@@@ Kadhja Bonet: Mother Maybe (Fat Possum, 2018) I was into Bonet’s debut and it made my year end list the year it came out. She’s switching gears to a more mainstream/old school disco era r&b sound. She’s traded in ethereal and intricate for smooth and funky. Her singing is all right but I wanted more of what she was dealing on her debut. I went back to her debut and checked out the track ‘Honeycomb’ on her debut and she’s much more in a Curtis Mayfield ’60s orchestrated soul vibe. I prefer that to this pre-release single, but a lot of people can’t get their heads around Curtis Mayfield.
@@@ Magnar Am: The Broken Vessel (Parma, 2018) I’m on the mailing list for this multi-genre label that if I remember correctly is located in New Hampshire, a hotbed of musical culture. The first piece is very ambient with a spacious and loping trumpet solo. Some marimba type action is slowly appearing and the pace is slow but engaging. There is at least one percussionist here and the playing is good but I would refer listeners to a classic Bill Dixon record if you want some ambient jazz.
@@@ La Mecanica Popular: Roza Cruz (names You Can Trust, 2018) I got to this experimental/progressive Latin recording via a music publicist email. You can only sample one track from the record at the bandcamp page displayed below and my first impression is they’ve mashed together Latin percussion with Bitches Brew era jazz keyboard playing. It’s proggy and nerdy and out there but funky and rhythmically powerful at the same time. There is some electric guitar garnish/freakout to go with it. The big jam evolves over time but there’s not quite enough to keep me engaged for the whole 13+ minutes. Solid B+ and folks who like this should check out Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus.
YTD recordings listened to: 175
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 93
Not good music: 78
Honorable Mentions: 3
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