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Tag Archives: Jazz

Will DiMaggio – At Ease

17-Aug-18

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening What’s it sound like? Happy left field electro. Discogs calls this future jazz which I’ll need to check out. Has a funky sort’ve new world vibe to it, cool pan flute sound. Thoughts This is really good, fresh and original sound. He successfully builds on the retro la-funk […]

Ryo Fukui – Scenery

14-Aug-18

★★★★★ = Classic, essential listening What’s it sound like? Proper Jazz piano trio Thoughts Solid and highly accessible jazz album. A mix of originals and standards, each feels perfect. Lyrical playing and agile without feeling over the top. Recommended. More Info https://www.discogs.com/Ryo-Fukui-Scenery2/release/7296774 Listen! Youtube Spotify Schema Info Ryo Fukui – Scenery Description: Album Review of […]

Gene Harris – Instant Party

01-Aug-18

★★☆☆☆ = 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. More Info https://www.discogs.com/Gene-Harris-Instant-Party/release/6358953 Listen! Spotify Schema Info Gene Harris – Instant Party Description: Album Review of Gene Harris – Instant Party […]

Duke Ellington And His Orchestra – Ellington Uptown

30-Jul-18

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine What’s it sound like? Big band / swing Thoughts Not really my thing but ode to Harlem is amazing. Take the a-train is an obvious classic too though I prefer covers of it. More Info https://www.discogs.com/Duke-Ellington-And-His-Orchestra-Ellington-Uptown/release/5328998 Listen! Youtube Spotify Schema Info Duke Ellington And His Orchestra – Ellington Uptown Description: Album […]

Maynard Ferguson Octet – Maynard Ferguson And His Octet

27-Jul-18

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine What’s it sound like? Big band with impressive trumpet Thoughts Just fine if big band is your thing More Info https://www.discogs.com/Maynard-Ferguson-Octet-Maynard-Ferguson-And-His-Octet/release/9193213 Listen! Spotify Schema Info Maynard Ferguson Octet – Maynard Ferguson And His Octet Description: Album Review of Maynard Ferguson Octet – Maynard Ferguson And His Octet Written by: stan Rating: […]

Material – Secret Life

26-Jul-18

★★★☆☆ = Good! What’s it sound like? 80s punky jam art rock Thoughts Interesting and full of energy, slightly abrasive at times which gives it a nice edge. Sounds like a number of things from the era but manages to carve a distinct sound. Little in the way of structure, seems a whole bunch of […]

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

06-Jul-18

★★☆☆☆ = 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 […]

Lee Morgan – The Gigolo

01-Jul-18

★★★☆☆ = Good! What’s it sound like? Swinging Bop Thoughts An all around solid bop outing: ‘Yes I can, no you can’t’ starts things off strong with a number of melodic lines and quick tasteful solos from the band. ‘Trapped’ features a nice dueling solo between Lee and the sax player. The self titled track […]

Various – Uneven Paths: Deviant Pop From Europe 1980-1991

26-Jun-18

★★★☆☆ = Good! What’s it sound like? A curiosity cabinet of sparse 80’s DIY-sounding pop. Styles range from folk to r&b and synth driven. Thoughts Inconsistent and dated at times but mostly good album. Interesting as it almost fills a gap in the music timeline as to how art-house was fully incorporated into pop. More […]

Kerri Chandler – DJ-Kicks

21-Jun-18

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine What’s it sound like? A mix of songs from the 70s and 80s ranging from soulful jazz to r&b and proto rap. Thoughts It’s an ode to music made in NY that influenced Kerri. From that document standpoint it’s perfect and captures the time well. I personally enjoyed the jazzier tracks […]