I really miss the musician life I used to have in Brazil. In order to compensate that, I started a musical research some time ago. Actually, this is making a huge difference for me. I never thought I would miss music so much… So, here are the highlights of the tons of things I’ve been listening to:
I found a very nice old CDs store in Helsinki (I’ve heard from a friend that there are others). I’ve found many interesting albums there. For now, my main focus is on the work of John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Miles David and Charlie Parker but I’m listening to lots of other things as well. I really enjoyed albums of the drummers Max Roach and Roy Haynes. Next: continue the infinite and pleasant jazz research. :-)
- A Love Supreme (John Coltrane)
- Afro Blue Impressions (John Coltrane)
- Money Jungle (Duke Ellington, Max Roach, and Charles Mingus)
- Afro Cuban Jazz Moods (Dizzy Gillespie)
- Shack Man (Medeski, Martin & Wood)
- Out of the Afternoon (Roy Haynes Quartet)
I’m a big fan of acid jazz movement in general. I already have Jamiroquai’s discography but I wanted to have deeper view of the “big picture”. I’ve listened to The Brand New Heavies, Incognito, James Taylot Quartet, Jaga Jazzist, Jazzanova, Corduroy, and others. Looking forward to listen to Azymuth, Roy Ayers (one of the fathers of Acid Jazz!) and other cool stuff in the “acid” area.
- Room at the Top (James Taylor Quartet)
- Positivity (Incognito)
R&B and Neo Soul
I never really understood what soul and R&B were in practice. It always sounded to be too generic and umbrella-ish. So, I went through the discographies of some good modern artists in this field. Now I got a more clear idea of this whole R&B/soul thing. Special mention goes to Mama’s Gun (Erykah Badu): it’s one of the most “musical” (in the artistic sense) albums I’ve ever listened to.
- Mama’s Gun (Erykah Badu)
- Voodoo (D’Angelo)
- Introducing Joss Stone (Joss Stone)
- Who Is Jill Scott?: Words and Sounds, Vol. 1 (Jill Scott)
- Like a Star (Corinne Bailey Rae)
Funk and P-Funk
I’ve been going through Earth Wind & Fire’s (EWF) and Funkadelic/Parliament’s discographies. It’s just amazing to listen to the roots of most of things we see today in the funky field. Interestingly, I watched documentaries about both groups and they don’t mention each other. It seems there are (kind of) three different “branches” in the funk history: James Brown’s, Funkadelic/Parliament’s and EWF’s.
- All ‘n All (Earth Wind & Fire)
- Maggot Brain (Funkadelic)
- Mothership Connection (Parliament)
- Live on Planet Groove (Maceo Parker)
- Good Old Funky Music (The Meters)
Sertaneja and Caipira
I always try to keep prejudice away when the subject is music. In Brazil, the sertaneja music has become too superficial, crappy and commercial in most of the cases. The fact is that the first albums of those famous sertanejo artists are quite nice. They still have some kind of connection with their roots. This is definitely the case of the first album of Zezé di Camargo & Luciano. It’s simple and “truthful” in a very interesting way. On the caipira music area, it’s always an intense experience to listen to artists such as Renato Teixeira and Almir Sater. Next: Pena Branca & Xavantinho, Tião Carreiro, and others.
- No Auditório Ibirapuera (Renato Teixeira)
- Zezé di Camargo & Luciano (Zezé di Camargo & Luciano)
- Sete Sinais (Almir Sater)
That’s all for now! I hope to come with new stuff very soon. :-)
8 thoughts on “Musical Snapshot”
Aoooo sertão!!! Me lembra de te passar uns links de músicas caipira que eu tenho aqui. Abraço!
If you like the P-Funk you should check out http://www.thesoularsystem.com/ Their keyboard player is the current George Clinton keyboard player (and he is absolutely incredible.) They have also opened for Earth Wind and Fire.
“A Love Supreme” is one of my favorite Jazz albums! If you have not listened this album yet, I’d recommend you “My Favorite Things” (I specially love “Summertime” and “Everytime we say goodbye”, nice Jazz tunes).
Another album very special is “In A Silent Way”, by Miles Davis. If you loved “A Love Supreme”, then you’ll love this one, too.
You *need* D’Angelo’s and Erykah Badu’s first albums: Brown Sugar and Baduism respectively. They are both more traditionally soulful than their second albums, and both excellent. Also Urban Hang Suite by Maxwell, and Black Diamond or Mahogany Soul by Angie Stone are excellent.
I’m glad you mentioned Max Roach and Roy Raynes, I’ve been meaning to listen to more drum-orientated jazz for a long time now.
If you like Acid Jazz, you definitely should try to listen to the electronica-jazz mixture. There’s a few Norwegian musicians you should try out:
Nils Petter Molvær: Really great Jazz musician which have used some dj’s to give his music a new dimension. Khmer is probably his best album, but NP3 have more electronica inspired bits.
Bugge Wesseltoft: Also a great Jazz musician which uses lots elements from electronica. “The new conception of Jazz” concepts are really great. Try it out on last.fm or something similar.
In terms of funk, the bands you described relate mainly to the 60-70s (you need to check out Stevie Wonder). Around about the beginning of the 80s, up until the 90s, artists like Prince and Cameo replaced the “horn” section of the earlier funk bands with synthesisers and brought a more guitar oriented sound into the mix. I’m listening to a Prince album called: The Slaughterhouse (a bit obscure, you might have to check it out on the internet somewhere) and it’s really, really good. I would definitely recommend you check out some of their albums.
Psst, it’s Roy Haynes ;)
I recommend you Brooklyn Funk Essentials with their first album Cool and Steady and Easy.
it is really nice, and it was my introduction album into Acid Jazz.