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August 27, 2009

New Releases

Just wanted to go over some newer albums I have taken a liken to and wanted to share.

I received word in my inbox by the great publication, Wax Poetics, of their debut album release as a label of the group 9dw. Self Titled is due to be released 09/09/09 but pre-orders for limited (1,500 pressings), hand numbered, clear color vinyl are now being taken. If you're like me, and obsess over the collectibility of rare, unique vinyl and dig talented musicians and chill backbeats, you may want to snag a copy. I would compare these guys to Tortoise like grooves colliding with the eclecticism of Aphex Twin, but definitely more funky.

Also, I've recently discovered a contemporary jazz group called Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey. A wonderfully technical yet free flowing ensemble of piano, drums, bass, and slide guitar or lap steel. They often infuse the likes of traditional jazz stylings with modern math or noise rock and even as far as hip hop. You can download their entire current release, Winterwood, for free from their site. Fans of The Bad Plus and technical, progressive, melodic instrumental rock should give these guys a try.

I am going to do write up of Dave Hollands, Conference of the Birds coming soon.

August 14, 2009

Rashied Ali (1935-2009)

Rashied Ali sadly left us Tuesday the 12th after suffering from a heart attack. As I type this now I am being entranced by his swaying rhythms and dynamic accenting behind Coltrane on the amazing Impulse release of Interstellar Space. You can here him perform on the Coltrane cut, Leo, in the player above.

So much is being said that I couldn't do justice by repeating. Yesterday and today there have been a number of great posts in memory of Rashied Ali:

Howard Mandel posted an interview he conducted with Ali in 1990 for a Coltrane documentary.

Pianist, Ethan Iverson, of The Bad Plus, despite being on blog posting hiatus, created a quick blurb on his Do The Math blog. He even had the privilege of selling a piano to Rashied Ali 15 years ago. What a trip that must have been.

And if you haven't checked out AccuJazz yet do yourself a favor and got on it. They will be highlighting Coltrane and Ali recordings on their Avant-Garde Channel in the coming future. They wrote a brief post (alongside honoring the great Les Paul) on their blog as well.

Being a drummer and avant-garde jazz fan alongside Rashied Ali's passing has reminded me how unfortunate I am. I have never, nor will I ever, have the chance to truly experience this generation of outstanding musicians as others before me may have.