Saturday, October 21, 2006

Back...sort of...

Sorry about the long hiatus. It's about mid-quarter in school and I've been busy with that and life in general, and the blog just naturally took a backseat. I'll try to get back into it, try to put something up about every week or so. Something will be up by Monday...I promise.

Dead links shouldn't be a problem anymore, as I've put the cash foward for an account at Rapidshare. I didn't mind the way it was before with links active for 30 days, but there it is for ya. It might take a few days or so for all the links to get reposted, I'm aiming at the dead ones first.

And as always enjoy what's here, leave comments and discuss the albums. I'd love to hear what everyone thinks of this stuff. And I'm willing to take requests, as long as it's in the realm of what I've been posting here.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Arthur Lyman - Lyman '66

Here's another great album from Arthur Lyman. I love the broad range of material on this, from some more typical exotica tracks to stuff like "Fiddler On The Roof" and the "Medley From Mary Poppins". The vibe playing from Lyman on that track in particular reminds me a lot of Lionel Hampton and his playing on those late 30's Benny Goodman tracks like "Moonglow". This album is really all over the place in terms of material but it's all "exotic" sounding thanks to the style of Lyman and his band. There are some great straight exotica tracks on here like "Dear Heart" and "The (Jungle) Cat". "Ports Of Paradise" is one of the most laid back, sleepy tracks I've ever heard, and the aptly titled "Bird Train" wakes you up and ends the album. The Train motif combined with the bird noises at the end of that remind me of the end of "Pet Sounds" in a way. Anyways, lots of great stuff on this one.

Side 1:
01 - Lemon Tree
02 - Taste Of Honey
03 - Fiddler On The Roof
04 - Dear Heart
05 - Only Yesterday
06 - Medley From Mary Poppins

Side 2:
07 - Kon Tiki
08 - The (Jungle) Cat
09 - The Boy From Laupahoehoe
10 - Waimea Cowboy
11 - Ports Of Paradise
12 - Bird Train