Friday Mixtape: Piano Jamz
by Garrett Kamps | July 29, 2011
When I tell people I work in the music biz, the first question they ask is the obvious one: "What types of music do you like?" I find this akin to asking a chef their favorite food, or a pedophile their favorite Haley Joel Osment movie. I didn't gravitate toward this field because I wanted to lobby for the cultural merits of early-'80s straight-edge or West Coast cool jazz (though I would, happily, for both). I landed here because I find it endlessly fascinating that so many different types of folks choose to express themselves so differently using music, and that they do it over and over again, and have been for literally millennia. I love the mess of it all, not to mention the fact that it thrives in spite of -- at least in the last 100 or so years -- a massive capitalist machine whose inner workings are as calculating and mechanical as an auto mill's (and this is coming from someone who's part of that machine). It's pretty amazing when you think about it. I mean, like -- take that, painting.
Anyway, I'm rambling. The point I'm trying to make is that I listen to a lot of different sh*t. For my Friday Mixtape, I chose to slice that mélange according to a single criteria: piano. The tracks featured here all feature piano. They span decades and genres, styles and themes. And someone else, using the exact same criteria, would choose a completely different set of them. Mine is special to me for no coherent reason I can discern. Perhaps it'll be special to you too, and if not, well, there's plenty of other good sh*t out there.