listening to…July 22-28, 2013

Bendix_Diner_Hasbrouck_NJSome things I’m listening to, looking forward to checking out more by these people.

Jimmy Giuffre – The Easy Way (Verve)
Jimmy Giuffre, Paul Bley, Steve Swallow – Conversations With a Goose (Black Saint)

Checking in with clarinetist/sax player Jimmy Giuffre, all I’d ever heard was Fusion (Verve). Conversations With a Goose, 1996 is the pick of the CamJazz Black Saint/Soul Note box, the other albums are too “fusion” with synths for me *. Swallow plays electric bass guitar with a pick, sometimes he sounds like a classical guitarist…I was checking the liner notes to find out who the extra guy was. The Easy Way is a 1959 date with Jim Hall.

* Maybe I’ll get into them later, can’t rule that out!

David Lynch – the Big Dream

Twangy Twin Peaks diner with his weird little voice buried in reverb. Lynch is better known for his films and he brings his obsession with America and the big sound to a collection of odd songs. The chrome gleams, all the colors are fuzzy. Sound is always a big element in his films, think of the loud flickering lights, the new flame that suddenly burns big and hot.

The lyrics…I gotta check ’em out in more detail.

Reza Vali – Persian Folklore (New Albion)

This is the only album I have by Persian composer Reza Vali, deep music that leaves no doubt where he was born. Great album, my favorite piece is Folk Songs (set no.9) for Flute and Cello.

Roscoe Mitchell – Far Side (ECM)
Roscoe Mitchell – Nine to Get Ready (ECM)
Roscoe Mitchell – Composition/Improvisation Nos. 1, 2, & 3 (ECM)
Art Ensemble of Chicago – Urban Bushmen (ECM)

Dippin’ into the AACM bag for goodies. Listening to Far Side got me revved up with the sound of the large ensemble reminding me of Varese. Composition/Improvisation is very “classical”.

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