On the rage of the day: four new jazz albums
Jazzmen-in principle, people are not indifferent to everything in life (and to what will happen after it). Otherwise, they are not jazz musicians. That, however, does not prevent them from combining wisdom with drive, and thoughtfulness with entertainment. We present four new albums by cool artists that have this balance in one way or another.
Tommy Emmanuel & John Knowles “Heart Songs” Here at first glance everything is simple. A duet album by two acoustic guitar masters, Tommy Emmanuel and John Knowles. Then you can say nothing, in principle – who doesn’t know old Emmanuel, whose approach to acoustic guitar can be called magically innovative?! He does this on his wooden acoustics… Six strings, ten fingers, and it sounds like an orchestra with percussion. John Knowles is also a fine master, who was noted by Chet Atkins himself.They made an instrumental album out of a dozen of their favorite songs (plus two original ones). From Hank Williams ‘ country classic “Cold, Cold Heart” to Billy Joel’s Grand ballad “Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)”. These simple and soulful songs-hits here are interestingly dissected and reassembled, plus-all sorts of whimsical counterpoints are added.Of course, from the point of view of high art, the version of, say, “How Deep is Your Love”, the Bee Gees hit, is something nice – background between the loft and the Elevator, but all the guitars here are so masterfully “pronouncing” the melody that it’s like you hear the words. Are the masters having fun? That’s great!Apple Music, Yandex.Music, DeezerJoe Lovano “Trio Tapestry” American tenor saxophonist, live classic, Joe Lovano recorded quite a lot on the ECM label, but somehow the language does not turn to call him an “isiemov” artist. Neither in substance nor in spirit. It’s more “bluenote”, probably.Simply put, his music is hotter and less complicated than the usual meditative quasi-avant-garde of Manfred Eicher’s label. Well, whatever it was, and the diehard Eicher on ECM Lovano is no stranger, played the right “chip” in various cool lineups, including with Paul Motian, Steve Kuhn and John Abercromby.”Trio Tapestry”, recorded with pianist Marilyn Crispell and drummer Carmen Castaldi – well, absolutely “isiem” product: all this is cold, thoughtful and with rustles in a rarefied atmosphere. Sometimes everything is so conditional that it is just some kind of nudity.The piece “Piano/Drum Episode” is really just snatches of piano phrases (Yes, Crispell has an awesome touch!) and the clacking/rustling of cymbals/brushes/snare drum. And only the final “Smiling Dog” pleases with a clear phrase, (really like a dog barking, and the saxophone sometimes mimes squealing) groove and pressure.Apple Music, Yandex.Music, DeezerEric Dolphy “Musical Prophet: The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions” it Seems that the most interesting discoveries take place in the past. Time seems to have gone backwards! Another big find is the unreleased Studio sessions of Eric Dolphy. With a lot of different musicians – from trumpeter woody Shaw and vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson to lesser-known ones.And here even the future luminary of smut-jazz Bob James lit up, but the bonus track with it was just added – the recording was made not on July 1 and 3, 1963, as the entire session, but a year later. In General, the scale is clear.What we are talking about: two underrated albums, ” Conversations “and” Iron Man”, in addition to them – unreleased outtakes. That is, in fact, this is a triple Studio album from the pre-Golden era of Eric Dolphy (although, given how early Dolphy died, and what an influence he had on smart jazz, all of his recordings are gold).Exactly the next year after these sessions, “Out to Lunch” – Dolphy’s classic, his “chip” – was recorded and released. And here he is somewhere between the vanguard and BOP.Apple MusicAntonio Sanchez & Migration “Lines in the Sand” will Complete the review again by a modern active musician. And him, Antonio Sanchez (Pat Matini’s band, the soundtrack to the movie “Birdman”, etc.), a statement on the malice of the day. Somehow everyone got used to the fact that jazz is a respectable art-music performed either in cozy clubs and restaurants, or on academic stages. In General, pure art. So it is, in General, and is. As a rule. But historically, jazz is a problematic genre, because it was created by people with problems. That is, Negroes. Well, you get it.In short, the outstanding drummer Antonio Sanchez, a native of Mexico, could not stand it and recorded an album about immigrants and the wall with Mexico. So it turns out that Donald trump, a man of show business, even influenced jazz. Because the album, despite the darkly nervous theme, is very good and even positive.Sanchez’s clever broken drawings-he can make a normal drum kit sing, sound like an orchestra, dance and God knows what else to do. And his band is beautiful. Including ultrasonic singer by the name of Alex tan. Modern author’s jazz at its best. Is it possible that this can only grow on problematic soil?