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Favorite Downloads from the MP3 Blogosphere
Today, Mining the Audio Motherlode sings the praises of the online jazz site Destination: Out on the occasion of its 5th birthday. Having risen from the ashes of an unrequited book project, this thoughtful, passionate blog quickly established itself as an essential destination in the ever-expanding universe of online music-sharing sites.
Co-proprietors Chilly Jay Chill (Jeff Jackson) and Prof. Drew LeDrew (Jeff Golick) take their time crafting richly satisfying explorations of the music and musicians they love, sharing a song or two from overlooked or under-appreciated recordings, along with commentary of uncommon eloquence.
To celebrate five years of Destination: Out, I have highlighted a number of my favorite posts from the site's first half decade. Because the audio offerings on these archived pages are no longer extant, I have provided links to other blogs where downloads are still active.
Five more years, five more years...
From August 24, 2010 (reposted from 12/17/06)
"It’s always satisfying and not a little surprising when one of the grails of avant jazz turns out, when finally found, to deliver the goods. It’s as if, for one brief, blazing moment, one’s faith is restored, and justified (if not one’s dorkiness). This quartet session has been canonized by none other than ecstatic noise connoisseur Thurston Moore." (Destination: Out)
[The Sun Is Coming Up is available at Hominis Canidae.]
From March 13, 2011
"What can we say about legendary saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman? He’s among the most important living musicians of any genre. His contributions to jazz are incalculable and the titles of early albums such as Change of the Century and The Shape of Jazz to Come now seem less like marketing hyperbole and more pedestrian statements of fact. His harmolodic concepts have altered the very way we hear music." (Destination: Out)
[ A download of "Man on the Moon" isn't available, but you can hear it here (pop-up player)]
From September 11, 2006
"Brotherhood of Breath is an easy band to love. The proto-Brotherhood, leader McGregor’s Blue Notes, formed in South Africa: the very existence of this mixed-race ensemble was an affront to apartheid. Unwelcome and unable to secure gigs, the band headed north, eventually ending up in England, where they quickly fell in with a Who’s Who of late ’60s UK jazz players – the more adventurous among them, anyway." (Destination: Out)
[Brotherhood of Breath is available at Brian.]
From October 25, 2010
"While the passing of any great jazz musician saddens us, the death of Marion Brown hits especially hard. There was such a palpable warmth and intelligence to his composing and playing that you couldn’t help but feel like you knew something of the personality behind the horn. His playing was never showy, insisting on shadings and subtleties. He had a rare ability to ground abstract ideas in earthy tones, and vice versa. His compositions were often full of ellipses and evasions – not to outsmart the listener but to invite you to listen more closely. Above all else, Marion Brown’s music insisted on communicating. It wanted to forge deep connections." (Destination: Out )
[Juba Lee is available at Free the Music.]
From January 11, 2011
"A lost classic of spiritual jazz, we’d wager that Earth Blossom is more familiar to groove fiends than free jazz aficionados. But fans of adventurous jazz – of whatever stripe – need to know this record. It’s brimming with surging horns, percolating polyrhythms, soulful guitar lines, and just enough ragged edges to keep things honest. The textures sometimes even verge on the kozmigroov and psychedelic." (Destination: Out)
[Earth Blossom is available at African Gospel Church .]
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