Saturday, January 14, 2023
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #871
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JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #871.609.249!
Bruno Mars – Doo-Wops & Hooligans
(Elektra) :: Music whores a vacuum which is why, now that Michael Jackson’s gone, space has opened up for Bruno to moonwalk
into his void with an album that merges an ace imitation of MJ’s voice with Freddie Mercury’s breathy archness,
all sheathed in a synthesized swirl that’s straight outta the ’80s—and as we all know, nothing
says the ’80s better than Bruno!
Bruce Willis – The Return Of Bruno (Motown) :: That’s right, Motown.
What were you expecting? Stax?
Cybill Shepherd – Moonlighting (MCA) :: Stax, you idiot! Not stacked! Stax!
Miles Davis – The
Man With The Horn (Columbia) :: It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that schwing!
Grace Kelly & Phil Woods –
Man With The Hat (Pazz) :: Sometimes I think that you can’t find a jazzier cat than big boppin’ sax man
Woods. As if studying with the great Lennie Tristano wasn’t enough, he then married Bird’s widow Chan and shuffled
off to Paris. You’ll probably know him best for his smooth solo on Billy Joel’s syrupy single “Just
The Way You Are” but don’t hold that against him because he’s more than made up for it by joining
sax siren Kelly for this new album of smooth soundin’ duets. Bonus points awarded if she calls her next album Dial
S For Sax.
Kelly – Dial M For Murder (Alfred Hitchcock) :: Geddit?
Dave Rave – Live With What You Know (Bongo Beat) :: What
if The Who Sell Out-era Who and the Rubber Soul-era Beatles had recorded an album together? The result would’ve
been this practically perfect in every way pop record, which is nothing less than Dave Rave’s apex of auditory expression.
In fact, it’s so sonically stellar that it would’ve easily made my Village Voice 2010 Top Ten list had
I heard it last year—so let that be a lesson to all you tardy publicists!
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Jonny Burke –
Distance & Fortune (Dreamcar) :: Jonny comes rockin’ outta left field in 4/4 time with a voice that sounds
like snarky Alice Cooper; lyrical skills that easily evoke Elvis Costello on a magnanimous day; and wiry Keith Richards riffs
which simply reek with the sonic simplicity of Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel.” Then he unexpectedly detours
into Elliott Murphy country-folk territory for a spell before blasting out the other side in full-bore rock mode again. If
I didn’t know any better, I’d say that this is the sound of someone who’s completely confident in the knowledge
that he can do just about anything he wants to in the studio—but I do and he can.
Be seeing you!