Man, what a week of releases this week is turning out to be. Apparently if you're a music freak, Christmas is coming about two and a half months early, because Santa apparently is making an early delivery today. Why so much stuff is crammed into the release schedule on this one day, I can't imagine. I'd better get started on this or it's going to take me all night to get this typed up . . .
The Black Keys - Magic Potion: Every genre seems to get reinvented every so often. Jazz had its renewal a few years back, and now the blues seems to be burbling under again, what with the White Stripes having been so successful the past few years. But the White Stripes got nuthin' on this (also) duo of guitar and drums. The Black Keys reach back into the blues' swampy past to pull at the greasy, grimy roots and get something good and gritty. This is the kind of stuff you always hear modern guitarists talking about listening to, but you never hear a whole lot of proof in their own music that they actually listened to anything beyond some old Zeppelin records. The Black Keys actually deliver.
Ornette Coleman - Sound Grammar: I really can't tell you much about this - I'm just intrigued to see something new from free-jazz pioneer Ornette. All I know is that the material on this was taken from recent live dates with his son on drums, Denardo, and bassists Greg Cohen and Tony Falaga. Your guess is as good as mine as to the rest.
Bill Frisell, Ron Carter, Paul Motian: I have been a big proponent of jazz guitarist Bill Frisell's explorations into Americana for quite a long time now, but I have to admit that I'm really excited to see this trio set getting him back to hard-core jazz again. There just comes a time when maybe it's best to get back to where it all began, and it seems that right now might that time.
Following on the heels of the very successful (music-wise) East/West live album, which found Frisell straying back into jazzier territory with his Americana-based material, this album pairs him with his long-time associate, drummer Paul Motian, with whom he's recorded a number of albums, but never together with bassist Ron Carter. Hopefully this won't be a one-off.