- Jazz Meets India
Today marks the end of Daily Jazz Reviews, but the beginning of something new... Jazz Reviews Released On Random Days Or Whenever I Get The Motivation. Okay, that title might need a bit of work. More information can be found at the bottom of this review, but for now, enjoy!

I figured a good way to end this little series would be to review one of the albums that started it all. Although "The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady" was my first actual jazz album, it didn't click with me ... read more

 - Mosaic
"Music will always move, because it can't become stagnant. If it becomes stagnant, it's like a river, it'll kill us all. It has to keep moving, music will always flow."
-Art Blakey

Here I am to review another Art Blakey record. I just can't get enough of this man, his drumming is so infectious. He holds such a presence in a recording, you always know that he is there. If you can turn on the title track and not be absorbed within the first 20 seconds, I commend you - but I also don't ... read more

 - Giant Steps
“Over all, I think the main thing a musician would like to do is give a picture to the listener of the many wonderful things that he knows of and senses in the universe... that Is what I would like to do. I think that Is one of the greatest things you can do in life and we all try to do it in some way. The musician is through his music.”
-John Coltrane

The reason I start my reviews with quotes from the musician is to give the reader some insight into their mind, as with releases ... read more

 - The Shape of Jazz To Come
"It was when I found out I could make mistakes that I knew I was on to something."
-Ornette Coleman

With an album title as bold as "The Shape of Jazz To Come" you would expect a very strong, influential, and unique sound - which is exactly what you will get. This album is often credited as being the first free jazz record, a genre title Coleman himself would come up with only a couple of years later with the 1961 release of "Free Jazz" (also an incredible album I ... read more

 - The Sidewinder
“There are no natural barriers. It's all music. It's either hip or it ain't.”
-Lee Morgan

Lee Morgan was a prodigy. By the age of 20 he was releasing his own records and had already performed in multiple classics, such as "Blue Train" by John Coltrane and "Moanin" by Art Blakey. He didn't just perform in these records though, he was one of the key components of them. He was a young mind with fresh ideas. In fact, when Benny Golson exited the Jazz Messengers, ... read more

 - The Olatunji Concert: The Last Live Recording
"I want to be a force for real good. In other words. I know that there are bad forces, forces that bring suffering to others and misery to the world, but I want to be the opposite force. I want to be the force which is truly for good."
-John Coltrane

The Olatunji Concert is truly fascinating. Recorded in 1967, shortly before Coltrane's untimely passing, the Olatunji Concert contains two tracks roughly half an hour long. Babatunde Olatunji (an African percussionist) and his wife had ... read more

 - Somethin' Else
"Hipness is not a state of mind, it's a fact of life!"
-Cannonball Adderley

Adderley sure was hip - hip as can be. Recorded not long after meeting Miles Davis, Somethin' Else was a big deal for both musicians. This album is almost as much of a Miles Davis record as it is Cannonball Adderley's, as he selected most of the material for the album and takes a massive presence. Though his playing is very infectious and beautiful, Adderley still takes center stage, which isn't exactly easy ... read more

 - Moanin'
"So go on and play, and if you make a mistake, make it loud so you won't make it next time."
-Art Blakey

Art Blakey is a powerful name in the world of jazz.
Anyone who knows a decent bit about the genre will likely know the name well. Blakey was a leader, an innovator, and a legend. One of the most important figures in jazz as a whole, and without a doubt one of the greatest percussionists to ever live. Co-founding The Jazz Messengers in the mid-50s with Horace Silver (another hard ... read more

 - Blue Train
“To be a musician is really something. It goes very, very deep. My music is the spiritual expression of what I am - my faith, my knowledge, my being... When you begin to see the possibilities of music, you desire to do something really good for people, to help humanity free itself from its hang-ups.”
-John Coltrane

Blue Train, recorded in 1957, is often considered John Coltrane's first masterpiece. It is truly astonishing how much Coltrane was able to progress from the 40s to the ... read more

 - Kind of Blue
“Anybody can play. The note is only 20 percent. The attitude of the motherfucker who plays it is 80 percent.”
-Miles Davis
“After all the investigation, all of the technique-doesn't matter! Only if the feeling is right.”
-John Coltrane
"Understanding is the least important thing when it comes to digging jazz, because, like anything else, jazz is a form of entertainment. It is created to be enjoyed, not understood like you read a blueprint."
-Cannonball ... read more
 - America
"When I play, I very quickly put myself into a light hypnotic trance and compose while playing, drawing directly from the emotions."
-John Fahey

