@@@ Eric Revis: Baby Renfro (Pyroclastic Records, 2020) I got to this jazz bassist’s track after seeing a review of his new record up on the twatter. The kickoff track on Revis’ records comes out sharply funky with some very nice piano key percussive mangling that gives the track an African feel. Revis’ tone is thick and muscular. My least favorite part of the tune is the horn playing, I’m feeling the off kilter playing of the majority of players. I’m really enjoying the rhythm section and the piano player here. I been doing a bit of surfing as this record plays and I’m enjoying the second and third tunes more than the kickoff jam.
@@@ Butcher Brown: #KingButch (Concord, 2020) More jazz, this time from Concord whose jazz I usually don’t enjoy a ton. An MC kicks the tune off with a microphone check before we slip into a late night half booty jam/half hip hop/third smooth jazz flow. The MC returns for more after the intro. I feel my attention is split between the band and the MC and I end up enjoying each of them less. It’s not my favorite style of jazz and I tend to like the art hop or the grizzy business so it doesn’t work for me there either. I don’t buy the mash but I get that others might find it interesting.
@@@ Osees: Red Study (Castle Face, 2020) Avant-garage punk is what last week’s All Music notable release email says. We shall see! This is the fourth track on the record and it comes out rocking but not guitar rocking, a rock groove with a world-ish horn blast before a strange, Golem-y vocalist comes in. It’s a fresh mix for sure. It’s got a darkness to it that one wouldn’t find in an art school type of project and it is unabashedly strange. I feel like this track is a Led Zeppelin send up, it’s pretty spot on in parodying the Zep state of mind. I could be totally wrong on this but it has the big drums, the rock groove bass, some jagged guitar playing and the singer works that vein. The player clicked forward and it’s a full fuzz-fest bringing the drums and some wild ass surf guitar all served over a bed of fuzz guitar and fuzz bass. I might have to circle back on this biscuit as there’s some content in here. I peeped four of the tracks here and while they jump around all over the place they seem coherently and authentically nutty. I always appreciate the people who color outside the lines.
@@@ Dan Weiss STAREBABY: Episode 18 (Pi, 2020) A jazz drummer’s shout out to metal and electronica music. Episode 18 is the 13 minute opening track to the record and my initial impression is that you need to use some version of metal production if you’re going for metal otherwise your heavy music is going to sound mad proggy, which this does. I don’t mind prog music but I love me a full on head crusher of a metal track. I would say this music needs to get compressed and roughed up as it stands right now it’s quite downtown NYC prog wannabe metal. Instrumentation here is guitar, drums and bass as well as electronics either rocked during tracking or during mixing. When they get to the crescendo it doesn’t crush as it should.
YTD recordings listened to: 740
Good music, not list worthy: 399
Not good music: 319
Honorable Mentions: 5
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