Riffing (playlist #116)

“riffing” by gbmediadesign

No hard-and-fast theme to this week’s show and playlist. But, one thing I noticed in collecting the tracks for the live radio show was a number of compositions exploring the power in riffing and expanding on a simple melody or chord structure. Don’t let the pared down melody lines or simple composition fool you into thinking it is not captivating, aurally engaging, or immensely powerful. Curious? Good! Listen to all of today’s featured tracks by visiting the show’s playlist and see if you can spot the tracks that represent this idea. Shoot me a message if you want to share your discoveries with me directly. Thanks!

Also, please checkout the fourth Alloy podcast episode featuring my conversation with musician and new renaissance artist, Elizabeth A. Baker. You can find all you need to know about that episode here. Lend an open ear and give it a listen. I thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with Elizabeth and hope you do as well.

Finally, don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Spring Mix” (click here). This week's artwork, “riffing” is by yours truly. Thanks for listening!


Compostion Artist Album Listen
Jitterbug Waltz Eric Dolphy Conversations Apple Music
Haa! Oz Noy Ha! Apple Music
Blue Monk Oz Noy Ha! Apple Music
Stratus Billy Cobham Spectrum Apple Music
Throughout Bill Frisell, Kermit Driscoll & Joey Baron Live Not Available, Sorry.
Throughout Michael Gibbs & The NDR Bigband Play a Bill Frisell Set List Apple iTunes
A Swingin' Safari Bert Kaempfert The Very Best of Bert Kaempfert Apple Music
King Horse Elvis Costello & The Attractions Get Happy!! Apple Music
The Naming Of Things Andrew Bird Andrew Bird & The Mysterious Production Of Eggs Apple Music
Rastprints Tarek Yamani Peninsular Apple Music
Isle of Love Cameron Graves Planetary Prince Apple Music
Truth Kamasi Washington Truth Apple Music
Resting Point Forrest Fang Animism Apple Music