(30 sec samples of one song from each release.)
The Knew – The Knew’s Pulperia
Genre/Style: rock, through and through.
Notes: A very guitar driven album and another fine 2010 release out of John Macy Studio in Denver on the heels of Andrea Ball – Dial Tone, The Congress – The Congress, and John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light – Beautiful Empty. The band displays the kind of full on frontal attack of a hard old school punk band with the swirling slide guitars and blues influences you’d expect to hear in more southern rock type styles …
Carbon Choir – High Beams
Genre/Style: Rock, post-rock, alternative adult
Notes: originally released December 2009, we just got this copy in the CS office. This is another very sophisticated contemporary adult listen for 2010. It’s very ethereal, very well orchestrated, beautifully arranged, and the performances throughout are among the best I’ve ever heard from a Colorado band at any level. There’s not a ton of tempo on this record; there doesn’t need to be. Recommended if you like Radiohead, though don’t expect to hear them wear that influence on their sleeve. This is a band not bound by any other imagination than their own. A sure early year contender for many “Best of Colorado 2010” lists.
The Intervention Band – Homey
Notes: this is drummer Bob Levey’s project. Bob’s history is extremely deep. Bob Levey is the son of Bop drummer Stan Levey who pioneered the original Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie groups in the mid 40’s and then went on to play with every major star in the music business from that period. He has played with an impressive array of names, and his work has also contributed to the world of Hip-Hop, most notably being sampled on the platinum selling “When the Shit Goes Down” by Cypress Hill and De La Soul’s “Intro” on the hit CD “Buhloone Mind State”. This is jazz – plain, simple, unobtrusive – think Johnny Mercer, Bill Evans, J.J. Johnson – all of whom he covers twice each on this record. The pianist and the bass player are young guys – in their early-mid twenties… they are very tasty players – very smooth and mature sounding in the traditions they’re playing to. Tim Fox plays piano on four of the selections, as well as trumpet throughout the album. For some strange reason I recall George Shearing in his work – but then, this was the kind of jazz my Dad used to play when I was a little kid, so maybe it’s just those memories coming to mind… I don’t know. But count me in – this is a great listen… from start to finish.
Chuck Pyle – The Spaces in Between
Genre/Style: Western Pop Folk
Notes: It’s Chuck Pyle. The man is a Colorado legend. Chuck’s songs have been recorded by John Denver, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Suzy Bogguss. Country fans know him best for writing, “Cadillac Cowboy”, recorded by the late Chris LeDoux, and “Jaded Lover”, recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker. This album is as full of the gracefulness of storytelling as he’s ever done. It’s wonderfully produced by John McVey at Coupe Studios in Boulder. The musicianship is stellar throughout.