Laila Biali, Out of Dust - Jazz - Album Review by Marc Louis-Boyard for Slow Culture

Laila Biali, Out of Dust (jazz) – ALBUM REVIEW #21

Out of Dust is a rare tailor-made jewel, as our interview with Laila Biali already suggested. The eleven tracks comprising this album are uplifting stories you can’t miss.

We took our time to review Out of Dust. Intense laziness? No. Lack of time? No. Blank page syndrome? We don’t think so. We at Slow Culture write with the aim of highlighting impressive work the best way possible. Laila Biali’s album is such a showcase of generosity and talent that we couldn’t allow ourselves to write hurriedly.

Already critically acclaimed, Out of Dust is here to stay. Let us tell you why!

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Interview of Laila Biali by Marc Louis-Boyard for Slow Culture

Laila Biali (jazz, ‘Out of Dust’, out now) – ITW #15

Jazz has always been Slow Culture’s forte. That being said, vocal jazz never really got our full attention. But that was before Laila Biali’s single Sugar hit our inbox on a rainy morning.

At that time, we din’t believe that the whole album would stay in our playlist for long. Little did we know! We will review ‘Out of Dust’ – Laila Biali’s eighth album – next week.

To cure our wait (and hopefully, yours!), we’re delighted and honored to publish today the interview we did with The Artist Formerly Known As Laila Biali.

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Jeff Swanson & Case-fitter, Fathoms album review on Slow Culture

Jeff Swanson & Case-fitter, Fathoms (jazz, out February 28th 2020) – ALBUM REVIEW #15

Almost two years after the enchanting Case-fitter album, Chicago-based guitarist and composer Jeff Swanson comes back with Fathoms (BACE Records). In case you missed the aforementioned album, we’d advise you to listen to his versions of Graham’s before pursuing, it’s worth the half hour.

The notion of conversation is essential in Jeff Swanson’s compositional style, and Fathoms do not escape the rule, for the listener’s greatest pleasure. Gaussian, the first single (listen below) is a perfect illustration of that fact.

Be prepared: this album is heavier than what Jeff Swanson accustomed his audience to. Heavier, but also more colorful and nuanced. Let’s talk about it!

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Michel Legrand Tuesday Museday Marc Louis-Boyard

Michel Legrand – TUESDAY MUSEDAY

Michel Legrand (1932 – 2019) is one of the most respected composers in the history of modern music, alongside Igor Stravinsky, Frank Zappa and Quincy Jones.

After having benefited from the tutelage of the famously severe Nadia Boulanger, Michel Legrand composed thousands of pieces and songs for various industries.

His legacy is still influencing the whole world, from the cinema studios of California to Paris to New York’s most whisky-fueled jazz clubs. 

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John Coltrane music guide slow culture marc louis-boyard

WHERE TO BEGIN WITH… John Coltrane (jazz)

Fact: the jazz world is essentially difficult to read. John Coltrane has been one of the first jazzmen to introduce us to this major movement of music. Did you know that jazz is the oldest form of music that is still active and evolving? You should. Worry not: you will soon learn much more with this guide.

Let’s have a few minutes with The Wise One’s short but impressive career and discover your next rudiments.

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WHERE TO BEGIN WITH… Miles Davis

Miles Davis (1926 – 1991) has been the subject of countless quality biographies, documentaries and has even his biopic entitled Miles Ahead (starring Don Cheadle and Ewan McGregor). What often stays a mystery is not Miles himself, but how to approach his music. Some would be tempted to try to start the climb in the chronological order of his career, or to begin with the so-called “classics” (aka his early years with Columbia Records and his Blue Note debut, Kind of Blue) . Even though these methods would rightfully satiate the curiosity of many, one would miss a great deal of Music history.

Our approach is slightly different. While some would instantly reject what’s not considered “real jazz”, we advise to start by what we consider the most approachable. Don’t take us wrong: the instant attractiveness of our selection doesn’t remove any of the importance these titles and records have

We personally started with In A Silent Way and found it quite confusing at first. It is today our favorite. Taking your time is key!

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