Five Songs, 12/16/2020
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Five Songs, 12/16/2020

Dr. Ring-Ding & The Senior Allstars, "Call Di Doctor"

Just a reminder: this is a white dude from Germany.

Sly & the Family Stone, "Poet"

Sly & the Family Stone's 1971 record There's A Riot Goin' On is a landmark of soul, rock, and funk, even as it's essentially impossible to put into any of those categories. The band's optimism on previous records had essentially evaporated, and this record also marked the point at which Sly Stone's drug issues and interpersonal problems starting affecting the music. The album was recorded with overdubs in the studio, with Sly handling most of the playing, instead of the rest of the band playing it directly. It's murky, dark, and often strange, and it's completely compelling.

Medline, "Le Scénario"

This album, A Quest Called Tribe, contains jazzy instrumental re-imaginings of classic A Tribe Called Quest tunes, intended to accompany a series of portraits of the band. It's a fitting tribute for a band that was always themselves rooted in re-imagining jazz into new forms, thereby bringing their music full circle.

Doreen's Jazz New Orleans, "Just A Closer Walk With Thee"

Just going full-on jazz here, which allows me to unleash one of my most searing insights about jazz...

Skalpel, "Escape"

It's electronic music built mostly out of jazz samples which...I feel like I'm seeing a theme here today. We have jazz, which could take you to a Polish band cutting up jazz, to an artist cutting music BACK into jazz, to an exploded melange of many music styles (including some jazz).

And, of course, a white guy from Germany toasting his brains out.

Joshua Buergel
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