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Music I Like

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2012 20:06:26 -0400

I had a different post here, which I have deleted.  Instead, what I am going
to do is post replies to this thread with particular artists, as I listen to

So, artist name in the title, and a simple one sentence (or perhaps paragraph)
summary of why.


Antonio Farao

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Sun, 12 Aug 2012 21:13:37 -0400

Jazz that makes you feel cultured without needing to think (or listen) too


[I guess that sounds like damning with faint praise; to someone who knows more
than me it's probably a self-indictment.  Whatever, this is sometimes just
what I want to listen to.]


Blitzen Trapper

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Sun, 12 Aug 2012 21:31:41 -0400

Familiar from an imaginary childhood.


[My parents never listened to Supertramp.  Or CSN.  Or...  Sniff.]



From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2012 09:35:42 -0400

Smart, human lyrics; breathless female vocalist; shuffling polyrhythmic
beats.  What's not to like?  Poor doggie.



Teleradio Donoso

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2012 00:31:00 -0400

Perfect summery pop.  Sugary sweet harmony with a twist of regret.  Why oh why
did they break up?


[Some good walking bass lines too - the group sounds tight.  Spanish lyrics.
Anwandter, who wote and sang, followed with a self-indulgent solo release
under the name Odisea that was nowhere near as good.]


The Commodores

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2012 18:28:15 -0400

Particularly their (less famous ?) more funky stuff.  Sure, "Easy" is awesome
- maybe the best track ever, yadda yadda - but get a load of something like
"I'm Ready" (this recording skips a little at the start, but give it time):


You can *not* stay still...


Max Richter

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2012 13:58:05 -0400

I imagine it's very easy for music like this to sound trite or repeptitive.  I
don't think this does.


Curiously there doesn't seem to be a commonly-accepted label for this kind of
sound.  It's some vague combination of "cinematic", "neoclassical",
"neoromantic" and "ambient".  The nearest my playlist generator (UYKFE, about
to be rewritten again) gets is Sylvain Chauveau, Nils Frahm and then Peter
Broderick et al.


Kenny Burrell

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Sun, 7 Oct 2012 20:48:39 -0300

Wavy Gravy is the perfect Jazz Blues track - 


All About Jazz (C Andrew Hovan) is a bit snooty - '"Chitlins Con Carne" and
"Wavy Gravy" have become required listening for anyone who claims to be "hip"
these days' - but they do admit that the album (Midnight Blue) is 'after-hours
stuff that just goes down smooth and lingers in the mind long after the last
notes have faded.'  So it's not so bad ;o)


The Neil Cowley Trio

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2013 18:19:52 -0300

Stereoface came up on shuffle while I was having a semi-nap.  It grooves along
so well it reminded me of this thread...



Penguin Cafe Orchestra

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Mon, 12 May 2014 18:18:26 -0400

When I listen to this I feel as I imagine more intelligent people feel about



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