current listening 01/18

david byrne and brian eno: everything that happens will happen today (2008)

david byrne and brian eno: everything that happens will happen today (2008)

David Byrne and Brian Eno: Everything That Happens Will Happen Today: Unlike their mindblowing 1981 bag of groove narratives, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, this is a pure pop package. The melodies are sunny yet urgent while the lyrics profess hearty faith. The title tune is an unassuming milestone for both artists.

ollabelle: before this time (2008)

ollabelle: before this time (2008)

Ollabelle: Before This Time – At last a live chronicle of the gospel, blues and soul matrix of New York’s exquisite Ollabelle. The music is alternately rootsy and ghostly, thanks largely to Glenn Patscha’s keyboard colors while vocals alternate between the regally jubilant (Ain’t No More Cane) and spiritually sexy (Elijah Rock).

john cale: process (2005)

john cale: process (2005)

John Cale: Process – Designed as a stark solo piano soundtrack to a CS Leigh film of the same name, Process is a stark, sometimes discordant and darkly evocative instrumental work for solo piano. No doubt, this was suitable accompaniment for a presumably grim movie. On its own, though, it’s a lovely but disquieting listen.

isotope: golden section (2008)

isotope: golden section (2008)

Isotope: Golden Section – British prog rock meets vintage jazz fusion in these newly unearthed concert performances by guitarist Gary Boyle and company from 1974 and 1975. A showcase for Laurence Scott’s propulsive Fender piano solos and Hugh Hopper’s always sleek bass work.

duke pearson: the right touch (1967)

duke pearson: the right touch (1967)

Duke Pearson: The Right Touch – Pearson was a triple threat talent for the Blue Note label during the 1960s as a pianist, arranger and composer. On this 2006 remastering of 1967’s The Right Touch, he is teamed with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and sax giant Stanley Turrentine. The slow, soulful blues nugget Scrap Iron steals the show.



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