Bob Holman's Top 10 CDs of 2007
While You Were Gone, by Junior Burke
(Red Thread Records, 2007) Folks, if you’re looking for the deepest connect of poetry and rock’n’roll, the soulful verbalities of hey, you! Junior Burke will keep your mind dancing all night long. Backed by a totally swinging band with some real pretty picking, mark this one the Poetry Party of the Year, where everybody’s dancing, talking, and making love to and with language. Right now I’m devoted to “Bed Full of Blue” and “Walkin’ My Karma,” but the hits be changing often. One for the iPod!
Junior Burke's novel Something Gorgeous was released by Farfalla Press in 2004
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The Eye of the Falcon, by Anne Waldman & Ambrose Bye
(Farfalla Press, 2007) The volcanic performances of Anne Waldman should be sought out, are not to be missed. Here she serves up chamber settings of new work, accompanied by the quirky jazz hands of her son, Ambrose Bye, on piano. The result is like listening to love. Produced by the selfless team of po activists over at Farfalla Books, Gary Parrish and Tyler Burba.