Chris Spector, Midwest Record

EVAN SALVACION LEVINE – MESTIZO

A bass trio hits some dandy modern jazz notes with a lightly angular set that’s not too left leaning and keeps it’s instrumental prowess right up front. Not as world beat as you might expect, it’s more of a straight ahead listening session that works well.

PHIL SCHURGER – THE WATERS ABOVE

A little Zen, a little cosmic, a little metaphysical, that’s the sum of how this Chicago guitarist sees the jazz explorations he’s unleashing here. With his second set being something of a spiritual continuance of his debut, continuity isn’t needed to get into what’s happening here. A solid set of sitting down jazz, it shows that if most buildings weren’t non-smoking these days, this smoker would have a home everywhere.

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