Updated: Dec 8, 2019
I'm so glad you came back for #26 on the 2019 Favorite-30 Countdown! German pianist, composer, and producer Nils Frahm is known for his unique approach to bringing contemporary classical and electronic music together, using pianos, synthesizers, and drum machines.
Last year’s highly acclaimed album, “All Melody” took that even further adding strings, a vocal chorus, and other instruments. This year Frahm unveiled “All Encores...” An album of unreleased-songs recorded during the sessions for “All Melody.” While this LP isn’t quite as lush as last year’s offering, it is still strikingly beautiful: Have a listen to the stark piano and minimal strings on “A Walking Embrace.”
It was 50-years ago that Frank Zappa released his first album since the break-up of The Mothers of Invention. “Hot Rats” was an impressive display of prog-rock, jazz fusion, and guitar work from Zappa. Let’s get some of THAT along with a rippin’ saxophone solo from former Mothers of Invention member Ian Underwood and electric violin solo from Don “Sugarcane” Harris. This epic-jam (all 12-minutes and 54-seconds of it) is called “The Gumbo Variations” and it’s #26 on the Anniversary-30 Countdown. Happy listening!