Chicano Music has gone through a lot of transformations and highs and lows, in the last half a century, sometimes in a good way, some other time not really up to the standards that the genre's Kingpin, Lalo Guerrero, reached in the late 40's.


It is therefore refreshing that a record that sticks to the traditions and the foundations of Chicano Music, with a little contemporary twist, like Johnny & Jaalene sees the light of the day right now, in 2018.

One of the secrets behind the success of a great album is the ability to keep the sound fresh and vibrant throughout the record, at the same time entertaining the listeners and jiggling different musical layers that magically fits inside one another, like a perfectly shaped sonic Matrioska.

This is something that the Leicester-born and London-based troubadour Jack J Hutchinson and his band of brothers Boom Boom Brotherhood fully manage to achieve in their debut album called Set Your Heart For The Sun.

It is very rewarding, for who writes about music, to notice young artists embracing more and more the idea to combine contemporary approach to music with a deep attention to the lessons and the experience coming from giants of the past generations.

Some may call it Sonic Extravaganza but the reality is that modern music artists are entitled to have their own vision, still respecting though the musical archetypes that have made music genres well known and accessible to the masses through the decades

In many ways, it was almost inevitable that the one of South California's well respected and talented pianists and composers, Danny Holt, was going to immerse himself in the vast body of work of one of the biggest piano geniuses of this generation, Mike Garson.

Through a friendship that goes way back to 2004, at the time that Holt was still a graduate student at CalArts, the American pianist has carefully learned and studied Garson's compositions and the way Garson "feels" music and translate it in a very unique style. Furthermore, given the magnitude of Garson's musical vault, Holt wanted to be sure to select those pieces that ended up on the record to which he felt more inclined to, ensuring to translate Garson's music in a very respectful way still and maintaining his trademark playing style at the same time.

Sometimes music records have got a lot in common with literature, especially when records can take you through very unexpected twists and turns when you less expect it, just like a good crime book may do, for example.

This analogy works very well with the work of an Italian band called Bludeepa, who has released last year their second album called Tat Tvam Asi, which, in Hinduism, means expression of the relation between the individual and the Absolute.

There have always been and perhaps, there will always be different schools of thought, when it comes to music and the way it should be represented.

Many artists prefer to opt for a much more straight forward approach, at times, even a minimalistic one, for some, while other prefer instead to create more textures and sonic complexities, just to show that music can be "contaminated" in a beneficial way with different soundscapes and still delivering a suave and sophisticated outcome.

It gets increasingly difficult, within the contemporary music scene, to find music artists capable of combining in a very organic way, inspired songwriting and a natural attitude in creating strong melodies, when writing songs.

One of United States' best kept Blues and Southern Rock secrets, the Indiana born and bred guitarist and singer/songwriter Doug Henthorn, belongs deservedly to the aforementioned restrict circle of artists, as he has repeatedly demonstrated through his stunning debut solo record Cold Medicine and, subsequently and most recently, to Cold Medicine's 2019 follow-up album called The LLC.

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