Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats – “All the Sounds”
Benny Goodman Band-style pounding drums, trumpet, clarinet and Lucy Kalantari’s big brassy voice herald in the “Sounds of Summer.” The “Harvest” is celebrated in the delightful, bi-lingual “La Cosecha,” childhood fears are dispelled in the lighthearted “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” featuring the savvy rapping of Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, and Kalantari contributes some skillful scat-singing and ukulele strumming on the canine commending “Ain’t No Dog Like Mister.” Classical techniques and the beauty of the cello are explored on “I Know A Little Fellow,” featuring Darius Kalantari on “little cello” and Eric Schoen-Ren? on “big cello.” Schoen-Ren? returns to bring a gypsy tone to the sweeping, lycanthropic tale of “Howl at the Moon.” Opera and Be Bop make for an unusual and wonderful pairing on the “Bunny Hop,” featuring “Mr. Opera Man” Adelmo Guidarelli. Once you hear “The Peace Song” you may not get this simple and meaningful song out of your head, while “Travelin’ All Around the World” features a host of multi-lingual greetings by children. The album is a splendid showcase for the sonic excellent of the Jazz Cats, including the big bass of Larry Cook, Linus Wyrsch’s singing clarinet, Michael Irwin’s towering trumpet and Rich Kulsar’s powerful percussion. This exceptional collection ends with an instructive lullaby, featuring Kalantari’s lilting, melodic piano, backed once more, by richly resonant cello.
Lahri Bond ©2018 Parents’ Choice
Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.