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Charley OrlandoRoot: Orlando has been busy; with 12 albums, 3000 shows, 200 original songs and 22 years under his belt, it was time that he move on to something new. Root was it. Orlando used an unconventional recording style that created rhythmic patterns and layers before adding guitar, harmonica and vocals to each track. The result? “Organica Groove,” per Orlando. Check out the opening track, “New World,” with an electronic beat, synth undertones fitted with harmonica, acoustic guitars that jangle and vocals. Others of note: “Before You Go” and “Totally Exposed,” with more of a reflective sound. However, the best example of “Organica Groove” is likely “Temporary” and “Minors Creek.”

4.5 McRiprock’s

www.charleyorlando.com

 

Susan AngelettiWisdom:  A vocal powerhouse on the blues scene, Angeletti takes her sophomore album to a different level. Likely the help was from a bi-coastal tour stopping at historical musical haunts and sharing the stage with Ian Anderson, BB King, George Thorogood, Wilson Pickett, and Sam Andrews. Title track, “Wisdom,” is timeless whereas the album’s closer “Got to Have You Baby,” rolls along with a driving guitar and a vocal track that channels a bit of Pat Benatar and a bunch of Janis Joplin.

4.5 McRiprock’s

www.susanangeletti.net

 

TR3From SPACE and Beyond: The Tim Reynolds Trio is known for their fusion of funk, rock and jazz. This record is a goldmine for those electronic rock lovers. Check out tracks: “Do You Wanna,” including vocals that are smoky and reflect Reynolds’ softer side. “Mercury Direct,’ features a drum sound that is directive and hard to get out of your head.  A second, shorter disc, is included and is a little colorful and handles commentary on everything from sexuality to politics. It’s a two-disc blast that is edgy and a phenomenal live recording.

5.0 McRiprock’s

www.timreynolds.com

 

 

 

 

 

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