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In Geneva, I found both the Amsterdam Klezmer Band 's Benja and Daniel Melingo 's latest, Linyera. Neither of them Jazz, but who cares.
The AKB's record is very classic AKB, a good listen although nothing has jumped at me yet in the couple of spins I've given it. Since it's more of a concept album than the previous ones, I suspect not understanding the lyrics may be a bigger barrier to enjoyment than in previous releases. Still, it does show to me that I prefer them "au naturel" than with added drums and electronica as in Blitzmash.
Melingo's album I really need to listen to more thorougly before passing judgement, but I was pleased to find this deep gravely voice again. It seems the instrumentation is more subtle and romantic than what I remember of Santa Milonga, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.
I also spent some time with the owner seeing if it was possible to track a CD release of Billy Taylor 's Right Here, Right Now. Turns out that, as I suspected, it doesn't exist on CD, which is insane considering if features the gospel-jazz anthem I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free later made super-popular by Nina Simone adding lyrics to it. Incidentally if anyone knows where I can find a digital copy of this track and/or album, let me know.
Anyway, in the process, we listened to the piece on Youtube, and the owner of the store (http://disco-club.ch) pointed me to Ray Bryant, who had kind of passed me by. So I bought an album of his aptly entitled Ray Bryant Trio. It's classic 60s jazz trio stuff, with strong blues and gospel influences, so while it held no surprises, it's very good listening nonetheless.
In Reykjavik, I stumbled upon 12 Tonar (http://www.12tonar.is/), which is more of a generalist store (which you'd expect in a city of 100 000 in a country of 200 000) but with a good jazz selection. More interestingly to me, the owner knew his stuff and pointed me to two Icelanding jazz records: Horn by Jóel Pálsson and Lad by Agnar Már Magnússon.
Horn is a very modern sounding funk jazz affair. It features Pálsson on tenor sax and bass clarinet, but it's also the first time I've heard a moog used as a proper jazz instrument (ie. not just for effect). It's more modern and out there than most of what I listen to, but I've really enjoyed my first couple of listens, so I'll be coming back to it.
Lad is a trio record, a form that I tend to enjoy when it's not too out. In this instance, it's not. The store owner told me that it was inspired by traditional folk melodies (I can't read the liner notes, so I'm taking his word for it) and I can easily believe that. It's very melodic, and mostly contemplative, kind of Satie meets Jazz. It's a very pleasant listen, so again a good find.
I once had a project to map jazz record stores in all the cities I visited for work. I should revive that project.
Let's hope other European countries follow suit instead of insisting that only a global solution will fix this problem. And (as is the case of France) trying to find circumvoluted ways of taxing these companies that simply cannot work.
"It can be a little too easy sometimes to dismiss arguments you don't like as hate speech, or to complain that this or that speaker makes you feel... disrespected. Being offended is not to be confused with a state of grace. It's the occasional price we pay for living in an open society."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNr_eIgP0tI #rip #bbking #5songs
I have to say though that the Gullfoss chutes were one of the most impressive things I have seen in my life. When I go back there I'll have a tripod and filters to truly capture their majestic glory.
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