The following music of the last few years tangled and unravelled my mind (loved it
with my “Head And Heart”):
OCTOBER ROAD by James Taylor; TWO AGAINST NATURE by Steely Dan;
SNOW BORNE SORROW by Nine Horses (and then there were three); BLEMISH from David Sylvian; TILL WE HAVE FACES by Gary Thomas (ts,fl) with Pat Metheny (g) and Terri Lyne Carrington (dr); several stuff by and with Uri Caine, Bedrock for example; the records of polish trumpet player Tomasz Stanko; the stirring and moving music of the brazilian singer, songwriter and percussionist Carlinhos Brown. But above all
Joao Bosco´s lifework and masterpiece OBRIGADO GENTE!
In recent years (since MANAFON) it was MANAFON; the music of Joanna Newsom;
with reserve some stuff of Dhafer Youssef; much in the horizon of Samadhisound
(Arve Hendriksen, Jan Bang …); for personal reasons JASMINE from Jarrett/Haden;
music and persona of outstanding guitarist Ben Monder; the idiosyncratic songs of CocoRosie; my very late discovery of guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel (DEEP SONG);
again the music of Tomasz Stanko; … these were about the things, that impressed me
the most. But, shure: a lot is missing.
And me, “I´m smarter than that” (“Big Time” in these days is never “Gig Time”) …
As a more song&design- than albumoriented man, i know about the huge sky of brilliant tunes, with their brilliant melodies; harmonies (ebony and ivory); rhythms and stories
to tell. And i like it to (dis-)cover them.
“And where are the stars? Didn´t she promise us stars?”, once David Sylvian asked.
Well, there are billions. But be careful! Cause it´s also true, what Courtney Tidwell sang:
“Don´t Let The Stars Keep Us Tangled Up” – in 21th century dreamings.