Kermit Ruffins, keepin’ it RUFF! Mr. Ruffins’ bio is a good read, and man, can he blow the trumpet. This music is so fun and full of life, it could cure the foulest of moods. Like the one I started to have when I read the news this morning! Played this album with a nice cup of coffee, now I’m right as rain. Real live music by real live badasses. Bop on down to “Panama” by way of New Orleans and make some “Happy Talk.” This swings, baby!
“Panama” (download mp3)
from “Happy Talk”
This will be my last or first posting for Steve Coleman depending on how you’re reading this blog.
Throughout these albums Coleman features jazz stars such as Marvin “Smitty” Smith on drums, Cassandra Wilson on vocals, saxophonists Branford Marsalis and Gary Thomas, Geri Allen on keyboards, and Dave Holland on bass.
Here’s some stoopifying funk for your trunk from the 1988 release Sine Die:
Here’s 2 tracks from Steve Coleman‘s 1990 Rhythm People: The Resurrection Of Creative Black Civilization:
For an explanation of why he gives his music away for free download, read this. — an excellent statement, in my opinion.
Very much in step with Miles Davis’s “On The Corner” and “Pangaea” era funk-jazz but with cutting edge 80s synthesizer, here’s my favorite track from Steve Coleman‘s 1986 release:
Speaking of early 70s Miles, this is exactly what I’m talking about:
For myself, the “m-base” funk sound of Steve Coleman and friends hits the nail on the head. Beautiful cutting-edge jazz harmonics and improvisation sitting inside the funkiest of pockets.
Enjoy this sub-set from his 1981 ahead-of-its-time release Drop Kick:
Tschanz — featuring the great Don Byron on clarinet!
Altoists Steve Coleman and Greg Osby are very much on the same page. Here are my 2 favorite tracks via Steve Coleman’s page from “Cipher Syntax” by the group Strata Institute fronted by both Coleman and Osby.
One of my favorite contemporary jazz composers/band-leaders/saxophonists Steve Coleman has put up nearly all he’s recorded under his name. It’s really awesome stuff. And what a gift!
I’ll start off by introducing you to “Ascending Numeration” from his group’s 2002 release “Alternate Dimension Series I.”
I don’t know about you, but this stuff feeds my ear what it’s most hungry for. And I got the munchies.
Loaded with various brass and woodwind instruments, this subtle and funky piece rocks out all charkas. Charles Mingus meets Laurie Anderson meets Bootsy Collins. I keep hearing new things every time I spin this one. Give it a shot. Clarinetist/vocalist Beth Custer and friends speak truth to power:
The Empire of the United States
The seven-member hip-hop/rock/jazz Warsawpack from Hamilton, Ontario dishes out a hit track about our mass-media situation.
Warsawpack – “Wolfblitzer“ (play/download)
Duke Ellington’s music career was as distinguished as he was. His natural affinity for melody and instrumentation made him one of the archetypes of big band leaders. “Jubilee Stomp” is charismatic from beginning to end, drawing in its listener by showcasing several instruments, therefor highlighting the distinct voice of each. This is a song without lyrics yet cascades into beautiful arches and themes.
“Jubilee Stomp” (play/download mp3)