When I write a review, I always sit down and listen to the recording in question. This often prompts a flood of related ideas and topics, allowing me to note my thoughts in the form of an evaluation. However, this is almost impossible with "America" by John Fahey, as each time I listen I find myself completely lost and adrift in ... read more

 - Peace and Love - Wadadasow
"Come together brothers, sisters,
For the time is now,
When we must unite and be strong,
That we can put away all the wrong."

"Peace and Love" by acclaimed Jamaican musician Ras Michael, also known as Dadawah, is about just that: peace and love. He was present during the earlier years of Reggae (early '60s) and produced one of the few Nyahbinghi releases available to the world. This special genre is very traditional and important, especially to the Rastafarian community. ... read more

 - Automatic Writing
What shall you focus on? The unremarkable main course, or the intricate and imprinting details of the side dishes? Both have been placed on your table, side by side, to offer that important distinction. Automatic Writing will help you appreciate the side dishes, the dessert, the drinks, everything except the main course. The spotlight should not always be shined on the most reaction-inducing part of a work. When the main section is plugged and muted to near silence you are forced to focus on ... read more
 - Untrue
A little over 560 days ago I created my account on this website, without even a real understanding of what it was. I had very limited experience in music, I'd probably only heard a few full albums, and I had absolutely no idea what I was getting into. Times have changed... a lot. Thank you.
First, let me actually review this record: "Untrue" by Burial. Then we can get into a more personal discussion about this ... read more
 - Happier Than Ever
It was quite obvious from the beginning that Billie Eilish's new album "Happier Than Ever" would be significantly more mature than her previous works. You could see this in the name, the cover art, and some of the singles. I've been excited to see this progression of her, and I can say that it is definitely rewarding. This new album, in my opinion, is absolutely better than her debut. It is much more atmospheric, experimental, and memorable. It feels like the record has less filler ... read more
 - Drinking Songs
Matt Elliot is my favorite folk artist of all time. His talent is undeniable, his consistency is commendable, and all of his works are incredibly memorable for their own uniqueness. You would think that with an artist who stays so consistent, and has a discography of one main genre (excluding his ventures under other names) their work would begin to become stale after some time. Matt destroys this assumption by providing extreme and mind-blowing experimentation in almost all of his records (you ... read more
 - A Tiny House, in Secret Speeches, Polar Equals
This may just be my favorite album of the year thus far. A trip through candy valley, Sweet Trip's new record takes us across a colorful and dreamy electronic landscape over its near 70-minute runtime.

I'm not all that familiar with Sweet Trip's work and was not expecting their newest record to sound how it does at all. I was aware of their "masterpiece" Velocity : Design : Comfort, which I heard was largely electronic and IDM influenced, but their newest record sounds like it ... read more

 - Scaled And Icy
I've been quite excited to check out the new Twenty One Pilots record, as I'm sure a lot of you can relate to. The duo left us with quite the impression from their last record, Trench, which is arguably their best and most impressive to date. The combination of pop-rock and more experimental rock/rap was very tasteful in that album, and the end result was a very solid and enjoyable experience. Scaled and Icy isn't completely different from this, but it is no doubt a unique experience.
The two ... read more
 - Good Morning Good Night
The ratings and reviews of this release on AOTY and RYM are some of the greatest examples of complete ignorance in the online music community. More info in review #2, harassment rant in #3.

First review (Apr 26, 2021):

What goes into the creation of a "perfect" album? I'd like to believe that it is nothing more than true passion and effort, though I know it is much more complex than that. A minimalistic approach, such as this one, always leave me with more questions than they ... read more

 - Excursions
I hope you enjoy: my new longest and most detailed review. 4 months in the making.
It’s been sectioned into 3 parts: The Story, The Aftermath, and The Review.

Waking up after a long nap, you slowly rise to your feet.
Home is long gone, all around you lies new, unfamiliar territory. The sun's gaze slowly pierces through your skin, as you struggle to keep your eyes open.
After a moment of observation, you begin to adjust to the brightness of the surrounding area.
The smell of salt is ... read more

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