@@@ Nnamdi: My Life (Sooper Records, 2020) I got to this Chicago Nigerian American musician via a feature on the Vice website. He comes out both retro funky and rockin’. A drummer, poppin’ off, some guitar riffing that’s a bit aggro but nothing too punky/metal. Nnamdi layers over this band arrangement which is taking a mild Captain Beefheart turn a bunch of vocal tracks that smooth over the band a bit or contrast with it. To my ears it’s an excellent smash of white and black musical ideas. A smashup of Funkadelic and Captain Beefheart/Zappa is pretty unexpected.
@@@ Mike Fahie: Urban(e) (Greenleaf, 2020) I saw this jazz trombonist’s new record up on the Twatter. I will be checking out Prelude Op. 28 No. 20 and that makes me feel a bit fancy just typing that. As the video says below these are Puccini pieces re-imagined by this gent Mr. Fahie and thus far I feel the vibe. He’s honored the classical heritage while bringing the improvised element into the proceedings. Oh, I’m an idiot there is a variety of pieces here from classical music land — Stravinsky, Bach and Beethoven amongst others. I’m on the third piece and it feels a bit like a poo poo platter at an old school Chinese restaurant — the playing is extremely polished and thought out producing moments of jazz/classical resolution but I would have preferred a deep dive of all Stravinsky or all Bach. That’s just me dig it if you will.
@@@ Wood Lake: Lost Meaning (Lakewood, 2020) Some old school guitar indie I got to via a music publicist email. Also a dollop of shoegaze up in there. Rocking and comforting at the very same time, how ’bout dat? The singer is mad gentle, you might catch him snacking on a vegan brownie in the bookstore, he’s just that friendly. It comes down t a hippi-ish section with a bowed cello, a little piano, and some mad mellow singing. And I’m guessing, there it is, the rock is gonna come back and they’re gonna chug out on the intro vibe. There’s more swirling shoegaze as the tune exits stage right, vegan brownie style.
@@@ Jimi Tenor: Lover’s Bridge (Philophone, 2020) Some breezy funk out of the same German label that brought you Guy One, one of my favorite records of the 2010s. This is slotted as funk. I like the bass player a whole bunch but I’m not a huge fan of the keyboard sound, the smoot vibes of a track called Sugar and Sprice and I’m agnostic on the horns. If folks like smoother, fusion-y funk then have at it I don’t hold nothing against nobody.
YTD recordings listened to: 664
Good music, not list worthy: 346
Not good music: 299
Honorable Mentions: 0
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