Wednesday, November 01, 2006

boo

Last week, vaguely toying with the idea of putting together a Hallowe'en themed jazz show, I had a hard time coming up with ominous, frightening jazz. Lots of the listeners to KSFR would probably be frightened by lots of what I'd like to play...Brotzmann, Silva's "Luna Surface," CT's Indent, Zorn. But it's not frightening per se. Miles Davis occurred to me as a musician and composer who went into a sort of shadow-aesthetic that a lot of so-called jazz seems to lack. I'm thinking Bitches Brew up to Pangaea. (excluding the obvious).

3 comments:

the improvising guitarist said...

A bit late for Halloween this year, but… how about Frisell’s Farside-tinged stuff? Not exactly frightening, but maybe still appropriate for Halloween. I remember hearing that some people found late 80s Pinski Zoo scary, but I was never sure what it was they were expecting…

peter breslin said...

Hey, I've never heard Pinski Zoo, but yeah some of the Frisell has a wacky, creepy edge to it. Thanks for the tip.and thanks for reading.

the improvising guitarist said...

Re: Pinski Zoo

http://www.jankopinski.com/

Seems "East Rail East" is no longer available. Shame, 'cause it was probably the Zoo's best know record, and possibly the best entry point into their stuff. The Zoo were a strange band (a post-punk, Ayler meets Bad Brains in Polish Nottingham) that went unnoticed for ten years. Then the Jazz revival hit (around the time of the perfume) and, despite not sounding like the neo-classicists... eh-hem, I mean neo-boppers, somehow got swept up along with it (of course it soon all collapsed).