Maiden Voyage

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In 1965 the keyboard player for the new Miles Davis Quintet, a young Herbie Hancock, released his 5th Blue Note solo album. Constructed around a groove he originally wrote as an advertising jingle to sell men’s cologne, the ambitious Hancock, along with rhythm players Ron Carter on bass and drummer Tony Williams took the experimental style they were having success with in the Miles Davis group on this Maiden Voyage. The album’s five original Hancock tunes have an oceanic theme and beautifully showcase the group’s innovative solo talents. Freddie Hubbard on trumpet and George Coleman on tenor Saxophone round out the Hancock crew on this one. Maiden Voyage is a great set of experimental yet accessible hard bob jazz from the mid sixties.

Take it on a sail. It’s a great trip. Oh yeah!

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Survival of the Fitest
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Strict Joy

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The highly anticipated follow up to the Oscar winning soundtrack The Swell Season, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova deliver another powerfully haunting set in Strict Joy, which chronicles the struggle and distress of their highly creative and collaborative, “Once upon a time”, relationship.

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The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers

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The New Pornographers’ sixth album Brill Bruisers is both their liveliest since Mass Romantic and their most immediate. Strip it down to its propulsive guitars and Brill Bruisers is practically punk: There are as many speedy distorted chords as there are synths gurgling out willfully plastic arpeggios. Xanadu, later-day ELO, New Wave, Glam Rock aka Bowie era, but there’s also plenty of Pixies too.

The band’s four gingers—singer-songwriter/co-producer Carl Newman, bassist/producer John Collins, singer/guitarist/keyboardist Kathryn Calder, and moonlighting supernova Neko Case – build a blare with their dominant-gene band mates that’s biologically left of ordinary. By design, they’re never normative.

As its title suggests, Brill Bruisers gets feisty while celebrating the compositional craft that made New York’s Brill Building a locus for tune-driven fa-la-la. I even hear a bit of Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound” lurking in the background.

Listen Gingerly,

David

Track List

  1. Brill Bruisers
  2. Champions of Red Wine
  3. Fantasy Fools
  4. War on the East Coast
  5. Backstairs
  6. Marching Orders
  7. Another Drug Deal of the Heart
  8. Born with a Sound
  9. Wide Eyes
  10. Dancehall Domine
  11. Spidyr
  12. Hi-Rise
  13. You Tell Me Where

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Angus and Julia Stone

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This Australian brother-and-sister duo has something that is very rare. They are both talented artists in their own rite. Bring them together with super-bearded producer Rick Rubin and it is beautiful. The album “Angus and Julia Stone” released in 2014 has it all, great harmonies with just the right amount of Aussie twang.

This has been my go to album of late, while taking some long hikes to a remote surf break that I usually surf just by myself. The next time you need a time out of your hectic life, take a long walk and listen these tracks and you might find some solitude and a bit of inspiration.

Track List

  1.  A Heartbreak
  2. My Word for It
  3. Grizzly Bear
  4. Heart Beats Slow
  5. Wherever You Are
  6. Get Home
  7. Death Defying Acts
  8. Little Whiskey
  9. From the Stalls
  10. Other Things
  11. Please You
  12. Main Street
  13. Crash and Burn
  14. Do without
  15. All this Love

Enjoy your long walk with Angus and Julia.

David

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In A Silent Way

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It’s About That Time . . . to put on some Miles.

One album, Two songs
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In A Silent Way / It’s About That Time

1968/69 – This is the pivotal album in which Miles transitions to electric instruments, adding to his quintet a third keyboardist, Joe Zawinul, and John McLaughlin’s electric guitar. Davis, influenced at this time by Hendricks and Sly and the Family Stone, here lays the groundwork for his transformation into the 1970’s, fusing jazz with rock to create the funkier grooving sound that would take him through the next decade.

Run / Bike / Enjoy!

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