I have so much music, so many albums I’ve been meaning to listen, so many subgenres to get into, so many artists to check out – I’m changing the way I set up my collection on my computer (my usual listening station). I try to listen to one album per day, that’s all I have time for. If I like it, it may play for several days. Therefore, I’m trying to dumb down my search parameters. Nine Artists, 18 albums, 8 weeks. In addition, there will be three featured styles.
Here’s a list of the Featured Styles I’ll be digging on for the next 60
Buddy Miles, Jazz Q, Maneige, Michael FranksMiroslav Vitous, NRBQ, Phil Upchurch, PFM, and Sparks. I’m especially grooving on Jazz Q today, lately though Maneige and Michael Franks have really sparked my ears. I feel I need to become familiar with Miles’ catalog, although I feel I may be disappointed overall. NRBQ and Sparks deserve attention from me after having sat in my collection for 8 years since being listened. Phil Upchurch is an artist I’ve wanted to single out as well, and PFM is prog rocks greatest Italian band. Fluency with their catalog is a must.
I’m not sure how I stumbled upon this one but I’m glad I did. Wowee Zowee. The credits are a who’s who of the funky jazz world – Jaco, Larry Carlton, Herbie Hancock, Steve Gadd, Tom Scott, Airto, Randy Brecker, Lee Ritenour, Ray Parker Jr., Peter Erskine – Holy smokes. There’s even a song with the London Symphony Orchestra. I think Colombier said “I’m going to make an eclectic album and I’m going to hire the best to fit the mood of the song.” Some of the songs sound like Weather Report, some like Herbie’s solo work from the ’70′s, mostly jazzy funkdified delights. The first song, “Sunday”, sounds like it is Tower of Power on a prog rock trip. Song 2 has a Parliament feel. There’s some Crusaders influence in there as well. ”Layas” is my favorite tune on the album at this time.
Whoever this Colombier guy was he obviously had some clout bringing those names in on a project.
What a superb find, in my rotation forever ++++- out of +++++ an extra half plus for obscurity and a great, early ’70′s sound recorded in the late ’70′s.
Stuff was a collection of sudio musicians that put out 4 records in the later ’70′s. Gordon Edwards was the musical director for a group of giants, guys who have about a million credits between them all. Billy Cobham, David Sanborn, Steve Gadd, Cornell Dupree, I mean come on. Their music is mostly instrumental RandBish Jazz – no real fireworks just sunday driving tunes. It’s mood music that fits my mood right now. I think my friend Scott from work would like these guys.
I can cross these two off my list
They’ve been there for years
2 good albums, 2 great covers. Corky Laing (best known as the bassist for Mountain) turns in a high quality, eclectic performance released in 1977. Love collaborates with Johnny Otis on upbeat R and B tunes featuring Love’s alto sax and a really young Shuggie Otis on guitar.
I’ve wanted to hear these for a long time.
Man am I glad I discovered this group! In fact, their fans are lucky this is a group at all. Initially, a one-off performance inspired this collection of contemporary jazz stars to form a band. Led by guitarist Charlie Hunter and drummer Stanton Moore (of Galactic fame) their 4 albums are a series of creative forays into all types of music, always firmly rooted in the jazz tradition. It’s a shame Hunter left after their second album, but their third and fourth still smoke. I wouldn’t classify them as acid jazz or trip-hop, but their records can definitely be spun at parties. Nu Fusion is more like it.