ILX0RS: JAZZ IS THE TEACHER. YEAH, IT'S A JAZZ THING >> THE ILM JAZZ LISTENING CLUB! [NEW CHOICES EVERY WEDNESDAY!]

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hey goalkeeper- can u plz bump me toward the bottom of the list as it fills up? thx

Damn this thread seems so....different without ilxor (ilxor), Monday, 28 February 2011 19:59 (twelve years ago) link

ok
ice cr?m you want to swap places with ilxor?

Algerian Goalkeeper, Monday, 28 February 2011 20:02 (twelve years ago) link

i wouldn't mind a crack at this

Ride, Tuesday, 1 March 2011 05:07 (twelve years ago) link

Awesome, you're in!


March 2 - Shakey Mo
March 9 - Ilxor
March 16 - ice cr?m
March 23 - Ride
March 30 Algerian Goalie

Algerian Goalkeeper, Tuesday, 1 March 2011 15:59 (twelve years ago) link

switch spots w/ me AG

Damn this thread seems so....different without ilxor (ilxor), Tuesday, 1 March 2011 16:02 (twelve years ago) link

not if you have measles

Algerian Goalkeeper, Tuesday, 1 March 2011 16:10 (twelve years ago) link

I'll give it a shot...but I'm very much a jazz noob/novice. If that disqualifies me, I'll just happily join in the listening/following.

xtianDC, Tuesday, 1 March 2011 16:45 (twelve years ago) link

no way-- we're in the same boat!

Damn this thread seems so....different without ilxor (ilxor), Tuesday, 1 March 2011 17:09 (twelve years ago) link

ok it seems ice cr?m didnt volunteer it was just shaky webmailing me WITHOUT LEAVING AN EMAIL TO REPLY TO


March 2 - Shakey Mo
March 9 - Ilxor
March 16 - Algerian Goalie
March 23 - Ride
March 30 - xtian DC

ilxor youre staying there unless 1 of the other 2 want to swap with you!

webmail tuomas, im sure he will want a shot.

shakey you should post your albums tonight, will be weds here by then anyway.

Algerian Goalkeeper, Tuesday, 1 March 2011 19:25 (twelve years ago) link

my week's pics:

http://www.amiright.com/album-covers/images/album-Donald-Byrd-A-New-Perspective.jpg
Donald Byrd - A New Perspective

http://www.soundstagedirect.com/media/art_ensemble_chicago_message_folks.jpg
Art Ensemble of Chicago - Message to Our Folks

You could argue that both of these are worth picking up just for the iconic covers alone. They are roughly a decade apart, and both diverge rather widely from traditional jazz structures, albeit in completely different ways. A New Perspective is unlike anything else I've heard in Byrd's catalog and, tbh, I can't really think of any other jazz album quite like it. The emphasis is on the vocal ensemble arrangements, which marry trad gospel harmonizing with much looser jazz melodies and phrasing, and is gorgeous, tightly arranged, and beautifully slick from front to back. Possibly my favorite Byrd album. Message to Our Folks, on the other hand, goes in the opposite direction, and reflects AEC's penchant for wide-ranging genre explorations - going from field hollers to African percussion to free jazz skronk to blues grooves to elegiac soloing and back again. A lot of it seems of a piece with Can's various "ethnological forgery series", except that these are black American guys in Paris, rather than German hippies fantasizing about Africa/Asia/S. America.

ice cr?m's world of female people (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 1 March 2011 19:32 (twelve years ago) link

lol sorry I am bad at following rules

ice cr?m's world of female people (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 1 March 2011 19:33 (twelve years ago) link

(eh I guess the albums are only 6-7 years apart fwiw)

ice cr?m's world of female people (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 1 March 2011 19:34 (twelve years ago) link

you were supposed to email me so i can provide spotify links

Donald Byrd - A New Perspective
http://open.spotify.com/album/2ZXECfiklUdtYcDZTU6jOF

Art Ensemble of Chicago - Message to Our Folks
http://open.spotify.com/album/5XvmZV63Y8OPDbD2cS0mXU

Algerian Goalkeeper, Tuesday, 1 March 2011 19:35 (twelve years ago) link

Heard much about A New Perspective...and had it in my hands the last time I was in the shop. Next time I'll be leaving with it.

BTW, for us non-UK, spotifyless folks, I've found that just about record can be at the very least be sample via youtube.

xtianDC, Tuesday, 1 March 2011 20:01 (twelve years ago) link

Best track off that great album IMO. Good picks, thanks.

WARS OF ARMAGEDDON (Karaoke Version) (Sparkle Motion), Tuesday, 1 March 2011 20:08 (twelve years ago) link

btw the reason I ever even heard of the Byrd album in the first place:

http://mykec.net/mykec/images/mly/tone_loc__loced_after_dark.jpg

ice cr?m's world of female people (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 1 March 2011 21:02 (twelve years ago) link

Didn't participate in the last one but am interested in a week this time. Still okay to post, uh, non-spotify links?

I am on a drug. It's called (doug watson), Tuesday, 1 March 2011 23:17 (twelve years ago) link

Agreed on Cristo, it's sublime.

