*Let’s Lose It by Barrence Whitfield & The Savages. I actually was hoping to find Barrence’s new one, Raw! Raw! Rough! on eMusic. It’s not there, at least not yet, so this old one, from 1990, will have to do until I pick that one up.
And I hope the new one is anywhere close this fine. Boston-based Whitfield is simply one of the wildest R&B shouters in the business today.
* Farm by Dinosaur Jr. These guys really shouldn’t still be sounding this great.
* The Many Sounds of Steve Jordan. An old friend recently sent me a link to a very sad story on NPR about Jordan, the maestro of the Tex-Mex accordion.
* Rise Up by Dr. Lonnie Smith One my bad calls musicially this year was to not go see Dr. Smith when he played at Evangelos’ in downtown Santa Fe.
Dr. Smith, not to be confused with Lonnie Liston Smith, is a jazz organist well versed in cool funk and even a little Dr. John-style Nightripper gris-gris. With a basic combo including guitarist Peter Bernstein, Donald Harrison on sax, and Herlin Riley on drums, Smith creates a unique, atmospheric sound.
* Kicksville: Raw Rockabilly Acetates Vol. 2
Raw is right with this collection — even rawer than usual for a Norton compilation.
* The tracks from Cool Cats. (that I didn’t get last month.) I actually like this collection of rockabilly obscurities more than Kicksville. (For one thing, he audio quality is far superior) The collection was compiled by a disc jockey from Belgium called Dr. Boogie. He’s responsibile for another cool compilation I downloaded from eMusic a few months back, Rarities From The Bob Hite Vaults. My favorite so far out of the batch I nabbed this month is the frantic “Big Dog, Little Dog” by Harvey Hunt. Like Kicksville Vol. 2, Cool Cats ends with a strong instrumental. Here, it’s “Sledgehammer” (Not the Peter Gabriel song) by The Trashers.
* Five Tracks from How Big Can You Get?: The Music of Cab Calloway by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. I enjoyed Voodoo Daddy’s set so much at the Hootenanny Festival I knew I’d like their versions of these songs. They should have done “Reefer Man” at Hootenanny, though perhaps tehy figured that was too obvious.