Rotem Sivan, Dream Louder, Sonder House ***1/2

Compelling guitar playing here from Israeli player Rotem Sivan - his style landing somewhere between John Scofield and Peter Bernstein - on an album that twists and turns from space laden pastoral ('The Tree') to bluesy down home funkiness like …

Published: 13 Jan 2024. Updated: 44 days.

Compelling guitar playing here from Israeli player Rotem Sivan - his style landing somewhere between John Scofield and Peter Bernstein - on an album that twists and turns from space laden pastoral ('The Tree') to bluesy down home funkiness like you'll find on 'The Hamish', this latter one named for bassist Hamish Smith, or the feverishness of 'Dragon' with its drum 'n' bass underpinning. No newcomer Sivan has been making records for more than a decade. He has drummer Miguel Russell, vocalist Sami Stevens and whistler - yes you read that right - Luke Krafka with him here in something of a novel twist. Originals sit alongside covers of the Beatles' 'Blackbird', Appalachian folk tune 'West Virginia Mine Disaster' and Kurt Weill's 'Mack the Knife.' Seek this fine, at times quirky, record out pronto. Rotem Sivan photo, Dani Barbieri

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Poignant Kandace Springs song Run Your Race introduces new album for early-2024

One of marlbank's favourite jazz singers Kandace Springs introduces her upcoming new album with a very poignant ballad in memory of her late father Scat. The title track of Run Your Race (SRP Records) out in April is streaming above and there's a …

Published: 13 Jan 2024. Updated: 45 days.

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One of marlbank's favourite jazz singers Kandace Springs introduces her upcoming new album with a very poignant ballad in memory of her late father Scat. The title track of Run Your Race (SRP Records) out in April is streaming above and there's a new video too which shows photos of Scat along with Kandace performing 'Run Your Race' in a studio, accompanying herself on piano, and at a local Nashville track where she used to run with her dad when she was a child. Kandace Springs photo: Bob Palmieri