I like everything from north Mississippi hill country blues to Hank Sr to 50s/60s jazz (bop, free, modal, experimental) to psych rock to classic rock to indie to alt country to prog to Radiohead to Morphine to 80s alternative to shoegaze to folk to Fugazi to Americana to George Jones. There's only two kinds of music - good and bad.
I dont have now preference for jazz, classical or any other styles...
The main important factor is the musician....Or some instruments....
I dont listen classic or jazz , instead i listen musician x on instrument z....Or the singer voicing....
Because the truest musical experience is not confined in a genre or style at all....And that include all cultures for me....
I must confess that i hate musical styles that are more a genre with no historical roots than a way to create great music by great grounded musicians tough.... I will not offend anyone with naming some....
Amen. Except I would replace "offend" with "entertain". ;)
Fairly, I guess?
Various subgenres of jazz, blues, and rock. Folk. Americana. Choral. Opera. Some classical. Some country.
Not many things just leave me completely cold. I've never found any metal that appeals to me. Fusion sounds like bad jazz and worse rock, to me, but I do like some jazz-folk fusion (Bela Fleck, Goat Rodeo). I'll go as far as In A Quiet Way, and that's about it. Those are about the only ones I can think of.
Well, if you can take a joke....there was a lady DJ that said in a deep Southern accent...
"we play both kinds of music, we play your country and your western"
My father was a self taught Guitar player and was a fan of Hank senior. I went to many Rock concerts, and many live Jazz concerts and from Summerfest in Milwaukee to The Rainbow Room in NYC and others around the U.S. and some other countries.
As the Danes would spell it, Kobenhavn is a great place for American Jazz.
As I look over my CD/SACD collection, it does seem to be dominated by some of the great female singers in American history that do mainly standards, Jazz and songs that are...a bit, romantic.
If the music is made with heart and skill, I really don't care what the genre is. From opera to chamber music to punk to pop to soul to jazz to MOR to hip-hop, etc., etc., etc., if the delivery is compelling enough I can't help but listen. My music collection covers all genres. Love show tunes, too.
“One more, once!” (Count Basie) :
**** There are only two kinds of music, good music and the other kind ****
- Duke Ellington
Couldn't agree more. Variety is the best thing about it.
Tool, LP, Ronstadt, Coltrane, Puccini. As long as it is recorded well, it's all good.
I’m all over the map of genres depending on my mood. For me, I know a song is timelessly beautiful if I get that tingling down my spine. If it happens once it will happen every time. I’m getting that feeling as I type this listening to the 36 minutes version of the Grateful Dead’s Dark Star on “Celebrating Jerry Garcia and the Days In Between”. I get that tingle every time I hear “shall we go, you and I while we can...throooooough the transitive nightfall of diamonds” (“Live Albums Collection”, “Live Dead” as I’ve always known it, has my favorite version, though, where the engineer is best balanced. Funny to think it was an afterthought album because they had to make a contractual obligation last minute). Sweet musical bliss. Transcendence.
I tend to go deep into certain areas that tickle my fancy. When I was a kid the electric blues led me to the rural blues, most of which was cut on 78s so I relied on 33LP transcriptions and compilations. Some electric blues from the period (Chicago; early UK on the cusp of psych) still turns me on--I’m a big fan of Kossoff, especially Free’s first album, where Guy Stevens was given free rein on the production. Subsequently, Chris Blackwell stepped in, and the band has a more produced sound.
Another area that caught my interest a few years ago was so-called "spiritual jazz" which is now very hot as a marketplace commodity-- it borders on free jazz, modal, post-bop and soul, often recorded on private or small independent labels, but the musicians are consummate players (most of them could not get work in the early ’70s once jazz was no longer a mainstream medium and worked largely as sidemen). There are some brilliant performances by some known (Cecil McBee) and unknown (Milt Ward) artists.
