THU, FEB 26, 2009 at 5:47 AM

Don’t Touch My Marmalade


I’m one of the two Stuarts who work at Sub Pop. Stuart Fletcher to be exact. A few months ago I started using twitter to make bite-sized reviews of music I’m listening to. Just for kicks, you know?

Also just for kicks, starting this week and (possibly?) continuing on a weekly basis I’m going to post a few reviews from the week’s listening here. We thought that’d be an all right idea.

I warn you reader! I am on a serious jazz listening kick right now and have been for months. The kick is serious, not the music. Not necessarily. But I also warn you! This kick won’t last forever. That’s a warning and a promise.

Follow my listenings on twitter if you wish: here. You can also subscribe to an RSS feed of someone’s tweets without becoming a twitter member yourself. Did you know that?

Without further ado:

  • Henry Threadgill Sextett: Rag, Bush, & All. 1988. Typically wonderful. About what you’d expect. Arrangement-wise sometimes a whiff of Zappa?
  • Ornette Coleman: At the Golden Circle, Vol. 1. 1965. Unlike the Atlantic stuff. Differently great. Differently abled?
  • Charles Tolliver and Music Inc: The Ringer. 1969. No joke — incredible. A quartet with trumpet, drums, bass and piano is an intense proposition.
  • The Woody Shaw Concert Ensemble at the Berliner Jazztage. 1976. Band co-led by Woody Shaw and Louis Hayes. Super great sextet.
  • Eddie Marshall: Dance of the Sun. 1977. Bobby Hutcherson’s band of the time under the drummer’s leadership. Quintet (including Bobby Hutcherson). Outstanding.
  • Bobby Hutcherson: Cirrus. 1974. His supposedly lesser 1970s stuff. I don’t know who is supposing because this rules. Octet with Woody Shaw, Harold Land, Ray Drummond, etc.
  • Keith Jarrett: Nude Ants. 1979 Euro quartet. Bit too “music for a festival”/“theme from Taxi” (it’s the sax… sorta). No offense to Bob James.

Posted by Stuart Fletcher