Music Reviews
Amy Lee

Amy Lee

Use Me

Publick Ptomaine Music

See the name, and one of two expectations for this CD are sure to come to mind: (1) slightly gothic pop a la Evanescence or (2) tropical rock. Both would be incorrect. This is not the same angelic-voiced Amy Lee of Evanescence fame, nor is this Amy Lee playing the same music she did with Jimmy Buffett. While the title track does conjure an island breeze, this is straightforward jazz – and it’s skillfully and attractively played. Her cover of Bill Withers’s “Use Me” features some scorching sax, and it’ll probably receive the most attention because of the Withers connection. However, this is an album that progressively improves as Lee tops herself with succeeding songs.

“Across the Water” slows the tempo; it is cinematic and gorgeous, evoking images of a romantic evening cruise. Lee’s luscious saxophone playing carries the track through waves of crystalline harmony. More genial moods are represented on “Coming Home” and the especially catchy “In The Sun.”

Two non-instrumentals, “Traz Da Lua” and “More to Love,” are absolutely stunning, as Lee’s sax is used to complement her emotionally powerful guest vocalists. Lee doesn’t sing, and there’s no reason to do so; her saxophone communicates enough feeling to interpret the stories she’s telling. Just close your eyes and let the images run free.

Amy Lee: http://www.amyleesax.com


Recently on Ink 19...

Henry V

Henry V

Archikulture Digest

Blood, guts, and kicking butt in France — it’s the age-old story of Shakespeare. Carl F. Gauze once again enjoys the salacious violence and complicated plot points of Henry V, in the moody dark of Orlando Shakes.

New Music Now 011: Nora O’Connor

New Music Now 011: Nora O’Connor

Features

On today’s New Music Now, Judy Craddock talks to our musical guest, Nora O’Connor, about her solo album, My Heart, and the captivating new music she’s listening to right now. Tune in for great music, and more ’90s references than you can shake a scrunchie at.

Big Time Gambling Boss

Big Time Gambling Boss

Screen Reviews

Writer Kazuo Kasahara and director Kôsaku Yamashita transcend genre conventions to create the memorable film Big Time Gambling Boss. Phil Bailey reviews.

Frank Bello

Frank Bello

Features

Frank Bello’s new memoir Fathers, Brothers, and Sons: Surviving Anguish, Abandonment, and Anthrax takes us from a New York childhood, to Anthrax stadium tours, to fatherhood with the charming informality of a conversation with an old friend. Then I’m Gone, Bello’s first solo EP, provides accompaniment. Joe Frietze reviews.

%d bloggers like this: