ALBUM IN THE CROSSHAIRS: ANNABEL (LEE) – BY THE SEA… AND OTHER SOLITARY PLACES (NINJA TUNE / IF MUSIC)

ANNABEL (LEE) BY THE SEA… AND OTHER SOLITARY PLACES NINJA TUNE / IF MUSIC 2015 Beautifully lush at times, brilliantly spartan at others, but stylistically layered and engaging from start to finish, the new album By the Sea… and Other Solitary Places by the group Annabel(Lee) hits your senses like a soundtrack to an expressionist […]

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AN ALBUM (OR TWO) IN MY HEAD (0062)

JOSÉ JAMES YESTERDAY I HAD THE BLUES: THE MUSIC OF BILLIE HOLIDAY BLUE NOTE 2015  An interesting personal but peripheral observation: I couldn’t immediately come up with a list of male baritone Jazz vocalists whom I listen to on a regular basis. My personal prejudice probably relegated baritones to R&B or Country-Western music, I’m not […]

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AN ALBUM (OR TWO) IN MY HEAD (0061)

If you’re new to this series, be warned that my musical taste is all over the map, and many of the albums you’ll see here will not be covered by mainstream media. Kendrick Lamar, an artist whose album is featured this week, represents an exception. Linda Sharrock — unfairly remembered as only the wife of avant […]

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AN ALBUM (OR TWO) IN MY HEAD (0058)

Two albums are grabbing my attention this week—Flying Lotus’ latest gift to the world and an early 1970s debut release from a sadly unknown tenor Jazz saxophonist… FLYING LOTUS YOU’RE DEAD! 2014 I’ve heard of Jazz artists moving into Pop, Hip Hop, Soul, Bossa, and even Classical creative spaces, and then find a safe return to […]

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AN ALBUM (OR TWO) IN MY HEAD (0057)

My blog will eventually cover music and other creative paths with as much passion as what I currently place on the news or social topics of the day. A step toward this goal will be to publish weekly bits which will highlight one or two albums I’ve been playing during the past week. I don’t want you to think these […]

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