Friday, January 30, 2009

Amon Tobin - Supermodified (2000) (mp3, 128 kbps)

This is a devastating piece of electronica from a time when the genre was starting to loose some of it's popularity. Squarepusher and The Prodigy had broken through in 1997 and every major artist from U2 to Madonna was hiring a DJ to give their record that modern sound.

Tobin was different. He came from Canada, not England, and he exploited his family's Brazilian roots. He was also shameless about his deep held love of jazz and wanted to bring that sensibility to his electronic music. As a result, the soundscape is very organic. His drum patterns, in particular, give a decent approximation of the real thing, but the rest of the music brings a very heavy vibe that, especially on this record, suggests living machines.

To my ears, this record was the pinnacle. Since Supermodified's release, Tobin has engaged in more experimental pursuits, including music for a video game and a record comprised of found noise. The result is always innovative and forceful. this is NOT a tenative artist. Check it all out if you like this selection, but for me, this one is hard to top.

"Get Your Snack On" – 4:22
"Four Ton Mantis" – 4:45
"Slowly" – 5:37
"Marine Machines" – 5:45
"Golfer vrs Boxer" – 6:17
"Deo" – 6:44
"Precursor" featuring Quadraceptor – 4:39
"Saboteur" – 5:18
"Chocolate Lovely" – 6:03
"Rhino Jockey" – 7:28
"Keepin' It Steel (The Anvil Track)" – 4:29
"Natureland" – 5:48

All music composed, arranged, performed and produced by Amon Tobin.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Miles Davis - Juan les Pins Jazz Fest, Antibes (1969) (mp3, 160 kbps)

Directions - 6:00
Miles Runs the Voodoo Down - 9:17
Milestones - 13:45
Footprints - 11:44
'Round Midnight - 8:51
It's about That Time - 9:30
Sanctuary - The Theme - 4:53

Miles Davis trumpet
Wayne Shorter soprano & tenor saxophones
Chick Corea electric piano
Dave Holland bass
Jack DeJohnette drums

July 25, 1969 Juan les Pins Jazz Festival, Antibes

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Max Roach - Members, Don't Git Weary (1968) (mp3, 128kbps)

1. Abstrutions
2. Libra
3. Effi
4. Equipoise
5. Members, Don't Git Weary
6. Absolutions

Bass [Electric Bass] - Jymie Merritt
Drums - Max Roach
Piano - Stanley Cowell
Saxophone [Alto] - Gary Bartz
Trumpet - Charles Tolliver
Producer - Joel Dorn

Albert King - I wanna Get Funky (1974) (mp3, 192kbps)

1. I Wanna Get Funky (Clifton William Smith) – 5:08
2. Playing on Me (Sir Mack Rice) – 3:25
3. Walking the Back Streets and Crying (Sandy Jones) – 6:28
4. 'Til My Back Ain't Got No Bone (Eddie Floyd, Alvertis Isbell) – 7:32
5. Flat Tire (Henry Bush, Booker T. Jones, Albert King) – 4:43
6. I Can't Hear Nothing But the Blues (Henry Bush, Clark) – 4:16
7. Travelin' Man (Albert King) – 2:52
8. Crosscut Saw (R.G. Ford) – 7:45
9. That's What the Blues Is All About (Bobby Patterson, Jerry Strickland) – 3:53

Albert King – Electric guitar and vocals
Donald Kinsey (name on album credits incorrectly spelled as "Donald Kenzie") – Guitar
Memphis Symphony Orchestra – Strings
The Memphis Horns – Horns
The Bar-Kays, The Movement – Rhythm section
Hot Buttered Soul, Henry Bush – Background vocals

Recorded Memphis, TN, 1972

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Roy Buchanan - My Father's Place, Roslyn, New York 5/6/78 (AAC/mp4, 128 kbps)

This is stinging blues from a master of both soaring technique and burning passion on a custom telecaster turned all the way up. Read more about Roy and his unfortunate end, or just sit back in wonder (esp. on 'The Messiah...') as you listen to the greatest unknown guitar player in the world.

1. Soundcheck
2. Just Got Back From New York (Soundcheck)
3. Introduction
4. Further On Up The Road
5. Soul Dressing
6. I'm A Ram/I'm Evil
7. Walkin' Talkin'
8. Baby Won't You Tell Me Wehre You're At
9. Can I Change My Mind
10. Hey Joe/Foxy Lady
11. Slow Down
12. The Messiah Will Come Again
13. Crowd
14. Lonely Days, Lonely Nights
15. Outro