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DAVE BRUBECK - Time Out Cool Jazz | review permalink
KING CRIMSON - In The Court Of The Crimson King Jazz Related Rock
KING CRIMSON - In The Wake Of Poseidon Jazz Related Rock
KING CRIMSON - Lizard Jazz Related Rock
KING CRIMSON - Discipline Jazz Related Rock
KING CRIMSON - Three Of A Perfect Pair Jazz Related Rock
KING CRIMSON - Vrooom Jazz Related Rock
KING CRIMSON - Islands Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
KING CRIMSON - Red Jazz Related Rock
KING CRIMSON - The Beat Club - Bremen - 1972 (KCCC 3) Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
SOFT MACHINE - Third Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
TRIOSCAPES - Separate Realities Jazz Related Rock
CHARTS AND MAPS - Dead Horse Jazz Related Rock
ROBERT FRIPP - (No Pussyfooting) (with Eno) Jazz Related Improv/Composition
SOFT MACHINE - Fourth Fusion
KING CRIMSON - Starless And Bible Black Jazz Related Rock
KING CRIMSON - Larks' Tongues In Aspic Jazz Related Rock
KING CRIMSON - Beat Jazz Related Rock
KING CRIMSON - USA Jazz Related Rock
AARON GOLDBERG - Worlds Post-Fusion Contemporary | review permalink

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Jazz Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Jazz Related Rock 29 4.26
2 Fusion 6 3.92
3 Jazz Related Improv/Composition 3 4.00
4 Avant-Garde Jazz 2 3.75
5 Cool Jazz 1 5.00
6 Eclectic Fusion 1 2.50
7 Hard Bop 1 4.00
8 Pop/Art Song/Folk 1 3.50
9 Post Bop 1 4.00
10 Post-Fusion Contemporary 1 4.00
11 RnB 1 2.50

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SOFT MACHINE Third

Album · 1970 · Jazz Related Rock
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After a few weeks of putting it off, I listened to Third, my first Soft Machine album. These guys have taken jazz fusion and canterbury, fused them together, and contorted, twisted, and bent them into this wild hot pot of psychedellic jazz (I'm getting very creative on the adjetives this time). The 80 minutes that I spent with the album were very exciting and interesting. My only grief with the album is the third track, "Moon in June", the only song on album with vocals, which are delivered by the band's drummer, Robert Wyatt. Now, he has a fine voice, and I enjoyed his preformance, however, it completely threw me off. It just seemed out of place. But, anyway, great album. If you like jazz fusion and/or psychedellic rock, I'd give it a listen. 3/5

KING CRIMSON The Beat Club - Bremen - 1972 (KCCC 3)

Promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs) · 1999 · Jazz Related Rock
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Wanna know something funny? I've been listening to King Crimson for two years, and over those two years they've become on one of my favorite bands, but somehow I've never actually bought an album by them! I know, silly, right? Anyway, on to the album. This is an excellant live recording of the then newly formed King Crimson, and is one of the few live recordings released with inporvised precussionist Jamie Muir, who left the band the next year, in 1973, to become a monk in a monestary in Scottland. The album opens with a long, 30 minute improvised piece, retrospectively named "The Ritch Tapestry of Life". The piece is very interesting, adventurous, and exciting, showing off the skills of all five musicians. Rising from the dust of the improv is an excellant version of "Exiles", which, untill now, I completly underapriciated. The album closes with an excellant rendition of "Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part I". This version ends about seven minutes in, right before the violin solo starts. The album sounds great, and the recording is of a very high quality compared to other ecordings from this era, with very little muffling and recording distortion. The CD comes with a great booklet, featuring photos of the band, notes, and two months worth of Robert Fripps diary (Nov and Dec 1998). I'd suggest this to any 70s Crimson fan, especialy if you're looking for some great improv and some recordings with Jamie Muir. 4/5

KING CRIMSON Islands

Album · 1971 · Jazz Related Rock
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In 1971, King Crimson reformed for a second time, adding Boz Burrell and Ian Wallace to replace Gordon Haskell and Andy McCulloch, respectively. Islands would be the only album this lineup would release. Like all other King Crimson albums, Islands is very experimental and unique. The album beings with Formenta Lady, which starts off with a slow, kind of mystifying tune, played out by double bassist Harry Miller and Mel Collins on his flute. Boz then joins in with his hautingly beautiful voice. After a verse, the song transforms into a folksy ballad for the chorus, but then goes back to the Bass-Flute section for another verse. After another chorus the song ends with the band jamming on the folksy chorus, joined by Paulina Lucas, singing a melody over the band. Next is Sailor's Tale, a great, jazzy instrumental, and then The Letters, which starts out soft, and ballad-like, but then we get a jazzy, explorative instrumental break. Then another emotionaly charged verse. Next is Ladies of the Road. Very jazzy, pretty hard, except for the chorus, which is signifgantly soft compared to the rest of the song. This is followed by Song of the Gulls, a lovely piece played by a string ensemble. The album is finished with the amazing title track, which is one of my favorite songs of all time. It is amazingly beautiful, beyond expression. I love it. It's hard to explain how great this song is. As always, Peter Sinfield's lyrics are very well written, but out of the four King Crimson albums he's written for, Islands is definetly the least exceptional. Especially Ladies of the Road, which is boarderline misogonist. So, yeah. This album has it's fair share of ups and downs. But I like it. If anything, it's extremly insteresting. 3/5

