John Carroll Kirby (fuzak/nu-age music)

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Any fans of keyboardist John Carroll Kirby? My Garden was one of my favorite albums of 2020, perfect chill jazzy semi-library vibes, wonderfully arranged, great sense of melody/harmony. And then Conflict from last year as well is just an instant new age classic.

Just got his new one, Septet, in the mail and it’s really great too. “Full” band this time but still chill af. Really lovely soft “round” sounds, no harshness. One curveball towards the end: what sounds like a beats-only dub mix of some late-90s London broken beat thing.

riyl: chill library music, stately piano new age, smooth jazz I guess, chill vibes

brimstead, Tuesday, 13 July 2021 20:32 (three weeks ago) link

oh and I believe he was involved in that Eddie Chacon album from last year that was loved on ILM

brimstead, Tuesday, 13 July 2021 20:35 (three weeks ago) link

L.A. is all about that low-passed, compressed, '70s-referencing jazz funk life these days:

(this is great though, really love how it sounds)

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 13 July 2021 21:02 (three weeks ago) link

his album tuscany which is solo piano has got a lot of play in my house

just sayin, Tuesday, 13 July 2021 23:20 (three weeks ago) link

but for some reason havent checked out the other stuff. will do now!

just sayin, Tuesday, 13 July 2021 23:20 (three weeks ago) link

I just know of him through his work on the Avalanches album from last year.

MarkoP, Tuesday, 13 July 2021 23:30 (three weeks ago) link

"conflict" is really beautiful imo

daily growing, Wednesday, 14 July 2021 01:07 (two weeks ago) link

that lionmilk quartet sounds nice but I’m not sure how I feel about dilla-esque live drums

Yeah “low-passed” is otm wrt to JCK’s appeal to me, it’s smooth but not shiny I guess… subtle, no bright brass, no sax (plenty of other woodwinds).

brimstead, Wednesday, 14 July 2021 01:17 (two weeks ago) link

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