|Hubbard, Nathan / Skeleton Key Orchestra|
|Album:||Skeleton Key Orchestra||Collection:||Jazz|
|Add Date:||2004-03-08||Pull Date:||2004-05-10||Charts:||Jazz|
|Week Ending:||9 May||2 May||11 Apr||4 Apr||21 Mar||14 Mar|
|1.||Mar 21, 2008:||Memory Select |
Is That You (Earl)? / Dogs Don't Bark at Ghosts
|4.||Apr 09, 2004:||Memory Select |
A Murder of Crows [excerpt]
|2.||May 04, 2004:||Umami Jazz Program |
East on 53RD Street
|5.||Apr 02, 2004:||Memory Select |
Is That You (Earl)?
|3.||Apr 30, 2004:||Memory Select |
|6.||Mar 19, 2004:||Memory Select |
Next Love (All Things Want To Fly)
Exciting jazz orchestra music with horns, strings, electric guitar, xylophone, etc. The composing has the richness of '60s jazz -- swinging or bopping unison lines, that sort of thing -- and is very well performed. This took a lot of work.|
These are long pieces (11-36 minutes in a two-disk set) that combine the composed parts with some avant-minded soloing, lots of free-space improvising and, on a couple of tracks, some wacky electronics and sound effects. Tracks go through multiple phases and do well at "telling a story." Impressive stuff.
1- Chaotic start, into strong midtempo theme and heavy beat. Gets into electric Miles territory... STOPS around -6:30 for a quiet phase, then raucous, almost singing horns.
2- Slow intro into a very nice '60s free jazz segment. At about -10:00, a good start/stop point.
Middle section includes a nice summery jazz jam. Ends with sad
electric guitar and strings.
3- Soft. Starts with an Eastern motif, relaxing, with flute. Some good poetry with clever wordplay, and a loungy sax break.
4- Funky! Sort of. Clanging street-jazz jam into a mid/fast groove with weird instruments. Gets into fast squiggly noises and fusiony electric bass chords.
5- Wow, angry guitar, into mad orchestral attack and outright NOISE.
Nice excerpt would be roughly -20:00 to -14:00: Noise session that
shifts into Casio tiki-lounge beat.
6- Calm Asian themes at a fast clip. Dissolves into screeches and honking, then some '60s style free jazz.
7- Blazing guitar and drums over slow, angular strings. Second half slow.
8- Manic. Crazy-quilt piano and vibes into insane electronic noise. A cool bebop break later on. Ends with fast crashing percussion.
|1.||Is that You (Earl)/Dogs ...||5.||A Murder of Crows|
|2.||Raincastle||6.||Making My Way Thru It/...|
|3.||Sleeping Against Other ...||7.||Next Love (All Things ...|
|4.||East on 53RD Street||8.||Don't Look Says the Crow ...|