I also like heavy early rock, which has now been rebranded as proto-metal. It’s the stuff that coincides with early Sabbath, sometimes earlier, and anticipates heavy metal but doesn’t have shredded guitars (hate that with my carrots too) or Cookie Monster vocals. Leaf Hound’s Growers of Mushroom is probably the most famous. But there are many, many more-- bands you never heard of that had that Zepp-ish, Sabbathy, Purple-ish sound. Another famous one might be the German first pressing of Lucifier’s Friend- s/t.
I’ll listen to anything once. I’m not much for opera largely out of ignorance. I have a vast trove of high quality classical records that I rarely listen to these days, but every once in a while, I’ll pull one out.
Otherwise, it could be Eddie Hazel, or Cressida's Asylum. Go figure.
Well, let's just open up Pandora's box a have a look inside to see if there are any toys in the attic shall we? I enjoy a broad range of music which begins with mostly prog. rock but also includes such things as singer songwriter music like the livestream concert this weekend from Ariane Lydon to without a doubt the absolute best version of Leonard Cohen's Halleluja I have ever heard from any artist anywhere by a guy from Minneapolis named Andrew Newton. The guy just understood the song.
From there we can move to British folk which includes music from one of the best female singers of all time, Sandy Denny and Fotheringay. Then on to electronic music from artists such as Brian Eno, Redshift and Wave World and piano from Phillip Aaberg. I don't really care too much for traditional jazz but I consider Patricia Barber to be one of the most creative jazz artists alive today. I also enjoy music from Andreas Vollenweider.
I like guitar shredders such as Buckethead and Slash but also Tony Levin, Adrian Belew and the Oracle himself Mr. Robert Fripp. I also can't leave out Robin Trower. I like blues but don't really listen to it much. A little Keb Mo and of course Mr. John Lee Hooker. I also enjoy female vocalists from Janice Ian to Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos and Natalie Merchant, Patti Smith and Bonnie Raitt. I'm equally as comfortable with anything from Acoustic Alchemy to Alice in Chains to Southern rock and jam bands. What I don't care for is Rap, Hip Hop, Traditional Jazz, Opera, Pop and Country......although I like The Band. That ought to be enough toys to keep one busy for a while!
PS. Did I mention world music such as Afro Celt Sound System and Aurora? ;-)
your comment “I’ll listen to anything once. I’m not much for opera largely out of ignorance.” caught my eye. Check out the outstandingly engineered and my go-to opera compilation classic and see what you think... “Pavarotti - 24 Greatest HD Tracks” in the 24 bit/96KHz version. It brings tears to my eyes whenever I play it. It’s best at higher volumes :).
Check out the outstandingly engineered and my go-to opera compilation classic and see what you think... “Pavarotti - 24 Greatest HD Tracks” in the 24 bit/96KHz version.
I mentioned I do enjoy opera, and this conversation reminds me that I should clarify something about that. I enjoy recordings of *performances* of operas. I'm not a huge fan of records that are just recordings of opera[tic] music.
That's nothing against parker's recommendation here. I imagine it's great. The conversation just reminded me that *my* opera taste is a bit specific.
It doesn't matter what genre it is ,great music will always shine.
With opera you really don’t need to understand the words, but to listen to an entire opera I do feel one must know the story and it is then still enjoyable not knowing the language. I levitate for sure more to compilations where I’m comfortable just feeling each piece. Pavarotti’s voice was truly a planetary treasure. I saw him in the last phase of his performance live at the acoustically “not as bad as other arenas” Denver Pepsi Center and was absolutely astounding with the breadth of his vocals. His stage presence was by far the largest I’ve ever witnessed. Which reminds me of the first time I saw Tony Bennett - from the “halo” balcony at The Denver Opera House (Ellie Caulkins Opera House). Acoustics there are incredible. As part of the encore, Tony had the house turn off all mics and he sung “Fly Me To The Moon”. What a moment in life to remember. It was truly for me a “religious experience”. Both experiences literally brought tears to my eyes. Not an easy feat :).
Probably half my enjoyment of opera is following the actors as they move around on the stage. Left and right. Forward and back. It's an audiophile thing. :-P
No matter what the genre great music is great music.it will always shine.
All Mumblecore all the time.
