Wednesday, December 29, 2004

2004 Album of the Year

And on a lighter note...
My favorite album of 2004 is...

"Give" by The Bad Plus

The Bad Plus are a great three piece jazz group (bass, drums, piano) from Minnesota. They're each very talented musicians and songwriters. Their music follows all the traditional jazz rules and standards while being contemporary at the same time. There are three awesome covers on this album
"Street Woman" - Ornette Coleman
"Velouria" - Pixies
"Iron Man" - Black Sabbath
and a great tune with the great name of "Cheney Pinata".
Think of Brad Mehldau but more raw, primal, and succinct in their delivery.
This album is catchy and intelligent. It's a joy to listen to. Each of these guys could hold their own as members of any world class/world famous trio, quartet, etc. It's their creativity that separates them from the rest of the pack and you don't have to be a jazz fan to appreciate them. Also check out their great "These Are the Vistas" album. Run, don't walk, to Glen's store and have him order a copy for you.



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