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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Six Best Jazz Records For People Who Hate Jazz

Posted By on Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 10:09 AM

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I love jazz but completely understand why somebody would not. Roughly 95 percent of music in the genre is self-indulgent, regressive crap, but that other 5 percent rules hard enough to possibly convert haters. Here are the six best jazz records for people who hate jazz.

6. Mary Halvorson, Saturn Sings Of all the words in the music-critique lexicon, there is no more appropriate adjective for guitarist Mary Halvorson than "badass." Saturn Sings is not far removed from a Deerhoof record. It trades between consonant melody and chaotic abandon and is one of few current jazz albums to break into that vague territory of "heavy."

5. Bobby Hutcherson, Dialogue

Bobby Hutcherson plays vibraphone, an instrument that is notorious in jazz circles for being clunky. On Dialogue he takes turns transcending this aspect of his instrument and accentuating it. The secret weapon here is pianist Andrew Hill, who passed away a few years ago. Hill wrote the tunes for Dialogue, which range from spy-movie bossa nova ("Catta") to woozy blues ("Ghetto Lights") to classical-leaning free improv ("Les Noirs Marchant"). Everywhere Dialogue lands stylistically is dripping with cool.

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