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Thread Starter 

We all know the timeless classics I guess, Bird, Parker, Monk, etc, etc, and the innovators, Hancock, Davis, etc, etc, and the "new" stars like Corea, etc, etc...

 

...but what has happened recent years?

 

When I browse iTunes all I find are acoustic trios and quite a lot of walking baselines. Medeski, Martin & Wood is ok, but come on! Nostalgia and classics are all well and good, but I truly hope that the last development wasn't the fusion explosion of the 80s and 90s? What did I miss? (Tonnes, I hope.)

 

Also, I'm not interested in instrument specialists like Wooten, or extreme stuff like Tribal Tech or Weather Report.

 

I would however be interested in new jazz with a slight flavoring of electronic instruments (and not just a Rhodes). I think I'd frown upon drum machines and samples, though (Jazzmatazz proved that you don't need it).

 

*phew* Does that narrow it down? :)

 

EDIT: Since I mentioned Jazzmatazz can I just say that I already have Bluezeum, Bop City, Urbanator, Us3 and even Cool Bone and Youngblood Brass Band, so I'm covered in the area of blends between jazz and hip-hop, thank you. :)


Edited by eobet - 1/17/11 at 4:00pm
post #2 of 20

I realize this is not an answer to your question, but can I ask what you find "extreme" about bands like Tribal Tech and Weather Report? That's not really the first word that would come to mind for me....

 

I listen to some modern/avant jazz with electric instruments but if you find the aforementioned bands extreme you would be running for the hills upon hearing most of the stuff I'd recommend, I guess.

post #3 of 20

Now I'm going to post only norwegian stuff: Supersilent, Food, Puma, Arve Henriksen, Nils Petter Molvær, Humcrush (also known as Strønen/Storløkken), Jaga Jazzist, Alog.

post #4 of 20

maybe some acid jazz?

 

What about some earlier Rippingtons?  Early Keiko Matsui?

post #5 of 20

Henry Threadgill. Albert Ayler.  Ornette Coleman.  Liquid Jazz, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Electro-Deluxe, Mahavishnu Orchestra (Inner Mounting Flame and Birds of Fire), Frank Zappa.

 

Just a few thoughts; there are many more.

 

- Ed

post #6 of 20

Perhaps some (((Powerhouse Sound)))? I saw these guys at the Newport Jazz Festival '10. I don't know if this is exactly what you're looking for, but give it a try.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Oslo-Chicago-Breaks-Powerhouse-Sound/dp/B000MV8CLG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1295404921&sr=8-1

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Now I'm going to post only norwegian stuff: Supersilent, Food, Puma, Arve Henriksen, Nils Petter Molvær, Humcrush (also known as Strønen/Storløkken), Jaga Jazzist, Alog.


Interesting. When I went looking on iTunes I also found mostly scandinavian stuff... like Helge Lien Trio, Tingvall Trio, lots of difficult to pronounce names, etc etc (maybe it's because I'm on the Swedish iTunes store, though). :)

 

Some of your recommendations were really atmospheric and calm stuff... really cool! Thanks!

 

 

 



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maybe some acid jazz?

 

What about some earlier Rippingtons?  Early Keiko Matsui?


 

Rippingtons is so 90s, sorry. :) The second recommendation was interesting, though! A bit too mellow perhaps, but there were many albums to listen through, thanks!

 


 

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Henry Threadgill. Albert Ayler.  Ornette Coleman.  Liquid Jazz, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Electro-Deluxe, Mahavishnu Orchestra (Inner Mounting Flame and Birds of Fire), Frank Zappa.

 

Just a few thoughts; there are many more.

 

- Ed


Hehe, I'm sorry but your recommendations seemed very traditional to me. Some slightly more modern, but still didn't sound this millennia... :)

 

Electro Deluxe was a notable exception, really nice. Thanks! That was a hip-hop jazz crossover I hadn't heard of before. Almost to sugary sweet American and clean for me, though, but I bought it! (Sounded a bit like Nisse Landgren Funk Unit, even, more funk than jazz.)



