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Breaking out of the Mold….

July 27, 2011

 

 

You ever notice that sometimes when you listen to a particular genre of music for a long period of time you start getting accustomed to the normal standards of that particular brand of music?  Things start to coalesce into one entity and nothing seems to stand out anymore. I’ve been there plenty of times before, and its always great to be unexpectedly turned on your side by an album or artist that you didn’t expect to have any effect on you at all. As a matter of fact I ran into such a record the other day. The record I’m talking about is “Yesterday You Said Tomorrow” by Christian Scott. I’ve always heard good things about the young New Orleans born trumpeter but never took the time to really check out his music. My hesitance has really been a disservice to me but you know what they say better late than never. According to the allmusic review and liner notes of the album Scott elaborates on the intent he has of his music. He talks of famous music luminaries of the 1960’s and how he wanted to make a record that stood as an homage to that turbulent time in history. While also differentiating the past from the present musically by showing the individuality and influence that growing up in his generation has afforded him. As ambitious as this sounds I think he did the best job he could at accomplishing this goal. “Y.Y.S.T.” is both modern and traditional, chaotic and turbulent at one moment and sublimely beautiful the next. Scott witnessing the destruction and mayhem of Hurricane Katrina has no doubt shaped his musical identity tremendously. It seems as though he can channel any emotion through his music and make the listener empathize with whatever he is trying to convey. To me that is the true goal of any artist and I really think Scott has a unique gift. His manipulation of dynamics and tempo are almost unparalleled and his deft  and careful handling of every nuance of his music seems as though he poured his soul into this record. He also picked a great supporting cast to back him for this record. The rest of the band seems to be intrinsically on the same wavelength . Understanding exactly what Scott wants from his music. They play more risky  and avant-guard when its called upon but they always seem to come back down to earth letting the song and groove dictate where they are headed next. They even do an absolutely beautiful cover of the Thom Yorke song “Eraser” and quite honestly I think they convey more atmosphere and delicate emotion than the Radiohead frontman ever intended for. This is an early album for Christian Scott but its a great one and I think if he’s just getting started the Jazz Public at large is in for an incredible journey

 

 

 

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Taking Another Direction…

June 8, 2011

I decided to expound upon a notably different type of music for my newest post, instead of dwelling on American music, I decided I wanted to talk about salsa music…. I made the decision along time ago to have music become an essentially crucial part of my life, and with that decision, came my life-long quest to find and absorb as much music as I possibly could. My journey has taken me on a great ride, and as I continue to discover different types of music everyday, I start to realize just how universal a medium music actually is. But I don’t want to get into that too much because thats another story. I was introduced to salsa relatively late in the game, only really being exposed to it a couple of years ago through one of my good friends, who happens to be a bass player. Salsa is entrenched with wonderfully inventive and colorfully harmonic bass lines, no doubt what caught my friends ear and got him to start listening to it. I see alot of similarities between salsa and American funk and disco and to me this makes perfect sense because “Modern Salsa” was popularized in America in the 1970’s at the same time funk and disco were a major player in the American pop landscape. The percussion of Salsa is heavily drenched in clave rhythm, and while this is foreign to organic American Music, the music is heavily reliant and almost solely driven on rhythm itself, which is a common thread for all three genres because all were obviously conceived as vehicles for popular dancing. Horns also play a large part in Salsa and I’d bet that any prominent/successful salsa band could hold their own against any american funk/r&b horn section of any era. I feel that Salsa is way more than casual dance music, it’s the work of highly skilled musicians that are creating tightly woven rhythmic compositions with a great eye for detail….

 

 

 

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Underrated Miles Davis???

May 16, 2011

Disregard my punctuation and spelling errors I wrote this mad late….

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On The Scene…..

May 12, 2011

What’s up everybody??? Just wanted to thank Evan first and foremost for letting me contribute to That Whiiite. It took me a minute to start writing this blog because I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do with it. I’m a huge music nerd, as most are at That Whiiite, and I’m going to use this space to broadcast my musical eccentricities to whoever wants to listen.

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