Category: Jazz

Herbie Hancock – Sextant

The past year or so has been indelibly marked by my foray into the world of jazz—primarily late-1950s hard-bop through early 70s jazz fusion thus far. My relative novice understanding and experience with jazz certainly makes me uncertified to truly examine this music, but Herbie Hancock’s 1973 album, Sextant, is one that I have definitely taken notice of. (more…)

Utopianisti – Utopianisti II

While browsing on Bandcamp.com, I saw a hand drawn album cover with animals playing instruments. Put an animal on the cover and there is a good chance I will check it out. Thus was my first foray into the music of Finland’s Utopianisti, a jazz rock ensemble led by Markus Pajakkala. Pajakkala plays a variety of instruments and fleshes out the rest of his work with a large cast of guest musicians. (more…)

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Bohren & Der Club of Gore – Piano Nights

Bohren & Der Club of Gore is a prominent German darkjazz ensemble that crafts dark music with jazz undertones as the genre obviously suggests. Piano Nights is the group’s eighth full-length album and consists of some incredibly slow, yet intensely atmospheric jazz music. (more…)

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Dhafer Youssef – Birds Requiem

Recently, I was examining a pretty good music blog and came across an album classified as Arabic jazz. I was intrigued as to what this would sound like; therefore, I said YOLO and decided to check it out. After about a week or two of listening to it every night before going to sleep, I still am being taken away by its beauty. Dhafer Youssef is a jazz musician from Tunisia, who moved to Europe over twenty years ago. He gracefully merges Western jazz music with Arabic instruments into a seamless and cohesive work of art. Youssef’s most recent album, Birds Requiem, begins with Birds Canticum, which consists of slow jazzy piano and some type of Arabic flute. Right away, this song envelops the (more…)

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