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Perhaps some (((Powerhouse Sound)))? I saw these guys at the Newport Jazz Festival '10. I don't know if this is exactly what you're looking for, but give it a try.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Oslo-Chicago-Breaks-Powerhouse-Sound/dp/B000MV8CLG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1295404921&sr=8-1


Found it on iTunes as well. Very cool, thanks! Quite funky as well.

 

 

 

Anyone got any more recommendations that sound a bit more relaxing, more lounge? When I originally made the thread I went searching from some and found one of my new most favourite songs: Dual by the Barcode Trio. 746 by Trio Elf was also very good.

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Now I'm going to post only norwegian stuff: Supersilent, Food, Puma, Arve Henriksen, Nils Petter Molvær, Humcrush (also known as Strønen/Storløkken), Jaga Jazzist, Alog.


I love supersilent (I wanted to recommend it when I saw this thread's title tongue.gif), so i'm checking out the other recommendations right now, thanks!

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Interesting. When I went looking on iTunes I also found mostly scandinavian stuff... like Helge Lien Trio, Tingvall Trio, lots of difficult to pronounce names, etc etc (maybe it's because I'm on the Swedish iTunes store, though). :)

 

Some of your recommendations were really atmospheric and calm stuff... really cool! Thanks!

 

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I love supersilent (I wanted to recommend it when I saw this thread's title tongue.gif), so i'm checking out the other recommendations right now, thanks!


I really appreciate that you guys appreciate my recommondations! Some of these artists are on the magnificient and small norwegian label Rune Grammofon wich does a tremendous effort to distribute obscure and experimental stuff here in Norway.

post #10 of 20

Spring Heel Jack comes to mind, but if you think Weather Report is extreme, you're not going to love them

 

BTW it's not jazz, but Godspeed You Black Emperor is very interesting

 

On re-reading, you think Albert Ayler is traditional? On what planet?

post #11 of 20

so much of your post confuses me I don't know where to start. First of all fusion exploded in ~1970 not the 80s and 90s. Second of all I honestly can't discern what you are looking for. You aren't looking for 80s or 90s type fusion. OK. You don't want to hear stuff like MMW. OK. You don't want to hear recommendations for 'instrument specialists'. Not sure what that means. Aren't most jazz musicians 'instrument specialists' of some degree? You don't want to hear 'extreme' stuff like weather report. I don't know anyone that likes electric jazz that thinks weather report is 'extreme.' You want electronic instruments but not drum machines, samples, and you want something more than the fender rhodes. So that leaves synthesizers and maybe electric guitars and bass if you consider those 'electronic' which most people really don't any more. You also said no Rippingtons type stuff, and you've written off Henry Threadgill, Ornette Coleman, and Mahavishnu Orchestra as too traditional. I've spent years digging into jazz and exploring various styles/artists. I don't think there is anything left that isn't covered by your strange requirements.  

post #12 of 20

I recommenced this guy ...                                                        http://www.mikechadwick.co.uk/

Hes a radio DJ over here in the UK, he has a few shows on Jazz FM    http://www.jazzfm.com/


The one I recommend is the "The Cutting Edge" - The Cutting Edge is two hours of the very best in contemporary jazz, covering many styles from post-bop to fusion.

I've been listening to it since I was a kid and I found it on the radio one night. If it won't play for you online, he posts all of his playlists on his personal site, I just copy and paste the track names that take my fancy or artists I recognize into YouTube - crude but it works....


I hope that helps you discover some new music!  :)

 

post #13 of 20

I'm not sure if these artists fall under the specifications given in post #1 but I'll throw them out anyway:

 

Blue States

Bonobo

Cantoma

Koop

St. Germain

Tosca

Waldeck - Ballroom Stories

post #14 of 20

MIDI jazz.  That is all.

post #15 of 20

you know whats even better? (to me) drum and bass from a jazz bassist. try Squarepusher atsmile.gif

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