Monthly Archives: December 2015

Keith Jarrett – Creation (ECM)

New kind of solo recording for pianist featuring nine sections from six different performances sequenced as a single work, rather than the usual presentation of a single improvisational performance.  In celebration of his 70th birthday.

Errol Garner – The Complete Concert By The Sea (Columbia/Legacy)

Three cd 60th anniversary edition of one of the biggest selling albums in jazz history, recorded 9/18/55 live in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA by pianist Garner, at the pinnacle of his career, with Eddie Calhoun (bass) & Dezil DeCosta Best (drums).  Cds 1 & 2 present the performance in its entirety with eleven previously unreleased tracks.  Cd […]

Mack Avenue Superband – Live From The Detroit Jazz Festival 2014 (Mack Avenue)

Third incarnation of label all-stars, here led by bassist Rodney Whitaker, gelling nicely in various combinations on originals & covers.  Smooth-gospel sax star & gypsy jazz guitarist joining forces with straight-ahead players on the same page with impressive chemistry & execution.

Bill Warfield and the Hell’s Kitchen Funk Orchestra – Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (Blujazz)

Manhattan-based trumpeter/composer Warfield leads internationally-flavored octet on mostly covers — ranging from The Ohio Players to Benny Golson & Joe Zawnul — steeped in funk, Latin jazz and hard bop.

Terence Blanchard featuring The E Collective – Breathless (Blue Note)

New Orleans-born multiple Grammy-winning trumpeter & composer keeps pushing creative boundaries with this eclectic, electrified contemporary jazz take on funky R & B, hip hop and fusion-infused originals as well as a few covers, some with vocals (including “Compared To What”).

PRISM Quartet – Heritage/ Evolution, Volume 1 (Innova)

Improvisational saxophone quartet founded thirty years ago in Michigan continue to evolve on first volume installment of new experiment designed to test musical boundaries of saxophone family.  Two cds featuring compositions by six guest saxophonists, including Steve Lehman & Rudresh Mahanthappa.

Throttle Elevator Music – Jagged Rocks (Wide Hive)

Third release from West Coast contemporary jazz ensemble featuring secret weapon, emerging tenor sax dynamo Kamasi Washington, on sixteen up-tempo originals with Wide Hive Players Matt Montgomery (guitarist, bassist, pianist, co-composer) & Gregory Howe (producer, arranger, engineer, co-composer) along with drummer Mike hughes.  Combines punk, jazz, & rock into a unique & heavy high-energy mix […]

Cowboys & Frenchmen – Rodeo (Outside in Music)

Debut recording by NYC-based collaborative quintet of rising young stars on the scene who blend elements of modern jazz, contemporary R & B, & American folk music on originals & a Beatles cover (“Because”).

Rik Wright’s Fundamental Forces – Green (Hypsync)

Seattle-based guitarist/composer & his modern jazz ensemble’s completion of additive color trilogy begun by “Blue” & “Red” with seven original tracks by Rik (& one by James DeJoie, who stands out on sax, clarinet & flute) that run the gamut from jazz to rock & back again.

Perez/ Patitucci/ Blade – Children of the Light (Mack Avenue)

Leaderless three quarters of Wayne Shorter Quartet (& leaders of their own groups) bring their combination of composition & improvising (“comprovising” or spontaneous compostion) to bear on ten adventurous originals & a fresh take on Shorter’s “Delores.”

Stanley Clarke/ Bireli LaGrene/ Jean-Luc Ponty – D-Stringz (Impulse!)

Guitarist, bassist & violinist renowned for their work within the electric jazz realm consolidate their considerable talents in acoustic string trio tackling original contributions & four jazz standards.