FRANK ZAPPA Waka/Jawaka

Album · 1972 · Jazz Related Rock
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Frank Zappa made so much music in his lifetime. Each album was differant and varied, bringing new styles and genres into the mix. In the early/mid seventies, Zappa made two very Jazz-infulinced albums; Waka/Jawaka and The Grand Wazzo. Waka/Jawaka is my favorite of the two. The album opens with "Big Swifty", an 18 minute long big-band swing piece full of improv and solos. After losing yourself in the opening tracks, you find yourself in "Your Mouth", a slow, odd Jazzish rock ballad. Then comes my favorite Zappa song, "It Just Might Be a One Shot Deal". It starts off as a slow country song with teird-sounding, mumbling vocals. After a serise of time signature and theme changes, it's back to a country song, but fast this time. After an instumental passage, Zappa breaks in with the final line of the song, which abrutptly ends and goes straight into the title track, an eleven minute big-band swing song, much like the opener. Favorites from the album:

"Big Swifty" "It Might Just be a One Shot Deal" "Waka/Jawaka"

This is a fantastic album, especialy if you're looking for something jazzy and avant. 4/5

MYRA MELFORD Trio M : Guest House

Album · 2011 · Post Bop
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Trio M is a jazz trio made up of pianist Myra Melford, Bassist Mark Dresser, and drummer Matt Wilson. I first heard of them through the forums on jazzmusicarchives.com and then listened to the songs they put up on Soundcloud. And let me tell you, those songs were truely awesome. So I bought their 2nd album "The Guest House". The album is great. Each one of the musicians has their own individual style that compliments each other perfectly. You can really sense the chemistry between the three. The songs are different and varied, some start off as normal bop tunes and then explore until they're somewhere strange and new, some are slow and avant, lots of them seem to be very classical music-inspired. The 6th song, "The Promised Land", is best described as experimental hip hop, and the 4th song, "Sat Nam", is a short drum solo.

Favorite songs off the album: "The Guest House" "Don Knotts" "Hope (for the Cause)" "The Promised Land" "Ekoneni"

This is a fantastic album. I think any Jazz fan wanting something mainstream while also a little avant will love this one. 4/5

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  • Posted more than 2 years ago in My reviews
    I'm going to stop doing "normal" reviews and do a weekly thing where I post some blurbs for albums. I find writing long reviews to challenging and too time consuming, whereas blurbs are nice, short and simple and I can get right to the point.So, here's today's post:Trioscapes – “Separate Realities” (2011): Fantastic heavy fusion. Great songs, love 'em all. Insane amount of musicianship. Perfect for any jazz lover or metal head. Charts and Maps – “Dead Horse” (2009): Really great Jazzy Math rock with Post rock overtones. Every song is a masterpiece. Shame they broke up. I am Three People – “Explore the Vertical” (2012): Some pretty damned good Progressive metal. The Cozmik Orketsrah – “Spontaneous Fingerfood” and “Blackhawk” (2010): Very unique rock. It’s all improvised by three guys. It’s sometimes wacky, sometimes explorative and experimental, and sometimes funky. “No New York” (1978): Classic avant-garde punk compilation, produced by Brian Eno. Features songs by The Contortions, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, mars, and DNA, one of my favorite bands of all time. Amazing. Laurena Segura – “Permafrost” (2011): Really beautiful and really good indie folk. Queen - “Greatest Hits” (1992): Pretty much the only essential Queen album, in my opinion. Vompatti – “Reverberations of a Disquieting Wall” (2011): Fantastic ambient soundscape. A little repetitive after a while, but good. Rush – “2112” (1976): Really great heavy prog album. But overrated. Rush did much better. Still really good, though. Especially the second side. Lucas Bielejewski – “2 Fast 2 Swizzle” (2012): Amazing, complex math rock with incredibly fast guitar playing. AND SO MANY TIME SIGNATURE CHANGES! Mind-blowingly amazing. The lyrics are fantastically goofy. Some of it also reminds me of some of Lemon Demon’s early output. BEST. MATH ROCK. EVER.
  • Posted more than 2 years ago in Jazz Music Archives
    Charts and Maps and Trioscapes, mainly
  • Posted more than 2 years ago in Rate the avatar (and signature)
    2.5/5 interesting2.5/5 kinda funny

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