Blacks’ Myths

Blacks’ Myths by Blacks’ Myths.

Blacks’ Myths is Bassist Luke Stewart and Warren G. “Trae” Crudup III on drums.

Two great, young musicians making the music they want to make.

As a bassist Luke Stewart is impressive, handling lines on bass which many guitarists would be jealous of. Mr Crudup, similarly, is a polyrhtym machine.

They do use multitracking, particularly for the bass tracks, so he can hold down melody and rhythm parts.

But, overall, this has a live, jam, feel.

I particularly enjoyed the atmospheric, long track, “Black Flight”, which wouldn’t be out of place on an album from the German band Can.

But, despite that, I don’t quite feel this album quite comes together for me.

Steward and Crudup build excellent, moody, atmospheres and jumping tracks, but, for me, they never quite feel like they go anywhere beyond that initial idea. If you’re a bassist or a drummer, I could see you really digging it, from a technical perspective, but, for me, it doesn’t quite do it.

Maybe I’m just not wrapping my head around what they’re trying to do.

I’m gonna keep listening to it, and may change my mind.

#LukeStewart #WarrenGTraeCrudupIII #BlacksMyths #TodaysCommuteSoundtrack

2017-10-09 Irreversible Entanglements

Irreversible Entanglements

Irreversible Entanglements by Irreversible Entanglements.

Bandcamp link: Irreversible Entanglements
Jazz and poetry about the African American experience in North America.

The poetry is written and performed by Camae Ayewa, who also goes by the name Moor Mother.

Similar messages to her work on Fetish Bones but a different context. Somehow I find it easier to listen to these messages in the context of jazz improvisation than in the context of experimental electronic music.

Can’t tell you if that is good or bad.

#TodaysCommuteSoundtrack #IrreversibleEntanglements #CamaeAyewa #KeirNeuringer #AquilesNavarro #LukeStewart #TcheserHolmes

2017-07-27 The Avant Garde I Ams of the Gal Luxury

The Avant Garde I Ams of the Gal Luxury by Heroes Are Gang Leaders.

Smokingly topical poetry delivered over funky bass, slithering sax, and rapid fire trumpet.

What’s not to like?

This album, recorded in 2015, is a tribute to Beat poet Bob Kaufman.

Favorite track, “Secret Heroes R U A”. Whets my appetite to hear them take on the topics of our new dark age.

#TodaysCommuteSoundtrack #ThomasSayersEllis #MargaretMorris #JamesBrandonLewis #RandallHorton #HeruShabakaRa #LukeStewart #LydiaLunch #ThurstonMoore #DevinBrahja #DerekeClements #AmbroseBye #MaxDavies #HeroesAreGangLeaders

2015-05-17 No Filter

No Filter by the James Brandon Lewis Trio.

Music with its roots in the Jazz tradition is always moving forward, always incorporating new influences. Mr Lewis’ group brings a rap inflenced groove to the music formerly known as Jazz. While I enjoy individual tracks on this album, listening to the whole thing at once, it gets a little “samey”. Mr Lewis’ emulates the rhythmic cadences of a rapper with his Sax, but without lyrical variation, it ends up a bit like finding the backing tracks from a great lost rap album.

#TodaysCommuteSoundtrack #WarrenGCrudupIII #NicholasRyanGrant #JamesBrandonLewis #AnthonyPirog #LukeStewart #NoFilter #JamesBrandonLewisTrio