What do you think?

My favourite jazz reviewer is Scott Yanow. But today I found out that I strongly disagree — for the first time — with one of his reviews.

The review of John Coltrane’s “Live at the Village Vanguard Again!” says:

John Coltrane plays […] with great beauty on “Naima,” but Pharoah Sanders’ ferocious screeching […] largely ruins the almost-sacred ballad.

In my opinion, the contrast between mellow Coltrane’s tones and severe aggressiveness of Sanders brings the colour to the piece which otherwise would be unbearably boring in this format. What do you think?

Some modern albums I’ve listened to recently

Band Album Date listened Release date Rating Short Info
Black Veil Brides Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones 20/01/14 08/01/13 ★☆ Props for the guitar, but the repetition of dance-music oriented refrains in each and every song really gets on the nerves.
Dropkick Murphys Signed and Sealed in Blood 20/01/14 14/01/13 ★★ Irish drunkard music mixed with pop elements. A couple of good pieces worth listening to, e.g. Jimmy Collins’ Wake.
Foxygen We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic 21/01/14 22/01/13 ★★☆ Full review coming up!
Zeromancer Bye-Bye Borderline 22/01/14 25/01/13 ★☆ Very pop-like, but they’ve managed to develop some sound of their own. The music is still very bad though.
Voivod Target Earth 23/01/14 22/01/13 ★★★ Nice post-earth theme with challenging, interesting ideas, irregular rhythm patterns. Occasionally awkward singing.
Ludovico Einaudi In a Time Lapse 23/01/14 21/01/13 ★★ Classical music with a poppish sound and poor, non-creative tracks. Decent background music.

Album Saturday 18.1.2014 – Summary

The album Saturday is over! Here are the albums I have broadcasted. I’ve also have rated them on a scale from 1 to 10. “Partially unlistened” means that I missed some of the songs while the album was playing. I didn’t give a rating for these albums.

All albums played today were fully instrumental, except for Hot Rats, which contained some lyrics.

Rating scale:

Trash ★★★ Enjoyable

Barely listenable ★★★☆ Good
★☆ Very bad ★★★★ Very good
★★ Poor ★★★★☆ Spectacular
★★☆ Mediocre ★★★★★ Epic

Album Saturday 18.1.2014

Artist Album Rating Additional info
Mahavishnu Orchestra The Lost Trident Sessions ★★★★☆ Jazz Fusion
Weather Report  Weather Report  Jazz Fusion, partially unlistened
Popol Vuh In Den Gärten Pharaos ★★★☆ Not easy on the ears, but worth it.
Tangerine Dream Phaedra partially unlistened
Jean Michel Jarre Oxygène ★★★★ Oxygène 4 is the best part
Mike Oldfield Hergest Ridge ★★★★☆
Sky Sky Poor quality on Grooveshark, partially unlistened
Enid Touch Me ★★☆ Symphonic Rock
Frank Zappa Hot Rats ★★★★☆ Second song (Willie the Pimp) contains some lyrics.