I read this article about the Muhammad/Younge-produced Jazz is Dead series -- it's a good read, focusing more on the recent Gary Bartz record but touching on the series as a whole. There are now five dedicated albums plus the anthology with which the series launched:
Jazz is Dead 001 (Anthology) Roy Ayers Marcos Valle Azymuth Doug Carn Gary Bartz
I'll come back in a bit and rank these after giving each another listen or check-in, but all of these have stayed in fairly relative rotation since their relase for me. That new Bartz release might be my favorite of the bunch though.
Anyhow, any thoughts about the series so far? What have been your favorite entries? Least favorite? Disappointments?
1. "I've got all of them on vinyl..." In response to Reply # 0
Pre-ordered the Donato about a month ago.The anthology seemed to pick more of the better tracks from each release of course. Matter of fact, it was one of my favorite releases.
My favorite so far is Gary Bartz or Doug Carn...depends on the day. I was somewhat surprised at how good the Gary Bartz release sounded. I'm biased because he's one of my favs.
I was disappointed in the Roy Ayers release. I was expecting a bit more of his sound. There are flashes of it but its drenched too much in that Younge sound (not taking anything away from him tho). I'm really interested in the Brian Jackson release coming up.
"When I'm on the mic, a nigga throw down his blunt just to hear what we say...up in this bitch..."-Baatin
2. "RE: I've got all of them on vinyl..." In response to Reply # 1
Nice -- how's the vinyl quality? I might go back and try and pick these up if they're still available -- it would be nice to have as a set. I noticed they were running some sort of subscription thing through their website -- price didn't look too bad either.
>I was disappointed in the Roy Ayers release. I was expecting a >bit more of his sound. There are flashes of it but its >drenched too much in that Younge sound (not taking anything >away from him tho). I'm really interested in the Brian Jackson >release coming up.
I think this is my biggest issue with the series and I'm still not sure how I feel about it overall. They've definitely established a sound for the series - very much in Younge's general vein - and at times it does feel like it almost overshadows the style and feel of the lead.
But I'm actually going back this week and listening to each release and a few of each artist's older releases -- using it to dig into stuff I love and haven't listened to in a while as well as stuff that's more new to me. Maybe I'll feel differently listening to the records in the context of each artist's larger discography.