Category Archives: Jazz

Music Listens for January 2-6

I’ve still been playing with the idea of putting together a best-of list, which would require I take a thorough accounting of every album I’ve listened to this entire year, then making a list of what I thought were the best ones. Fun fun.

Anyway, here’s my list for this week.

Sun Ra – The Futuristic Sounds of…
Someone how I pulled this out of the stack and listened to it quite a bit.

Snowman – Absence
I’ve always enjoyed this album , but each time I listen to it I wonder about just what it contributes to the landscape of post-rock. In any case, it’s a joy to listen to.

Miles Davis – Sketches of Spain
Needless to say, this is a classic.

Grant Green – First Session
This guy plays jazz guitar like few others.

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Music Listens for December 26-30

I can’t believe this is the last week of the year! Well, I’ve been toying with the idea of creating a best of 2011 list (each year I question whether I should put one together or not, and each year I inevitably put one together.)

Anyway, here’s my list for this week, which, I must say, has been mostly a week of oldies.

Elder – Dead Roots Stirring
Here’s some amazing heavy, doomy, rifftastic music. I’m not sure that I have a favorite doom metal album for this year, but I’m leaning towards this one.

Graveyard – Hisingen Blues
I think the title is supposed to sound like “high singin’ blues,” but who am I to say. It sound a lot like Radio Moscow or a more southern bluesy version of the Black Keys. It’s good.

Free – Fire and Water
What is there to say about such an awesome band?

Bill Evans – Sunday at the Village Vanguard
And again, what can I say about such a legendary musician.

Jimmy Reed – Live at Carnegie Hall
For me, Jimmy Reed has been an underrated blues musician. One must listen to him with an intent ear because his high points are subtle. Here’s a good one.

Also posted in Blues, Classic Rock, Doom Metal, Video

What I Listened to the Most this Week: 2/7–2/11

It’s week 5 in the quarter and we’re on a roll!
“Kahlil The Prophet”
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What I Listened to the Most This Week: January 31- February 4

It was a quick week, but the tunes were a-plentiful.

Del Rey – Immemorial

This is some good, straight forward, guitar driven post rock. Every song builds to a fine crescendo, and keeps me interested throughout the LP.

Jakob – S/T ep

This is an oldy but a super goodie. Gattaca is a song that you have to listen to on a good stereo with plenty of bass to really get the full effect.

Dukatalon – Saved by Fear

Here’s some heavy, heavy sludge metal from Israel. They’ve got quite a sound.

Eric Dolphy – Last Date

Basically classic jazz.
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What I Listened to the Most This Week: January 24-28

Yes, I know, the “what i listened to the most this week” posts have basically dropped off since last October. Well, without excuse, I am announcing they are back. I hope you enjoy.
They’re another garage rock, white stripes/black keys emulator, but hey, I like that stuff.
Sam Beam gambles with an aesthetic departure, taking stylistic leaps and bounds from “Woman King,” “The Creek Drank the Cradle,” and “Our Endless Numbered Days,” while continuing where “The Shepherds Dog” left off. Many people may not like this, but, regardless, the songwriting is as compelling as ever.
Modern avant-garde at it’s best. I didn’t know jazz musicians were still making this stuff. There are a few missteps when they get a little too electronic, but otherwise, this is a supremely enjoyable album to soak up.
Here’s a wonderful slab of sometimes fast, sometimes slow, ultra heavy sludge. They don’t overdo it with the vocals. They’re not monotonous and know how to strike a balance that keeps the LP interesting throughout.
Here’s a fabulously produced and arranged piece of heavy, heavy post-rock-esque instrumental sludge metal music. I come back to this one over and over, and despite not having any vocals, it always elicits an emotional response in me. Beware, the songs are between 9:37 and 13:17 minutes long.
This band initially reminded me of some 60’s British rock send-off, but as I listened to them more, I got them more. Enjoy
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