@@@ Hans Ludemann and Trio Ivoire: Desert Rooms (Intuition, 2017) I got to this straight jazz record from a twat on the Twatter. This is the second piano trio record I’ve heard in the last week or so. I think the straight jazz piano record is the king of straight jazz in terms of seriousness and purpose. This one is spiced with an African instrumentalist to go with the piano and the drummer. Right now he’s taking a marimba type solo. There are a ton of wooden percussion marimba type instruments coming out of Africa so I can be forgiven for not knowing the name. God bless, this African dude is really changing the record for me. The piano player is pretty straight and the drummer I haven’t noticed much.
@@@ Pink: Whatever You Want (RCA, 2017) I checked out Pink’s other pre-release single What About Us and that was a massive cheese bomb and this one picks up right where that left of. I like Pink’s voice, it’s very strong and she works it hard but the lyrics — I don’t know when mainstream pop lyrics were a dime store New Age support group. I guess a bunch of these mainstream stars are more lifestyle brands than musicians. Pink is the sympathetic, no bullshit feelings guru and I actually find her more tolerable than Beyonce. It’s an electro pop arrangement with Pink doing her combination of bolstering and lamenting on the singer side of the equation.
@@@ 5j: barrow (5j barrow, 2017) I got to this indie folk EP via a music publicist email. This record is being touted as old school Greenwich Village folk and while that’s not necessarily my favorite sub genre I dig this first tune. I can imagine the young hipsters feeling this — the singer is polished, he’s no nasal Dylan sandpaper voice. The arrangement is stripped down with bass, acoustic guitar and voice, but it’s the singer that’s really the star here. This first tune (clipped below) Seagreen Dress does indeed explode with a drummer coming on and a female singer and a lot more energy. And back to the mellowness. Let’s peep more. I somehow skipped ahead because I’m more than a bit out of my mind but I’ve checked three tunes and I dig the opener the best (clipped below). As the NPR Tiny Desk brand displays there is more than a bit of NPR up in this folk record.
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Honorable Mentions: 6
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