I have always preferred Flying Lotus’ quieter tracks to his zany upbeat ones. These songs seem to flow on a higher plane while keeping your mind in a zen state. “Only If You Wanna” is one of my favorite tracks from Until the Quiet Comes. It’s a jazzy song with ethereal vocals popping in and out.
Wynton Marsalis’ trumpet creates a distinguishable sound that is completely his own. That New Orleans feel resonates on every song that Marsalis has produced. “When It’s Sleepy Time Down South” is one of Marsalis’ popular tunes with its easygoing and somnolent playing. Check it out.
I am a big fan of Boston band Bay Faction with their jazz and indie rock style. The band’s music is mellow and is perfect for those evenings when you want to just chill with your significant other. “Crack Pipe” is a lovely gem from Bay Faction with its terrific riffs that blends with vocalist/guitarist James McDermott’s pleading vocals.
Bobby Timmons is one of the most underrated jazz pianists in the genre. His songs vary in nature with many being equal parts upbeat and melancholy. His output was phenomenal and he helped to create many jazz standards that have been covered extensively over the years.
“Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” is a somber track that mixes a little blues into Bobby’s playing. This song is for those hard times when you feel as if all is hopeless. Check it out.
With the Christmas season upon us, I figured it was only right to post some holiday music to the blog. Starting us off is the wonderful Vanessa Williams with “What Child Is This?” I first heard this song many years ago and have been playing it every December. The track is a jazz number with a great guitar solo. Check it out.
I finally got around to checking out Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins. His music is on a whole other level compared to a majority of rappers nowadays. Mick is an intelligent rapper that is quite verbose on his songs. You feel like you have to pay close attention when he raps. His mixtape “The Water[s]” is one of the best tapes I have heard in a long time.
“Jazz” is one of the best tracks from the mixtape with its slow beat and Mick’s direct flow. Check it out.
There are so many jazz tunes that hits you in the soul as soon as you listen to it; Barney Wilen and Mal Waldron’s “Quiet Temple” does just that. The song is a somber tune that invokes a feeling of being in a noir film with its melancholy saxophone.
Before listening to this track I never heard of either musician but have now been checking out all the wonderful music they have made. Check it out above.