I bought plenty of CDs in October 2019, including some jazz fusion CDs!
- CASIOPEA - World Live ‘88
- CASIOPEA 3rd - PANSPERMIA
- Senri Kawaguchi - CIDER - Hard & Sweet
World Live ‘88 is a cool live release. It was recorded in 1988 (as you’d expect), and the keyboard tones used throughout are a product of their time, but the music itself is excellent.
CASIOPEA 3rd is the name that CASIOPEA goes by these days, and they’re still making great music. PANSPERMIA is similar to other CASIOPEA 3rd albums that I’ve heard, but a few songs feature a theremin-sounding keyboard tone for a cool retro-futuristic sci-fi vibe.
CIDER - Hard & Sweet is Senri Kawaguchi’s latest solo album. She’s a darn good drummer, and this album does not disappoint on a technical front. Lots of fills and tasty grooves to be had.
- TRIX - ECCENTRIX
- T-SQUARE - HORIZON
I’ve only heard a few albums from TRIX, but I don’t remember any of their previous albums sounding as hard as parts of ECCENTRIX. There is a song on here that could possibly pass as being symphonic power metal. Stylistically, the entire album is a bit all over the place, but you’d expect that with a title like ECCENTRIX.
HORIZON is a nice album - it’s bright and cheery and even has a bit of electric blues.
My copy of HORIZON came with a bonus DVD entitled T-SQUARE 84h in Los Angeles. It’s a 12-minute documentary of the band’s trip to Los Angeles for the making of HORIZON. It was a fun watch.
I also ordered Unlucky Morpheus’s thing that came out in August 2019:
- Unlucky Morpheus - Hypothetical Box ACT3
This is a rerecording of Hypothetical Box ACT2 from 2010, which is itself a rerecording of Hypothetical Box ACT2 from 2008. I have not heard the other two versions, so I don’t know how this compares. But it’s pretty good!
One of my favorite music discoveries of 2019 is Parliament-Funkadelic. Yes, they’ve been around for a while, but I never tried getting into their music until last year. I dig Parliament’s funk stylings and mythos, and I’ll admit to being confused but intrigued by much of Funkadelic’s work.
- Funkadelic - Funkadelic
- Funkadelic - One Nation Under a Groove
- Parliament - Medicaid Fraud Dogg
This copy of Funkadelic’s self-titled debut is a version produced in the EU. It’s the most recent CD release that I could find of it.
Did you know that Funkadelic’s One Nation Under a Groove is hard to find? It’s not on Spotify or other streaming services that I know of besides Pandora. Did you know that you can’t queue its individual tracks on Pandora because it’s apparently licensed to them for radio play only? It’s also out-of-print on CD! It took a bit of digging, but I managed to get a new copy of its 1993 CD release from CD Warehouse Records & Tapes (via Reverb). Yes, it was still in shrink-wrap and has its original sticker seal on the top.
I find that I’m still having a bit of trouble getting into the Funkadelic side of things. It might be because their albums switch genres after nearly every song. Or maybe because it’s not Parliament? I don’t know, but I’ll keep trying!!!
Medicaid Fraud Dogg comes in a cardboard digipack that is a little longer than the standard case and is shaped like a pill. It’s a 2-CD album that made a decent first impression with me and wasn’t as tiring to listen to as some 2-CD albums that I know of. Some tracks sound like a modern take on the Parliament sound - you have rapping and electronic percussion mixed in with the horns, vocals, and funk of their previous releases. But there are also tracks like “Backwoods” and “Mama Told Me” that seem rather removed from what I think is their core sound but I’m no P-Funk scholar. I still liked it.
More stuff is on the way!
- 01/14/2020 - The intro previously mentioned that I hadn’t purchased any jazz fusion CDs since high school. I bought Deodato’s Deodato 2 because I loved some songs from that album in the soundtrack for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. But I forgot that I bought The Choppers Revolution’s debut album at some point.