Thursday, July 3, 2008

Amazon Review: Parador

Much like Jackie Greene, Wisely was an artist that I learned about through Vine. You seen my review for his self titled CD on Vine earlier this year, but I recently picked up his previous CD, Parador. I have posted the lone review for it on Amazon. As I mentioned in a previous post, I think a lot of him because he seems like a regular guy who happens to be a musician living. Perhaps I biased, but I think he's a good artist. He and Jackie Greene are different enough that it is difficult to place one higher than the other. What I can say is that you can usually find at least one CD from one of these two in my car at all times. I'd love to hear your thoughts on these guys if they pass muster with you.

Until next time...


Anonymous said...

Wow I went to myspace music to listen to this guy and the regular version California came and I thought "Who are you and what have you done with my friend P" However, other songs like Through Any Window, cracked world view, Ella, Erase me, and the solo acoustic version of California redeemed the artist.

I'm trying to put a finger on what he sounds like. Some songs make we think Beatle-esque which I'm not sure is accurate.

If I had to pit this guy vs. Jackie Greene I would go with Greene.

Philip Heath said...

They are fairly different artists. I think Jackie Greene is much more bluesy than Wisely.

I have to admit, that Wisely was not exactly in my wheelhouse. I originally passed on his most recent CD the first time it was offered on Vine. When it came up a second time, I went to his web site again. After listening to a few songs again, something clicked. I decided to snag it, and it has been one of my favorites since then.

Some music you know the first time you hear the first song that it's going to be something you really like. Other music has to grow on you. In some ways it is similar to coffee and beer. My first experience with both of these was rather repulsive, but they are two of my favorite things now. My initial reaction to Wisely wasn't so strong, but I guess my point is that it was more of an acquired taste.