Yoko Kanno & The Seatbelts-Future Blues (2001)

My Rating: 50% (D)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 50% (D)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. 24 hours Open
  2. Pushing The Sky
  3. Time To Know
  4. Clutch
  5. Musawe
  6. Yo Pumpkin Head
  7. Diggin’
  8. 3.14
  9. What Planet Is This
  10. 7 Minutes
  11. Fingers
  12. Powder
  13. Butterfly
  14. No Reply
  15. Dijurido
  16. Gotta Knock A Little Harder ft. Mai Yamane
  17. No Money
  18. Rain (Demo Version) ft. Mai Yamane

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Cooking.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

I would’ve gone with a Cowboy Bebop still frame, but this is pretty good too.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Well yes because I must own everything Bebop.

Final Thoughts:

The Seatbelts are the 6th member of the Bebop, meaning that their music played such an important role in the anime series that they deserve a good chunk of the critical acclaim being poured on Cowboy Bebop. It’s crazy to think that a band that was created for a TV show has released multiple albums and even gone on tour. Future Blues is not their best release, when I think of Bebop none of these songs really come to mind, although it’s great fun at times (Yo Pumpkin Head, Diggin’ and What Planet Is This especially) it’s not their best release. I would gravitate towards their album Blue as having more of the classics, but Future Blues does have a few really good moments on it as well.

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Dee Dee Bridgewater-Dee Dee’s Feathers (2015)

My Rating: 46% (D-)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 46%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. One Fine Thing
  2. What A Wonderful World
  3. Big Chief
  4. Saint James Infirmary
  5. Dee Dee’s Feathers
  6. New Orleans
  7. Treme Song/Do Whatcha Wanna
  8. Come Sunday
  9. Congo Square
  10. C’est Ici Que Je T’aime
  11. Do You Know What It Means
  12. Whoopin’ Blues
  13. Rising Tide (Tune Up) Extended Version

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You:

Want a classic sounding jazz vocalist to sing to you while you cook dinner.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s a pretty elegant cover, but is it just me or does Mayfield totally look uncomfortable in this picture? Like he doesn’t wanna be there or something.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Nooope.

Final Thoughts:

Dee Dee Bridgewater is a classic jazz vocalist, and that’s a fault, because instead of showcasing her voice over sad or uncovered jazz gems she decides to use repetitive lyrics, do way too much scatting for anybody’s liking, and cover What A Wonderful World (seriously, we all know it, give us something that’s gone unappreciated for years instead of being so on the nose). Her band is great, her voice is terrific, her choices for tracks and order on an album is her major downfall.

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