Alan Courtis / Aaron Moore: Bring Us Some Honest Food

The automatic mechanism in me is trying logically to analyze the music that I listen to.
Maybe it’s a relic of the time where I used to work as record store Jack Black kind of guy and all music was first categorized, analyzed, indexed, and only then – listened to with attention, if at all. It wasn’t a very musical time in my life.

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So in order not to hurt the attention, I’m trying to keep the left hemisphere of the brain out and embrace signals coming from the right. And from listening for the last month or so to the new Alan Courtis / Aaron Moore album Bring Us Some Honest Food (Dancing Wayang Records) – the right hemisphere says – party on man.

And it’s an album of complexity, pushing and pulling. The music starts and stops as if it was touching an open wound of a great friend, aiming to heal but end up hurting. It’s melancholic and functions as a defective lung, works only upon certain energies that come from the brain.

The music belongs to one of the greatest invention of modern music writing – the ‘post-everything’ title. I wouldn’t be able to hum one tune, because the music is not lyrical, it doesn’t speak in musical phrases, it speaks in changing consciousness states, and in sounds who hope to capture what was there in the room at one moment in time. It’s random, it’s a living organism.

The album is now out and here’s a little taste of it.

 

Courtis Moore

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On Missouri Skies and The Art Of Storytelling

So it happened, I’m writing again about a ‘jazz guitar’ album. Twice a week? Am I looking at a new musical path? Well, no.
I do, however, looking for lyricists, people whose melodic phrases, emotions and sensitivity are outstanding. Or in short, like in folk music, I’m looking for storytellers to feed the child in me with stories about far away places and forgotten people.
Beyond the Missouri Sky (Short Stories)
Along comes Pat Metheny and Charlie Haden and release Beyond the Missouri Sky (Short Stories) in 1997.

I haven’t been to Missouri so I don’t know how the skies there, but it is indeed, very much, an album of short stories.

 

You know stories. They carry a mission. They should take your essence in a specific time and transform your being into something slightly different. You don’t have to become a changed person, just slightly different. You get that extra information in your brain, banging in the cells, trying to find correlation to your own life, memory, existence. When it finds, the info and your past or present collide. Sometimes they bring new resolutions, sometimes they are just a plain emotion simulators. The art of storytellling is sacred and should be done with a great care. Like baking. Put exactley the right amount of sugar, just a tiny bit of oil, not a whole lot of pecans and careful with the raisins. Storytelling in music, is exactley like that.

Some of the tracks are cover versions, some are original. Pat and Charlie’s playing is hypnotizing. I find myself staring at the stereo with a stupid smile. You know how weird you sometimes feel when you’re spending too much time in the sun? like half stoned-half empowered by the strengths of the sun? This is in a way how the album makes me feel.

When a guitarist-composer write with the task of storytelling in mind, playing less notes, allow some fresh air to exist between the notes – it passes a feeling of lying in the park for four hours in the sun. You’re ready to go home, and you’re not the same person for the rest of the day.

It’s funny, in the end, we’re all kids.

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Come Together: Sina Sarlak – Yekist

Israel, the country where I live, is a constant war zone.
Every time elections takes place, the right wingers are performing the usual international right wingers shtick – scare people to death about ‘the enemy’. When you talk about Jewish population, scaring them to death is not a hard task, history tells horror stories.

So now, elections time again, the current PM Netanyaho is all about ‘yeah, there are
problems but the biggest of them all is the Iranian nuclear bomb’. Forgive me for not spending more time in this post commenting on this nonsense.

Sina Sarlak - Yekist

However, it did drive me to listen to a lot of persian music in the last several of days and I got stuck on this beautiful album by Sina Sarlak (feat. Mohammad Bateni) – Yekist.
Music is created by people, for people. If they try to separate us, we should do our best to come closer to each other. Iranians release music, Israelis listen. No reason for it to be different.

Yekist is an all traditional Persian music album, mostly instrumentals though some vocals appear. I don’t know much about Sarlak or Bateni or any additional info about this album, but the music itself is just so beautiful.
The Persian tradition has brought so much beauty to the world, and the music is no exception. It’s full of drama and passion, even erotic at times.
If you’re not familiar with Persian music, you may want to try it out, this album is a good introduction to the tradition, it’s pretty light, a small group of players.
The album is available on all digital stores/streaming services.

For further reading about Persian culture and other middle east art, check out the awesome Reorient blog)

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