Music for 8/19/20!!! Josh Johnson, Russell E.L. Butler, Duval Timothy, Bill Frissell

@@@ Josh Johnson: 856 (Northern Spy, 2020) A just over two minute electronic jazz single I got to via the label email list that I’m on.  It opens up with a couple of breathing synths, one fast and one slow, and then one really fast, and then one more serpentine and that one sounds like a processed sax but I could be wrong on that.  Then a sound like a two note bowed sound, and then some super high bird like sounds, and my impression of the whole track is that it’s pleasantly kaleidoscopic, defined by all the layers and not anchored in a particular melody.  A lot of this kind of music can easily collapse into New Age feels and this doesn’t which I’m grateful for.

@@@ Russell E.L. Butler: I Know I Am Petty (Ghostly, 2019) I’ve been finding slightly off the radar African American electronic musicians via this onlin music mag so the next two listens are from that weekly email.  I try to check out Ghostly releases but this one slipped past me.  This musician lives in the Bay Area and is of Caribbean descent — I seen that on his Apple music blurb.  A squoinking active bass sits in the middle of a lot of layers of rhythms — tambourine (what no cowbell?) classic open hi hat, four on the floor and then garnished with spaceship delayed synth bleeps.  It’s all right, very groovy, and a bit straighter than what I hope for.  He gets into a repeating wind patch melody as well as adding an alarm type sound.  I want this to work for me but I’m only halfway there.

@@@ Duval Timothy: Slave (Carrying Color, 2020)  Not electronic but a slow piano jam.  Oh I went back to the GooglePimp and it says Mr. Timothy blends jazz with electronic music here.  The most notable feature is the singing of the word slave – sung alone and sung in chorus and it’s really impressively jarring — then a spoken word section comes in discussing how a record label owns the master and the artist is a slave.  I like harmonizing most of all and am agnostic on the piano and kinda feel like I wish it had stuck with slave but not introduced the side concept of musicians as slaves (which I don’t disagree with).  More sounds get added to the mix as the song progresses — a shreddy guitar, etc.

@@@ Bill Frisell: Valentine (Blue Note, 2020)  Are you having trouble sleeping?  Can’t settle down at night and get a solid 8?  Try some Bill Frisell, one of the sleepiest motherfuckers rocking a jazz guitar that you will ever come across.  He is joined here by drummer Rudy Royston who I really like and he perks up the business as is his steady contribution across jazz, but he ain’t playing the guitar!  He can only do so much, he is just one man.  I like the upright player but this is straight vanilla, missionary position action here.  However I can recommend this as outstanding brunch music as well as a sleeping aid.  Or a sleepy brunch where you’re chewing a bagel and nodding off at the same time.  Or a get together for folks on opioids who are staring out into space all numbed out in a chill manner.  So many uses.  The sounds are great, the drumming is lively, big fat bass sound.

YTD recordings listened to: 632
Good music, not list worthy: 322
Not good music: 283

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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