Ride, Wednesday, 2 March 2011 00:28 (twelve years ago) link

you want to swap with ilxor then?
xp

Algerian Goalkeeper, Wednesday, 2 March 2011 00:30 (twelve years ago) link

Okay, I'll hit it on March 9.

I am on a drug. It's called (doug watson), Wednesday, 2 March 2011 02:27 (twelve years ago) link

wooo!

Damn this thread seems so....different without ilxor (ilxor), Wednesday, 2 March 2011 16:22 (twelve years ago) link


March 2 - Shakey Mo
March 9 - Doug Watson
March 16 - Algerian Goalie
March 23 - Ride
March 30 - xtian DC
April 6 - ilxor

Algerian Goalkeeper, Wednesday, 2 March 2011 16:27 (twelve years ago) link

Okay, here are some free fusion gems from the less obvious decades (read, I avoided anything from the 70s.)

Pinski Zoo - Introduce Me To The Doctor (Despatch, 1981)
http://img38.imageshack.us/img38/8854/00introducemetothedocto.jpg
Not a Spotify link
The debut disc of this frenzied post-punk jazz outfit from the UK. Fronted by reed player Jan Kopinski and-- for this album at least-- keyboardist Steve Iliffe. Kinda like if Rip Rig & Panic had eschewed the vocals and had developed under the tutelage of Ornette Coleman rather than Don Cherry.

Corporate Art - Corporate Art (JMT, 1991)
http://img854.imageshack.us/img854/7403/00corporateart.jpg
Not a Spotify link
A sort of supergroup that happily manages to deliver on expectations. Bobby Previte, Gary Thomas, Christy Doran and Mark Helias recorded this one-off session that blends angular jazz rock with the funky tensions of M-Base. Doran really shines here, with a style that reminds a bit of John McLaughlin's more soulful comping (Miles' "Right Off", Joe Farrell's "Follow Your Heart")

Date Course Pentagon Royal Garden - Report From Iron Mountain (P-Vine, 2001)
http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/3597/00reportfromironmountai.jpg
Not a Spotify link
Don't know that much about this Japanese ensemble. There's some involvement by Otomo Yoshide and it's led by Naruyoshi Kikuchi, who may be related to keyboardist Masabumi Kikuchi (whose "Circle/Line" is covered here.) Actually, the whole affair pursues that digitized free funk filter that Masabumi stretched over Miles' apocalyptic funk concept. For more reading, Sonic Asymmetry has a very worthy read here.

I am on a drug. It's called (doug watson), Tuesday, 8 March 2011 20:45 (twelve years ago) link

lol never heard of any of this!

You hurt me deeply. You hurt me deeply in my heart. (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 8 March 2011 20:49 (twelve years ago) link

Hopefully that's a good thing?

I am on a drug. It's called (doug watson), Tuesday, 8 March 2011 21:32 (twelve years ago) link

totally

You hurt me deeply. You hurt me deeply in my heart. (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 8 March 2011 21:33 (twelve years ago) link

Seem to remember Pinski Zoo having at least one release on SST...? Would have been mid 90s.

WmC, Tuesday, 8 March 2011 21:41 (twelve years ago) link

I don't think SST ever released a Pinski Zoo record. Zoogz Rift, maybe?

I am on a drug. It's called (doug watson), Tuesday, 8 March 2011 23:36 (twelve years ago) link

dunno these either!

March 16 - Algerian Goalie
March 23 - Ride
March 30 - xtian DC
April 6 - ilxor

Algerian Goalkeeper, Thursday, 10 March 2011 16:53 (twelve years ago) link

I think we will move to 1 album per week, see if that stimulates more chat.

Algerian Goalkeeper, Thursday, 10 March 2011 17:13 (twelve years ago) link

I remember back in my days as a high school "radio station" "dj" we had that Byrd record floating around. I think my hip-hop-loving friend was also into it because of some sample on it. At the time I was sort of still sorting things out and categorizing things and being kind of uptight and purist, and I didn't really know what basket to put the record in, so I wasn't so keen on it. Would be curious to give it another chance.

for real molars who ain't got no fillings (Hurting 2), Thursday, 10 March 2011 23:04 (twelve years ago) link

I think we will move to 1 album per week, see if that stimulates more chat.

Fair enough. Since we've still some time before next week, why don't we limit my above selection to just the Pinski Zoo? Am interested in hearing other impressions.

I am on a drug. It's called (doug watson), Thursday, 10 March 2011 23:15 (twelve years ago) link

no no thats ok. your picks are fine. Hopefully there will be some discussion

Algerian Goalkeeper, Thursday, 10 March 2011 23:28 (twelve years ago) link

i still need to listen, anyone else play them?

