In a turn for the seasonally appropriate, one may want to check out Snow Falls, the latest EP from vocalist Cindy Douglas. The four song album is conventional. Douglas' voice is fair and serviceable, carries these songs well enough. The straight-ahead trio of pianist Tim Richards, bassist Dominic Howles, and drummer Jeff Lardner are capable and have a few moments here and there. It's a group of songs that are nice enough and could be up your alley, and Richard's solo on their take on Vince Guaraldi's "Christmas Time is Here" is lively enough, so they're certainly worth checking out after the jump.
Violinist Tomoko Omura is one of those violinists you need to know. Her 2014 album, Roots, is a pure delight, expanding Japanese folk songs into new creations and she's still going strong. Check her out along with the rest of her Roots quintet of pianist and husband Glenn Zaleski, guitarist Jeff Miles, bassist Pablo Menares, and drummer Jay Sawyer play the song "Kono Michi", rising to heights on wings made of strings, after the jump.
There's something good happening in the Chicago music scene, where younger players like Marquis Hill, Makaya McCraven, and Matt Ulery have made strong statements recently. Add sax player Corbin Andrick's name to that list, as his recent Olmstead's Whistle release signals this musician and this band as one to watch.
BADBADNOTGOOD recently appeared on CBC's Strombo Show and played their holiday appropriate take on Vince Guaraldi's "Skating". Leland Whitty continues to add more texture to this band with great results. Also, I must say, I didn't see them going for a darker angle on this one. One could say that's what these guys do in their pocket, but it's still a surprise seeing what they pulled from the famous Guaraldi composition. Check out the video after the jump.