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When I listen to a bad metal record and think it’s a pointless racket I don’t feel anything. When I listen to a Derek Bailey record or a Pharoah Sanders record and I think it’s a pointless racket I feel like I’ve failed.
Most of what I want to say about jazz is rendered pointless by banality, lack of insight and obviousness. All I know is sometimes a track really grabs me when most of it leaves me cold, irritated or frustrated. I love My Favourite Things and can’t stand A Love Supreme. I guess I go for the “easy stuff” – give me Sketches Of Spain over Bitches Brew every time. Why I love something like Haitian Fight Song and yet dislike* most other Mingus I’ve heard is beyond me.
*or “don’t get it”, which is what I say about jazz I don’t like, a weird caveat I don’t use when I say I dislike Mumford & Sons
Anyway, here’s some jazz. I like it.
01. Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Sleeping Beauty (1979) [00.00]
02. Bill Wells Trio – Presentation Piece #1 (2002) [11.45]
03. Miles Davis – Flamenco Sketches (1959) [20.45]
04. Duke Ellington – Anatomy of A Murder Main Title (1959) [30.00]
05. Salah Ragab & The Cairo Jazz Band – Egypt Strut (1968?) [33.45]
06. Polar Bear – Beartown (2005) [38.45]
07. Art Ensemble Of Chicago with Fontella Bass– Theme De YoYo (1970) [44.30]
08. Charles Mingus – Haitian Fight Song (1957) [53.15]
09. John Coltrane – My Favourite Things (1961) [65.15]
Actually, listening back to it I’ve realised just how much I love the Polar Bear track. Like, “Top Ten Tracks Ever” love.
I suspect I’ve banged on about this before, but it absolutely transports me. That surging power and the Jewish funeral quality it has (I’m sure this comparison manages to be wrong, disrespectful and probably racist all at once).
Somehow it feels like a companion piece to Mogwai’s My Father My King.
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