• 01-31-2013, 08:29 AM
    Jazz post. Everybody just ignore and move on
    So there's a new Wayne Shorter album streaming on NPR which is pretty decent. A jazz legend who brings his A-game. You all should listen (and listen past the first 10 minutes. It's a pretty diverse album. If you don't like the beginning hold on it will change).

    Then today I'm listening to a new one from Chris Potter - The Sirens


    I had picked up an Potter's Underground (2006) a while back and certainly enjoy it. However, it never completely emotionally gels for me. I'm not a deep thinker on Jazz, nor all that knowledgeable. I listen to a bunch though, enough to form gut reactions. I thought Underground sounded like a horn player with great talent and potential who didn't quite get it right, but made a heck of a strong effort.

    On The Sirens, I would say, he get's it right. Its interesting to listen to the shorter album and The Sirens back to back. They both have some of the same qualities. Don't think I could describe it, phrasing...muscular control...cerebralness... Potter certainly upped his game compositionally on this one. Every track is engaging and absorbing. Playing is fluid assured and backed by a strong, integrated group.

    Anyway, The Sirens is a very good album and worth a listen. You can read a good article/review here. But, I don't think the article really conveys how nice this album is to listen to. Glad my first impression from Underground paid off.

    If you like jazz and a good horn player put it on your watch list.
  • 01-31-2013, 08:37 AM
    None of the links take you to this stream. The other link takes you to an older WS album.

    Got a working link?
  • 01-31-2013, 08:55 AM

    Originally Posted by Hyfi View Post
    None of the links take you to this stream. The other link takes you to an older WS album.

    Got a working link?

    Should be fixed. Here's the streaming link for shorter
    First Listen: Wayne Shorter, 'Without A Net' : NPR
  • 01-31-2013, 09:01 AM
    Thanks, I failed to realize that the Sirens was someone else. Gonna listen now while I inhale my lunch.
  • 02-07-2013, 04:28 PM
    Kind of harks back to an early '60s vibe for me, which is good. Seeing a guy on the cover of a jazz CD with a sax in his hand doesn't inspire much confidence with me. There is a complexity of composition involving all instruments here. Moody, smokey atmosphere and cinematic overtones. Ultimately though, pretty straight forward jazz - a lot of sax for one sitting. I listen to quite a bit of jazz these days (mostly fusion) but still find it hard to listen to an entire album of anyone at once.
  • 02-09-2013, 10:55 AM
    Glad I got to see him with Weather Report...
    ...way back in 1979. What a shame that Joe Zawinul and Jaco Pastorius are both gone. Glad Wayne and Peter Erskine are still in the game.

    Jazz doesn't get much respect around here, but I still listen to it on occasion.
  • 02-09-2013, 12:02 PM
    I wouldn't say not much respect, but Jazz itself has evolved into so many areas that its hard to have detailed conversation about it. On another forum A guy posted a thread "I think I like Jazz", So many ppl replied on which artist/group he should go out and listen to. People were posting artist I have never heard of myself, not that I claim to be a know all about Jazz, but it just goes to show how vast of a genre it is.
  • 02-23-2013, 08:28 PM
    It's a jazz night here. Hank Mobley - No Room for Squares; Mingus - Tijuana Moods; and, Coltrane - Blue Train.