@@@ Welf Dorr Unit: Blood (Chant Records, 2018) I got to this jazz record via a twat by Bird is the Worm on the Twatter. I saw a blurb somewhere calling this a blend of the raucousness of free jazz combined with funk and rock. Thus far I agree, there’s a guitar feeding back over a low bass groove and some spray drumming in this first tune. Think Sonny Sharrock after three cans of Red Bull. One of my big complaints when jazz musicians start to rocking is the lack of rocking sounds but the guitar tone and the bass tone are pretty aggressive and not wuss-a-fied. The second tune, Blood aspires to funkiness and does a good job getting there. The sax player doesn’t blow my mind but he pulls his/her weight in this funk/rock/jazz environment. The record sounds really good and I’m feeling the drummer and the guitar player.
@@@ Elle King: Shake the Spirit! (RCA, 2018) This is marketed as rock on the All Music notable release email, and it is, but this first tune seems pretty interested in putting white rock fannies on the dancefloor. I guess how you feel about this depends on how you define rock music. These tunes seem all lined up on Pro Tools grid lines and the lack of spontaneity is noticeable. It has no swing or freshness as it’s the sonic equivalent of frozen peas. The sounds are all right, but the record is really compressed which gives a squeezed feeling to the proceedings.
@@@ Raheem Davaughn: Decade of a Love King (Devaughn, 2018) Also off this week’ All Music notable release email. After a brief intro Davaughn gets into a slick groove with four on the floor kick drum, a ringing piano progression, some high synth garnish and a lot of vocals. A lot of vocal tracks. Devaughn can sing for sure and the second moves him into the loverboy neighborhood. He’s all about the love, why else would he be the love king? The sounds are very solid and he wants to get matching tattoos.
YTD recordings listened to: 590
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 314
Not good music: 241
Honorable Mentions: 6
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