Starting with a wide-angle, let’s put our hobby up against the backdrop of the current state of our larger world and the US. There’s a lot to worry about. I’m thankful I’ve the time and means to also worry about how my hifi sounds. Perspective. I am, I suppose, format-agnostic. I stream music using Tidal […]
Sometimes absurdity is the only proper response. This week it’s Dave King, drummer/composer of The Bad Plus, his YouTube series, Rational Funk and online show, Lights Cameron Jackson. Also I’m rambling on Tidal streaming service and Roon music player software and more music. My favorite episode: Rational Funk #15 More from Dave King and friends […]
This one has been on my list for a while – see my Year in Music post – and gets frequent spins. Virtual spins. Streams…Wait, I think the vinyl is available now…hold on. Yep. It’s on the way. Will follow up on that soon. In the meantime, if you are looking for a great new […]
21st century interpretations of Thelonius Monk’s music arranged for a 15 piece band. This is innovative, engaging and intriguing in it’s depth. Still absorbing it… Check it out.
Today it’s trumpeter Terence Blanchard’s soundtrack for The Comedian. Joining Blanchard are Ravi Coltrane and Kenny Barron, Carl Allen, David Pulphus and Khari Allen Lee. Check it out.
John Zorn’s second release with the organ trio, delivering intense, heavy tunes. The Lineup: Trevor Dunn: Bass John Medeski: Organ Marc Ribot: Guitar Kenny Grohowski: Drums Matt Hollenberg: Guitar
Knuffke again. Ya, I know I’m a fan. But, this record is funky. And, surprising. No kidding – check it out. Kirk Knuffke – Cornet Stomu Takeishi – Acoustic bass Bill Goodwin – Drums/percussion Kenny Wolleson – Drums/percussion. Not your typical arsenal of instruments. Cornet, acoustic bass guitar (not upright), and two drummers playing an […]
Today, it’s Avishai Cohen’s record for ECM released February 2016. Somber and atmospheric. Cohen spent several years with the SF Jazz Collective, and first recorded for ECM playing with Mark Turner’s quartet on Lathe of Heaven. One of my favorites from last year.
If you’re a music and/or tech nerd (me), you may already be aware of the new digital format that experienced a limited release this month, and, is currently occupying many of the denizens of online audio forums. MQA. If that’s not you, then this is for you… What is it? Look here. MQA is the […]