Grass-Roots Music

In this month’s Music Special Issue in addition to our regular review offerings found in our Entertainment Department Music column (which this months looks at works from two Grammy nominees including a new ECD from Omar Sosa, Keith Jarrett’s :rarum collection, plus Nashville’s country-folk singer Melissa Gibson, NY grass-roots punk band G-Spot and the funky Chronophonic).

Why did some make the regular review section and not others? In the case of New Age artist Jon Denzene maybe it's because I can't get into Earth sounds. He workmanship was great, he wins awards and he's talented, but I saw nothing super here. In the case of Jesse Morgan it was the amount of derivative performances. If he had been more original or not borrowed as heavily (G-Spot borrowed a little but they were so original and nifty I put them in even with some rye vocals here and there) he would have made the regular music section. The rest need to go to the woodshed and work (or maybe get a good thrashing from daddy for all the goofs they made).

It's a critic's job to be unkind! If we loved everything we wouldn't be critical! Is my stuff perfect? No way! My production work has received some down right hostile reviews at times. I'm also my own worst critic. But the bands submitted here to find out something about where they are at musically and if I just pretended and told you what you wanted to hear you might not do better down the line and everyone needs to do better.

Some will say: Omar Sosa and Keith Jarrett are a bore. Yeah, they might be to some people, but they are great at being boring! Both of them got Grammy nominations this year just to prove how great a bore they can be (and I wrote about them before those nominations)! So there!

We are featuring this eclectic collection of regional or underground musical acts on CD:

Melissa Gibson



Jesse Morgan - A Taste Of R & B Rock

Distilled - Metal

Jon Denzene/The Torrent - New Age

Hook The Captain - Beat Box Grooves

Tesknota - Spaced Rock

Living Space - Slop Rock

J.M. Cruiz - Casio Keyboard Demo Music


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Our Music Special Issues Continues With These Other Offerings:

Our Regular Music Reviews:
Featuring: Omar Sosa - Keith Jarrett - Melissa Gibson - G-Spot - Chronophonic

Articles and Information from the 2003 Music Special:
Grass Roots Music | US Copyright Extension | The Promo Pack | The ECD | The Music Video
The Birth of the Recording Industry | California Arts & Music Expo | Peformance Rights Organizations

Ecelectic and Underground CD Reviews:
Jon Denzene/The Torrent | Distilled | Hook The Captain | Jesse Morgan
Tesknota | Living Space | JM Cruiz

Indiana Area Local Club Bands:
Sonus | The Mumble | Northern Kind | Archies Address

Articles and Information from the 2002 Music Special:
Learning Music | Promo Pictures | Booking Agents| Managers | Producers | Pressing CDs
Record Companies | Copyrights | Recording Software | Sound Cards | Guitar and Bass
Multi-Track Recorders | Live Sound Gear | Microphones | Recording Engineer | Bands in Texas
Teen Band: Y@nK | Gigs and Clubs | Music Theory | Radio Airplay


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