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A couple from Eddie Boyd, not the late American
bluesman but the young Aussie.

"Stoned"...I like this version and video more than
the official video released later: https://vimeo.com/154446605

"Bad Timing"...some will recognise the locations as
well as the young blonde woman: https://vimeo.com/124807037

I think Eddie is over in NZL at the moment recording,
but I've no idea when the new music will be released,
or when it will "drop" as the kids like to say. :)
Oct 23, 2011
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Re: Re:

Dazed and Confused said:
Fairly big fan of Coltrane, but this particular tube version doesn't do him justice imo.

Do you mean the audio quality or the actual music itself? Mind you, this is the original recording he made of "My Favorite Things" and since it went on to become a jazz standard and he himself has several other later versions of this tune, I think it's safe to say that generally it was appreciated very much. Actually, personally this is one of my favourite recordings by Coltrane, although maybe more for the composition than for Coltrane's playing itself. McCoy Tyner's piano playing is also phenomenal on this recording by the way. :)

My Favorite Things is actually one of my favourite jazz standards. Brad Mehldau has several amazing live recordings of it. Like this one:
This is beautiful. https://youtu.be/12dc4IQGnFc

We all know that the Lorax speaks for the trees, but what do they sound like when they speak for themselves?

Rings on a tree can give information about the age of the tree, as well as indicate environmental conditions such as rain levels, disease, and even forest fire. Light colored rings indicate quick growth, while darker rings indicate times when the tree did not grow as quickly. Slices of trees are not uniform, and they all tell a story about the tree’s history.

Bartholomäus Traubeck created equipment that would translate tree rings into music by playing them on a turntable. Rather than use a needle like a record, sensors gather information about the wood’s color and texture and use an algorithm that translates variations into piano notes. The breadth of variation between individual trees results in a individualized tune. The album, appropriately titled “Years,” features spruce, ash, oak, maple, alder, walnut, and beech trees.

- http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/what-do-tree-rings-sound-when-played-record/

Oct 23, 2011
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So Tigran Hamasyan (who was discussed upthread) released a new album this month, listening to a song from his new album now;


It's a solo piano album, but man, Tigran can sound just as intense without a band! Also, to call this guy a 'jazz' pianist would maybe give the wrong impression. His approach to making music is clearly jazz, but stylistically apart from his first one or two albums he has moved away quite a bit from a traditional jazz sound. His albums also just keep on getting better in my opinion. I've rarely heard somebody who is so technically gifted and writes such complex music and at the same time, despite all the complex rhythms and crazy dissonant harmonies, manages to write music that is (at least to me) very aesthetically pleasing, albeit a bit weird sometimes. What I mean to say is, he is so comfortable in expressing himself in such ludicrously complex music, that you don't always realize what type of crazy things he's doing from a theoretical point of view, until you start listening more analytically.

Here's another tune from his new album, which I started listening to while writing this post :p

Tigran Hamasyan is really a musician I can recommend to everybody, whether you're into jazz or not, as long as you can cope with some dissonance, complex rhythms and weirdness in your music. :p

I play piano myself and Tigran was already a candidate for being my favourite pianist for quite a while and his new album only does more to substantiate his claim that position. :)