@@@ Turnstile: Non Stop Feeling (Roadrunner, 2016). A mash of arena rock and feel good Orange County rock that I got to via the CFUV weekly playlist email. It’s being marketed as hardcore and there’s a tad of it but there’s plenty of Motley Crue droppings here, especially the guitar player and the singer.
@@@ Keefe Jackson & Jason Adasiewicz: Rows and Rows (Delmark, 2016). A vibes and sax duo record that I also go to via the CFUV weekly playlist email. I’ve heard Adasiewicz’s music before and I think he’s talented and here you have the pleasure of the slicing sax tone over and together with the resonant beauty of the vibes. I love the sound of vibes. I’ve not heard Keefe Jackson’s playing before but I’m into it on this first tune. He’s neither full skronk nor full boring straight jazz — he’s got a really strong tone and plays with sharp energy. This is some fresh and interesting playing and I will circle back to this record.
@@@ The Claypool Lennon Delirium: Monolith of Phobos (ATO, 2016). Also off this week’s CFUV weekly playlist email. This first tune opens up hippie psych with some extensive double guitar jamming. This is not so awesome that I want it to continue for a long time but thankfully (somewhat) it has morphed into a proggy vibe with some art school lyrics. I’m not sure what the monolith of phobos is. Aye, aye this is a Sean Lennon co-effort. The sounds on the record are pretty awesome, the bass player is killing it, the guitar player not so much.
@@@ Cameron Graves: Adam and Eve (Featuring Kamasi Washington) (Sterling Silver, 2016). I saw this jazz pianist mentioned on the Twatter and this single almost 14 minute tune is all that is up from the album on Apple Music. Thus far I’m not super enjoying the solo piano that opens up the track. It’s a bit classical with a New Age swirl though I concede that is a selling point for a lot of folks. At about 3 minutes the whole band comes in and the drums sound great but the fusion/straight jazz vibe here is a wee bit underwhelming. I predict Kamasi Washington will enter with a monster, roof blowing solo layering on this fusion undercarriage. I’m enjoyng Graves’ solo more than I enjoyed the intro, it is more raucous and heartfelt and I feel if he had started closer to this I would have been drawn in much earlier. As always, these are my personal tastes and folks should peep for themselves.
YTD recordings listened to: 631
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 345
Not good music: 229
Honorable Mentions: 11
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Alexander Hawkins, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Dawn Richard, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Akitsa, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Destruction Unit, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Mystic Braves, Divanhana, Unrestrained, Moken, Systema Solar, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, The Lickshots, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Margo Price, Changui Majadero, Seratones, Joe Sticky, Vieux Kante, Keefe Jackson