Chris Spector, Midwest Record

RAINBOW GRAVITY: The hippie producer from Woodstock gets a bunch of his neighbors to drop by and partake in his busman’s holiday in which he dusts off his bass and plays star turn. With heavy duty enough names to draw you in just on that score, this sets scores well as a funky fusion date powered by a slew of pros you know you already trust. Totally cool stuff that makes you glad players still make music because they dig it. Well done.

JEFF ‘SIEGE’ SIEGEL QUARTET/London Live: Talk about a you-are-there experience. This live set recorded in 2010 was recorded the night public transportation in London was going on strike at midnight so a lot of people didn’t show up because they were afraid they wouldn’t be able to get home. That didn’t stop this crew from letting the left leaning vibes fly. Leading his working unit from the back of the riser, Siegel captures a timeless underground vibe that keeps awake ears in tow to hear what’s coming next. Solid stuff for hard core jazzbo.

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