New Music for Friday October 18th!
Mad Love – “ISH” – Gladitude Records
Band leader Kathleen Hollingsworth is based in Portland, OR and has been writing and performing for most of her life. She has studied piano and composition and together with band mate and drummer Brent Follis formed the group Mad Love. Together with bassist Dave Captien as well as several guest musicians, the group has released their latest work, and the culmination of playing together for four years, a CD simply titled “ISH.” This is basically a traditional jazz work and is also strongly vocal driven. However, there are hints of rock mixed in for flavor. This makes sense as Hollingsworth is both a lyricist as well as a composer in multiple genres. The eight tracks display a high degree of tight compositions as well as poetic lyrics. It has been called a work where East Coast Grit meets West Coast Soul. I’d agree with that assessment and add my own take – I thought it was very good music, music, in fact, I’d listen to again.