@@@ James Brandon Lewis: Jesup Wagon (TAO Forms, 2021) All three of today’s listens are from an All Music notable release email from a few weeks ago. I’ve heard Lewis’ music before and have liked it. He’s got a strong tone, a little black church in his playing, and what I would call an upredictable and rebellious flow on his instrument. After a mellow sax intro the cornet player leans in with the rhythm section. I love how the bass player sounds on this record. The energy here is high and righteous. He’s not about sheer skronk. To my ears he’s riding a fine line between straight jazz and the wildness of free jazz but that’s just my ears. I urge folks to check this out, the record is really well recorded and these guys are putting some energy and soul into this music. I just checked the lineup here via the bandcamp page clipped below and he has William Parker on a couple of tracks and the fine drummer Chad Taylor so this is a team effort and a really good one at that.
@@@ TEKE::TEKE: Meikyu (Kill Rock Stars, 2021) This is the second to last track on this record from Kill Rock Stars. Outside of the track titled Serenade it’s all Japanese language titles and the lyrics are sung in Japanese which is very far from a no deal for me, I’m fine with it. This track clipped below is blustery with a jumpy guitar part, tom heavy drumming, some fairly intricate synchronized melodies, and a flute! Fuckin’ A, a flute! I dig the weird rock vibe here, it’s pleasantly art school, a bit weird but plenty of rocking to be had. A quiet flute solo, then a horn solo, then the rockin’ maelstrom returns and respect for mixing it up here. Another track here opens with a surf guitar guitar, then into a drum break, then a horn vamp.
@@@ Trevor Powers: Capricorn (Fat Possum, 2021) I chose the track on this record that is not a nature related title. So Ghosts of Shanghai it is, and it’s pleasantly lo fi with a piano, some swellings up and down, some flute action, and even an electric guitar working in and out. I will peep another track but this doesn’t have that certain slow hypnotic thing that draws me into an awesome ambient track, this sounds more like a song or a series of sounds. I clicked over to the second track Earth to Earth and the combination of the sounds chosen and the arrangement of the chosens sounds, that formula isn’t super working for me.