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Tijerinas new album has solid blues

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TijerinaNow, Self-releasedTijerinas new album Now is a solid collection of blues-rock originals. Todd Tijerinas style of guitar playing is sleek and polished, never really deviating from the conventions of traditional blues. This is a pretty good thing, all things considered. The sound throughout Now is also standard, which doesnt give a lot of incentive to spend the money and make it a part of your CD collection. But it shouldnt necessarily be ignored if you are a fan of roadhouse and Chicago-style blues. Just because its not groundbreaking doesnt mean its not worth a listen or two.There are some moments on the album when Tijerina really shows off, though. Like on E-Jam, where his innovation comes through in a long, fast-paced guitar solo. His voice is rusty and wide-ranging the perfect kind of voice to sing about heart-breaking women and unrequited love.The three-piece band meshes nicely, playing it safe on most of the songs but every once in a while breaking out of the standard blues format by adding more modern effects to the guitars sound and mixing in elements of funk and jazz.Now has a lot right with it musically, and if the band keeps taking chances, Tijerina could be the next big thing in the world of blues. Charlie Owen, Arts & Entertainment Writer

100 Days, 100 Nights, DaptoneThe record-label house band is a charming, archaic institution. Think Motown and the Funk Brothers, Stax and Booker T & the MGs and Sugarhill.Now think Daptone and the Dap-Kings, the hottest soul combo going thanks to high-profile gigs this year on albums by Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson. The Dap-Kings main job, though, is backing Brooklyn soul singer Sharon Jones.Shes the levelheaded flip side to Winehouses boozy dilettante, digging into vintage-sounding soul grooves with the deeply felt passion of a true believer. Her band wrote tunes for Jones to sing in a robust voice edged with been-there grit, and she offers up powerhouse vocals over swinging horns on Tell Me and weaves her way through scratchy funk guitar on Be Easy.Like many soul singers, Jones came up singing in church, and she balances secular with sacred on a few tunes here. Trebly guitar and low, moaning horns frame her pleas on Humble Me, and she strikes a determined note on Answer Me with a request for help from on high.Jones powerful voice grows more compelling each time through, and every full, round bass note, horn blast and guitar fill the Dap-Kings play is, well, perfect. Its a stunning combination that helps 100 Days, 100 Nights rival anything Motown or Stax released at their peaks. Eric R. Danton, L.A. Times-Washington Post News Service

The Boatlift, TVTJust as he did on his 2006 sophomore album El Mariel, Cuban-American rapper Pitbull makes titular reference to the plight of refugees from the Castro regime on The Boatlift. And as was the case with that disc, politics still arent the main thing on Pitbulls mind, something the remix of Stripper Pole probably makes clear. Instead, the guest-star-jammed The Boatlift sounds like the work of a guy determined to become a household name.There are a few probable candidates to make that happen, although one — the Lloyd collaboration Secret Admirer — is just awkwardly soppy R&B — and another, Sticky Icky, a pairing with Diplomats rapper Jim Jones, offers a catchy but by-the-numbers rethink of Mims Big Apple crunk smash This Is Why Im Hot.Better is The Anthem, which shows Lil Jon still has a few tricks left in his bag; it irresistibly splices crunk and Latin beats into a handclap-filled floor-filler. And despite all the stars on display, Pitbulls nods to his Miami bass roots are among the most effective moments here.It would be more intriguing, however, to hear him make the political album hes threatened. Perhaps this hit-bound collection will buy him the freedom to offer that as a follow-up. Dan LeRoy, L.A. Times-Washington Post News Service

Braid, Anzic RecordsA blue-chip import from Israel, the Cohens three gifted Tel Aviv-born siblings gladden the American jazz scene with this delightful, tightly knit, celebratory collaboration.Anat, the middle sister, already has made a sizable splash in the United States with her acclaimed recordings, displaying her verve and versatility as a multi-instrumentalist/composer. Younger brother Avishai, a trumpeter/composer, also is making a stateside splash, smaller than Anats, yet packed with promise.Older brother Yuval, a soprano saxophonist/composer who still lives in Israel, unlike his U.S. -based siblings, is lesser known, yet a formidable force in the rising Cohen dynasty.Because of the empathetic way the Cohens weave their layered sounds, Braid is the perfect title for their repertoire rooted in American jazz spiked with Middle Eastern seasonings.On the discs single standard, It Could Happen to You, the Cohens jam without accompaniment, interweaving spirited polyphonic lines evoking the quick wit of the World Saxophone Quartet.As weavers of dreams, the swinging siblings score on nine evocative originals ranging from Shoutin Low (based on Groovin High”) to Lies and Gossip, which is richly threaded with elegant voicings.Aiding the Cohens in their artful braiding are pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Omer Avital and drummer Eric Harland, who fit in like kinsmen with the awesome threesome.Whether soaring on a flight through Freedom or conversing polyphonically over a 6/8 groove on Navad (The Wanderer), the sibling stitchers of brightly textured voicings tailor a forever-in-fashion musical coat of many colors. Owen McNally, L.A. Times-Washington Post News Service

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