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March 2013
New York Daily News
Jim Farber -
The top 10 picks in music for the week of March 10, 2013 Japanese pianist Hiromi and her jazz trio have issued the CD 'Move.'

The top 10 picks in music for the week of March 10, 2013

Jim Farber

Hiromi's funk-infused jazz; sort-of-new Hendrix; all-new Dwight Yoakam; M.A.K.U. Soundsystem live; Apple and the Three Oranges rarities, and more

Published: Sunday, March 10, 2013, 6:00 AM
Updated: Sunday, March 10, 2013, 6:00 AM

Japanese pianist Hiromi and her jazz trio have issued the CD 'Move.'

1. Two Hours Traffic "Foolish Blood" Canada's Two Hours Traffic makes some of today's richest power pop, rippling with melodies and shimmering with guitar cascades.

2. Hiromi "Move" Japanese pianist Hiromi fronts a jazz trio who plays with a percussive flair. Though her combo touches on funk and classical etudes, they excel in their jazzy attack.

3. Jimi Hendrix "People , Hell and Angels" It's not the revelatory collection of never-before-heard tracks its creators have hyped. But the "new" Hendrix record does include fresh takes on the classics, with alternate vocalists, a second guitarist and solos the die-hards will swoon for.

4. Madeleine Peyroux "The Blue Room" Jazzy chanteuse Peyroux reimagines songs from Ray Charles' genre-bending 1962 album "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music." Happily, she adds her own smart modulations and mutations.

5. The Battle of Santiago "Followed by Thousands" Despite the Santiago moniker, no actual Chileans take part in this fiery Latin experiment. Instead, musicians from Cuba and Venezuela pair with ones from Toronto to blend art-rock, dub, electronica and Afro-Cuban jazz into a dense and worldly mix.

6. Superhuman Happiness "Hands" Brooklyn's Superhuman Happiness creates brisk, shifty and disjointed rhythms suggesting Frank Zappa and Pigface trying to solve a math-rock problem.

7. Various artists "Change the Beat: The Celluloid Records Story " Over the course of two disruptive CDs, this set collects some of the angriest and most inventive rhythms released by Celluloid in the '80s. Includes everything from French avant-garde rock to New York hip hop and jazz at its most progressive.

8. Apple and the Three Oranges "Free and Easy" Soul archivists, take note! This set corrals the uber-obscure 1970-75 recordings of Ed (Apple) Nelson's L.A. funk band, ones which gave James Brown's sound its own churning groove.

9. M.A.K.U. Soundsystem at Drom Some of the strongest Colombian rhythms can be found in Jackson Heights. Friday will see a roiling performance by that area's most accomplished band.

10. Dwight Yoakam "3 Pears" The country star's first album in seven years rates as one of his most clear-voiced and melodically tart.

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