Reviews By Kevin M. Wilson
This is a delightful solo debut from a former rock drummer. While Mason’s name may not be instantly recognizable, most music enthusiasts would remember his work.
Mason previously kept the beat for a wide range of regional favorites including Paul K & the Prayers, The Blueberries, Yonders, and Big Maracas.
With Illumination, Mason finally steps up front to showcase his gifts as a pianist, vocalist, and arranger. Falling stylistically between Wilco and the Buena Vista Social Club, this record has an overall jazz flavor but is also replete with pop sensibilities.
This release will definitely appeal to the Norah Jones or Harry Connick, Jr. crowd, though, at least in terms of lyrics, there actually seems to be more depth to Mason’s work.
Luckily for us, Mason is still based over in
Tim Krekel Orchestra
A wide range of artists has interpreted the soulful songs of
Krekel has been known to dabble in a variety of genres. Over the years, he has performed and recorded beach (as a member of Jimmy Buffet’s Coral Reefer Band), blues, country, and 1960s-style rock ’n’ roll numbers. So, it is not surprising that an eclectic mix is what Krekel and his “orchestra” serve up on their new album.
A full sound replete with jingle-jangle guitars, keys, and a horn section makes this a fun listen throughout. Truly there aren’t any disappointments here but the standouts include “Casualties,” “It Don’t Bother Me,” and “Wilson Pickett.”
Watch for these local heroes to make their debut on the World Cafe radio broadcast later this month.