The following CD was reviewed for the Papatamus Column in Cadence Magazine, and will appear in the 2018 Annual Print Edition.
Bob Rusch in Cadence Magazine
BARRY WALLENSTEIN is a poet of some renown, whose 7 previous recordings have all employed jazz, some of which I’ve been involved in producing. His latest is LISBON SUNSET [Sintoma Records no number.] This was recorded 10/28/16 and is backed by Massimo Cavalli [b], Ricardo Pinheiro [gtr], Luis Barrigas [p/org], Jorge Moniz [drm]. These are accomplished musicians and play it light and leave plenty of space around Wallenstein’s readings of the 12 poems [29:44]. I enjoy his writing very much although I don’t claim to understand it all, but at least it is not full of Greek & Roman god references. His poems convey short stories full of characters and pretend places. But what I most enjoy about Wallenstein is his voice, it has a comforting tonality. He has, like Jean Shepherd or Walter Cronkite a voice that is instantly recognizable. With that voice some words have an expanded meaning and here it is willies, do the doo and pooped to name a few words. I suspect he would do a fine job reciting “ The Owl And The Pussy Cat”. His is a masterful voice; try it, you’ll like it. This set is too short.