"Can You Imagine?" covers a lot of musical territory; the music is lively, heartfelt, sweet, sensual, swinging, with excellent contributions from every involved. Not sure if John Bailey is hitting the campaign trail in this, arguably, most fractious of election year but his music and message deserves your attention.
For more information, go to https://johnbailey.com.
Here's the opening track:
here! Her 2017 followup, "Afterthought", is a trio date which also features contributions from electronica dj Battery Poacher.
"Frankenhorn" is fun music; Audrey Ochoa is a serious musician who does not take herself too seriously. Yet, the album does not descend into mere frivolities. At 40 minutes, one can sit down and listen to the entire program. And you should – there's lots to absorb!
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Here's the bluesy final cut:
Jesse Lewis (he produced the 2016 recording and their 2018 video recordings) – each member contributed, at least, one original composition, plus there are pieces by Robin Holcomb (the title track), folk singer Judee Sill, the 19th Century harpist John G. McCurry, experimental cellist Arthur Russell, a playful piece from Charles Ives as well as a traditional American tune adapted by that composer, and a medley of Gospel pieces from the repertoire of the Golden Gate Quartet. With the exception of Ms. Holcomb's 14+ minute piece and the three-part, 10+ minute "Entropy" (by Mulkerhar), the songs are fairly short.
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"Wherein Lies The Good" closes with Murkerhar's "Entropy", a piece that tells the story of a person dealing with the myriad changes to his/her world through his/her lifetime. The opening fanfare is uplifting but, as the piece progresses, the changes (to the world) become too much, the music and the sound becomes harsher and the person succumbs. The closing section, therefore, is an elegy, a remembrance, a prayer.
The Westerlies create a number of scenarios on "Wherein Lies The Good" and there are times that the program is dizzying in its scope. Take your time, enjoy the more accessible tunes but remember to return for the pieces that need deeper listening. If you have the opportunity, see the band in person; that written, sit quietly and listen for your soul will be moved!
For more information, go to www.westerliesmusic.com.
Here's a hymn from the album: