If there's one thing that Chicago alt-country clearing house Bloodshot Records does exceptionally well, it's compiling multi-artist tribute discs, and their new Hard Headed Woman: A Celebration Of Wanda Jackson is no exception. The funny thing about this salute to the proto femme rocker is that the contributions of Bloodshot's own artists - Neko Case (Brown-Eyed Handsome Man), Nora O'Connor (Sticks And Stones) and Trailer Bride (Fujiyama Mama) - are once again eclipsed by those of invited guests like the fabulous Kristi Rose (This Should Go On Forever), Kim Lenz (Cool Love) and Wayne Hancock (Let's Have A Party). Incidently, Jesse Sykes , who scores with a soulful take on Weary Blues, plays the Rivoli Sunday (September 26).
Take a Chance
Three cheers - no, make that four cheers to Ze Records for putting out four classics from New York jazz-punk delinquent James Chance . The confrontational blurt boss is well represented by 79's Off White and Buy and 83's Flaming Demonics (each with bonus tracks), while the largely overlooked Live Aux Bains Douches - Paris 1980 holds the most surprises. Not just because it's an exceptionally clean recording, but for the unhinged covers of Michael Jackson 's Don't Stop Till You Get Enough and James Brown 's I Got You and King Heroin. Skronkingly delicious.
Brit jazz revival
While the Impressed With Gilles Peterson series of vintage British modern jazz samplers have been less than dazzling documents, the good thing is that they've spawned an offshoot Universal Jazz reissue series, Impressed Re-pressed , which just launched with Mike Westbrook 's Celebration, Michael Garrick 's Troppo (featuring Norma Winstone), Neil Ardley 's Greek Variations and Mike Taylor 's Trio. The most intriguing of the bunch is the wildly obscure Integration album by late Goan guitar great Amancio D'Silva, who fluidly swings with strangely surfy Wes Montgomery-via-Bombay elegance, accompanied by the mighty trumpet-tenor sax tandem of Ian Carr and Don Rendell and a charging rhythm section. Deep.