Post Tagged with: "2010s"

One Track Mind: Roberto Badoglio – "Inner Urge" (2010)

One Track Mind: Roberto Badoglio – "Inner Urge" (2010)

by Pico I find that much of jazz is taking someone else’s tune and make it into something new. The trick is to do so without casting off the thing (or things) that made it such a great tune to cover to begin with. But who can take Joe Henderson’s modal madness of “Inner Urge”, update it with modern touchesRead More

Ullmann|Swell 4 – News? No News! (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron German woodwind wunderkind Gebhard Ullmann and New York-based trombone titlist Steve Swell may come from opposing sides of the Atlantic, but when the two get together to make music, they’re in the same house of whack jazz. There are some 70 led or co-led albums between the two (including Swell’s mind melting Particle Data Group withRead More

Half Notes: The Last Electro-Acoustic Space Jazz & Percussion Ensemble – Miles Away (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron A side project of hip-hop artist Madlib, the music is pretty much what the ensemble’s name advertises. It’s loose, trippy and stretched out. There isn’t a whole lot of standout improvisation going on, because this is more of a groovy vibe based affair. But as far as groovy vibes go, it does those things rather well.Read More

Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part Two (Return Of The Ankh) (2010)

by Pico The call Aretha Franklin the Queen of Soul, but those too young to remember her will mostly likely know about the Queen of Neo Soul, Erykah Badu. Today she unleashes the follow-up to her dense and intense New Amerykah, Pt. 1: 4th World War (2008), which was often confrontational, cutting and unpredictable. It was her White Album (IRead More

Christian Scott – Yesterday You Said Tomorrow (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron It was about a year and a half ago when we studied trumpeter Christian Scott’s exciting new live document Live At Newport. This was a record I felt was a perfect manifestation of a unique and allusive style of jazz he has come up with, one that is loose, open, and nods toward present-day rock allRead More

Samuel Torres – Yaoundé (2010)

Samuel Torres – Yaoundé (2010)

by Pico Samuel Torres’ life journey from a boy with dreams of being a full-time musician, to becoming a full-time musician, to becoming a successful one, takes another turn with the release last week of his second album, Yaoundé. Born and raised by a hard working a supportive single mother in Bogotá, Columbia, Torres’ perseverance as a percussionist paid offRead More

Half Notes: Matthew Shipp – 4D (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Shipp is one of the currently reigning giants of whack jazz, so that’s a good-sized hole we proud avant garde types left on this site. My short mention of his latest is merely a down payment to rectify that gap. This latest release, by the way, once again puts Shipp behind his piano with no accompaniment,Read More

The Wee Trio – Capitol Diner Vol. 2 Animal Style (2010)

by Pico “The world’s most vicious vibes-led threesome” That was the big impression I was left with from the self-described “post-punk jazz trio with vibraphone,” aka the Wee Trio, back when they released their debut record in the late summer of 2008. Capitol Diner Vol. 1 was hell-bent on busting up long-held conventions about how a vibe-led group was supposedRead More

Half Notes: Buckethead – Shadows Between The Sky (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Guitar whiz Buckethead has built a loyal following primarily by virtue of his fretted pyrotechnics. Among the several records he makes every year are the mellower, dulcet types that range from ambient to instrumental pop. In some ways , this toned-down record by a fiery guitarist has some parallels you could draw with Jeff Beck’s upcomingRead More

Half Notes: Animal Liberation Orchestra – Man of The World (2010)

S. Victor Aaron I haven’t heard this band prior to this album, but was curious about them after reading they were some sort of a jam band, like Phish, Dave Matthews or Humphrey’s McGee. Man of The World doesn’t really conjure up memories of those bands at all except to some degree “Suspended,” the seven minute plus lead-off track, butRead More