Jeff Beck – Blow By Blow

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

Sounds like?
Guitar driven classic rock

Moods
Collins Basement

Thoughts

The songwriting reminds me of prog rock due to a series of time changes and chops but at its core this is ‘classic rock’ through and through.

Songs are structured around Beck’s guitar playing and feature some great keys solos and impeccable drumming and bass. Beck’s style is fantastic: technical and precise while still maintaining a groove.

While later tracks like ‘scatterbrain’ kick things into full-on rock, I really like the easy-going, latin-tinged ‘she’s a women’.

Solid record.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Jeff-Beck-Blow-By-Blow/release/1929704

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwUq8ZE3d7c
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcGlc45uHOo
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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Kneebody – Anti-Hero

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

Sounds like?
Rhythmic modern jazz with rock chops

Thoughts
This record is a very successful marriage of jazz and rock, listening notes:

* Like the drum player a lot here, uses the full range of his kit. Keys too, layers well.
* ‘Uprising’ is a good track, the 2nd half I could see extending into a tension building jam live.
* ‘Drum battle’ takes that and builds it into something a bit heavier.
* The sax player has great solos on drum battle and profar. Good use of distortion but otherwise the playing isn’t quite soulful enough.
* Album has a good flow. Almost has a classical like sway to it. Notes are long and melodic. I’d say this is where the ‘cool’ could be upped with this band..

More Info
https://www.discogs.com/Kneebody-Anti-Hero/release/10046749

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Yasuaki Shimizu – Kakashi

⭐⭐⭐⭐

What’s it sound like?
Difficult to describe, I guess I’d call this experimental new wave jazz; compositionally close to modern classical.

Thoughts
It’s best to approach this with an open mind as it’s not really like anything else I’ve heard before. The album incorporates a number electro, pop, marimba, world, and dub moments and combines them into an engaging and exciting listen. I can see this album aging well as it rewards repeat listens with its layers and subtleties, even on my first few listens I found myself finding new things.

To me this is what the avant garde should be: exploring new ideas through familiar approaches.

More Info:

https://www.discogs.com/Yasuaki-Shimizu-Kakashi/release/11179432

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