Richard Barbieri never disappoints. From his work in Japan to all of the wonderful projects he’s worked on since, he’s shown to be a thoroughly underrated synth player. There’s always hope he’ll reach a bigger audience.
The surprise here, for me, is Steve Hogarth. I’m not a huge fan of Marillion (at least since old singer Fish left the band in the late ’80s), but really, Hogarth’s voice sounds like a perfect compliment to the electronic underpinning Barbieri provides. A lush work.
This one is dedicated to my Mari, who has given me a year of happiness.
So haunting it’s damn near a suicide dirge. Former Swans co-vocalist Jarboe performs one of the most bleak, desolate covers of this classic torch song penned by Arthur Hamilton.
Experimental musicians are a funny lot. They put out strange, sometimes stiff, clinical sound experiments. And then Ryoji Ikeda decides to have a laugh and make a static and blip cover of AC/DC‘s seminal classic. Genius.
And thanks to the ever darling Christine Tesla Coil who originally posted this.
This is one of the few times I miss a critically important release. Robert Fripp & Brian Eno had collaborated at least twice before for full albums, but this one is a change of pace. Perfect for listening on a calm, quiet day.
A salute to my friend Valtazar Zauberquelle for posting this.
Wonderful news from our friends in Spain! After all these years of having a wonderful radio program, La Montaña Rusa Radio Jazz has decided to release their first-ever CD. They will be a huge asset to the incredible talent Spain has to offer.
Urszula Dudziak is a vocalist and pianist from Poland who did quite a lot of work in the United States during the 1970s.
The trip of bandoneonist Dino Saluzzi, his son, the saxo-clarinettist Felix Saluzzi, and cellist Anja Lecher, make for a warm trio of avant-tango.
Soulful jazz-funk by Rudolph Johnson, who sounds like someone Kruder & Dorfmeister would have ripped a riff from.
James Kennedy is an Northern Irish painter working out of the United Kingdom and New York. For more samples of his work, click here.
Two of the gems of the ECM Records talent roster, violinist Kim Kashkashian and pianist Keith Jarrett, take on Johann Sebastian Bach’s piece for viola da gamba and harpsichord.