listening to…December 3-9, 2012

Sun Ra - Angels & Demons at Play the Nubians of PlutoniaSun Ra – Angels & Demons at Play/the Nubians of Plutonia (Evidence)

An old favorite, Sun Ra sounds like he’s playing a Wurlitzer electric piano in places. The charts must be difficult to read, the heads to the tunes are full of sharp angles and square corners. The flutes are here with the exotic harmony, for that far away and alien vibe.

Weather Report – Sweetnighter (Sony)

An early WR album with much percussion and Josef Zawinul on vintage electric piano and synthesizer. Classic Wayne Shorter tracks with the master front and center.

Paul Desmond – Pure Desmond (CTI)

Connie Kay is father time on the drums, obscure Jazz Telecaster master Ed Bickert shines here. Ron Carter is easy to hear with an electric pick up on his acoustic bass. I love the sound of Paul Desmond’s horn.

Desmond is the man who wrote Take Five. From Wiki: “Desmond specified in his will that all proceeds from “Take Five” would go to the Red Cross following his death.”

David Toop – Black Chamber (Sub Rosa)

My first exposure to David Toop was his Buried Dreams album with Max Eastley and I really dug his writing in the Wire years ago. There’s a Jon Hassell/Fourth World vibe to his ’90s/post Y2k albums, different elements juxtaposed in sound…ambient.

David Toop’s blog: a sinister resonance.

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2 comments
  1. Jeff Crompton said:

    1 & 3 are old favorites. Embarrassingly, I only recently discovered how wonderful 2 is – I think it’s my favorite WR studio album.

  2. JB from FaceBook, Long Island says: “Good list this week. Sweetnighter is an especially underrated album. And Angels and Demons-Nubians of Plutonia is one of Ra’s most focused and best. “Connie Kay is father time on the drums” Might have to steal this line!”.

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