Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday music: If you don't love jazz, you hate America

I put up some Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong with this morning's post, so I'm going back to Dylan-bashing with something different.  This isn't really jazz, but it's jazz-adjacent.

Back in the '70s, Randall Bramblett played saxophone for a jazz-rock fusion offshoot from the Allman Brothers called Sea Level.  He also has a raspy voice that works, unlike Dylan's, and, in my opinion, is a better writer.  Here he is, doing a sort of modern beatnik thing, complete with some of his jazzy saxophone playing.  The album is a great piece of work, musing on growing up as a white boy in the South, listening to blues, R&B, and other stuff that he wasn't supposed to, combined with other stuff about regional identity, and, well, it's a great album.  And he's better than Dylan.

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