The Thrills, My Morning Jacket, Flaming Lips-Okay this one has been a year or so, but I finally got it on vinyl...
Never really went in for trad jazz, but got a free sampler with my last order from Tower on the Preservation Hall label featuring, inter alia, Shake that Thing, Hot 4 with Duke Dejan and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Great stuff. You can still hear the strains of marching bands in some of this music so you know it's a hell of a lot closer to the beginnings of jazz than to Bebop. It has a flavour all it's own; pretty good for the jaded palate.
Ramsay Midwood. "Shoot Out At The OK Chinese Restaurant" is one of the most original sets I've heard in a while. A mix of country, blues, rock, and I don't know what else. Some songs I could hear Mick & the Stones doing, others a bit like Tom Waits, but not really. I just don't know how to describe it.
Well then, I'll second "Be Good Tanyas" a pleasant surprise of
recent for me as well. I check out that other album too (thanks!).
On an entirely different type of music, I was recently introduced, by a
good friend, to the Early Music of Jordi Savall's label, Alla Vox. Fantastic
recordings! A real favorite that I can't stop playing of recent is one with
his wife, Montserrat Figueras, "El Cant de la Sibil-La". There
are a couple of recordings I've found of this piece - the one I've been
awed by is Alla Vox AV9806 (the other that I have, which is also with the
two of them, is on Astree/Naive label and is nowhere near as engaging
and dynamic a performance as the one on Alla Vox - same Chorus, same
church, different performance and recording techniques). On the Alla
Vox recording her voice will stretch the limits of virtually any system,
and his playing (Viola de Gambe) is equally remarkable. I also recently
just picked up the Savall box set on the same label which is instrumental
and is a Savall showcase. That set is a bit more sedate in comparison as
far as the music is concerned (Mr. Saint Colombe le Fils and Marin
Marais), but no less startling in presence and beauty, albeit on a more
subtle level. That one is AV 9829 A/C.
I like Nantang Tatang, a few members from Ida made their own album, it is part acoustic and part new wave, plus it is mellow.
I have My Morning Jacket on my list of albums to buy but do not know which one, or if they have more than one album. I wrote it down after a college radio played it. Do you have a favorite?
Anything Box. Favorite so far is "Worth." Talk about that synthpop sound from the 80s - this is all that plus terrific vocals. Hard to believe it's actually from the 90s..
Stacey Kent. Everything, especially "Let Yourself Go: Celebrating Fred Astaire". What can I say? She is the sexiest vocalist I've ever heard. I guarantee that this CD will make you melt.
Dave's True Story. This one is in a category all by itself. I guess I'd call it adult contemporary lounge lizard jazz. Great vocals, intelligent and somewhat adult lyrics, catchy music and is much more polished than you would expect. Very easy to listen to, but it's not until you actually concentrate on the lyrics that everything clicks. They've all got a twist.
How about (legal) free music - all ya gotta do is download it!
I've been on a tear over at db.etree.org - they have hundreds (maybe even thousands) of live shows available for free download. I'm particularly enamored of the Steve Kimock Band and a group called New Monsoon. All the music is CD quality and most of the tapers do a very good job, sounds better than many commercial efforts. Check it out!
Sc53 - If you like Be Good Tanyas you should also give Richard Buckner a listen. He's another Vancouver, BC based artist doing unique acoustic country-infleuenced music with great songwriting. His style defies putting him in a box, much like BGT. Love his accoustic CD's: "Devotion and Doubt" and "Bloomed"
Gordus - If you like Lisa Gerrard, I'd bet you'd also like some of the Early Music recordings of Jordi Savall and his wife, Montserrat Figueras, who also has a remarkable soprano voice. I'd highly recommend their recording on AllaVox titled, "El Cant de la Sibil-La" (Alla Vox AV9806). Just gorgeous! Been on frequent rotation in my systems lately.
Marko, Thank you for the tip! I'll check into it immediately and sorry about taking so long to respond, I'm just now am getting back to this thread... Tonto Yoder just clued me into another excellent band along the same lines, Trial of the Bow. I've been playing "Rite of Passage" quite often for the last two days!
Rene Marie (Vertigo)- amazing Jazz singer! On the Max Jazz CD label..great scat, accompaniment, and excellent recording quality. Rene writes her own songs as well as interprets others. I've seen her live a couple of times in the last year - she often appears at smaller clubs and puts on a great show! The control she has of her voice is really incredible, and her version of Billie Holiday's song "dixie/strange fruit" is very, very moving......check her out !