Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Live Music: Tim Bloom, Orisha Sound, Ready to Rock the Alibi Tomorrow Night

It was tight traffic, as expected in the main studios of KOOL97FM this morning, but well worth the squeeze.
Tim Bloom

Orisha Sound
This writer was afforded, courtesy of  Michael  "Mikey T" Thompson's popular "Live Tuesdays" radio showcase, a "first listen to American guitarist-singer-songwriter Tim Bloom, who'll be featured at tomorrow night's "Jazz n' Cocktails" show at Kingston lounge the Alibi. Also appearing will be modern Jamaican duo Orisha Sound, who also played the KOOL FM studio.

Exuding a cool yet intense vibe, Bloom delivered two guitar-driven tracks "My Diamond" and the palpably soulful "Work It Out". Each in its own hearkened back to the true origins of rock as Black music, with strong soul and blues undertones, but delivered in a style that neatly incorporated contemporary influences. Bloom, who is also a member of John Legend's band,  reflected some of that influence, but also distinct overtones of Jimi Hendrix, as well as some of the soul legends of the 60s and 70s.

Orisah Sound did two recently released tracks  the "dance-trip" "Sunrise" and the more conventional dancehall piece "Emergency"  both to good effect, showing the high energy, musical sensibility and chemistry between the two (Russian-born Orisha and Jamaican Sheldon "Shel -K" Williams).

Williams indicated that the duo is working on a several significant projects through the spring and into this summer's upcoming Football World Cup 2018  (to be held in Russia).

check links for "My Diamond" and "Sunrise" vids below



This morning's "mini-sets" was an outing that augured well for tomorrow night's showcase, especially with the addition of Ozou'ne-led Pon Fyah band.

Also gracing the "Live Tuesday" broadcast were  Team Di Franco and the Jermaine Gordon  group

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