… yeah, I didn’t think so either but I got nothing interesting to write about this week sooo, here goes!
GORILLAZ: PLASTIC BEACH
I don’t know this band’s music all that well but a friend lent me ‘Plastic Beach’ to listen to with the accompanying remark that “There aren’t really any singles on here. It sounds like they’ve got enough money and they’re just doing what they want to now.” Indeed, it does sound like they were just having fun with some great guest artists. My two favourite tracks are Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach (featuring Snoop Dog and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble) and White Flag (featuring Bashy, Kano, and the National Orchestra for Arabic Music).
MILES DAVIS: LIVE AT THE BLACKHAWK (FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS)
These albums are always in rotation at the Danderfer residence, ever since I bought them (on Kevin Dean‘s suggestion) back when I was about 14. Live albums, beautifully recorded, and the band is such a unit, so in tune with each other after years of touring. Featuring one of the all-time greatest rhythm sections: Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb, this album was recorded in Miles’ post-Coltrane but (obviously) pre-Herbie/Ron/Tony/Wayne band. I love pretty much everything Miles’ played but this time period really resonates with me because his playing has the freedom and boldness of his next phase (with Herbie) but still retains the classic swinging sounds of Miles playing standards. As Billy Hart told me Miles said to him: “You can play right on the beat, but it’s gotta swing like a motherfucker. You can play behind the beat, but it’s gotta swing like a motherfucker. Or you can play on top of the beat, but it’s gotta swing like a motherfucker!” God bless Miles Davis!
GLENN GOULD: THE FRENCH SUITES
I really enjoy the music of Bach, especially at the hands of the late great Glenn Gould. Listening to this music, it makes me think how silly it is that Classical music has a period called the “Romantic Period” and Bach isn’t in it. Beautiful recording.