The uber-talented Brian Wilson keeps evolving as a creative musician, this time taking on two pieces of music left by the equally skillful George Gershwin when he passed away (with the approval of the Gershwin estate.) Wilsons gift for melodies blends perfectly with Gershwins
lush, beautiful compositions, adding modernity to the likes of They Cant Take That Away From Me and Summertime. And Wilson completes the unfinished The Like in I Love You and Nothing But Love with his gift for songcraft; he adds beachy buoyancy and delicate emotion to both of these tracks that Gershwin unintentionally left in very good musical hands.
Madlib - Medicine Show No. 7: High Jazz- MLS
The always-busy Madlib presents another of his Medicine Show installments, on which he works out various jazzy themes with his jazz quintet; on this set, he experiments with more of a jazz-fusion selection, chopping up bits of psychedelic music, funk, soul, and worldbeats into his own blended array of sounds. Electronic Dimensions throws robotic bass and futuristic chords into a blender sassed by a hi-hat, while Steppin Into Tomorrow offers galloping spare guitars, and the humorously named Funky Butt, Pt. 1 is definitely funky with its choppy rhythms, catchy-repetitive harmony bass, and background vocal throw-ins to cut up the mix even more.
Lloyd Miller - Lloyd Miller and Heliocentrics - Strut Records
The UK musical collective (Heliocentrics) pairs up with jazzy multi-instrumentalist Miller for this collection of songs, which blends New Orleans jazz and Middle Eastern flair together perfectly, bouncing the angles of the more American jazz harmonies off of the more freeform, pitchy tones of the Eastern instruments and Oriental soundscapes. Electricone focuses the albums sound right from the beginning (its the opening track) with its massive range of notes and expansive feel, and Spirit Jazz veers around and around within its own arrangement, adding surprising elements on each layer; other standouts include Nava and Sunda Sunset.
Various Artists - Book a Trip: The Psych Pop Sounds of Capitol Records - Now Sounds
This album collects a variety of rare late 60s psychedelic singles from the Capitol Records roster, some included here in stereo for the first time. A full-page booklet guides you through each tracks liner notes, which include production by David Axelrod, arrangements by Leon Russell, and compositions by a host of famed songwriters. Youll hear Capitol pop from the era by the likes of The Moonpark Intersection, the Teddy Neeley Five, The Staccatos, and This Side Up, among others; some of these kitschy retro tunes are even presented in (whoa!) new stereo.