@@@ Satoko Fuji: Toward, ‘To West’ (Enja, 2007) Some pretty and contemplative free jazz that I got to via a concert announcement from an independent media/concert venue in Troy New York. The first tune opens up with some hand shaker, light percussion and Mark Dresser on bass. Dresser is a world class player. After that extended intro Fuji enters with some sparse but well chosen playing. After some fairly straight trio playing the tune uncoils and Fuji plays more assertively and more dynamically. From there we get some partially disguised grooves and more dynamics. This is very high quality improvisation in my opinion, so check out the first tune below. Imma gonna swing back on this record.
@@@ Missy Elliott: Where They From (Goldmine/Atlantic, 2015). Some funky and out hip hop from the queen Missy Elliott. Excellent sliding fat bass over quasi-chopped and pumping beats. The human copy machine Pharrell Williams (aka the Hat Man) is on this track and he’s not annoying. I’m sure he’s rocking the hat in the video. Missy Elliott is funky and that’s all there is to it. Check her out, this is a high quality jam.
@@@ DIEUF-DIEUL DE THIES: Aw Sa Yone, Vol. 1 (Teranga Beat). This 1980 re-issue is #1 on the charts at WRIR in Virginia. I’m gonna have to hit the Duck Duck Go to find out where he hails from — Imma guessing West Africa. Senegal, bingo bitches! This first tune starts stretching out with some serious guitar jam action that puts 99% of the white boys to shame, the rhythm section is fairly relentless, the singing beautiful. The record sounds vintage — not bad to my ears at all, but not super hyped the way a lot of records are these days. I like the second tune even more with its funkier beat and the great percussion.
@@@ Numbers: Daughter (Glassnote, 2015). A single that ‘floats through sounds and space with ease and grace.’ I’m not sure about that as once the contemplative open gives way to a sort of New Age musical arrangement, but I do give respect for the singer saying she feels numb. There’s a whole lot of numbness out there that never gets mentioned (except by Pink Floyd!). Outside of that lyric I found it to be big on drama and a tad low on the emotional content. If you dig the Kate Bush you might feel this.
YTD recordings listened to: 938
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 529
Not good music: 325
Honorable Mentions: 21
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