REVIEW: Fruition Keeps You Guessing on ‘Broken at the Break of Day’

Portland band Fruition released an album entitled Wild as the Night at the end of 2019. It takes a certain kind of band to release a new album only months later. The companion piece to Wild as the Night is Broken at the Break of Day, in which the band shows how comfortable it is moving […]

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REVIEW: Tall Tall Trees’ “A Wave of Golden Things” Pushes Beyond Boundaries

A Wave of Golden Things, Tall Tall Trees’ fourth studio album, finds multi-instrumentalist Mike Savino pushing his pseudonymous songwriting project beyond previous boundaries. Originally moving to NYC in the early 2000s as a bassist with an eye on the city’s vibrant jazz and experimental scene, a switch to banjo and a focus on songwriting produced […]

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Review: Fruition’s Two LPS “Wild As The Night” and “Broken At The Break of Day” are Distinguished

Scheduled for release Jan. 17th Portland, Oregon’s Fruition provides a distinctive showcase of 2 LPs with 7 tracks each. Wild Is The Night, & Broken At the Break of Day, (Independent). What caught my ear: the varied solid sound these proficient musicians display with a masterful touch such as Little Feat (when Shawn Murphy sang […]

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REVIEW: Seamus Egan’s “Early Bright” is Delightful Irish Tradition Sweetened with Musical Skill

Though never a big fan of instrumentals, through the years I’ve appreciated many wonderful vocal-less tunes. As a child I adored Bert Kaemphert’s “Afrikaan Beat,” Mason Williams’ “Classical Gas,” & David Seville’s jazzy “Almost Good,” (flip of “The Chipmunk Song”). I’ve enjoyed instrumentals by Van Morrison, Horslips & Jon Mark but didn’t think Solas’ (on […]

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Wooden Leg’s “Turn Back the World” Is a Live Swamp of Jammin’ Fun

Wooden Leg’s recent release Turn Back the World is a live recording from Boston, MA, featuring Jimmy Ryan’s mandolin and vocals backed by a crackerjack band consisting of Mickey Bones (drums), Brian Dunton (Fender bass), Joe Kessler (fiddle & some harmony), and Duke Levine (electric guitar). This release constitutes a comeback of sorts following up […]

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