Spiritual jazz is generally a term that is applied to a sub-genre of jazz music from the 1960s and 1970s, but any jazz musicians have incorporated their spirituality into their performance from the music’s beginnings.
In Ten Tracks is a selection of tracks that have meaning to me and have stuck with me through the years, appearing frequently on mixtapes and playlists. Not necessarily stuff you’ll find on an artist’s Greatest Hits collection.
“Anyone should be able to play these songs, that’s what I like about them.” — Lou Reed—
by Marshall Bowden
The Velvet Underground & Nico is one of those debut albums where the band got absolutely everything right. It is at once primitive in its execution and epic in its aspirations, dark yet infused with a deadpan humor that suggests we take none of this too seriously.
Martin Denny was one of the prime practitioners of the musical style that became known as exotica (sometimes lounge music). Exotica attempted to create a sense of the wild and exotic through the invocation of another culture. Often this culture (usually Asian or Indian) was pretty much imagined by the musicians.
Bill Laswell’s experimental dub series concludes with Book of Exit, a recording that seamlessly blends dub with Eastern music. Produced and arranged by Laswell, Dub Chamber 4 features vocals by Ejigayehu “GiGi” Shibabaw, drums and tabla by Karsh Kale, and percussion by Aiyb Dieng. Laswell , who also acts as producer/arranger, provides bass, guitar, and keyboards.