Rock, blues, jazz, electronic music, or hip hop; the saxophone gels with any genre. This edition of Sound Sunday is dedicated to this wonderful instrument. Meet the ultimate refinement to any song.
By the way, if you missed Sound Sunday last week, apologies! This edition accidentally got scheduled for a wrong slot. And so Sound Sunday missed a beat for the first time in over four years.
Rock & Blues
Genre: instrumental, rock, blues, groove, funk, reggae, jazz
You’re listening to the debut EP of Diggin Dirt. The six piece band from Arcata, California spent a week in the desert to record these blues-heavy tunes.
Genre: ambient, progressive rock, jazzmetal, progressive metal
Exit Sun revolves worlds beyond stylistic boundaries and conventions. The German band aptly named this EP Welten (worlds). The music is rooted in modern progressive metal, but incorporates elements of jazz, ambient, and rock.
Funk & Soul
Genre: instrumental, funk, r&b, soul
J.R. Miller, an Illinois-based composer and performer has a deep passion for his art. Drawing from multiple influences to create his best interpretation of beauty, he has developed an eclectic and ever changing style. At the root of The J.R. Miller project is dedication to originality and rhythm, best communicated through FUNK.
Genre: electronic, experimental, acoustic, jazz
This music sounded familiar. And sure enough, when I researched the New York-based saxophone player Michael Wilbur, I found Moon Hooch. This band made it into four previous editions of Sound Sunday, including the best free music downloads of 2013, with a single originally featured in a jazz edition.
Genre: electronic, smooth jazz
Ghosting’s smooth jazz sounds were brought to life in Vancouver, Canada.
Genre: ambient, electronica, jazz, nu-jazz
Nu-Jazz in lofi acoustic recordings, inspired by sounds and rhythms from different parts of the world. Sometimes you will remember Miles Davis, Erik Truffaz, Nighthawks, Rob van den Wouw, Manu Katche, Kenny G, Jan Gabarek – well they are heroes – but maybe ctrl-alt-U is that specific acoustic one-shot-sound your are looking for.
Genre: instrumental, experimental, funk, jazz
On a weekend in Mid-October, Cole and Bob met at The Echo Project, a music festival in Atlanta. They soon discovered that they went to the same shows. Eventually, Bob figured out Cole played bass. One fateful day, Bob decided to bring his saxophone over to Cole’s house and jam. Cole brought in Jake so it could go down, and it did. The result is the music above.
Jazz & Blues
Genre: jazz, blues
Over the last 2 years, we recorded 10 albums. Music from the series has been downloaded over twenty thousand times. The music has been recorded on a NYC guitar teachers budget. That’s a pizza budget. No grants, lottery/family money, no record deals and without playing anywhere particularly famous. Just wrote a lot of music, worked and recorded it. I’m grateful to share the work we’ve done. Enjoy! And if that’s your cup of tea, you might also enjoy these blues & jazz albums.
Genre: electronic, soulful, house, deep house, lounge
Enjoy 7 minutes and 43 seconds of soothing and soulful electronic house, enhanced with a wonderful saxophone. Perfect lounge music made at Redondo Beach, California.
Genre: ambient, electronic, blues, hip hop
Dylan Bussone, also part of the band Sound Cheetah, is a Seattle-based guitarist and producer. Takeoff is a mildly psychedelic ambient electronic music album; the perfect backdrop to relax.
Genre: beatstrumental, electronic, jazz, avant-garde, funk, r&b, soul, hip hop
For Raise It Up, saxophonist, composer, producer, and recording artist Johnny Butler orchestrated multiple digital and real instruments into a “polyphony of overdubbed horns”. Do you know these resources for finding the best jazz music, yet?
Don’t want to listen to all albums separately? Get a taste with the weekly Sound Sunday playlist, featuring only the best song from each album.
What is your favorite instrument and do you happen to play it, too?
All comments about this week’s edition and requests welcome. You can also add music to the Sound Sunday Suggestions playlist on minilogs, get in touch with me @TinaSieber on Twitter, or email tina at this domain.