Arsenio Orteza

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Noteworthy recent albums

Music
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 8/24/17, 10:24 pm

Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm 

Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm

It’s surprising how Hi Records–worthy Cray can make his voice sound, especially on the slow numbers “You Had My Heart” and “Aspen, Colorado.” It’s almost as surprising as how discreetly the drummer (and producer) Steve Jordan locks in with Leroy Hodges’ bass and Charles Hodges’ organ. What’s not surprising is that Cray’s politics are standard-issue prog-lib, a fact that he makes clear in “Just How Low” by coming out against walls. Seriously, what do such people think is holding up the roofs over their heads?

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Notable recent releases

Music
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 8/17/17, 11:59 am

Chuck

Chuck Berry

A bawdy hard-drive pun in “3/4 Time (Enchiladas)” brings Berry into the Computer Age, and the opening riffs of “Big Boys” and “Lady B. Goode” tether him to his roots. But it’s the advice that he dispenses in the spoken “Eyes of Man”—about those ignorant of their ignorance, those aware of their ignorance, those ignorant of their awareness, and those aware of their awareness—that comes closest to justifying the 37 years of intermittent effort that went into the making of this 35-minute farewell.

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Marking time

Music | Some anniversary editions make sense as well as money
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 8/13/17, 07:40 pm

Ever since the CD era, the music industry has banked on the willingness of the average consumer to re-purchase his favorite recordings whenever they appear in bigger, better formats. It’s a gamble of which the proliferation of expanded “anniversary editions” is the latest example.

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