Monday, June 9, 2014

The Free Box Tapes #7: "NY Jazz"

The seventh Free Box Tape is a mix tape called "NY Jazz," with no additional labeling.  The music fills one side of a 90-minute cassette tape; side B is blank.  

"NY Jazz," presumably a mix tape.

Sixty-Four Words: This collection of tepid wine-bar numbers captures everything I didn’t like about jazz, back when I didn’t like jazz. This includes a fixation on unnecessarily complex chords, a “smooth” and improbably earnest phrasing of dumb lyrics, and singers performing instrumental solos vocally -- I don’t know the word for it, but I call it “pretending to be a saxophone.” I prefer the blank side.

Disposition: This is an addition to my worthless stock of blank tapes.  This reminds me that, once upon a time, I offered to make everybody mix tapes.  That project seems to have got away from me.

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