Monday, February 19, 2018

Playlist, Week of 2018-02-18

I'm a huge fan of drummer Greg Saunier... I recently saw Deerhoof (at Strange Matter, here in RVA), and what really struck me this time was just how out they took each song, keeping the outline of these jagged pop tunes but getting really, really abstract and free, with each song blossoming out to these really strange free areas, then, tight as a drum, back to the song like they'd never left it... a large part of this dynamic was due to Saunier, who strayed the earliest and the longest from each song's framework, with quite experimental drumming that more than bordered on the cacophonic... well, I just loved it... Saunier is also brilliant on two other recent outings, Big Walnuts Yonder, with he and Mike Watt making for a killer rhythm section behind Nels Cline and Nick Reinhart, and a foray into instrumental free jazz with Mary Halvorson and Ron MilesNew American Songbooks, Volume 1... I especially love their beautiful rendition of a Beach Boys favorite of mine, "Little Pad"... more, please!... Really enjoying working my way through the JSP Carter Family recordings... deep, haunting stuff... Also enjoyed revisiting some of the more recent albums with Rodger Coleman and some older improvs from New Ting Ting Loft... what's nice is that as time passes, it's harder to remember that it's me... that distance helps me hear it as a purer music, less colored by personal reflections...

Playlist 2018-02-19:

*Mendelssohn: Octet/Schubert: 'Trout' Quintet (Royal String Quartet/Psophos Quartet)
*Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 (BBC Philharmonic/Edward Downes)
*AMM: Fine
*Paul Bley: Ballads
*Paul Bley: Open, To Love
*Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd: Aphelion
*Rodger Coleman/Sam Byrd: Perihelion
*Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd: 2015-05-15 Centennial Park Black Box Theater, Nashville (mp3)
*Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd: Imaginary Vinyl
*Conjure: Music for the Texts of Ishmael Reed
*Billie Holiday: Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia 1933–1944 (disc 3)
*Matt Mitchell: A Pouting Grimace
*Roscoe Mitchell: Songs in the WInd
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2016-02-08 “Optose” (mp3)
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2016-02-22 “Contact Saturn (Checking on Ra)” (wav)
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-10-09 "Fight Back in the Kitchen" (wav)
*Greg Saunier​/​Mary Halvorson​/​Ron Miles: New American Songbooks, Volume 1 (streaming)
*Wadada Leo Smith: America's National Parks (disc 1)
*Wadada Leo Smith: Najwa
*Tyshawn Sorey: That/Not
*Henry Threadgill Zooid: 2010-02-11 NYC (CDR) (disc 2)
*Various artists: Blue Note Plays Bossa Nova (disc 2)
*Eberhard Weber: Yellow Fields
*Big Walnuts Yonder: Big Walnuts Yonder
*Scott Brookman: Smellicopter Two
*Harold Budd/Brian Eno: The Pearl
*Carter Family: 1927-1934 (disc 4)
*Sugar Pie DeSanto: Go Go Power: The Complete Chess Singles 1961-1966
*Orckestra (Henry Cow + Mike Westbrook Brass Band): 1977-09-16 Milano, Italy (CDR) (disc 2)
*Robert Pollard: Lord of the Birdcage
*Tito Puente: The Complete 78s: Vol. 2 (disc 1)
*Roxy Music: The Thrill of It All (disc 2)
*Sonic Youth: Dirty
*This Heat: This Heat
*Various artists: Anthology of Noise and Electronic Music: Fifth a-chronology 1920-2007 (disc 2)
*Various artists: Bollywood "Music From the Third Floor" (CDR compilation) (disc 15)
*Various artists: Eccentric Soul: The Trager & Note Labels (disc 2)
*Various artists: Eccentric Soul: The Way Out Label (disc 1)
*Yes: 1974-12-10 New Haven, CT (CDR) (disc 2)

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