It’s back. What’s that? Well Friday night, that’s what. Strange how five days goes by quicker than four. I worked all week with no days off and it seemed to fly by in comparison to last week(I was off last Tuesday with a sick kid.) Still, I welcome thee Friday evening. I’m always glad to see you.
I’m currently sipping on a Distorter Porter by Greenbush Brewing Co in Sawyer, Michigan. According to the bottle, “A stout-ish porter with a touch of porter-ish stout.” Well, I can attest to the porter-ish tendencies that have been numbing my taste buds, but there’s some pale ale action going on here as well. Not too bad. I’m not a huge IPA person per say, but with just a citrus hint I can quite enjoy an ice cold IPA. Greenbush, you’ve got my attention. Spinning is John Coltrane’s very difficult Ascension. I think it was probably difficult for all involved except maybe John Coltrane(it was probably difficult for him, too.) For me, it sounds like an artist spilling his guts to a higher power. Like a child so excited to talk to his parent about their day, Coltrane’s horn spews forth like caffeinated screeches to the Lord almighty. I know his longtime drumming pal Elvin Jones had a real time with this record. The guy was a monster on the drums. He beat them into submission, and on this album you could hear frustration and anguish in every cymbal explosion and drum roll. I bought my copy of Ascension off the internet. It’s a first pressing from 1965 and I quite love it. Anytime I hear music played with such passion and conviction I have to appreciate it, whether I like it or not. I happen to love this album, btw. Before Ascension I spun Miles Davis’ excellent Big Fun. This is one of my personal favorites. Sure, it’s leftovers from other recording sessions, but if tracks like “Ife” and “Go Ahead John” are leftovers then sign me up for the leftover fan club. John McLaughlin in particular is amazing on this record. When I found out he played a Fender Mustang on the majority of his albums with Davis I pined for my 1977 Fender Mustang I sold a couple years ago. Oh well. Needless to say, Big Fun is one of Davis’ loosest recordings and most experimental, with eastern influences and even some psychedelic tendencies throughout.
How’s your Friday night?