January 2021 Plays

I’m on a record-buying break for the time being and the immediate result has been twofold: I’m digging through the collection more than I have in recent months, and I’m listening to more streaming music. This latter shift has brought me back to Tidal, a platform with the somewhat anachronistic characteristics of superior sound and inferior social media interaction, and Bandcamp, a familiar home to a multitude of of out-of-print and digital-only releases. In which light, I’ve started to include digital plays here as well, so long as they serve as the source of daily deliberate listening.

Links to plays will continue to provide what I understand to be the most useful destinations. In the cases of streaming plays, I’ll add the streaming service I used to the usual stuff (e.g. providing both the Tidal and Spotify links to the Kashkashian set). I imagine most of these recordings are available on YouTube as well but since I don’t listen there, I don’t know.

I missed several days in the second half of the month, no doubt in part to busy-ness but also due to feeling ground-down by the fatigue of our moment. Austin Kleon, in a blog post addressing resolutions, favors February as the month of resolution. I’m not one to argue.

1/01 Josh Johnson, Freedom Exercise LP (Bandcamp)

1/02 Olivier Messiaen, L’ascension: Le Banquet céleste LP (Spotify)

1/03 Bruce Langhorne, The Hired Hand (OST) LP (Bandcamp)

1/04 New York Art Quartet, New York Art Quartet LP (Bandcamp)

1/05 Tomeka Reid Quartet, Tomeka Reid Quartet CD (Spotify)

1/06 Arthur Russell, World of Echo LP (Bandcamp)

1/07 Hu Vibrational, The Epic Botanical Beat Suite LP (Bandcamp)

1/08 The Best of Black Jazz Records 1971-1976 LP (Discogs)

1/09 Cecil Brooks III, The Collective LP (Discogs)

1/10 Masahiko Togashi, The Face of Percussion LP (Discogs)

1/11 Hamiett Bluiett, Birthright: A Solo Blues Concert LP (Spotify)

1/12 Alabaster DePlume, To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol. 1 LP (Bandcamp)

1/13 Jamie Branch, Fly or Die LP (Bandcamp)

1/14 Philp Cohran and the Artistic Heritage Ensemble, On the Beach LP (Discogs)

1/15 Arthur Russell, Corn LP (Bandcamp)

1/18 Quin Kirchner, The Shadow and the Light LP (Bandcamp)

1/19 (Wadada) Leo Smith, Rastafari LP (Spotify)

1/23 Asher Gamedze, Dialectic Soul LP (Bandcamp)

1/24 Carl Aagesen, Evening Airs (Bandcamp)

1/27 Jeff Parker, The Relatives LP (Bandcamp)

1/30 Kim Kashkashian, J.S. Bach: Six Suites for Viola Solo (Tidal Master, Spotify)