Trax 051514

Trax 051514

By Bliss Bowen 05/15/2014

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HOLLY GOLIGHTLY & THE BROKEOFFS, All Her Fault  (Transdreamer): 3.5 out of 5 stars
UK rocker Golightly and duo partner Lawyer Dave sound like they’re enjoying an unapologetic joyride, whether dissing Salt Lake City (“SLC”), throwing down a slide-riding cover of “Trouble in Mind,” or adopting a favorite Southern catchphrase while damning Nashville stars in “Bless Your Heart” (“All the rhinestones you will buy well they won’t shine bright enough/ The more you try to hide behind the less you cover up”). At the Satellite in Silver Lake Friday. 

THE RICHARD GLASER TRIO, …Meets “The Legend” Clarence Webb  3 out of 5 stars
Veteran LA saxophonist Clarence Webb gets major props on this respectful set of jazz standards by the likes of Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart, Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley, Billy Eckstine & Gerald Valentine, plus Webb’s grooving instrumental “Webbing.” Pianist Richard Glaser, bassist Geoff Rakness and drummer Mark San Filippo swing with assurance and precision, ceding ample space for Webb’s sweetly blue-toned solos. They celebrate Webb’s 80th birthday at the Barkley in South Pasadena Sunday.
GANN BREWER, Peddlers & Ghosts  (self-released): 3.5 out of 5 stars
Occasional swells of organ, mandolin and pedal steel color the atmosphere of this Mississippi–raised troubadour’s latest album. Otherwise, he keeps it conversationally simple: acoustic guitar, harmonica, and his flannel-warm baritone spinning earthy stories studded with road signs and characters from his travels, whether he’s reciting a New York Craigslist ad (“Dogrunner”), pledging devotion to a lover (“A Juneau Pipedream”), depicting a train-hopping hobo (“Sidewalk Slim”) or warning other footloose travelers (“Moanin’ Santa Rosa Jail Blues”). Recommended for Woody Guthrie and Todd Snider fans. At the Echo in Echo Park Sunday.
DOUGLAS DARE, Whelm  (Erased Tapes): 4 out of 5 stars
The youthful British composer and keyboardist follows last year’s “Seven Hours” EP with this melodically absorbing set, which should appeal to fans of Ólafur Arnalds and James Blake. The cover artwork’s black-and-white photo sets the tone of stripping things down to the essentials. Restrained electronic effects lend an air of unpredictability to the 10 tracks, while the tastefully spare arrangements maintain focus on Dare’s elegant playing and singing, which manages to be simultaneously understated and yearning. Highlights: “Lungful,” “Swim,” “Unrest.”


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