Saturday, April 01, 2006

Some Unknown Japanese Dude

Years ago I used to go to a local Japanese restaurant where this guy named Hiro worked. He was a very amiable Japanese man who didn't know anyone in the area and had a limited English vocabulary. Somehow we started a conversation about Sergio Leone and we became friends.
We used to hang out at the restaurant after hours and drink Saki while listening to tunes sometimes. One of those times he put on a CD of music from Japan. It was a kind of Disco/Funk in Japanese. Some of it was a little cheesey (which was good) and some of it was pretty funky. I liked it so much that he gave me the CD. He told me who it was, but I can't remember (does anyone know?). He told it was like a Japanese Weird Al Yankovich, which made me more curious. What could this guy be singing? Was it funny? Who knows?
Happy April Fools Day!

here's my favorite tune......
Track 4

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Milford Graves Grand Unification

Drummers are usually the coolest people when comparing them to other musicians. They sit in the back and keep everything MOVING. They often have a wider range of musical appreciation and can be more versatile with musical styles they play. They're also generally more friendly and less egotistic than the other musicians who play in a group. This has been my experience anyway and it's certainly not always the case.

Milford Graves is a drummer who displays an unusual amount freedom and exploration on his skins and seems to have a bit of eccentricity in there for good measure. This recording has an innocence and good nature embedded in it that I haven't found in very many "jazz" related solo records. Tons of drums (as pictured on the cover) with bits of vocals here and there. It has an unpretentious sound quality as well. They don't try to make each drum sound like your inside of it. It's more like you're in the room with lots of different drums rolling and skeedatling. My friend Owen goes to Bennington College in Vermont where this guy is a professor. What a lucky guy.
Grand Unification
Intuitive Transformations

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