Friday, July 16, 2010

Milt Jackson - "Olinga" 1974

Bass - Ron Carter
Drums - Mickey Roker
Piano - Cedar Walton
Saxophone [Soprano, Tenor] - Jimmy Heath
Vibraphone - Milt Jackson

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Matrix - "Matrix IX" 1976

Matrix is a jazz fusion group that started in 1974. Their sound is noted for it's tight brass arrangements and very complex musical themes.  The closest mainstream group I would compare them to would be the early "Weather Report" recordings.  This album was a bit obscure even in it's day, and I dusted this original copy that I have had and gave it a listen. I was surprised by the dynamics and punch that these recordings could still deliver.  The titles and music on this LP are innovative and very engaging and have listed the full titles below.  My favorite is Track 1: "Earth And The Overlords"
BTW, they have a website where other works are available directly from Matrix this LP though is not available.
 Hope you enjoy this rare gem!

Track Listing
1.  Earth And The Overlords - Inspired by Arthur C. Clarke's science fiction novel Childhoods End
2.  Catalpa Complex
3.  Blue Snow
4.  Dark Riders - Inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy Lord Of The Rings
5.  Clea - Inspired by Lawrence Durrell's literary creation Clea
6.  Geese
7.  The Last Generation -Also inspired by Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End