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A Thread for New Jazz

Discussion in 'music' started by kjb, Feb 6, 2016.

  1. Fulci

    Fulci pfm Member

    Though not Jazz, but rather some sort of fusion with middle eastern and world music, Dhaffer Youssef is nothing short of amazing. His last album is beatiful and all his musicians are incredible jazz players. I can't recommend it enough.
  2. banjoman

    banjoman pfm Member

    Excellent thread.

    I'd add Portico Quartet to the list. Albums - Isla and also Knee Deep in the North Sea - well worth a listen, especially if you like gogo penguin

    Among contemporary pianists, Vijay Iyer remains my favourite. Very complex but beautiful music - check out any Vijay Iyer Trio albums - especially Accelerando and Historicity.
    His Indo-Jazz fusion album with Indian classical guitarist Prasanna is also very interesting

    On a slightly heavier fusion side, Acoustic Ladyland has an interesting sound..
  3. banjoman

    banjoman pfm Member

    Listening to Hadouk Trio - Utopies right now on headphones at work. Very nice - have to give it a proper listen at home
  4. Lordhenley

    Lordhenley pfm Member

    Great albums
  5. Lordhenley

    Lordhenley pfm Member

    A few more ECM artists that may appeal to some

    Bono Stenson
    Louis Sclavis
    Eberhard Weber
    Ralph Towner
    Arild Anderson
    Terje Rypdal
  6. PsB

    PsB Citizen of Nowhere™

    I love Sclavis. He's probably the first jazz player i saw perform live, about 30 years ago, and his sound made a deep impression.
  7. droodzilla

    droodzilla pfm Member

    I saw him in Cologne a few years ago - pure luck, as I didn't know he was playing when I booked my trip. He was in a trio with drums and electric bass, and the venue was a small room in some academic institution (The Institute for French Studies?). Anyway, it was an awesome concert - literally jaw-dropping at times - full of the wild energy and fierce intelligence of jazz at its very finest. Not bad for 10 euros.
  8. Lordhenley

    Lordhenley pfm Member

    If he ever comes to the Midlands I'm on my way

    For those that like the Go Go Penguins they are on tour in Feb, check out their web site for any dates near to you
  9. Lordhenley

    Lordhenley pfm Member

    Another one to add to the list is Erik Truffaz, try the album Bending New Corners on Blue Note, awesome stuff
  10. PsB

    PsB Citizen of Nowhere™

    This thread has caused me to dust off the few Sclavis CDs I have (none of which, I have to say, quite take me back to the magic experience of that evening in a small club in Paris). Next to Sclavis on the shelf is this CD

    by another musician I discovered completely by chance 10 years ago (April 2005 according to the autograph he kindly signed) by just walking into a club, and the CD bought that day is the only one I have - I just haven't seen his stuff in shops. Rosenwinkel is a cool, polished and somewhat cerebral player. This one is with Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman, among others.
  11. Darkagesound

    Darkagesound pfm Member

    Interesting thread. I've come to jazz quite late and I've been exploring the great albums of 50s, 60s and 70s. I'm curious now to explore some newer jazz as I've only a few contemporary albums - enjoyed Portico Quartet.

    I'd recommend Marcin Wasilewski - Spark of Life.

    I came across this list, I don't know any of the albums but recognised that The Bad Plus seems to be favoured by some.
  12. droodzilla

    droodzilla pfm Member

  13. kjb

    kjb pfm Member

    One of the great things about lists of current jazz is that there's hardly any consensus - many lists are almost completely mutually exclusive. I've only heard a couple of these but have heard quite a few different records by some of the artists mentioned. I do have his top choice Ambrose Akinmusire "The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint" which is worth a listen and quite a few records by Matthew Shipp, but not the one he mentions ... it's now on my list.

    For fans of lists, this is a fun, and , if you search, a good archive - an annual "list of lists" that NPR pull together. For the last few years I've used it to explore new stuff with quite a high success rate.


  14. guey

    guey pfm Member

    His album with Murcof is excellent as well.
  15. Lordhenley

    Lordhenley pfm Member

    Interesting list and plenty on there for me to check out, nice one!

    The Marcin album is a beauty, Id forgot about that one
  16. hockman

    hockman pfm Member

    I find the NPR ballot results to be more interesting than the Ted Gioia selection. A no. of those Gioia choices are not strictly jazz and certainly the musicians themselves would not consider what they play to be 'jazz'. The Bad Plus album for instance is more an interpretation of the Rite of Spring by a piano trio.

    I am not sure about the fuss about The Bad Plus. I have great respect for the musicians but their music normally feels 'cold' and simply too arranged to me. Vijay Iyer on the other hand is fantastic.
  17. Engels

    Engels pfm Member

    I'm also not "getting" the Bad Plus as much as their contemporaries, though I have "These Are the Vistas" and "Give" . I suspect covering, for example ,Nirvana and Black Sabbath songs as a jazz piano trio attracts more attention that they might otherwise deserve. That said, I did also buy their last CD with Joshua Redman which is a bit more out of the ordinary and catches my ear better.
  18. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

    I don't really get what that's about - it feels one step away from cheesy jazz versions of Beatles tunes or Nouvelle Vague doing cocktail jazz versions of Joy Division. The novelty wears thin pretty quickly.

    That said the DJ Lebowitz version of Holiday In Cambodia is a stone cold classic!
  19. hockman

    hockman pfm Member

    Glad to know I am not alone about the BP. I have some of their albums and I've seen them live. They are more engaging live, yes, but their albums don't do much for me.

    If you want to listen to more creative use of rock/pop tunes, you can do much worse than Brad Mehldau. He has some interesting interpretations of Radiohead and Nick Drake tunes.

    Ethan Iverson, the pianist of the BP, writes very well about jazz and other stuff on his blog, Do the Math. I enjoy his writing and he certainly knows his history of jazz and has listened to a lot but sorry the BP doesn't do it for me.
  20. Funkymartyn

    Funkymartyn Well-Known Member

    Nice thread, I do have loads of jazz, jazz fusion, jazz funk, latin, whatever it gets called, reckon I have equal amounts on vinyl and cd...... one label I do watch out for is called, . Schema.... from italy..
    well worth checking out if you like the nu-jazz as its known......nicola conte, mario biondi, . Etc..

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