24 Jun 2010, 19:53 de Shasolace
24 Jul 2009, 11:26 de postrationalFor your consideration, a list of albums I discovered this year, so far...
It seems 2009 is all about the funk for me.
George Duke - Dukey Treats (2008)
The legendary jazzman George Duke plays some great funky fusion on his latest album. With elements of R&B and Soul, this Jazz-Funk album should appeal to many audiences.
Maceo Parker - Funkoverload (1998) and Dial: Maceo (2000)
I rediscovered Maceo Parker this year. These two albums coincide with the period when Maceo collaborated with Prince.
The Phenomenal Handclap Band - The Phenomenal Handclap Band (2009)
Self-titled debut by this supergroup which includes Jon Spencer among many others.
Łąki Łan - Łąki Łan (2005) and Łąki Łanda (2009)
Two albums from the Polish alt-folk funky freaks Łąki Łan. Both albums are really worth listening to.
The Brand New Heavies - All About the Funk (2004)
A good attempt by The Brand New Heavies. Although somewhat uneven, there are a few great song.
Mayer Hawthorne - A Strange Arrangement (2009)
23 Sep 2008, 21:55 de cath68I loved rediscovering his stuff today. He was my first exposure to jazz as a little kid. Chuck Mangione
8 Mar 2008, 7:43 de madth3Feels So Good was the first jazz record I heard back in the 80's when I was a kid and discovered my aunts old LP's.
Since then, I've always had a special place in my heart for this album and I feel that Chuck Mangione and his band captured a special 70's feeling in it.
Feels So Good has appeared in many places and commercials over the years (Although most of the times in a shortened version, stripping away the guitar beginning).
The gems here are the rest of the tracks, I particualrly enjoy Hide & Seek and The XIth Commandment (with its "Sergio Leone" beginning).
22 Ene 2008, 17:40 de soundtrekkieI am quite literally bouncing and clapping on the inside (as much as possible--sometimes it leaks out!) about the shows I will be seeing next week.
The only way that this week could be more complete is if Nik Kershaw and Tony Banks decided to come to Portland and play shows on the dates in between. *sigh* A girl can dream.
I've picked up my music buying habit and managed to get a ton of Howard Jones and Split Enz on vinyl in preparation. How these albums made it to my little corner, I don't know. But I did notice something odd the other day: the Split Enz US fan club circa 1970 was in Eugene, Oregon. What are the odds of that? The Earl and I plan to send something to the P.O. Box and see if it's still in business.
Other purchases include:
- Radiohead's In Rainbows, which I am thoroughly enjoying now that it sounds better.
- Brad Mehldau's Largo, which I didn't know about and picked up based on Jon Brion's contributions.
- A reordered copy of Meaningless that I have missed so badly.
8 May 2007, 22:15 de 0xym0r0nTake your top 20 artists. For each of these artists, collect the top 5 similar artists. The resulting number of unique artists is your eclectic score. If the score is small (extreme = 5) your musical preferences are very limited, and if it is large (extreme = 100), then you have an eclectic musical preference. You can compute your own score at Anthony's Eclectic Generator
My eclectic score is currently
The 91 related artists for my profile are Alacranes Musical Alejandro Sanz Alex Bueno Alex Ubago Antonio Vivaldi Banda El Recodo Bill Hicks Bill Watrous & Carl Fontana Billy Butterfield & His Orches Bronco Buddy Rich Canadian Brass Chick Corea Chris Rock Christian Lindberg Chuck Mangione Claudio Monteverdi Conjunto Primavera Dane Cook Dave Attell David Cross David Sanches Dizzy Gillespie DJ Shadow Eddie Santiago El Chapo De Sinaloa El Gran Silencio Empire Brass (2) Franco De Vita Frank Rosolino Freddie Stack & His Orchestra Frédéric Chopin Georg Friedrich Händel…
23 Ene 2007, 22:32 de toasterhead2kA Case Study of a jazz funk Classic
Abstract: It is our contention that the 1977 hit "Feels So Good" by flugelhornist Chuck Mangione is, at any given time, being played on a broadcast radio station, satellite radio station, or subscription music service somewhere in the world. We intend to prove this through a thorough and comprehensive search of Sigma encoding records from all "lite jazz" or "adult contemporary" stations in the continental United States and/or the Freak States (Alaska, Hawaii, Indiana), plus playlist records from applicable satellite networks and Muzak-type services, for the arbitrarily selected hour of 6:00:00-6:59:59 Eastern Standard Time on November 18, 2006.
