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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Favorite ECM releases
« on: January 23, 2008, 08:22:09 PM »
I'm just recently scratching the surface of jazz, not very familiar yet, but there's 3 ECM albums that I love:

Vassilis Tsabropoulos- Achirana
Marilyn Crispell- Amaryllis
Marilyn Crispell- Storyteller; this one may be more minimal than Amaryllis, and it's every bit as gripping.

Hmmm...  strangely, I've never heard of this Gas fellow, but I'll definitely have to do some exploring.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Alio Die
« on: January 22, 2008, 07:52:42 PM »
I felt the same way about Angels Fly Souvenir- the snoring was irritating and obnoxious.

Has anyone mentioned Under An Holy Ritual?  I love that one. Very intense & dark.

I thought "yous guys" was a Michigan thing. We say it all the time here.

We say "recession" and "unemployment" a lot lately too.

Hey, I like the sound of both of these discs. I much prefer Gareth's second, softer drone, to the first one, on that "Penny To Drop" album.

And Alan, as usual, is on top of the guitar-drone scene...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bill Evans
« on: January 18, 2008, 07:49:33 PM »
Hi Jeff!  :)

Yes, I mentioned that Marcin Wasilewski- "Trio" disc at the beginning of this thread. I LOVE that disc, and it's one of the reasons I'm pursuing this jazz thing further.

Vassilis Tsabropoulos- "Achirana" is another drop-dead awesome piano/bass/percussion disc, probably my favorite one yet.

Congrats, Anthony! Falling Into the Sky deserves all the exposure it can get.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Alio Die
« on: January 18, 2008, 07:26:56 PM »
9 Dragons-

Oddly, Mother Sunrise had the same effect on me- couldn't get into it, couldn't get into it, and then suddenly, "Click"! Now I consider it one of Stefano's finest.

Next step: you simply MUST get Apsaras! Drop-dead gorgeous drones & watery sound samples, along with Amelia Cuni's wordless vocals. I put off ordering this at first, because I had misgivings about vocals on an ambient disc, but her voice adds to the ambience rather than distracting. Perhaps Stefano's finest.

Another highlight for me is Password for Entheogenic Experience- deep, intense, trippy & hypnotic. Smoke a joint and wear headphones for this one, if you're so inclined... (no, forget it, that would be against the law. ;))

This has nothing to do with the subject, but it's nice to see you Austere dudes around again! Hope yer both doing fine :)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bill Evans
« on: January 17, 2008, 03:35:52 PM »
Okay, my choice is "The Complete Bill Evans Trio at the Village Vanguard". This one seems to get raves everywhere you read. I would've started with "Sunday at the Village Vanguard", but the prices for that are:  :o

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 17, 2008, 03:29:56 PM »
I got rid of my turntable years ago. CDs are easier to use, last longer, no hisses & crackles... and I never thought vinyl sounded better, though some people swear it does.

What exasperates me is that in some cases vinyl is the ONLY format available for a given piece of music. GRRR... what are these artists/labels thinking?! It HAS to be limiting their sales and exposure.
Vidna's Fear Falls Burning project and the Type label are two notable offenders here.

Once I e-mailed a complaint to the Type people, but all I got back was a spiel about the "superior quality of vinyl", and, blah blah blah... what's ironic about this is that the music in question was by Grouper, who purposely release ultra lofi, hissy, crackly stuff to begin with. ???   

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 16, 2008, 03:52:20 PM »
Eluvium- Talk Amongst the Trees; What a great disc, especially "New Animals From the Air" (sounds like a beautiful & slow moving merry-go-round), and "Calm of the Cast-Light Cloud".

Hey, Joe. Talk Amongst the Trees is my fave Eluvium too. I know others here who prefer Copia, but I found that release a little over-precious with all its post-classicisms (a bit like how I feel about SotL's drift from their early-mid period to their more recent post-orchestralisms), and though Copia's a nice enough disc, I prefer the grittier more particulate textures of TAtT.

"Precious". Yes, exactly. I thought several of the Copia tracks were plagued by piano playing that was too-sweet, too-prominent, and too predictable. I also thought it sounded kind of "crowded"- no room for the instruments to breath. Having said that though, it's still a half-great disc.

And thanks for the tip on "Time Travel". :)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 15, 2008, 08:02:47 PM »
Eluvium- Talk Amongst the Trees; What a great disc, especially "New Animals From the Air" (sounds like a beautiful & slow moving merry-go-round), and "Calm of the Cast-Light Cloud".

Everything and Nothing / Re: Album Cover Wallpaper
« on: January 15, 2008, 05:16:10 AM »
That is so cool! I have a friend who decorated the ceiling in his rec room the same way.

Lots of Pink Floyd, Ramones, Clash, Devo... I like it!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bill Evans
« on: January 14, 2008, 05:26:44 PM »

If you don't have Miles Davis' Kind of Blue... Evans is playing piano on most tracks and, wow, you need this album.  And it's only $8 on Amazon...

I agree with you all the way about Kind of Blue. I heard this years ago at a friend's house, and I was impressed enough to buy it, even though I wasn't even a jazz fan at the time. It's one of those incredible discs that you can't help but love, regardless of your musical preferences.

Undercurrent does indeed sound like a beautiful disc. And what an album cover! :o

Sunday At The Village Vanguard sounds great as well... and I'll definitely do some research on that Tomasz Stanko disc. In fact there's a CD called Trio, by Stanko's band, that I'm gonna get -a piano, bass, drum combo that sounds awesome.

And The Necks do some really interesting long-form jazzy type stuff that apparently gets quite hypnotic, judging from the MP3s and reviews...

Thanks for the suggestions, guys! :)

The jazz discs that really have me going now are:

Vassilis Tsabropoulos- Achirana; Breathtaking!
Arild Andersen, with Vassilis Tsabropoulos- The Triangle; almost as good
Tord Gustavsen Trio- Being There; very nice, but a bit too much structure for my preference.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bill Evans
« on: January 14, 2008, 05:01:14 AM »
Hi Alan! Thanks for the "Necks" recommendation, I'll have to check it out.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Bill Evans
« on: January 13, 2008, 08:15:21 PM »
I've recently fallen in love with several "minimal" jazz albums that consist of a trio of piano, bass, and percussion. For some reason this stuff really hits the spot for me. Although I'm unfamiliar with the music of Bill Evans, I know that he played a lot of music in this very same format. So can anyone suggest a good starting point in the Bill Evans discography?

I prefer laid back jazz, with lots of spaces, and not too much melodic structure.

I'm sorry about your loss, Somnia. I'm sure it's a difficult time for you.

Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: January 09, 2008, 07:59:59 PM »
I have no problem with the karma feature, even though it seems that only the administrator/moderators receive the karma votes (hmmm...).

I only used the karma feature once -Jim, and everyone else who posted on the "my best freind" thread received a + karma.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 07, 2008, 08:09:01 PM »

"Doom jazz"? :o

That does it. I have to check that out!

I think a quick glance at the paltry new offerings in the jazz sections of the world pretty much spells it out!

Actually, from what I heard on the (admittedly too brief) MP3s, it sounds pretty good! I guess I was expecting something more dissonant and abrasive, but this sounds like slooowww jaazzzz...
very smooth & serene, nothing harsh about it at all.

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