Tag: jazz

Klara Goliger – One Day

     Klara Goliger from Gothenburg Sweden can be categorized as alt-pop, but be careful, because that generic categorization doesn’t do justice to the massive musical influences at work here. From jazz to classical, pop to Avant-guard, alternative to rock, and if there’s an in-between genre, it’s there as well. Enter One Day (heard here), a completely enthralling musical piece from Klara’s new LP, The Piano Chair (November 2022) – featuring nine wonderful tracks that can stand by themselves, or together.  One Day’s beautiful jazzy piano plays well with Klara’s…

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Snarky Puppy – Take It!

     Since Vodka found Thing Of Gold back in 2012, I’ve been a fan of Snarky Puppy. Though it doesn’t fall neatly into the philosophy of shining a light on music that is mostly hidden from view, Snarky Puppy’s live ecosystem of music performance is a thing to marvel at (see video). Take It! (seen/heard here) from their new LP, Empire Central (coming October 2022) falls squarely in the jazz-funk fusion category as far as Vodka is concerned.  Vodka…

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Carlos Eiene – Forward

     Vodka doesn’t often get terribly excited about instrumental-only music. It happens though, and quite a lot more often than it used to. It’s not that I don’t like instrumental music, I do. Listening to instrumental music is a pleasant experience, I just have a tough time getting my mind into it enough to review much of it. Some notable exceptions are Lydian Collective, Snarky Puppy, a handful of others, and now Carlos Eiene.  Carlos Eine has been a big force in the…

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Noori & His Dorpa Band – Saagama

     Hailing from Port Sudan on the Red Sea coast of Sudan, Noori & His Dorpa Band perform music reflected in the current state of the revolution there. Through their musical successes, the band tries to draw attention to the plight of the people, whose government over many iterations has denied the people the profits of one of the country’s natural resources, gold. The results for the listener are pure magic,…

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Lydian Collective – November

     Lydian Collective is not new to Vodka, but I’m not-so-patiently waiting for the follow-up to the absolutely fabulous Adventure LP, named Return, due out in almost exactly one month (May 27, 2022). November (seen/heard here), which is not new compositionally to the band, will finally have a home on an LP, and that is a very good thing indeed! Vodka coined the phrase “joyful jazz” to define the music that Lydian Collective creates. In truth, it is…

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