by Marc Cohn
Listeners' favorites this week from shows 381 to 390! Lots of 'pop' covers tickled your fancy this time around, along with a trip to jny: New Orleans and the usual dose of grits & gravy. Enjoy the show. And, no, we haven't abandoned Blue Note 50th anniversary salutes (yet:); they will be featured next week. Thanks for listening and your support. Saluting our top listeners of the week in: Strasbourg (France), Mar Del Plata (Argentina), Kiev (Ukraine), Belgrade ...read more
by Hrayr Attarian
Intrepid bassist Iris Ornig's second release follows the thematic structure of her remarkable debut, New Ground (Self Produced, 2009), but is more polished and coherent, hence more engaging. This is a hard goal to achieve, as the first was a thoroughly enjoyable and stimulating album. If New Ground was a collection of short stories sharing a common thesis then No Restrictions is a novel, exploring a similar leitmotif and expanding on it. The emphasis is more on ...read more
by Jim Santella
Double-bassist Iris Ornig leads a mainstream ensemble on New Ground, controlling the session's mood from the bottom and ensuring that melody flows casually. Trumpet, guitar and vocalists alternate feature roles that give the session variety. Best is her trio on Caravan," where the bass assumes a seat-of-the-pants foundation that energizes and dresses up an old standard with class.
Trumpet and guitar come together on New Ground" to give the quintet stepwise depth and rainbow harmony. Each instrumental voice ...read more