Monday’s Music Box: Jazz Soundtrack for Cooking…

Well, I usually do longer tracks for Sunday’s Soundtrack for Surfing and shorter stuff for Monday’s Music Box but I promised Trent some groovy music to cook dinner to and then….well….I kinda lost track of the days….

So here you have it.

Monday’s Music for Making Meals….or something.

We return to the Eastern-European Jazz stylings of one of my favorite guitarists, Gabor Szabo. Hungarian born, emigrated to the US sometime around 1956 following the Hungarian Revolution.

He had a truly unique style of playing that, once you hear it, is unmistakably his own.

I find his music to be the best cooking music ever.

With varying levels of cheese.

He can get pretty cheesy in his choice of cover tunes, but somehow always seems to inflect it all with his unique Eastern flavor.

Here is his 1968 release from the Skye label, Bacchanal…


You know the drill.

Press play.

Go on about your meal-making day.

(Just watch you don’t use too much paprika…)

You can find plenty more Gabor on YouTube, of course, and my previous sharings


Monday’s Music Box: I had decided….

…that even though I was getting back into the swing…

…of the Sunday Soundtrack thing,…

…I wasn’t going to bother with a Monday’s Music Box post this week…

…until I found this…

…These cats were destined to play together…

…Tom Misch & Yussef Dates…

…This is the kind of funk that your grandparents only ever dreamed of…

…but were too afraid to look at…

…like a first bite of Taleggio

…”Ooh. That’s what funky is….”…

More of Tom Misch HERE

More of Yussef Dayes HERE

Sunday’s Soundtrack for Surfing: Gently Disturbed

Fabulous, unique jazz from multi-instrumentalist and composer, Avishai Cohen.

Rhythmically tapestried. Melodically compelling. A musical eye-opener.

Over ten years old and still cutting edge.

Nuff said.


You know the drill.

Press play.

Go on about your day.

(I think this will be a bit more to your liking, Lynn… 😉 )

Sunday’s Soundtrack for Surfing: NoMeansNo…..I know….

….quite a departure from what you may have come to expect from SSfS, but I was taking a little trip down memory lane and had to share.

This is what I was listening to in high school and into my numerous failed attempts to do the college thing. In the dark times known as The Eighties and the even darker Nineties.

Still to this day one of my all-time favorite bands.

Really, it’s mostly the rhythm section. Two brothers whose blood clearly crosses from drums to bass and back again. I have never heard two tighter players.

Ok, it’s the lyrics too.

“Critic Martin Popoff described their music as “the mightiest merger between the hateful aggression of punk and the discipline of heavy metal.”Nomeansno’s distinct hardcore punk sound, complex instrumentation, and dark, “savagely intelligent” lyrics inspired subsequent musicians. They are often considered foundational in the punk jazz and post-hardcore movements, and have been cited as a formative influence on the math rock and emo genres.” — (from Wikipedia)

Yes, “savagely intelligent”.

Technically incomparable, even if it’s not your cup of tea. Hopefully you can appreciate it regardless. I’m not personally a big polka fan but I think I could appreciate a really great polka band. So these guys are kinda like that.

Give it a listen. At least to the 6 minute mark but preferably all the way to the end. (Or if you want to skip directly to that technically-incomparable-same-wavelength-brother-drummer-bassist part go straight to the 29:27 mark.)

Plug it in. Press play. Go on about your day.

But Do it loudly.

Tell your neighbors to….well….you know….(strong language warning)…

Most of these songs are from the album Wrong which is pure genius beginning to end.

Have a Hardcore Sunday–