Chris Spector, Midwest Record

RALPH PETERSON’S AGGREGATE PRIME/Inward Venture:  A crew with cats with chops that are too hard to ignore, the gangs stirs it up in fine form here vibing the time frame from when daddio jazz met civil rights jazz and the church basements were swinging and grooving all night long.  Purely hot stuff for the discerning jazzbo, this gang knows how to play at the top of their form at the drop of a hat.  Smoking stuff throughout that never lets you down.

EDEN  BAREKET TRIO/Night:  A young sax trio that knows how it is to sound like you’re playing under the bridge, they let the late night New York vibe fly hitting notes just short of skronk.  With a vibe that can turn any day part in to after hours, these cats have what it takes to blow up a storm with nary a cloud in sight.

KELLY GREEN TRIO/Volume One:  The singing pianist serves up her second set with her long time trio instead of the ringers that ringed around her debut and the comfort zone shows well.  Working it out on chestnuts, this thrush is no bird in a gilded cage as she lets it out when needed and doesn’t hold back.  A nice refashioning of a handful of oldies, she bridges the generations nicely.

GIL DEFAY/It’s All Love:  An in demand New York trumpet session cat steps out with a bopping, bouncing fun jazz set powered by love and good vibes, all of which he puts front and center.  A smoking little party set whose message is to enjoy yourself, Defay seems to practice what he preaches.  Solid stuff throughout.

PLANET RADIO/Stay Awake:  A bunch of musical educators that like to get funky when off the clock serve up some pomo funk for white people that all too often engage in the white guy dance.  Not letting being educators mess with their heads, this is the future of millennial funk.  And now for something completely different.

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