See Naim Amor performing with his band Amor Deluxe, playing music from his more than three decades of songwriting. At El Crisol. 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. 403 N. Sixth Ave. $10. Naim's jazz trio will also be performing at El Crisol on Friday, Feb. 28. Free.
One of the most interesting "electronic music" albums. Difficult to label under one category of music, crossing style barriers. Both very intuitive and experimental but also very rich in knowledge, music skills, music history. Beautiful tones, always surprising.
Kind of same as above (Flying Lotus), but in a different era and style. The common thing with Flying Lotus to me is that playfulness the Beach Boys or at least Brian Wilson allowed himself to let any judgment aside, for the true quest of finding what he really was looking after. That's imagination. Pet Sounds influenced me, of course, for the beautiful songs, but mostly their beauty is for me the result of that openness in music.
Very influential to me. The perfect encounter of uncompromised raw violence of energy and tone with the most "romantic" and vulnerable pop songs. That double album was, I believe, recorded in a few days and captures what we all pursue: amazing imaginative performance. Again, no concerns for outside judgments here, just free playful focus.
On Green Dolphin Street" w/ Bill Evans
This track taken from the album Blue Christmas is one example, among many others, where jazz reaches its full and rich form. The improvisation here weaves between the musicians so much that it appears as if it was completely written and pre-arranged. Only that openness among themselves helped with tremendous musical skills makes such a thing possible. The production is not treating the subject as a simple recording of a live performance but instead, a studio work with all the artificial effects of the time—reverbs, hard stereo mixes.
Johnny Burnette and The Rock n' Roll Trio
This album sums up everything I love about rockabilly. Stripped down to minimum arrangements revealing a maximum of expression in the singing but also in the electric guitar. The guitar was played by either Paul Burlison but especially (few know it) Grady Martin, a session musician who played on hundreds of hits from Patsy Cine, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison and many more! His style brings some swing/jazz feel a la Charlie Christian but already tainted by a raw, somewhat aggressive, sometimes even dissonant (cf Lonesome Train) tone. Rock 'n' roll electric guitar precursor.