September 2021 The Library CD Shelf

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Oct 2, 2021, 6:52:03 AMOct 2
The Library CD Shelf

Songs From My Father
Gerry Gibbs
Whaling City Sound
c/o Naxos of America (distribution)
$24.99 CD

Multitalented musician Gerry Gibbs presents Songs From My Father, a 2-CD album of his father's original compositions (except for "Tango For Terry", which is composed by Chick Corea). A jazz celebration honoring the lifetime achievements of Gerry's father, Terry Gibbs, this album reinterprets Terry's songs through Gerry's rearrangements, and is a rousing, emotional, and rapturous audio tour. Highly recommended, especially for jazz connoisseurs! The songs are Kick Those Feet, Smoke 'em Up, Bopstacle Course, Nutty Notes, Take It From Me, Sweet Young Song of Love, The Fat Man, Lonely Days, and Hey Chick on disc 1, and Townhouse 3, T & S, 4 a.m., Waltz For My Children, Hippie Twist, Lonely Dreams, For Keeps, Pretty Blue Eyes, Gibberish, and Tango for Terry on disc 2. 1 hour, 36 min., 47 sec.

Under Cover
Privately Published
$TBA CD / $7.99 MP3

Under Cover is an album of reimagined jazz favorites and rearrangements of beloved art-pop and folk ballads. Esbe showcases the songs that inspired her music career, and takes listeners on a wondrous tour through reinvented classics. Highly recommended! The tracks are Yesterday, A Taste of Honey, Don't Explain, Night and Day, The Sound of Silence, Eleanor Rigby, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Amazing Grace, Summertime, and Silent Night.

Borrowed Time
Joe Troop
Free Dirt Records
$14.98 CD / $8.99 MP3

Joe Troop, the Grammy-nominated bandleader of Che Apalache, presents his new album Borrowed Time, inspired by Joe Troop's travels in South America and his upbringing in rural North Carolina. Both English and Spanish lyrics are present in different pieces of music. Joe isn't also shy about expressing his political affiliations; he is both an American patriot and a forward-thinking progressive, who protested the Trump administration and tapped into his banjo talent to encourage rural America to vote in 2020. The music of Borrowed Time reverberates with hope, inspiration, and solidarity; Borrowed Time is highly recommended especially for connoisseurs of quality multicultural music and masterful banjo playing. The tracks are Horizon, Love Along the Way, The Rise of Dreama Caldwell, Hermano migrante, Sevilla, Purdy Little Rainbows, Monte oscuro, Red White & Blues, Prisionero, Mercy for Migrants, Django's Palace, and Heaven on Earth.

Mad Twenties
Taylor Rae
Privately Published
$15.00 CD

Mad Twenties is an album of original songs created and performed by Taylor Rae. Elements of jazz, blues, and folk are present; Taylor Rae showcases her talent for vocals and acoustic guitar with accompaniment from Dave Francis on bass, Wayne Killius on drums, David Flint on guitar and mandolin, and Chris Note on piano. The songs are emotionally moving and touch upon themes ranging from relationships to the uncertainty of finding one's own path in life. Mad Twenties is highly recommended for connoisseurs of inspirational, soul-searching music. The tracks are Window, Home on the Road, Fixer Upper, Sink or Swim, Letting Go, Never Gonna Do, 5:25, Just Be, Something Familiar, Forgiveness, Wait and See, and Taking Space.

Dave Zinno with Unisphere
Whaling City Sound
c/o Naxos of America (distribution)
$16.99 CD

Fetish is an original music album created by Dave Zinno and his Unisphere bandmates (Mike Tucker, Eric Benny Bloom, Leo Genovese, Tim Ray, and Rafael Barata) during the COVID-19 lockdowns of 2020. The titular song "Fetish" was inspired by pandemic-related isolation; Zino has jokingly referred to the complex bass of the piece as "Bass Fetish" before it was transformed into a whole song. Fetish is a testimony to collaborative creativity that shines through despite the challenges inherent in adhering to pandemic restrictions. Highly recommended! The tracks are Fetish, Out of the Hole, Unknown Mystery, The Golden Age, So Close So Far, Beatriz, Future History, Melancholy Daydream, Over the Horizon, Into the Whole, Nile, and Meu Fraco e Cafe Forte. 76 min., 26 sec.


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