First 2017 Year-End Disc — “Related Internationals”

RELATED INTERNATIONALS – 2017

  1. David Lopato, “Ladrang”
  2. Joyce/Dori Caymmi, “Joaozinho Boa Pinta”
  3. Hermeto Pascoal, “Mavumvavumpefoco”
  4. Pandang Food Tigers, “Barely a Breath In Your Parenthesis”
  5. Sabrina Malheiros, “Em Paz”
  6. Miguel Zenon, “Academia”
  7. Lila Downs, “Urge”
  8. Anat Cohen/Marcello Goncalves,“Otra Coisa”
  9. Rudesh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition, “Alap”/”Snap”
  10. Amjad Ali Khan/Amaan Ali Bangash/AyaanAli Bangash/Elmira Darvarova, “Gentle Sunset” (Raga Marwa)

The Soundtrack That Was Supposed To Have Sustained Me in NYC

  1. Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet, Landfall (Nonesuch — coming out Feb. 16)
  2. Courtney Barnett/Kurt Vile, Lotta Sea Lice (Matador, etc.)
  3. Kit Downes, Obsidian (ECM — coming out January 19)
  4. Vijay Iyer Sextet, Far From Over (ECM) — which I didn’t put on my Top Jazz lists only because I figured everybody else would.
  5. Jaguares, [45] (BIKO/EMI, 2008) — these guys gave one of the most overwhelming shows D & I ever saw (saying something), and I happened to find out we did not have this, their last record to date.
  6. Khruangbin, Con Todo El Mundo (Night Time Stories). Poised, transcendent peace centered on voices.
  7. Populous, Night Safari (Bad Panda). See the Dean’s comments.
  8.  Steven Wilson, To The Bone (Caroline). Porcupine Tree guy mixes pop and progressive brilliantly. Prize winner in UK, strong cult figure in US. Hey, he had me with a song called “People Who Eat Darkness,” after the unbeatable, nonfiction murder mystery set in Japan.

 

NPR Jazz Critics Poll 2017

The results are in.

My selections were a lot closer to the second 10 choices …

Best New Releases

Various, Celebrate Ornette (Song X)
Tim Berne’s Snakeoil, Incidentals (ECM)
Bill Frisell/Thomas Morgan, Small Town (ECM)
Wadada Leo Smith, Najwa (TUM)
Paul Jones, Clean (Outside Music)
J.D. Allen, Radio Flyer (Savant)
Wadada Leo Smith, Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk (TUM)
Ron Miles, I Am a Man (Yellowbird)
Kirk Knuffke, Cherryco (SteepleChase)
Greg Abate, Road To Forever (Whaling City Sound)
Reissues or Historical
 
The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane: Turiyasangitananda (Luaka Bop)
Thelonious Monk Quintet, Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960 (soundtrack) (Sam/Saga)
Best Vocal
Dominique Eade/Ran Blake, Town and Country (Sunnyside)
Best Debut
Jaime Branch, Fly or Die (International Anthem)
Best Latin
Miguel Zenon, Tipico (Miel Music)

 

R&R Hall of Fame 2017 Pt. Two

Aw, nobody but dear Iago wants to play. Oh, well …

 

My votes were:

The Cars (who got in)

J. Geils Band (yeah, Bosstown loyalty, but also because they were the first band from this place that I can remember going crazy for)

MC5 (it was this or Link Wray — both suffer from not being familiar to young’uns)

The Meters

Sister Rosetta Tharp (my other score)

 

(Ooops — almost forgot …)

The outfit I would vote for last is Bon Jovi — never heard a moment that I didn’t think was a degredation of its sources.

Rock And Roll Hall of Fame 2017

Time to play this year’s Hall of Fame Game.

Here’s the (pre-selected) list of performers I had choose from — five selections.

Bon Jovi

Kate Bush

The Cars

Depeche Mode

Dire Straits

Eurythmics

J. Geils Band

Judas Priest

LL Cool J

MC5

The Meters

Moody Blues

Radiohead

Rage Against the Machine

Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan

Nina Simone

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Link Wray

The Zombies

So … who did I vote for? (Hint: I got at least one selection into the Hall this time.) Bonus question: who on the list was I absolutely least likely to pick?

 

Combined Birthday Vacation/Morning Workout Soundtrack

  1. The Black Lillies, Hard to Please (2015) — Americana mix with a welcome fondness for r & r. Inspired me to check out an earlier release which was meh.
  2. Hard Working American, We’re All in This Together (2017) Only complaint is that it’s so long my road player wouldn’t read the disc.
  3. Go Sailor, S/T (originally recorded 1994-95). Look ’em up.
  4. Jupiter Apple, Uma Tarde Na Fruteira (2007) Droll Italians — lead-off song title: “A Marchinha Psicotica de Dr. Soup”
  5. Jupiter & Okwess, Kin Sonic (2017). Gotta listen some more but maybe yet another new African style. Tuff. Tight.
  6. Rudesh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition, Agrima (2017) Of course improves on all the Indo-Pak borrowings of vintage jazz-rockers.
  7. Maneige, Ni Vent … Ni Nouvelle (1995 reissue of 1977 LP) A Montreal prog outfit I had never heard of but now play at least once a week. Warning: contains flute, but sort of as a sweet, warm-up-the-introduction routine.
  8. Alma Micic, That Old Feeling (2017). This is the album of American songbook vocals that beat down my resistance. I wasn’t as charmed by an earlier record, but this has a certain flintiness that cuts through all the retro fog.
  9. Motorhead, Under Cover (2017). Utterly inspired memorial for Lemmy. Again, the finest metal outfits are also superb outright rock and rollers.
  10. Various, Listen … OKA! (2911). A fusion album featuring Bayaka pygmies that does mesmerizing other straight recordings of similar styles never do for me.
  11. Quicksilver Messenger Service, live at the Fillmore, June 7, 1968 (2015). Yeah, yeah, I’m a Cipollina nut. So stone me. Ran across this and hadn’t listened in a long while.
  12. Oneohtrix Point Never, Rifts (2012). Like I’ve said, somehow this guy was fully formed from the first track: Betrayed in the Octagon has more churning moods, Russian Mind a never-content’s version of ambient. Zones Without People a bit of both.
  13. Peace Worshipers, S/T (2015) One of the many raga-fusion albums to come out this year, with more consistent mood and momentum and deep calm than others. Sorry I still feel too ignorant to write about it.
  14. Trio Da Kali and Kronos Quartet, Ladilkan (2017) A triumph at the heart of several trends key to this year. A must.
  15. UNKLE, The Road, Part 1 (2017). Not your uncle’s UNKLE or even their earlier selves’. Uneven, but I’m captivated by the determination to keep re-inventing.
  16. Various, Afrobeats Hot Hits (2017) See (and hear) my review.
  17. Various, Gentle Giants: the Songs of Don Williams (2017). Very peculiar anthology in a way. Williams did not write these songs. Only some of those paying him homage try to replicate his style. More of a tribute to his taste in tunes and kind heart.
  18. Laura Veirs, The Triumphs & Travails of Orphan Mae (2001). The earliest album (her second) Veirs has kept in circulation. Her career is a fascinating study in the interaction of precise songwriting and subtle but insistent production. The one show I saw was a pallid dud. Maybe it was an off night. Maybe her work needs the massage of the machines. This argues for the former.