listening to… April 1-13, 2013

David Friesen & John Stowell - Through the Listening GlassDavid Friesen & John Stowell – Other Mansions (Inner City)
David Friesen & John Stowell – Through the Listening Glass (Inner City)

I got hip to John Stowell a few years ago, I saw a lot of references to him in on-line Jazz guitar forums and thought I’d follow up. John turned out to have a unique approach to harmony, bringing out some very striking chord voicings.

There’s a few solo guitar albums that I really love, Resonance and Solitary Tales.  Those albums lead me to a few trios on Origin Records that were very nice. Recently I acquired a pair of early albums with bassist  David Friesen that show Stowell was already phenomenal in the late ’70s. There’s a bit of the influence of the chamber jazz sound of ECM Records and Gary Campbell’s soprano saxophone on Through the Listening Glass reminds one a bit of Oregon.

Muhal Richard Abrams – Black Saint/Soul Note box (CamJazz)

All new to me…fresh is the word. It turns out I’m crazy about this box, I’m glad I took the chance. These large group and “orchestra” bands are colorful and unpredictable. Sparkling, even.

Edgar Froese – Stuntman

I’m working on following up on early solo albums that I’ve never heard by Edgar Froese from Tangerine Dream. Old synths sound glorious.

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2 comments
  1. Diana said:

    I love old synths, too. Makes me feel like a carefree kid again. 🙂 And I remember Tangerine Dream, sort of tangled up with early experimental-soundscape Pink Floyd.

    Sorry I can’t listen to heavy data- eating stuff unless I’m on wifi.

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