Steely Dan – Aja

★★★★★ = Classic, essential listening

What’s it sound like?
Intellectual light radio rock

Thoughts
I’ve begun to appreciate Steely Dan more as I grow older. Their brand of breezy light rock with this lingering darkness appeals to me. They capture life’s disappointments in a distinct way, as if they’re always sitting on the border of being cheesy; like an inside joke at times. Is this Satire?

Humor aside, this is really catchy pop rock with articulate and relatable lyrics. A classic rock staple.

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Rating: 5 out of 5

 

Gene Harris – Instant Party

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?
Light groovy jazz

Thoughts
Great playing is on display here but I didn’t find anything that memorable. This would work well as jazzy daytime background music.

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Roy Ayers – Virgin Ubiquity (Unreleased Recordings 1976-1981)

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?

Roy Ayers signature funk jazz constructed with pop/r&b vocalists.

Thoughts

I’m not intimately familiar with his catalog but this veers to the lighter side as an r&b album. I found the singers lacking in personality but roys funk is in full effect. I like the instrumental tracks like green and gold featuring a solo vibraphone.

Nothing special, he’s got better stuff.

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https://www.discogs.com/Roy-Ayers-Virgin-Ubiquity-Unreleased-Recordings-1976-1981/release/245053

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Jimmy McGriff – Electric Funk

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?

Funky instrumental rhythm and blues

Thoughts

Dirty like the meters with the great Jimmy McGriff on organ. This recording is particularly rich which makes it a great example of the era. Not a lot of variety but it’s constantly building and unfolding, made especially effective by the use of brass.

The 2nd half after bird wave is where it’s at.

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https://www.discogs.com/Jimmy-McGriff-Electric-Funk/release/2557960

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Greeen Linez – The Calm

⭐⭐

I like a lot of the vaporwave ideas here but it’s just not very good now is it ?

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Greeen Linez – Things That Fade

⭐⭐⭐

Super clean vaporwave inspired electro. Side one is good, side two drags.

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The Three Pieces – Vibes Of Truth

⭐⭐

Tight jazz-funk notable as being produced by Donald Byrd. An inconsistent album but good for Sunday background music around the house.

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