Algerian Goalkeeper, Tuesday, 15 March 2011 15:54 (twelve years ago) link

Hank Mobley - Soul Station (1960)
https://www.ifmusic.co.uk/images/product_images/HankMobley-SoulStation.jpg

http://open.spotify.com/album/6LgMSHDA0nBRV9Vlgy8j5r

Often overlooked, perhaps because he wasn't a great innovator in jazz but merely a stellar performer, tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley was at the peak of his powers on Soul Station. Recorded with a superstar quartet including Art Blakey on drums, Paul Chambers on bass, and Wynton Kelly on piano, it was the first album since Mobley's 1955 debut to feature him as a leader without any other accompanying horns. The clean, uncomplicated sound that resulted from that grouping helps make it the best among his albums and a peak moment during a particularly strong period in his career. Mobley has no problem running the show here, and he does it without being flashy or burying the strong work of his sidemen. The solidness of his technique means that he can handle material that is occasionally rhythmically intricate, while still maintaining the kind of easy roundness and warmth displayed by the best players of the swing era. Two carefully chosen standards, "Remember" and "If I Should Lose You," help to reinforce that impression by casting an eye back to the classic jazz era. They bookend four Mobley originals that, in contrast, reflect the best of small-group composition with their lightness and tight dynamics. Overall, this is a stellar set from one of the more underrated musicians of the bop era.

I left this out the last time i took a turn so here it is. Enjoy!

Algerian Goalkeeper, Wednesday, 16 March 2011 00:22 (twelve years ago) link

Like that album a lot. If you enjoy it I also recommend checking out No Room for Squares

for real molars who ain't got no fillings (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 16 March 2011 00:23 (twelve years ago) link

Great album...the only Mobley I own so far. Curious to hear more. Gonna give it some more spins tonight and tomorrow now.

Btw, my copy has more of a green-blue sepia tone. Any story with the subtle variations of the cover?

xtianDC, Wednesday, 16 March 2011 01:04 (twelve years ago) link

i have no idea

Algerian Goalkeeper, Wednesday, 16 March 2011 13:57 (twelve years ago) link

Blakey's solo on This I Dig Of You owns. (What a great song title, btw!)

xtianDC, Wednesday, 16 March 2011 15:25 (twelve years ago) link

Mtume - Alkebu-Lan (Land of the Blacks)

http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/3602/218/1600/alke_front.jpg

Heavy shit, cats! Dig!

Nothing Is' description

Listen

Ride, Wednesday, 23 March 2011 17:20 (twelve years ago) link

messed up the image link somehow, let's try again

http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/3602/218/1600/alke_front.jpg

Recorded August 29, 1971 at The East, New York. According to Jim Flannery of the Kozmigroove Mailing List, it's "Pretty damn wild...AACM goes to Africa... but I guess I'd have to add 'Pharoahs go to Saturn' to get the picture complete. Starts out with a four-minute speech describing the role of 'these jams' in the service of Black Nationalism... and then backs it up. Cover is black with white line-drawing of a sorta Egyptian-meets-subSaharan figure (Pharoanic beard, pyramids for eyes, goat amulet), back side has an eye-in-pyramid drawing with photo of Mtume leaning against it." Having finally heard this record finally, I love it. While it's certainly dated, it's a fascinating glimpse of the marriage of early 1970s Afro-centric music, politics and spirituality, plus it really grooves. To me reminiscent of Bartz' Ntu Group work, it's more energetic and colorful than those records. A treasure: Strata-East was an extraordinary label.

-Ian Scott Horst: Jazz Supreme

Ride, Wednesday, 23 March 2011 18:19 (twelve years ago) link

looks like img tags ain't working for me

Ride, Wednesday, 23 March 2011 18:23 (twelve years ago) link

Awfully quiet here of late. My turn?

Let's go with the record I am listening to for the first time, right now:
Pharoah Sanders Tauhid(1966)
http://image.allmusic.com/00/amg/cov200/drc400/c486/c486189tn40.jpg

Tauhid marks the 1966 Impulse debut of tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, who had already gained fame as a flame-throwing saxophonist of the "new thing" playing with John Coltrane. However, Sanders' tenor appearance doesn't saturate the atmosphere on this session; far from it. Sanders is content to patiently let the moods of these three pieces develop, whether it be through the percussion of Roger Blank and Nat Bettis, guitarist Sonny Sharrock, or his own piccolo. For those looking for Sanders' patented screeching tenor throughout, Tauhid will disappoint.

I see Pharoah is getting some play on another thread at the moment. I am loving Karma, Jewels of Thought and Thembi. Excited to let this one weave its hypnotic spell.

Did I mention I am seeing the man play the first weekend in May? Beyond excited.

xtianDC, Wednesday, 30 March 2011 17:40 (twelve years ago) link

nice, I've latched onto this record and Karma pretty heavily. also be sure to check out Black Unity (the other i've heard; it's also fantastic)

hey ilxor, thanks for contributing, glad you stopped by (ilxor), Wednesday, 30 March 2011 17:49 (twelve years ago) link

Black Unity is on its way to me as we speak! Also picked up a nice vinyl copy of Live At The East. Not sure if this one ever made it to cd or not?

xtianDC, Wednesday, 30 March 2011 18:15 (twelve years ago) link

get elevation too guys...amazing record.

just properly reading back over this thread, the mtume sounds well up my street. checking it out now.

Packie Bonner (Local Garda), Wednesday, 30 March 2011 21:29 (twelve years ago) link


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