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M. Sage "Blessing Redux (vivo relief)"

M. Sage has release a collection of reworkings of pieces from his 2019 album Catch A Blessing. "Blessing Redux (vivo relief)" is an attempt to celebrate the album's anniversary and offer a little moment of peace and relief to our city in this time of crisis. All money raised by the sale of this album will be donated to the Chicago Covid-19 Response Fund, but the quiet beauty of Matthew's music may also bring some comfort to the listener.

   

Concrete Graves "Shards Of Light"

Artist Arturo Fresán has put a much needed project into the world today called "Shards of Light". On the surface this ambient music built upon field recordings that include the following; CTA announcer, "L" train, Boing 737, O'Hare Airport, Col. Letran-Valle Knife sharpener, Benito Juarez Airport, Petco, Brewing Process, Street Preacher, 4th of July Fireworks, Freight Train, Metra Train, and a Dollar Tree Cashier.

However, when exploring this album through the lens of shelter-in-place it becomes a meditative look back a what day to day life was like a month ago. It is a slowly shifting dream of what once may have been mundane, but now is a highly anticipated return to normalcy.

   

Mako Sica & Hamid Drake

Experimental trio Mako Sica has teamed up the legendary jazz drummer Hamid Drake for on a new album called Balancing Star. The album is due out via Astral Spirit on April 17th and lead single and opening track, "Trapeze", can be heard below.

Mako Sica is the work of Przemyslaw Krys Drazek, Brent J Fuscaldo, and Chaetan Newell.

   

Wills McKenna "Clover"

Multi-instrumentalist Wills McKenna recently released a surprising and beautiful new single called "Clover". On the all too brief track he plays tenor sax and acoustic guitar over a droning cello track. This is the first new music from McKenna since his 2017 EP "Nothing Left".

McKenna is a member of the noisy Hip Hop and Jazz Fusion band Je'raf who recently released a a new album via Amalgam called Throw Neck.

   

Charles Rumback "June Holiday"

The latest album, June Holiday, from Drummer Charles Rumback is set to be released via Astral Spirits on April 10th. For this project Rumback is joined by Jim Baker on Piano and John Tate on Bass.

The album, Rumback's follow-up to 2019's Cadillac Turn's, kicks off with a composition by Baker called "Foglights".