An enjoyable collection for White fans, although one might prefer one's spirituals on a bigger scale. That said, Willard White makes these well-known songs seem much more intimate and reflective, private rather than public. Swing low, pressed into service at last year's rugby world cup, is sung rather faster than usual. That's no bad thing, as the song can be made to sound rather lachrymose. For White there is a sense of eager anticipation, that heaven really is at hand. The Copland songs are enjoyable too and are sung with apparent enjoyment. They were all new to me and I can see myself returning to them for their witty lyrics and sense of fun. The Chandos recording is good and the voice is well caught. The accompaniment is discreet and intelligent, making this a delightful disc all round.
Lee Aaron is an award-winning singer, musician, and songwriter who has reinvented herself many times over during her long career. Lee Aaron, formerly known as Karen Greening, was Canada's self-proclaimed 'Metal Queen'. She was one of the first women to have a successful solo career in heavy metal music. After the international success of Fire and Gasoline, rocker Lee Aaron returns with her best in decades. It is an extraordinary blend of hard-blues, rock n roll and hard-rock that pays homage to the giants of the late 60s and 70s. From the opening riffs of originals such as Diamond Baby & American High, to her impassioned version of Deep Purple's Mistreated & the Koko Taylor's anthem, I'm a Woman, she captivates and impresses with a performance that may well be the finest of her career!
I'm a big fan of Copland. His music can be dramatic, sad, joyful, and just plain fun. I also think his music is a good vehicle for personal expression of the performer/conductor. I don't think this is true for all composers–-I cringe at some interpretations of Bach–-but I usually enjoy it when a performance of Appalachian Spring or Bill the Kid contains some individual stamp that indicates the performer is really feeling and enjoying what they are doing. The combination of Copland's timeless compositions and subtle playing effects can be very sophisticated indeed.
When one thinks of Texas the thoughts that come to mind are; Longhorns, Ten Gallon hats, southwestern food, people all called Bubba and good ol’ hospitality and not really Progressive music. The stereotypes are abundant about one of the biggest states in continental USA but those stereotypes are shattered by a band from Austin, Texas… The Aaron Clift Experiment. If you are into Glass Hammer and Echolyn you will certainly enjoy If All Goes Wrong. The Aaron Clift Experiment is yet another excellent American band creating their own niche in the prog rock genre.