Apr 14 2019
These are videos that I like
Mar 16 2019
Quinsin Nachoff is providing some excellent video accompaniment to his outstanding new release Path of Totality. There will be six in total. Three are out so far, and that’s what we’ve got for you today.
First up is a video featuring the work of Lee Hutzulak. It’s set to the album track “Bounce,” and includes guest musician Jason Barnsley on a 1924 Kimball Theatre organ.
On the second video, the animation is the work of Anne Beal, and features the album’s title-track, “Path of Totality.”
And for the third of today’s videos, it’s a film by Udo Prinsen, featuring the song “Splatter.” In addition to the core ensemble, guest David Travers-Smith performs on a whole bunch of different keyboards.
And don’t forget to check out my write-up of Path of Totality, which was included in the February Best Jazz on Bandcamp column. Or, if you just want skip all the words and go straight to the music, give it a listen (and purchase it) on the Whirlwind Recordings Bandcamp page. It’s also on Amazon, if you’re into that kind of thing.
Mar 2 2019
Let’s revisit some of the albums included in my first two Best Jazz on Bandcamp columns of 2019, because, really, there’s never too much spotlight we can shine on these excellent recordings.
And let’s begin with Minua. Oh my god, is this the most beautiful thing ever. I can’t get enough of their new album Still Light. It was addiction from the first notes. Here’s the song “Lumen.” Video by Işıl Karataş.
I just can’t get enough of Allison Miller‘s last two Boom Tic Boom recordings. 2016’s Otis Was a Polar Bear was one of my favorite things to come out that year, and Glitter Wolf picks right up where that left off. This music is an example of where modern jazz can go, and I highly encourage more people to follow this path. This video happened live in the Paste Music studios, and features the track “Congratulations and Condolences.” Follow the Paste Music link to hear more tracks from this session.
And let’s wrap up with an outstanding rendition of Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme” by Kassa Overall. This performance went down last year in the studios of KNKX Public Radio. It doesn’t make an appearance on his new album Go Get Ice Cream and Listen to Jazz, but it certainly gives you a pretty good idea of his perspective.
And check out past recommendations by running through the archives.
Have fun going through the list!
Feb 23 2019
The quintet Girls in Airports are releasing three videos that feature tracks from their upcoming new recording. The three videos will get rolled out over the course of the Spring months, with an anticipated 2020 release date for the new album (which is a really long time to wait!).
This is the song “Rold Skov.”
The video credits go to Andreas Johnsen and Mik Stampe Fogh.
You can buy the track on the artist’s Bandcamp page. Naturally, you can check out their previous recordings there, too.
Speaking of previous recordings, check out my write-up of their 2017 release Live. The embedded track is my favorite Girls in Airports tune. I’m as addicted to “Kaikoura” today as I was back when the album first came out.
Feb 20 2019
There were days in Chicago that made it blindingly obvious how glorious it felt to be alive. Yes, Chicago is brutal in the summertime. The heat is bad all on its own, but when it comes in off the lake to batter you with an unrelenting blast of humidity, god damn, it can bleed you of good cheer and drain your will to live. Or at least stop you from going outside or anywhere there isn’t air conditioning and beer.
But there are days when the electricity of the city and its people just hums right along to the pulse of your heart, and it carries you right along with it, making you feel as one with the City… a strange and euphoric communion.
This Bobby Broom video really got me thinking back to those days. It’s been a long time since I’ve lived in Chicago, so it doesn’t take much to ignite my nostalgia. This video did it.
Bobby Broom has got a new album out. Soul Fingers is mostly renditions of older rock and pop songs. Normally not my kind of thing, but, hey, this is Bobby Broom. He’s got a warm sound and a way of approaching a melody that is gonna treat the ears right no matter what tune he’s playing. This video is one of the album’s tracks. I really enjoyed his rendition of “Come Together.”
You can scoop it up at Amazon.