Mr. Hollywood, Jr. 1947

Michael Penn

Mr. Hollywood, Jr. 1947

August 2, 2005

Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

A loosely constructed song cycle concerning post-World War II Los Angeles, Mr. Hollywood, Jr. 1947 sees Michael Penn forgo the traditional narrative and stick to what he does best; writing biting and beautiful songs about relationships that are failing, have failed, or are suspiciously working. He lets the year's historical events wrap his characters in the kind of sepia-tone strokes of nostalgic Hollywood gossamer that would make both Frank Capra and Tom Waits proud.

- James Monger

Samba de Flora

Airto / Airto Moreira

Samba de Flora

October, 1989

Crossover Jazz

An effusively performed minor classic of Brazilian jazz fusion, percussionist Airto Moreira's 1988 album Samba de Flora found him diving into an organic mix of originals and covers alongside equally gifted collaborators including his wife vocalist Flora Purim, Argentine pianist Jorge Dalto, bassist Alphonso Johnson, percussionist Don Alias, Cuban conga player Cachete, and others. The album was originally released on the cult independent Montuno Records label, based out of the Record Mart record store located in the Times Square subway station.

- Matt Collar