Ben Monder's Amorphae is an ECM release. It's contemplative, expansive, tumultuously beautiful and beautifully tumultuous. It sounds positively gorgeous. It's sparse in ways that never leave the listener wanting more because it's an album that makes one appreciate the pauses. Some folks out there are going to hate it, ECM albums can be like that sometimes. Some folks aren't going to care that much for its drone nature. However, guitarist Monder pulls this all off so well that maybe those people who don't care for this can just go off and chill for 45 minutes while minds are expanding elsewhere.
Sure, I talk about some upcoming San Antonio shows and bring newness as usual, but really I'm all about playing Ben Monder's "Oh, What A Beautiful Morning" as braincrushingly loud as possible again.
The Line-Up for 15 January 2016
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Spocket’s self-titled and first release represents the best in funk rock coming from the younger side of the Chicago jazz scene. It manages to be clean and slick without being over-produced and gimmicky. The horn players are tight as a section yet speak with pronounced individual voices when called upon to do so, and the rhythm section is a single fluid entity roiling beneath the melodies, both predetermined and improvised.
You know what still goes hard? Bassist Linda Oh's 2013 album Sun Pictures. It's an album that just doesn't quit and is as awesome a listen now as when it realese years ago. It comes to mind from time to time andn came o mind recently, particularly since Oh brought this video up of her performing at last year's Winter Jazz Fest which is particularly apt considering this year's festival starts tonight with Oh playing with various groups this week led by the likes of Ibrahim Maalouf, Fabian Almazan, Camila Meza and Sharel Cassity. In the meantime, take a walk down memory lane after the jump.