Tuesday, June 30, 2009

4 Corners

4 Corners is an extremely fun live album by Magnus Broo (trumpet), Adam Lane (double bass), Paal Nilssen-Love (drums), Ken Vandermark (baritone saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet).

Although I am unfamiliar with most of the work put out by these guys, they are fairly well known in free jazz circles, and it is evident from first listen that they are all extremely proficient players.

The most important factor in jazz, provided that members of the band are good musicians, is the level of communication between players. Groups like Supersilent appear to have a superhuman sense of what every other member is thinking, and 4 Corners is also notable for the interdependence between members.

Also, it sounds like Dolphy at times, which is always a plus. Another standout: distorted double bass grooves perfectly locked in with the drummer.


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Ricardo Villalobos

I've had Fabric 36 by Villalobos for a while, and it's taken me this long to digest how great it really is. This is microhouse, the exact opposite of flashy music, but for anyone that likes ambient or dance music, this is a trip.

I'm giving you guys Alcahofa, his first album, because it's more like traditional pop/dance songs, whereas Fabric 36 is a live set and just straight up weird.

If you're not feeling the first song, listen to Dexter in the dark. That's what this is about.