@@@ Christian aTunde Adjuah: Ancestral Recall (Ropeadope, 2019) This New Orleans jazz musician is on Ted Gioia’s best of 2019. It doesn’t open as straight jazz record might, it’s ambient with world music influences as well as hippie music. The second tune switches to some pretty wicked hand drumming with Saul Williams (who I dig) doing some spoken word business. The word sprawling might fit for this record. Cosmic as well. I’m feeling this second tune — the sounds, the playing, the vibe of it. I appreciate this reimaging and merging of jazz ideas with other musics and concepts. The drumming is especially welcome to my listening as it adds so much energy to the music.
@@@ Daisy the Great: I’m Not Getting Any Taller (Paper Moon, 2019) A record that also appears on Ted Gioia’s best of 2019 list. It is female driven, intimate bedroom folk indie. In a rare turn for indie music the rhythm on the track opens up after the intro into some swinging. The lyrics revolve around relationships and self reflection while the music continues to bounce in a way less annoying than most indie music. It’s not really my thing but I get the appeal for sure. Creative arrangements, nice sounds and production, and lyrics that some may like. It’s not bedroom folk indie, that was just the intro to the first tune, it’s bouncy indie.
YTD recordings listened to: 671
Good music, not list worthy: 406
Not good music: 222
Honorable Mentions: 15
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