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Flying Under The Radar

In spite of my efforts the various Music sections of this forum continue to remain almost completely dead. However, following the sage advice of Thomas H. Palmer as put forth in the 1840 Teacher's Manual "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again", I'm going to keep on posting and hope that the attentions of my fellow forum members will not be far behind.

Every so often one discovers a new or existing artist who for some reason or other, up until the time of one's discovery, had been flying under one's musical radar. With that in mind I'm hoping that this thread can act as a way of alerting other forum members of some interesting new discoveries.

To start things off are a two of my recent discoveries. I had originally planned on giving each of these artists their own post but upon further investigation I found that these two artists share a common link (more on that link in just a moment).

First up is The Moutin Reunion Quartet, a very fine and musically gifted jazz group from France. Comprised of the twin French brothers Louis (drums) and Fran

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While not under the radar in Latin America, Yamandu Costa has very little recognition in the outside world. He has phenomenal technical skill, blistering speed, and so much soul that you can only get from the Bahia of Brazil. He plays a violao (7 string brazilian guitar). He plays nearly all Brazilian styles of music with his personal touch of fretted virtuosity and fiery intensity. When I saw him at the Brazilian guitar festival, I was blown away.

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Someone else, though not necessarily perfect for the 'jazz' forum is classical guitarist Pavel Steidl. Another artist I first witnessed in concert, I expected his talent to just explode on the scene. His playing was dynamic and soulful, and while listening to the church bells and crisp breeze in Cordoba, Spain, i couldn't have asked for more. When watching classical guitarists, I watch for three things: technical proficiency, dynamic control, and overall expressiveness. Steidl had all of these and so much soul. Its hard to find such technically amazing players with so much heart, when conservatories pump out machines that turn out despising music itself after being told there is only one correct way to play it. Steidl takes his skill and expands on the music instead of being restricted by it. Maybe he's not so 'under the radar,' with some respect in the classical world, but he's still worth checking out if you haven't seen/heard him.

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Does it count if they're dead? That is under most everyone's radar.

http://search.yahoo.com/bin/search?fr=ybr_sbc&p=muggsy%20spanier


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... the MRQ plays a refreshing brand of carefully crafted modern jazz.

Please tell me what "modern jazz" amounts to.

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AB - Both those artists are quite interesting, particularly Steidl. I'm impressed by Costa but have to admit after working at The Nature Store many Xmas' ago, his style reminds me of the CD's that played over - and over and over - the store's system. For me it's a bit like listening to Dark Side of the Moon. After you've used it as demo material for a few years it's not something you pull out of the stack just to hear. However, I'll give him another few listens and see what develops. Thanks.

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that sample was a bit cookie cutter.

Here's a clip of his more aggressive material, more of what he plays and what tends to blow people away.

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Here's a clip of his more aggressive material, more of what he plays and what tends to blow people away.

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Wow! How is that 7th string tuned, Ariel?

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Wow! How is that 7th string tuned, Ariel?


The Brazilian Seven String guitar is tuned like a normal guitar except for that extra bottom string which is usually a C or also tuned to a B.

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Jazz bassist Hadrien Feraud should be flying out from under the radar anytime soon. I saw him with John McLaughlin and couldn't stop raving about him. He's young and ridiculously talented. Here's him "practicing" . what an ass.

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... the MRQ plays a refreshing brand of carefully crafted modern jazz.


Please tell me what "modern jazz" amounts to.

Basically what the term "modern jazz" amounts to, at least as I used it in my original post, is a short way of saying "I'm not getting paid for this so I'll cut some corners". If you would like a full expanded review of the either the Moutin Reunion Quartet or Rudresh Mahanthappa may I suggest that you send a some PMs (personal messages) to few people at Stereophile, i.e. the music editor and the editor in chief, and request that Stereophile hire me as a music critic, at which point I'll be glad to explain exactly what "modern jazz" amounts to. Until then you'll just have to settle with the fact that my unpaid write ups can and will use various shorthand phrases instead of spelling things out as I would in a review for which I am being paid. That's why the internet is filled tons and tons of amateurish reviews, write ups. etc. because sometimes if it's free it ain't worth much, or to put it another way, you get what you pay for.

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LOL

Which is why I decided not to complain about your use of "smooth jazz" in that Metheny review.

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Which is why I decided not to complain about your use of "smooth jazz" in that Metheny review.

RG

Thanks RG, but then again you're not the big p.i.t.a. that JV somehow always manages to be or to become.

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