March 29, 2016
Importation into symphony-land, without irony. Accidentally prefiguring aspects of a later pop minimalism. For a moment, a hint of the Great Gates of Kiev, but in the end I couldn't help thinking that equal temperament has never sounded so bland.
I Found A New Baby - Benny Goodman [from Smithosonian Collection of Classic Jazz]
The masters trade bitty licks lickety split, arranged to sound impossibly, miraculously, spontaneous.
You Won't Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart) - Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Butterfield, George Koenig, Bill Stegmeyer, Jack Greenberg, Artie Drelinger, Milton Chatz, Joe Bushkin, Danny Perri, Harman 'Trigger' Alpert, Cozy Cole [from Louis Armstrong and Guest Stars]
Sometime in my late teens I was introduced to the music of Louis Armstrong so I went to the record store to find some more. This grab-bag album of tracks (mostly from the 40's), is just full of winners, including this one of Louis and Ella at the tops of their games, hardly working (or so it seems) trading off verses.
Tease Me Baby - John Lee Hooker [from The Legendary Modern Recordings 1948 - 1954]
His strum is swift and weighty, like a cross-bow strike.
March 31, 2016
I'm In Love Again - Fats Domino [collected from Dave Marsh's Heart of Rock & Soul]
More trading off licks, here between vocal and sax, both of which hold more or less still in melodic space while the harmonies move under them.
From the catalogue of a master compilator. It is as though everything he was digging about the music he heard around him finds its way here in quirky completeness: tempo tricks, prepared piano sounds, intricate chromatic play between the vertical and the horizontal, Webernesque pitch statis - all of it laid out there with his inimitable sensibility of touches, times, and colors. Time's passing sculpted or bent.
Land of 1000 Dances - Wilson Pickett [collected from Dave Marsh's Heart of Rock & Soul]
A study in interjections, the song itself having fallen away.
It's Too Late - Carole King [collected from Dave Marsh's Heart of Rock & Soul]
I found myself really digging the tiny-echo backing vocals at left and right, barely audible at the ends of phrases.
Say Goodbye to Hollywood - Billy Joel [from The Essential Billy Joel]
The king of monochromatic vocal production. There is a way to sing and that's all there is.
Clubland - Elvis Costello [from Trust]
A latter-day land of 1000 dances presented as a present tense fiction.
Love For Sale - Talking Heads [from True Stories]
Framed by: CountOff at start and KissOff at end.
Study 50 - Conlon Nancarrow [from Conlon Nancarrow: Lost Works, Last Works]
Some stray dude holding forth at a bar, with illustrations, and a replicator. By the time one escapes there must be 20 or 30 of him in there.
Ballintubber Abbey - Amy Denio [from Tutto Bene]
Sonic Brilliance 14 - [March 1996 - John E, Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Holden K, Neal Kosály-Meyer]
Introducing children to synthesizers. I want that bubble sound.
In Session at the Tintinabulary
March 28, 2016
Gradus 287 - Neal Kosály-Meyer
Neal is on the verge of G natural, to imply a modulation, or that we weren't in A to begin with.