@@@ Matt Panayides: Conduits (Self-released, 2015) I got to this jazz guitar record via a jazz music publicist email. The first tune features Panayides on guitar, at least one horn, bass and drums. His tone is classic jazz guitar, laidback with a focus on clarity. Not my favorite guitar tone, but that’s just me. The band is brisk and the production is clean and well done. I liked the third tune, Heny’s Tune, best of what I heard. Straight jazz is a tough sell for me, but I know folks out there dig its classic-ness.
You can listen here at the artist’s website.
@@@ Rebecca Rego & The Trainmen: Speaking of Witches (N/A, 2019) I got to this singer-songwriter recording via a music publicist in the Midwest. The first tune, Fear Love and Greed opens up with acoustic guitar and Rego’s slightly twangy and gorgeous voice. When the band comes in, they get right into some surprising Smashing Pumpkin’s style guitar crushing. Interesting and not a sarcastic use of the word interesting. It goes out with some almost psychedelic spinning guitar sounds so right off the bat there is mucho genre mashing which I’m for. The second tune, Speaking of Witches, mixes in some adult alternative and even a tad of indie guitar work. The third tune, Magic, goes sad ballad and I like it the best of what I heard. This female singer-songwriter genre is not one super close to my heart as I’m a dude and shit, but this is a well done record that’s unafraid to mix it up.
YTD recordings listened to: 304
Good music, not list worthy: 181
Not good music: 105
Honorable Mentions: 0
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