Posts filed under “Friday Night Jazz”

5 Best Unknown Rock Albums ?

I had an interesting discussion with a music buddy about some of the least popular, best discs of the past few decades.

The challenge: Name 5 outstanding Rock and Roll albums that 90% of the music buying/downloading public are unfamiliar with.

3 rules:

1. Rock and Roll (including Pop)!  No jazz, classical or world music

2. Obscure: Not a big seller, relatively unknown, not a top 40 song or a top 100 Album;

3. Outstanding album: The disc must be great, listenable from start to finish, cohesive, with one good song after another and a handful of great ones.

Defining what obscure is was also a challenge — a popular UK album unknown in the US counts, but vice-versa didn’t.

We set an arbitrary cut off date of 25 years — there is simply too many great albums from the 1960s and 70s, and those unknowns are more a function of age than obscurity (UPDATE: The older mega-hits “discovered” in comments confirms this). Anything released after 1985 is fair game. And we went with Rock, because there are simply too many obscure Jazz recordings out there.

Cutting it down to just 5 was difficult, but gave the exercise some focus. I will publish my list next Friday.

What are your 5 favorite unknown CDs?

Category: Friday Night Jazz, Music

Friday Night Jazz Rolling Stones Covers

I mentioned the 40th anniversary of the  remastered version of Exile on Main Street a few weeks ago. Lately, I have been listening to an awesome selection of Rolling Stone Cover albums. Having heard these songs over the course of 4 decades, a little freshening up can go a long way. These 4 albums present…Read More

Category: Friday Night Jazz, Music

Friday Nite Jazz Stones: ‘Exile On Main Street’

Don Was has been the Rolling Stones record producer since Voodoo Lounge in 1994. He discusses the remastered version of Exile on Main Street Remastered version. NPR: “When Exile on Main Street was first released nearly 40 years ago, few expected it to gain recognition as a masterpiece. Though the album was a commercial success,…Read More

Category: Friday Night Jazz, Music

Friday Night Jazz Hendrix

Here’s something I haven’t been able to say for 40 years –

“I’m really looking forward to checking out the new Jimi Hendrix album.”

As it turns out . . . come March 1, there will be a new Hendrix disc of some unreleased material — Valleys Of Neptune.

For you young ‘uns out there who might not be familiar with Jimi — he was the genius guitar player who combined R&B, psychedelia distortion/feedback-laden electric leads. You can still hear his influence in music today.

Hendrix released but 3 albums during his short lifetime: Are You Experienced (1967) is probably the greatest debut rock albums of all time (Rolling Stone ranked it #15 on their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time). The next disc was Axis: Bold as Love (1967) and Electric Ladyland (1968).

He was 27 when he died in London on September 18, 1970.

Valleys Of Neptune track by track listing (with descriptions) after the jump . . .

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UPDATE:

Wow, terrific comments. I put the full run of reader suggested Hendrix videos here.

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Category: Friday Night Jazz, Music

Friday Night Jazz: $5 MP3s

Amazon is running an excellent selection of $5 albums in DRM free MP3s , (if you like that sort of thing).

I prefer my music mostly in the form of cold shiny discs. However, Amazon selected over 800 albums, about 50 per genre across rock, jazz, country, new age, 2009 discs you misses, etc. at the bargain (legal) price of $5 bucks per.

These 2 dozen caught my eye:

Jazz:

John Coltrane Blue Trane

A Boy Named Charlie Brown  by Vince Guaraldi Trio

Classic Sinatra – His Great Performances 1953-1960  by Frank Sinatra

Monk

John Coltrane And Johnny Hartman

More after the jump .  . .

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Category: Friday Night Jazz, Music

Friday Night Jazz Paul McCartney Live

Over the course of seeing concerts the past 3+ decades, I have had the good fortune to attend shows that were recorded and later distributed on CD/DVD a handful of times. Up until recently, the most memorable was Aimee Mann’s Live at St. Ann’s Warehouse. But this summer, I was lucky enough to attend Paul…Read More

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Friday Night Jazz iPod’s guilty little pleasures

I will be incommunicado today, winging my way back from Berlin for acht und halben stunden (8 1/2 hours).  I wrote this back in 2005, but never published it widely. Enjoy: > What sort of crap do you have lurking hidden on your iPod? That’s the question I stumbled across from my old essays &…Read More

Category: Friday Night Jazz, Humor, Music

Friday Night Jazz: Newport Jazz Live

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This is truly a Friday Night Jazz: Via the NYT, we learn that Wolfgang’s Vault has a substantial collection of pristine audio recording from the Newport Jazz Festival.

Some of the recordings will blow you away — I suggest the Count Basie concert, but all 3 are excellent (free registration required).

There is also Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers (1959) and Dakota Staton (1959).

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Thank me after you’ve listened to some of these gems . . . more stuff after the jump

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Source:
Historic Sounds of Newport, Newly Online
BEN RATLIFF
NYT, November 10, 2009

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/11/arts/music/11vault.html

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Category: Friday Night Jazz, Music, Web/Tech

Friday Night Jazz boss nova

I’ve only come across a handful of compelling discs this year. Mo’ Horizons …And the New Bohemian Freedom is one of them. It is hard to describe this bizarrely compelling mix of acid jazz, bossa nova, soul, and electronica. Yeah, there is also some Brazilian funk in the mix as well. But the songs, while…Read More

Category: Friday Night Jazz

Friday Nite Floyd: Pigs Might Fly

Lately, I have been combining two of my favorite past times into one multimedia experience: Books & Music. This began over the summer — I was done with my book, and I really wanted to read something mindless, having nothing to do with Wall Street or Washington DC. That’s when I started reading Pigs Might Fly:…Read More

Category: Friday Night Jazz, Markets