2001…I have purchased more music during this year than in any other single year that I can recall. Unfortunately for POOP purposes, very little of it was new music. I’d be hard pressed to come up with 10 top picks of 2001 based upon the new releases of this year. It’s not as though I’m jaded. I’m very enthusiastic about the music I found in 2001. So for my purposes and as if anyone really cares, I’m disregarding the original release date of my picks and listing those things that I have truly dug. Obviously dominated by 60s-70s Italian soundtracks. Thanks to Dusty Groove America (web site) & Home of the Hits (Bflo,NY) & Record Archive (Rochester,NY) & eBay too. I feel the need to mention these outlets for without them life here in the abyss of WNY would be unbearable.
PIERO PICCIONI – – CAMILLE 2000 soundtrack (easy tempo)
FLANGER – – – OUTER SPACE-INNER SPACE (ninja-tune) 2001
PIERO UMILIANI – – – LA RAGAZZA DALLA PELLE DI LUNA soundtrack (easy tempo)
UP, BUSTLE & OUT – – – MASTER SESSIONS 2 (ninja-tune) 2001
PIERO UMILIANI – – – IL CORPO soundtrack (easy tempo)
PIERO PICCIONI – – – IL DIO SOTTO LA PELLE soundtrack (easy tempo)
ENNIO MORRICONE – – – COMPILATIONS (I made from tons of soundtrack sources)
POLE – – – R (scape) 2001
STEREOLAB – – – SOUND-DUST (elektra) 2001
PIERO PICCIONI – – – SWEPT AWAY soundtrack (king-japan)
BERTRAND BURGALAT – – – THE SSSOUND OF MMMUSIC (tricatel) 2001
LESIMAN – – – THE FUTURE SOUND OF LESIMAN (easy tempo)
BARIGOZZI GROUP – – – THE OPTICAL SOUND (easy tempo)
DOROTHY ASHBY – – – AFRO HARPING (cadet)
JAN JELINEK – – – LOOP FINDING JAZZ RECORDS (scape) 2001
DAVID AXELROD – – – SONG OF INNOCENCE (capitol)
POP BOUTIQUE – – – COMPILATIONS…3 volume series (spinning wheel)
MIGHTY MELLOW – – – COMPILATIONS…3 volume series (partners in crime)
ALBERTO BALDEN BEMBO – – – THE SMART SET (easy tempo)
DUSTY FINGERS – – – COMPILATIONS…as many as I can find (strictly breaks)
AND…. Records galore. Flea markets, record shops, garage sales & of course, eBay. 60s Bossa Nova, Cal Tjader, Henry Mancini, Charlie Byrd, Oscar Peterson, Ramsey Lewis, Vince Guaraldi, Bill Evans, Burt Bacharach, Paul Desmond, Sergio Mendes, Galt McDermot, Duke Ellington, Ben Webster, Herbie Mann, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gabor Szabo, Laurindo Almeida, Roy Budd, just about any lp with Carol Kaye on it & countless other hipsters whose music falls into the cracks between jazz, blues, pop, easy, etc.
Folks who made deeply personal music that was meant to be shared and enjoyed. Music that fits into the background as well as reveals true beauty under closer examination. Mood music with substance! Music that, for me serves as an antidote to the hubris of rock ‘n roll & our vapid culture in general. How’s that for POOPness?