Music Reviews

Metalwood

The Recline

Telarc

Brad Turner, Mike Murley, Chris Tarry, and Ian Froman (or Metalwood) definitely have a love of the past. Just like the Soulive crew, these gentlemen want to put the boogaloo back in your bones. Emulating the likes of Lou Donaldson, Jimmy Smith, and Richard “Groove” Holmes, Metalwood’s jazz is of the jook joint variety. And, much like Soulive, they perform this dance hall time warp to mixed results.

One can see, listening to this disc, how this high-octane quartet (like Karl Denson or Maceo Parker) could really set a club on fire. However, The Recline feels watered-down by too much reverence for a groovy past. These guys are definitely musicians (check out Murley’s sax on “Mr. Mike” and Turner’s keys all throughout). It’s just that they’re wallowing in a funk that stopped reeking some 20 years ago. Unlike Erik Truffaz or Medeski, Martin, and Wood, this wood has not added a modern-day varnish to their sound (and the token scratchings of DJ Logic don’t really help the cause). While one can easily acknowledge their skills and even enjoy the album, their sound does ring a little hollow and even the contributions of Mino Cinelu and John Scofield cannot drown out the echoes of past, greater musicians who succeeded decades ago in doing what these four guys are trying to do today.

Telarc: http://www.telarc.com


Recently on Ink 19...

What This Comedian Said Will Shock You

What This Comedian Said Will Shock You

Print Reviews

With his latest book, What This Comedian Said Will Shock You, celebrated stand-up Jedi Bill Maher “shocks” readers by doing the most outrageous, unthinkable, and socially unacceptable thing imaginable: he speaks rationally, logically, and objectively.

Gasoline Lollipops

Gasoline Lollipops

Features

Gasoline Lollipops’ newest single, “Freedom Don’t Come Easy,” is today’s mother lovin’ punk rock folk anthem.

Basket Case

Basket Case

Screen Reviews

Frank Henenlotter’s gory grindhouse classic Basket Case looks as grimy as the streets of Times Square, and that is one of the film’s greatest assets. Arrow Video gives this unlikely candidate a welcome fresh release.

Jimmy Failla

Jimmy Failla

Event Reviews

Despite the Mother’s Day factor, hundreds of fervent, faithful followers still flocked to Orlando’s famed Plaza Live to catch an earlybird set from Jimmy Failla — one of the hottest names on today’s national comedy scene.

Lonnie Walker

Lonnie Walker

Features

Ink 19 readers get an early listen and look at “Cool Sparkling Water,” a new single from Lonnie Walker.

Los Lobos

Los Lobos

Event Reviews

Jeremy Glazier has a bucket list day at a Los Lobos 50th Anniversary show in Davenport, Iowa.

Always… Patsy Cline

Always… Patsy Cline

Archikulture Digest

Carl F. Gauze reviews the not-quite one-woman show, Always… Patsy Cline, based on the true story of Cline’s friendship with Louise Seger, who met the star in l961 and corresponded with Cline until her death.