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Eva Schubert: Hot Damn Romance

Eva Schubert: Hot Damn Romance

The pulsating “Brawler” is next, once again featuring Alexander Brown’s horn, on this certainly sly and sexy groover, while the title track is even slower and low down. Here we get lots of Michael Kavalerchi’s jazzy guitar interplay, again Brown blowing his lines, Mark Hundervad popping along on drums and Schubert vocally strutting across the cool backing.

Rob Alexander: Being Myself

Rob Alexander: Being Myself

Rob Alexander might be a physician anesthesiologist, but the last thing he’ll do is put you to sleep on his new full-length album, Being Myself. Here’s a 15-song bunch of tightly woven adult contemporary pop/rock, with the main man in fine voice, being backed by some wonderful players.

Eric George: Where I Start

Eric George: Where I Start

A single electric guitar line with a “clip-clopping” rimshot-sounding backing beat, plus some sweet harmonies from Addie Herbert, start us on our way into Eric George’s Where I Start. This Vermont-based songwriter, performer, and sound engineer presents a sly folky rock collection of 11 here.

Scott Chasolen: Living In Limbo

Scott Chasolen: Living In Limbo

A well-established NYC-based musician, Chasolen is highly sought after for session work and also plays in the well-known Pink Floyd tribute band, The Machine. On Living In Limbo, we get an intimate peek into the solo work of this talented player/singer/songwriter.

Herb Alpert: Over the Rainbow

Herb Alpert: Over the Rainbow

The call-to-action bleating solo horn intro of “Skinny Dip,” flowing into a MOR almost Latin beat opens Herp Alpert’s new Over The Rainbow. A musician of Alpert’s bearing and talent knows not to overstay his welcome, and the kick-off tunes here ends just about where it should, leading us into the sweet read on this dozen.

Robbie Roberston: Sinematic

Robbie Roberston: Sinematic

The 13-songs of Robby Roberston’s new, Sinematic pretty much follows the ex-Band songwriter/guitarist/vocalist round his usual way of unique storytelling, barely-there voice, and guitar dexterity. The first from this icon in eight years, here we get some tunes influenced by Robertson scoring Martin Scorsese’s soon-to-be-released “The Irishman” and his forthcoming documentary “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band” as Roberston’s comments on life. In fact, the first two tunes, the heavily layered “I Hear You Paint Houses,” featuring a Van Morrison vocal and tight wah-wah wailing is about Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, and the synth stomp of the plodding “Once Were Bothers,” tell of Roberston dealing with the darkness of missing his Band bandmates.

Luiz e os Louises: Life’s a Cigarette

Luiz e os Louises: Life’s a Cigarette

The piano leads us through the last big ended here, “Going Home.” The choruses vocals at the coda and again subtle guitar from Lead bring it all home as a perfect ender to Life’s a Cigarette…which is pretty much a perfect little read of what Luiz e os Louises is all about.

Alan Chappell: Penultimate

Alan Chappell: Penultimate

Alan Chapell’s newest LP, Penultimate, opens with the slicing violin dark melodic “Ride,” matched with some great lead guitar playing. This is as hot a lead-off tune you are likely to find and sets up this very good collection of very good songs.

Iggy Pop: Free

Iggy Pop: Free

As he always has, especially these later years of his solo output, Iggy Pop surprises his listener once again on his latest release, Free. I am a huge fan of Pop’s 2012 Apres, an album of French ballads as much as love what he managed with The Stooges, as with David Bowie, as pretty much all throughout his career. On this, his eighteenth album, the Godfather of Punk meets up with guitarist Noveller (real name Sarah Lipstate) and jazz trumpeter Leron Thomas, to create a 10-song collection Iggy says sees him, “reflecting the exhaustion of post-tour life.”

Young Goats: Goat Life Vol. 1

Young Goats: Goat Life Vol. 1

hat Samuel Weidler and Johnathan Johnson offer here is a 15-song collection focused on their strong distinctive voices, some subtle island-like rhythms and as much new as old rap sensibilities. I’m not exactly sure what the Goat Life is exactly about but it does seem to be about the good times and soft grooves, as we get on tunes like the roiling “Beautiful,” the piano plink quick rap of “Take You With Me,” and the slow and sexy echo piano of “Whole Snack.” All these just a few of the beginning solid tracks offered in this thick brew.

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