Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams - Third Plane

Some highly pleasurable excursions from these three, who previously got their ya-ya's out as members of Miles' second quintet. Vibes to contemplate by. 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Hi there! Repost from Microphones in the Trees

Happy new year, folks. No new albums to post at the moment, but I noticed that Microphones in the Trees posted a review of the new album by Baltimore natives Rod Hamilton and Tiffany Seal, "Versatile Ambience." Thought I'd add my praise to the solid review from MitT; I've had the pleasure of seeing Rod perform many times over the years, and his new collaborations with Tiffany are breathtakingly lovely. Really happy to see/hear an album's worth of these tunes emerge. Please check out their music here and buy a copy of the tape!

Here's a video of Rod and Tiffany doing what they do, inimitably, at an iteration of a yearly art showcase I put on w/ friends in the Baltimore area:

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Gentle Giant - Three Friends

Been a little quiet around here lately. Mostly been listening to things too new to share / things shared elsewhere. But this one's been on repeat for a month or so. I'd never paid GG much mind - kind of lumped with a bunch of unheard British prog I didn't think I needed to listen to. Everyone makes mistakes.

From wiki: 

"This was the band's first concept album, and was based around the theme of three boys who are "inevitably separated by chance, skill, and fate" as they become men. Over the course of the album, the three friends travel on from being childhood schoolfriends to become, respectively, a road digger, an artist, and a white-collar worker. In the process, they lose their ability to relate to each other or understand each other's lifestyles."

Easy to make the analogical leap across the pond...

Really love the jazzy opening to "Schooldays" and the vocal arrangement, the multitracked touches to "Working All Day"... solid through and through.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Teddy Lasry - Seven Stones

Going to a so-called new age/crystal power concert tonight. Advertised as "a night of healing." No better time I guess.

Or let those wounds sting and smash the 1% white supremacist patriarchy.

Either way, you'll need to chill out/rebuild your strength sometime, and this mix of tunes by French library whiz Lasry will aid you well. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

"Blue" Gene Tyranny - The Intermediary

Beautiful interplay between mildly harsh electronics and piano that itself shifts from jazz tropes to note clusters I have trouble imagining a human being playing. This post comes hot off the heels of seeing Matmos interpret sections of Robert Ashley's "Perfect Lives" (to which Tyranny contributed), a stunning rendition, check it out if you haven't already, Europe! 

(Not surprising, but, no youtube preview...)