• 25 Great Hard Bop Jazz Albums

    1 Feb 2008, 13:05 by beelzbubba

    25 Great Hard Bop Albums at the Music Advice Center

    For this compilation, I need to add a definition of hard bop, to distinguish this form from its close precedent, bebop, or simply, bop.

    Here's what Scott Yanow (All Music Guide) has to say:
    Although some history books claim that Hard Bop arose as a reaction to the softer sounds featured in cool jazz, it was actually an extension of bop that largely ignored West Coast jazz. The main differences between hard bop and bop are that the melodies tend to be simpler and often more "soulful"; the rhythm section is usually looser, with the bassist not as tightly confined to playing four-beats-to-the-bar as in bop; a gospel influence is felt in some of the music; and quite often, the saxophonists and pianists sound as if they were quite familiar with early rhythm & blues. Since the prime time period of hard bop (1955-70) was a decade later than bop, these differences were a logical evolution and one can think of hard bop as bop of the '50s and '60s. …
  • My Musical Weekness, Feb 25, 2007

    26 Feb 2007, 05:04 by Televiper

    My top listens for the week.

    Trans Am
    I was introduced to Trans Am about 2 or 3 years ago. I think the album Future World was just coming out, and what I heard didn't impress me, and I was already buying too many CDs to add a maybe to the queue. When Sex Change showed up at the record store, I loved what I heard. A warm mix of Kraftwerk electro, and 80's rock without the baggage, and greater confidence in tone and simplicity. Some parts actually remind me a lot of Neu '75.

    This Heat
    Another great discovery in the realm of early avant-garde rock in the realm of Can, Faust, and The Fall. Perhaps the link between krautrock and post-rock. I like what I hear, but it I'm need hear a lot more before I can really say much about it.

    Cerebral Turbulency
    It's catchy grind-core/trash from the same country that brought me my other favorite grind group Ahumado Granujo. Other group that come to mind are Regurgitate and (name escapes me for the moment). Somewhere in their album Impenetrable there's very odd use of cowbell.
  • Movies with great soundtracks: Repulsion

    18 Feb 2007, 07:20 by Televiper

    This is a very creepy psychological thriller from Roman Polanski. The soundtrack was done by drummer Chico Hamilton and features scenes with jarring machine-gun style drumming, fluttering unsteady flute, and some great jazz pieces. I'd love to get a hold of the soundtrack but it appears to be significantly obscure. Shit Happens. it seems that I'll be at least checking out a bit of Chico Hamilton.