For livA Playlist of Jazz from the Last 20 Years
This turned out to be harder to make than I thought it would be... I cut a lot of great music to keep the time down to something sort of reasonable.
"Sleeping Wild" by Norah Jones
-Wonderfully insistent bass line, perfect minimalist piano solo, and simple, affecting vocals from Jones... a song that looks like it could've been song from her debut album except that the musicianship is better in every way.
"Hadasha" by Electric Masada
-Mutated version of the Klezmer/Avant Garde jazz fusion that John Zorn pioneered in the early '90s with Masada. This is from an early '2000s concert held in honor of Zorn's 50th birthday. A set of inspired musicians led by guitarist Marc Ribot, percussionists Cyro Baptista and Joey Barron, with extra weirdness contributed by Ikue Mori. And of course some wonderful saxophone from Zorn, reminding you at times of how much he's taken from Coltrane.
"Umbrella" by Postmodern Jukebox ft. Casey Abrams
- Um... It is a jazz cover of the Rihanna hit. Because it's silly. With winks to the standard "Singing in the Rain" for extra fun.
"Bear Town" by Polar Bear
-I originally was going to have both Polar Bear and Basquiat Strings hold down the fort for modern experimental jazz, but realized that was kind of redundant, since Seb Rochford drums for both. I went with this song, which has one of the best grooves of either band.
"Pointless Nostalgic" by Jamie Cullum
-For my money, Cullum is the best of the modern standards singers, with a bright tone and a willingness to borrow selectively from modern pop without sounding like he's trying too hard to create a crossover hit.
"Transit" by Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
-It's an argument that the big band is not yet dead. And a pretty convincing one, if you ask me.
"Transformation" by Terri Lyne Carrington
-Off "The Mosaic Project", an album featuring a range of female vocalists and an all-female jazz/funk band helmed by drummer Carrington. This song features vocals from Nona Hendryx of the soul trio Labelle.
"Optimism" by Vijay Iyer
-I struggled for a while trying to decide which song from Accelerando I wanted to include here, because I love the whole album so much. Iyer's piano sound is so exciting.Download Liv's Playlist hereFor chailaA Playlist of Music That Could Maybe Possibly Be Wonder Woman Vidsongs??!?
Yeah, I dunno, chaila
and I choose vidsongs based on such different criteria that the odds I give her anything useful are pretty low, but hopefully the songs are enjoyable on their own terms.
"Oxygen" by Renee Fleming
-"I wanna be cooler than T.V. / For all the kids that are wondering what they're going to be" List of previous fannish characters I have suggested vidding this song to: CJ Cregg, Birgitte Nyborg, Kara Danvers.
"Naima" by Karrin Allyson
-Lovely vocal cover of John Coltrane's ode to his wife.
"Legends" by Julia Ecklar
-"I remember Apollo, / Who flew the chariot of the Sun. / And I wonder of the legends they will tell / A thousand years from now."
"No Anthems" by Sleater-Kinney
-"To feel rhythm in silence / A weapon not violence / A power, power source". Also Sleater-Kinney for all the vidsongs!
"One of the Boys" by Gretchen Wilson
-"But I still got this little girl inside of me / That likes to be treated like a queen". A song where you'd have to work against the regressive country-music-ness of it, but I think all of the problem lyrics are at least potentially workable.
"We Can Rise" by Chana Rothman
-"Where on Earth will my help come from? / I come from heaven/ I come from Earth / I come from life / I come from my birth." Also, Hebrew for Gal Gadot? (Adapted from Psalm 121, fwiw)
"Sunrise" by Jefferson Starship
-"Two thousand years / Of your / God damned / Glory" Because Grace Slick is the best. And fuck the patriarchy.
"Laughing With" by Regina Spektor
-"But God can be funny/ at a cocktail party when listening to a good God-themed joke." Because Diana's divinity is so interesting and complicated.Download Chaila's Playlist heremorbane
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