Upbeat

A load of the latest in heritage as Smokin' Joe gets nasty, Bill Frisell goes to Ghost Town, Greg Osby returns to form and everyone else gets the Gumbo once-over

One world, one world-music review: John Gentry Tennyson has a history of playing with jazzers like Randy Brecker, Dewey Redman and Al DiMeola, even though his roots are in classical music. On Europa (Angel), he mixes both with the terminally romantic music of Italy, Spain and France. Anyone stricken with the lust level of tango's Astor Piazzolla will find this an 8.5 on the Nookie-Enhancing Scale.

This month's Overlooked and Underrated artist: Holland's guitarist Stochelo Rosenberg sounds uncannily like his idol, Django Reinhardt, the patriarch of Europe's gypsy musicians. Rosenberg and his eye-crossing, 90 mph rants make those Guitar Player magazine cover icons sound like your 16-year-old metalhead cousin who, when not wetting the bed, lives to beat that one Metallica riff to death. If he happens to fry his frame changing a tube in his amp, use the corpse cash for Rosenberg's Caravan (Verve).

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