@@@ Nubya Garcia: Inner Game (Concord, 2020) The first three listens today are from last week’s Line of Best Fit email. These days jazz out of London is a blend of Afrobeat, fusion jazz and a bit of what I guess I would call more American style jazz. And right on time this opens up with a Tony Allen style beat, a little proggy/fusion flavoring, some chill keyboard action and a sax melody. I could use some more fire here from the sax player, the drummer is doing all right. It’s a 7+ minute banger which does build slowly. Just after 4 minutes the keyboard player finishes up his/her Red Bull and shreds the keyboard with the drummer joining in. I dig this part for sure and wish they had started here and burned the whole thing down. Give the drummer some, he/she’s been rocking all the way through.
@@@ Samia: Big Wheel (Grand Jury, 2020) A pre-release track and it’s similar to the track below (I started listening on the third track today). Strummed acoustic guitar, same quasi confessional style lyrics. More rock production with a big straight laidback rock beat sitting underneath a lot of ambient sounds. Everbody must be refilling their coffee shop playlist so people can hang before this covid shit heads around for a second round through the human population to pick off the stupid and/or compromised animals. She’s got bad news but she didn’t fight, that’s the vocal hook. I like some of the ambient business that garnishes the track, the singer is a bit of a downer which she cops to — she got bad news but she didn’t fight. This could work for all you mopers out there! All right-y then.
@@@ Alex the Astronaut: Caught In The Middle (Nettwerk, 2020) From a record called The Theory of Absolutely Nothing. It opens as a modern Irish pub track, a bit melancholic, some acoustic guitar strum dee dum and sorta confessional lyrics. Rolling snare beat and electric guitar joins in for the second chorus and it’s a rollicking self aware party track with a bit of something blue in it. Some massive whoa-ah-ohs before it goes out on that rock with a bit of folk to it tip. This gal is Australian, I like her voice, the tunes are a bit staid for my taste.
@@@ Jeremiah Cymerman: Decay of the Angel (5049 Records, 2020) I saw this jazz composer/musician featured on a weekly email from the Brooklyn club Roulette. Cymerman is a clarintet improviser who lives in Brooklyn and he processes his instrument a bunch as well as celebrating his Jewish heritage. These are things I’ve read in the course of getting a tune. This is a 22 minute banger so I will check his flow and hang for a bunch of it. This opens with a lot of ambient feels — long notes on the clarinet and a slow emerging sub bass tone which may be a pitchshifted clarinet as it’s certainly not an upright bass. I’m not 100% but I believe this is going to be a solo clarinet piece, I’m not hearing anything besides clarinet and clarinet derived sounds. I like the electronic, staticky garnishes that come in. This works well as background music for me but as ambient music it’s a bit above average. I listen to a fairly large amount of ambient music and it could use a bit more development to get into the upper echelons of ambient.
YTD recordings listened to: 644
Good music, not list worthy: 336
Not good music: 289
Honorable Mentions: 0
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