@@@ Nils Petter Molvaer: Buoyancy (Sony Gmbh, 2016). Some jazz fusion off this week’s London jazz blog. Molvaer is a jazz trumpeter but he has a rock guitar player (or a jazz guitarist with a rock tone) and a slow ambient bent to his tracks. He’s a good player but there’s too much reverb on his trumpet (as well as other instruments) and this comes across to my ears as fake sophisticated jazz.
@@@ Tierney Sutton Band: The Sting Variations (BFM Jazz, 2016). A straight jazz record of Police tunes that I got to via an All About jazz record. I think Sting’s solo records are fake sophisticated garbage and this record takes the greatest Police songs, strips them of reggae and other black music influences and does the same thing to them that Sting did when he went solo. I’m sure this singer did this project out of love but this makes me want to dig out my Police records.
@@@ Kelly Lambert: Vice (Sony Music, 2016) An arena rock, new country torch song about bad habits off the Apple Music New Music section. Phased guitar sounds with a big solo in the middle and cliche lyrics delivered well. She said she wouldn’t do it, but she did it again. That’s one of the vocal hooks to the tune but it applies to the song as well.
@@@ Berwanger: Exorcism Rock (Doghouse, 2016). Some updated indie rock from a guy who started the Anniversary, a band I’ve never heard of. After a bit of a slippery intro he gets into a pretty standard rock guitar sensitive dude with power chords thing. This really isn’t an indie rock record it’s straight ahead corporate mainstream rock. He’s got a very velvety voice, the guitar is pretty standard and lyrics are light. The record doesn’t go so far as to deserve the band name Bigwanger but it’s in that neighborhood. Get your Tom Petty/Eddie Money vibes here!
YTD recordings listened to: 888
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 495
Not good music: 336
Honorable Mentions: 14
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Destruction Unit, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Mystic Braves, Divanhana, Unrestrained, Moken, Systema Solar, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Joe Sticky, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Neurosis, Magrudergrind, Solange, Acid Arab, Xylouris White, Vadou Game, Michael Wollny/Vincent Peirani, Kadhja Bonet, Bonga