My eight-year-old son once asked me if I liked jazz. “Sure,” I said (because I do). “WHY!? It’s so BORING?” I agreed to disagree and hopefully you will too after listening to these, not-so-boring, in my opinion, albums.
Floratone: Floratone II
A friend recently described Bill Frisell as an “American treasure” and I have to agree. The breadth, quantity, consistency and overall awesomeness of his output is rather astounding… the guys seems to appear on 5 superlative albums a year. This one is the second featuring Frisell with Matt Chamberlain, Lee Townsend and Tucker Martine and features some swinging, mind-massaging tracks from top to bottom. Like much of Frisell’s music it’s equal parts beautiful and otherworldly.
The Touré-Raichel Collective: The Tel Aviv Session
The best music transcends labels, borders and expectations and these guys succeed in all three. The serendipitous meeting of Idan Raichel from Israel and Vieux Farka Toure from Mali (in an airport in Germany of all places) resulted in a studio jam session in Tel Aviv that produced this truly amazing album of music. Just go listen to it, you can thank me later. And next time you’re stuck in an airport, remember the gorgeous music from this album was born in similar surroundings.
Get the Blessing: OCDC
As with all three of these albums, calling Get The Blessing “jazz” is selling it short. Here there is plenty of sharp-fanged rock and greased-pan funkiness to go around. This young British quartet’s sound brings to mind MMW or John Zorn’s Electric Masada at times. This album finds that sweet spot serving both the body and the mind. Pop it on, hit the repeat button and enjoy.