Saturday, February 25, 2017
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #563
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MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #563.192!
Maneuvers In The Dark – OMD Live: Architecture & Morality & More (Eagle) :: Archly
melodramatic like an old Bette Davis Warner Bros. weeper populated by ciggy-smokin’ automatons. Now, Voyager
meets I, Robot.
– Dance (Beggar’s Banquet) :: Paul Henried.
Marian McPartland – Twilight World (Concord) :: She’s been
ticklin’ the ivories longer than you’ve been listenin’ to ’em, but Marian is still as adept as ever
at evoking slinky soundscapes. And although the album title may evoke echoes of Weegee’s flashbulb and Mark Hellinger’s
Naked City, this is one instrumental outing that smacks of sensuously smooth seduction all the way. Tasteful bass
and traps included.
Lloyd Quartet – Rabo de Nube (ECM) :: There’s something swank about live jazz recordings
that even the greatest studio sessions are unable to match, and this contemplative one by multi-reedman Lloyd has a definite
emotional magic that charges the ether. It may not be the best live jazz album ever—you know which one that is—but
it’s still a good ’un.
Bosch – New Dark Ages (Omnium) :: I’ve always wondered why more bands never picked
up the studded gauntlet that Ian Anderson threw down decades ago with Jethro Tull, but I’m pleased to announce that
humorously brainy mediaeval music continues to live on in this charming new release. And no, “Straight To Hell”
and “Cooper’s Attic” aren’t about Alice.
MOLTEN PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Boiled In Lead – Silver (Omnium) ::
Speaking of which, these guys have proved over the years that they can adeptly tackle everything from delicate trad ballads
to heavy Springsteen rockers, but on Silver the modern masters of mediaeval music have cold-cast their coolest album
yet. And although they may not agree with that description of them—they also expertly essay sounds from Ireland to North
Africa to Algeria—if you’ve never heard BIL before, then you owe it to yourself to get righteously enlightened
because they’re the solid gold standard.
Romeo – Gave Me The Clap (Trustkill) :: Romeo is burning.
Be seeing you!