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- Dec 30, 2006
- Reaction score
- Among the Coastal Elites
Really glad you wrote this. I'd honestly stopped looking for or buying new jazz for the most part other than the names I already knew. These are some names I already know and have loved before as well as some new ones. Thanks for the new listening tips. I haven't heard any new David Gilmore for so long -- maybe since those Steve Coleman sides! Anyway, thanks for the tips.Woah, 10 years, 10 records, I'll try... I love music.
There are two records that drummer Eric Harland played on that I have been obsessed with. Dave Holland's "Prism" (with Kevin Eubanks) and Billy Childs' "Rebirth" (with Steve Wilson.) I can't choose between these two very different recordings. "Prism" is damn near a fusion record, and "Rebirth" is just a beautiful jazz record.
"Hamilton The Broadway Soundtrack." I don't think that I have EVER seen this mentioned on this site. But what great compositions, performances, and drumming on this. What a fun listen!
Foo Fighters "Wasting Light." What an amazing power pop, hard rock (whatever you call it) record, it's damn near flawless. There is literally only one note and one word (lyric) on it that I don't like (really!) Other than that, it's sheer PERFECTION (and it sounds great too.)
Fred Hersch "Alive at the Vanguard." Fred took Andrew Hill's rhythm section (John Hebert and Eric McPherson) and built on the telepathy that they built with Andrew. This is just such a wonderful record. And "E Mac" doesn't get near enough attention as he should.
David Bowie "Black Star." I heard this when it came out and was so happy for Donny and Mark and the guys. David really hit on something groundbreaking here. I couldn't wait to see and hear them interpret it live. And then...
Chad Wackerman "Dreams, Nightmares, Improvisations." The last GREAT recording that Allan did, I like the way Chad composes too, and Jimmy Johnson makes Chad's tunes his own (genius.)
John Scofield "Country For Old Men." Cool concept of jazz arrangements of country tunes. It sounds corny I know, but they KILL it!!! And Bill and Sco have a hookup that is just incredible. Scofield is one of my favorite musicians (has anyone heard the new one?)
Toto "XIV." I'm a sucker for GREAT pop music. I hate the mastering on this record (It's brick walled to death,) but the songs, and the playing are just fantastic. No one writes quality pop music like Lukather, Porcaro, and Paich. Joe Williams sings his ass off, and Carlock sounds outstanding in this context too.
Mili "Written in the Stars" Again a really good pop record, and I love Vinnie's groove. Sure he can do all the ridiculous mind melting stuff, but when he has some good pop music to sink his teeth into, it's magic.
Adam Birnbaum "Three of a Mind." For me, no one plays in a piano trio better than Al Foster (and Roy Haynes,) and this is some really challenging and beautiful piano trio music. The BEST that Al has sounded in years.
David Gilmore "Energies of Change." David is a longtime friend, and I am lucky to have played and recorded with him. I just love his playing and overall concept. This is the best CD he has put out. And Antonio Sanchez sounds better than ever.
And since Neal had honorable mentions in the OP, I have to have an honorable mention for two Peter Gabriel "projects." His own "Live Blood" is the best of all of the orchestral and cover stuff that he did. Haunting arrangements of classic tunes, and beautiful singing. And Jerry Marrotta's "Security Project Vol 1 and 2." Some of my favorite music ever, and Jerry recreates it with a combination of reverence and irreverence.
And this one just came out. Dan Rosenboom "Absurd in the Anthroposcene." This is pretty indescribable and creative music; Sort of Steve Coleman M-Base meets Squarepusher meets Battles, meets Weather Report. Whatever... I like it, whatever it is.
Sorry, I don't count very well... I tried!