The best… Two jazz albums
Much has happened since I saw Esperanza Spalding at Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2010 where she shared the bill with Marcus Miller. Back then it was impossible not to fall in love with her immense talent wrapped in this extremely beautiful woman with the huge afro (she was wearing a cap most of the concert though). 2016 the afro is gone and Esperanza reemerges better than ever with a jazzfusion/rock/funk crossover that will put her in line for another Grammy Award.
And, one of the best improvisational albums I’ve heard in years. It’s brilliant. Trumpet and piano improvisations “A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke” by Vijay Iyer & Wadada Leo Smith. This is a most welcome addition to my work soundtrack…
The battle of the punkrock legends
Three punkrock legends put out new records this month. Iggy Pop (Post Pop Depression), former front man of Hüsker Dü, Bob Mould (Patch The Sky) and Violent Femmes (We Can Do Anything). Nothing would make me happier than to hear Violent Femmes match their 1883 selftitled debut. But it’s not happening. And nothing can make me jump about like Iggy spinning his guitar driven punkrock engine. But that’s not happening either on the slick “Post Pop Depression”. Bob Mould on the other hand… “Patch The Sky” is possibly his best solo album and as fresh as Hüsker Dü when they were at their best.
Sheer Mag: III
Third EP from the Philadelphia punkrock band formed in 2014. I took notice of Sheer Mag a year ago and we’re still waiting for their first album. But their third EP sounds as good the first two. Very promising.
Black Stone Cherry: Kentucky
It’s old school heavy rock – and I like it.
Matt Corby: Telluric. Normally I would deem this record too harmless – but it’s just brilliant.
This blog have gained new followers from many places mainly due to the Imagine / Teardrops mashup and video. I’ll be working on more video projects in the near future.
Here are a few albums that didn’t quite make this list…