For this purpose we are requesting a research grant of no less than $1,750,000 payable in unmarked non-consecutive currency to an address which will be disclosed shortly. Attempts to contact our research team directly will result in unspeakable consequences. …
18 Ene 2007, 5:35 de anoranorsmooth jazz
80年代中期，美國當代的爵士樂手如 Chuck Mangione、George Benson 和 Herb Alpert 等，延續了傳統爵士的經典，且適時地加入當時流行的元素，創造出許多膾炙人口的經典名曲，如 Feels So Good、This Masquerade、Rise，更常名列 BILLBOARD 流行榜首，這類型音樂不但傳承了傳統爵士的樂器技巧並兼顧了旋律的好聽性，巧妙運用電子樂器並融合世界音樂的元素。到了 90年代末期這類型音樂在全美各大電台獲得廣大樂迷的迴響，被賦予時尚流行爵士(smooth jazz)的專有名詞，不僅全球各地的頂尖爵士樂手紛紛投入，並深深影響當今流行音樂的走向，再再顯示時尚流行爵士的潮流之趨，更是愛樂者進入爵士殿堂的捷徑。...more in source：www.mesamusic.com.tw
smooth jazz 嚴格的說它並不能算做爵士樂的一種流派，它只是融合爵士（fusion）一個分支。因為 smooth jazz 樂風流暢而甜美，我們暫且可以稱之為「甜爵士」，以和爵士樂的一些風格比如「涼爵士」（cool jazz）、 「熱爵士」 hot jazz ）和「酸爵士」（acid jazz）等相對應。
smooth jazz 的通俗旋律比 acid jazz 更易親近。
smooth jazz 早期主要用於電影配樂及其他背景音樂。smooth jazz 樂風細膩、層次豐富而富有想像力，這如同古典音樂中的浪漫派，而它的音樂畫面變幻而不確定性，這也如同繪畫中的印象派。
2 Ene 2007, 16:07 de beelzbubbaAs the clock and calendar heralded the end of 2006 and the beginning of 2007, the song playing on my iTunes random jukebox was Tomorrow. I had meant to make note of it then, but the revelry here--subdued as it was--prevented me from making any mental notes on anything.
The track is from 1972's Mannekind. one of a string where Manne tried to be "with it." Fans way into the West Coast Cool Jazz sometime refer to this as Manne's "free jazz" period, but of course it is nothing of the sort. Scott Yanow (AMG) calls 69-74 Manne's "avant-gard" era. Considering what was going on in the jazz avant garde at that same time, that is a particularly galling insult both to Manne and to the avant-garde.
Instead, it was a hybrid jazz fusion date, with Mike Wofford on e-piano, and his then-current core of Gary Barone on trumpet, John Gross on Tenor and John Morrell on electric guitar.
I have no idea how it stands in the overall Manne catalog, since West Coast Cool was never one of my keen interests…
7 Oct 2006, 8:09 de SrHazarThis is pretty much going down my top artists list, but I'll explain why I like each, and as you can probably see its quite a diverse list.
Sonata Arctica --Favorite band because of the awesome melodies combined with great lyrics to put it simplistically... I guess I can relate to what they sing about very well.
Dream Theater --Dream Theater is awesome because they do things in such a weird way that they're awesome. If you ever watch mike portnoy doing a video about his playing style you'll know what I mean. Train of Thought is by far my favorite album followed by Awake because of the heavy nature of the albums.
E.S. Posthumus is my next favorite band because of their quite "experimental" music that has a very cool rhythm in each song paired with an equally cool orchestra melody.
WarmenIs next up on the list because of their incredible instrumental tracks such as Return Of Salieri which are simply incredible to listen to.