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MadTracks -- 'Up Jumped Spring' by the Alison Margaret and the A.M. Jazz Quintet

Jazz singer Alison Margaret takes a big chance on her version of Freddie Hubbard's "Up Jump Spring," a song on the new album Come Sunday by the A.M. Jazz Quintet. Instead of working with her full quintet here, though, she essays the entire tune with only Kevin Martinez's dancing acoustic bass for accompaniment. That's a test of her intonation, of course, and she passes it with flying colors >More
 MadTracks -- 'I've Got You for Christmas' by The New Wrecking Crew

Bob Hemauer, celebrated bartender at Samba and erstwhile bass player for Pupy Costello & His Big City Honky Tonk, sends along this tune by email with little warning as to its contents, so that's how we provide it to you. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Check Yourself' by Vibe Syndicate

With so many jam acts dipping their toes into soul and funk, young folks may get the impression that a popping bass solo and an endlessly repeated refrain are all it takes to keep the party people satisfied. But that couldn't be farther from the truth. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Wedding Day' by Blueheels

A spare acoustic guitar figure serves as the intro to this country-rock morsel from the Blueheels. But that's a tease. As with a lot of the Neenah/Madison band's material, "Wedding Day" features brisk verses that jump to a gallop as twangy guitars, an urgent, train-kept-a-rollin' drum part and lead singer Robby Schiller's desiccated moan make a strong push for airplay. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Top of the World' by God-des and She

Ex-Madisonians God-des and She announce their arrival on the national stage with "Top of the World," the lead track on their new album Stand Up. This steady rolling track is lushed up by local knobtwister DJ Pain 1with echoed horn samples and slapped from behind with a floorboard rumbling kick drum that thumps the murky depths with all the power and glory of an old-school 808. >More
 MadTracks -- 'On the Bus' by Elliott Kozel

The Elliott Kozel of Sleeping in the Aviary and Elliott Kozel the solo artist are very different animals. With the former, Kozel careens through inspired pop tunes that are by turns ramshackle, anarchic and sweet. As a solo artist, he paints in far more muted colors. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Manic' by Jim Schwall

Jim Schwall adapts a conversational tone on "Manic," a nonchalant country blues number about a female partner who's unable or unwilling to master her moods. And since this is a live performance, it's easy to imagine a rapt audience leaning in a little closer at Mother Fool's Coffeehouse >More
 MadTracks -- 'La Policia' by Infantry Rockers

Now based out of both New Orleans and Madison, these days Infantry Rockers draw inspiration from across the Caribbean basin as well as Central America and Africa. But reggae still plays a big part in their propulsive, politically charged sound system. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Cloudy' by Ritt Dietz

A professor of French by day, Kentucky native Ritt Deitz spends his off hours perfecting evocative singer-songwriter material that runs from spare, poetic tone poems to tough-minded roots fare. "Cloudy" falls into the latter category. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Snow and Joy' by Null Device

Eric Oehler's elastic vocals are more out front on a number of the other tracks on the group's new album Excursions, but his performance here has a Romanticism about it that's redolent of the Moorish conquest and the cultural changes it wrought on the Iberian peninsula. >More
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