.” Paul Brown is well known in the contemporary instrumental jazz world, going back to 2007 and his White Sand CD and that same sense of low-pressure smooth jazz groove is alive and well on
Joyann Parker Album: Out of the Dark Label: Self-Release Genre(s): Contemporary Blues
Posted By: Duane Verh
Jan 17, 2021
Joyann Parker projects a full-grown female persona by way of her powerful pipes and lyric sets conveying a wide range of sentiments. Her soulful vocal instincts establish themselves instantly on the smoldering leadoff track, “Gone So Long” and continue through to the itchin’-for-airplay soul/pop offering “Bad Version of Myself”. Caution and attaction are juxtaposed on the back-to-back tracks “Predator” and “Dirty Rotten Guy”. Rock-solid instrumental back up throughout.
After many years of playing standards, guitarist Skip Grasso and bassist Phil Ravita decided to venture out with a project of all original music. They found like-minded musicians and brought them into a collective emphasizing growth and teamwork. Based in the Baltimore/Washington DC area, Grasso and Ravita enlisted Benny Russell (tenor and soprano saxophones), Greg Small (piano), and Nuc Vega (drums). They’re an impressive cast of accomplished musicians with years of experience. The hour-long set features an eclectic variety of nine compositions such as Grasso’s up-tempo opening title cut, Ravita’s breezy “Blue Sunshine,” Russell’s soothing “All About Cynthia,” and Small’s ethereal “Circles.” The ensemble takes numbers like Grasso’s “Latin for Leandro” or Ravita’s “Chasing Shadows” and