Amadeus to Zappa - Indeed
I have this debate all the time with my audio consultant. He listens to god awful music (in my not so humble opinion) because it was recorded well and sounds great on the systems he demos. I listen to the musician and their music whether it was recorded in 1928 or 2020. How can I not listen to Blind Willie Johnson's Dark Was The Night (Cold Was The Ground) and not be moved. I can only take Jack White's music in limited doses, but I sure like him as an artist, musician and love his business models. Yep, the recent classical releases on Analogue Productions are inspiring as well. Then again, save those 36 minute Dark Star's from bootleg tapes for when you are in the mood - because that was a band made in shangri la! Those Dark Star versions are like Keith Jarrett's live solo piano work - you just never know where it will lead you.
Anybody see that article in TAS a few issues back about the three types of music listeners? It was a great article that sums us up perfectly. I'll see if I can find that article again.
I've been enjoying a lot of female vocalists lately because they sound so good on my system. Some recordings are from the 1950's.
BUT, my collection has no room, none, for rap and hip-hop. That is not music. Bad Poetry to boring syncopated drum solos - best description yet.
Pretty eclectic lol. I struggle with country music as well as corporate pop music, and don't like jazz but, aside from that I love Die Antwoord to Bach, Pink Floyd to Sex Pistols, Christopher Cross to Tool, Broadway musicals to The Proclaimers, The Who to Gogol Bordello. Hundreds of CDs and now thousands of tunes and hundreds of artists in TIDAL.
He, he, he....good post.
I like all music, with the exception of Rap.
Just can't seem to wrap my ears around any Rap singers music...
Thrash/death/black metal, blues, rock, 60s’ rock, country.
some 80’s fast techno (rave music)
1812 overture on my CV D9’s’
some classical through my Energy rc-70s’
iPod for light drinking listening.
its on shuffle:
abba (when wife home)
Some 80’s rap, not on iPod. The neighborhood, life, political stuff,not the newer garbage.
many others not listed. Elvis
@Parker65310- thanks for that. I may get a copy, I'm far less deep on digital than I am on vinyl. I purged about 12,000 record when I moved and did another purge more recently-- largely to make room for, you guessed it-- more records! But, I do have the ability to play an SACD if the compilation you mentioned is available in that medium. For files, I'm rather limited by my DAC to standard Rez.
Part of it is precisely what some others mentioned- I know there are diehard opera fans, I just found it hard to get my head around, great performances notwithstanding. best,
For me music is literally the soundtrack to life. The pieces that hit me like a ton of bricks and hook me forever always instantly take me back to when I first heard them or had a memorable experience such as when I first heard Mazzy Star - Fade Into You in the flagship Tower Records in NYC (sadly no longer exists) when it first came out or when I saw Trentemoller play live solo on the xylophone Miss You at The Ogden in Denver or when for the very first time ever I heard Jeff Beck play Cause We Ended As Lovers. I wanted to drop on my knees like I saw god standing in front of me. That was incredibly the first time I had ever heard that song. All I can say is wow. Speaking of which, just the mention of Moby by me yesterday brought me back to him. I find his ambient and his club/rock powerful. His cut Harbour with Sinead O’Connor on 18 & 18 B-sides blows me away every time I hear it and the engineering is excellent. She is such a talented person with a tortured soul. I could keep typing for hours, but there’s what is front of mind for me at this moment.
if it ain't rap or new country, i can dig it at least a bit. there was this old cat named major "mule" holley who had a contrabass voice, he was a string bass player and could sing down low in unison with his instrument, unlike slam stewart who sang an octave higher. it was an almost eerie effect that, when frank sinatra first heard it, made him grin ear to ear.
I listen to everything from Jethro Tull to Genesis.
Lets just mark out the last 2 live concerts I saw in 2019........
King Crimson 50th in Oakland Ca.( they played "Fracture" for their only time in N.America that year)........................and BTS.........the #1 kpop boy band.....whose song " Mic Drop"...is as good as any Rock Anthem of the 70s......
Very cool- KC 50th in Oakland.