Chris Trapper – Symphonies of Dirt & Dust

Acoustic, pop-rock, love songs. Kinda cliche. Compassionate lyrics, good singe overall. Little bit repetitive. Play: 2,5,8,10  RIYL: Chris Jak, Ian Britt, Ed Sheeran

St. Germain – St. Germain (Nonesuch Records)

African inspired electro-blues. Worldly with electronic beats, blues roots, and highlighted by jazz  guitar. Incredible group of musicians and vocalists ranging from many different styles. Incredibly eclectic, down-tempo with upbeat vibes, smooth, and interesting. PLAY! Play: Everything. Amazing.      RIYL: Urban Species, Jazzanova, DJ Friction

The Sword – High Country (Razor & Tie)

A departure from their heavier metal sound on previous (and better) albums. Heavy, fuzzy, bluesy stoner rock. Play: 2,5. FCC: Clean. RIYL: Kyuss, Black Sabbath.

Warm Brains – Big Wow (Milk Milk Lemonade)

English indie rock one man band in the vein of 90’s chapel hill bands, with a variety of secondary influences. Play: 2, 3, 9.  FCC: 1,5: RIYL:Pavement, Archers of Loaf, Superchunk.

Yak – No (Third Man)

Bruising, catchy post-punk/alt rock. Play: 1, 3.  FCC: Clean. RIYL: Metz, DFA1979, early Sonic Youth

Unloved – Guilty of Love (Unloved)

  Girl group revival, but with more ethereal, weird backing tracks. Highly reccomended. Play:1, 3. FCC: Clean. RIYL: Shangri-La’s, Phil Spector projects.

Gildeon King & City Blog -City Blog (Self-Released)

Starts out with an acoustic rock setting. Moves towards adult contemporary/ smooth jazz. Could be lounge music. Vocals on all tracks featuring different singers. Vibe holds steady throughout entire album. Smooth soul. Rainy day music. Play: 6,7                               RIYL: Jill Scott, […]

Le1f – Riot Boi (XL Recordings)

Raps about struggling with racial and sexual identity over techno and soul background beats. Something different, not completely in a good way. The last couple songs are the strongest. FCC: 1,2,3,4,6,7,9,10 Recommended: 1,9,10,11,12

Blowing On The Devil’s Strumpet – The Love Junkies

garage punk/grunge/indie with fast, fuzzy guitar thrashing and playful melodies that make it accessible… tunez for your next basement banger RIYL: FIDLAR, The Babies, Ty Segall, Alex G, Shannon & The Clams FCC: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 PLAY: 8, 9, 10

PARQUET COURTS // MONASTIC LIVING [ROUGH TRADE]

An experimental noise-punk album, tracks 2 through 9 provide a grungy sound-scape progressive musical experience–track 6 has a decidedly 8-bit Nintendo vibe to it. Track 1 sounds more like the Parquet Courts of previous albums but still new.  Give it a spin, it’s short.  The instrumental tracks are great, too. PLAY: ALL | FCC: NONE | […]

WRUV15 December Mix

WRUV15 December Mix Yacht – L.A. Plays Itself [DFA] Aurora – Half The World Away [oasis cover] [decca] Pete Yorn – Summer Was A Day [columbia] Junior Boys – Big Black Coat [City Slang] Boss Selection – flip and rewind (ft.Rashida Jones) [Orange Stella Music] Chemical Brothers – Wide Open feat. Beck (Radio Edit) Animal Collective – FloriDada [domino] Lucius – Born Again […]

WRUV December Mix 2

WRUV December Mix 2 Ra Ra Riot – Water [barsuk] AM & Shawn Lee – You Are In My System [ESL records] Wainwright Sisters – Hobo’s Lullaby [PIAS] Rüfüs Du Sol  – Like An Animal [Sweat It Out!] Husky Rescue – Mountains Only Know [merge] TEEN – All About Us [carpark] Robert Francis – Time After Time [Aeronaut Records] Michael Franti […]

John Browns Body-Kings and Queens in Dub (EasyStar Records)

Great album of all dub versions. Explosive  Album! Quality Reggae Riddims!

Eek-a Mouse- Eekology Reggae Anthology (VP Records)

A one stop for all eek a mouse. Big tunes! Classics! Everything Eek-a!