Phil Freeman

Phil Freeman

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The first five Kansas albums (and the obligatory double live album — it was the '70s) are all-time.
A lot of David Bowie's lyrics are deliberate nonsense too. This is a very good song, and the non sequitur lyrics are actually crucial to that.
The Collier album is the only one that I wasn't sent by a publicist - it was a genuine discovery. I read about it on Twitter, listened to a track and bought it.
The rest of the album is...a typical latter-day Dr. Lonnie Smith album. Some nice organ, some good horn work (a lot of it was recorded live at the Jazz Standard, RIP), but nothing revolutionary.
Yeah, the Palladino/Mills record didn't sound anything like what I expected. I'm really into it. (Can't believe Frisell turned 70 yesterday. I recently heard his album Before We Were Born, from 1989, and was really impressed.)
Muggs kinda reminds me of DJ Krush, in that they both have a very identifiable style and they keep one foot in the underground. When Krush was making albums in the 90s and early 00s, he'd have American rappers of some prominence (El-P, Black Thought, Aesop Rock, Mr. Lif, members of Anticon) appear on tracks, but the Japanese rappers he used were all very underground figures at home, and obviously totally unknown outside Japan. I was amazed how good Elephants On Acid was, and will definitely be checking out this new disc.
I did include that one last month, yeah. It's a really good record. I've always respected Powell's importance more than I've listened to him for actual pleasure (true of most bebop, honestly), but Iverson made me want to revisit.
An absolute titan. The breadth of his body of work is unbelievable - from the proto-noise he was playing with Miles Davis live in 1970 to the insane (in the best way) fusion of Return To Forever to playing free jazz with Anthony Braxton, Dave Holland et al. to everything after...the guy had an astonishing career. I've barely scratched the surface myself, but there's just a ton of brilliant work to swim around in.
I always liked Gabriel's explanation for why his first four solo albums were all self-titled; he said he wanted them to be like issues of a magazine. I saw the So tour. It was a great show. Youssou N'Dour, one of the few African artists I've listened to whose music has never done much of anything for me, opened up. In arenas, all across North America. Gabriel's money-where-your-mouth-is support of "world music" wins him a million points forever.
I really hope the Allen album shows up on more year-end lists (I know Peter Margasak mentioned it on The Quietus). I couldn't list it here because I wrote the liner notes, but it's so good. And I liked the Revis and Lu discs you mention a lot, too.

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