CD Review: Artie Traum | Music | Hudson Valley | Hudson Valley; Chronogram
Pin It

CD Review: Artie Traum 

click to enlarge cd-artie-traum.gif


Roaring Stream Records, 2007

Given the melodic crispness and vitality of Artie Traum’s playing on his widely acclaimed instrumental recordings, notably 2004’s Acoustic Jazz Guitar, 2001’s The Last Romantic, and 2000’s Letters from Joubee, one could easily overlook his masterful songwriting abilities. And with his Lyle Lovett-like, comfortable-as-an-old-shirt vocals, and picking style that breezes from Greenwich Village through Birdland to the Catskills, it’s easy to understand why.

Opening with the effervescent “Bonnie Jean” (hey, Steely Dan, give Traum a call) the groove never stops. Try not moving to the bossa nova title track or the Brazilian bop of “Back in the Sugarcane.” With help from bassist Tony Levin, Traum’s take on the traditional “Cuckoo Bird” gets an especially percolating treatment. “Last Tree In The Bronx,” “Halifax,” and “That Secret Place” (the first and former co-written with Wendy Waldman) only serve to magnify Traum’s long-standing reputation for being a musical storyteller of the highest caliber.

Given an irrepressible vibe by producer Waldman, Traum’s all-star local band—Levin, drummer Gary Burke, pianist Warren Bernhardt and special guests like John Sebastian —lead us on an invigorating tour of Americana.

Speaking of...

Pin It


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

Hudson Valley Events

submit event

Common Ground

Oct. 6-Nov. 13 — A photography exhibition by Ellen Lynch. The exhibit pairs separate photographs of...

View all of today's events

Latest in Music

Related to Music

  • The Moonlights Sunday Brunch
  • The Moonlights Sunday Brunch

    The Moonlights, a debut musical collaboration for families, is making the rounds at a series of live performances, including two of the upcoming Sunday Brunch at the Falcon in Marlboro.
    • Mar 20, 2017
  • Opera in Phoenicia Park
  • Opera in Phoenicia Park

    With its open-air format, where attendees picnic in the parks and watch the stars emerge during performances, and its $5 youth tickets, the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice is the perfect place to share with children a love of music and theater, in a variety of styles.
    • Jul 25, 2016
  • More »

More by Mike Jurkovic

Hudson Valley Tweets