I Don’t Know My Jazz From A Hole In The Ground

 
Been tripping on a lot of newish fusion. Seems King Crimson and 70’s prog rock are as big an influence on these guys as The Mahavishnu Orchestra or Jazz in general. I avoided the obvious and tried to stick with newish guitar oriented stuff. In other words, No Jeff Beck, or Al Dimeola. In general I’m pretty traditional in my limited appreciation of Jazz. Monk is probably my favorite, followed by the other “M” guys, Miles, and Mingus.
Most of the music is from the aughts, with a couple exceptions. While assembling this I started to think it needed some James Blood Ulmer, who was at the end of the first wave of fusion, but was a little too forward thinking and didn’t really fit in at the time. The blistering “Black Rock” (1982) somehow manages to sound like Captain Beefheart and James Brown at the same time. Jef Lee Johnson’s Jungle (1993) was included to keep Blood company as the only other vocal. T.J. Kirk (1995) was a band featuring Charlie Hunter on 8 string guitar, who derived their name from the fact that they play the music of Thelonious Monk, James Brown, and Roland Kirk. Marc Ribot made the cut with this tune from Rootless Cosmopolitans (1990).


I wrote this post awhile ago but just got around to putting it up. I listened to the comp a bunch of times and couldn’t decide whether to add some newer stuff I’ve “acquired”. Today I was notified of some spam comments so when I deleted them I decided, “Fuck it, I’m just going to post the sucker.”

Link in Comments. Enjoy!

Sanford and Son

7 thoughts on “I Don’t Know My Jazz From A Hole In The Ground

  1. whoa!
    i wandered into here off of a google seach for oz noy, and my ghod you’ve got some cool stuff on here, tho right now i’m seeing stuff from 2010.
    interesting thing about the net, you can often run into old (nearly) abandoned websites that someone put together…which i hope this one is NOT.
    oh, never mind, i just looked up and saw ‘The Past Is Faster’ archive going up through nov 2011 – great you’re still around!
    loving this wild
    comp. thanks!

  2. whoa!
    i wandered into here off of a google seach for oz noy, and my ghod you’ve got some cool stuff on here, tho right now i’m seeing stuff from 2010.
    interesting thing about the net, you can often run into old (nearly) abandoned websites that someone put together…which i hope this one is NOT.
    oh, never mind, i just looked up and saw ‘The Past Is Faster’ archive going up through nov 2011 – great you’re still around!
    loving this wild
    comp. thanks!

    ok, how to post this? i left off my e-mail and it insisted it’s mandatory – so i ctl=enetr’d it again and i t says ‘you already said that’…if it dbls up, sorry.

  3. I don’t get that many comments, so I don’t mind redundancy. Thanks for the comment. I’m not a facile writer, so it takes me a long time to put together a post. Also I’m supposed to be in my studio painting pictures, not sitting around pontificating about music. Anyway thanks for stopping by. Scott McGill, one of the artists on the comp contacted me and thanked me for posting some of his music. I couldn’t believe it. Totally made my day!

    My art: http://alanwalkerart.com/paintings/

  4. Hi,
    Ran across your site and your mention of James Blood Ulmer piqued my curiosity. Was fortunate to see him at the Filmore in late 90’s with Rashied Ali. Smokin hot show. Wish I lived in NYC. But the link did not work. Its ok if not but nice to see him mentioned. You like Sun Ra? Really gettin into him now. WIsh I had seen him in the late 80’s when I had the opportunity. Thx

  5. The link works from here. But sometimes it doesn’t from elsewhere. I’ll check it out.

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