I'm not saying these CDs are the best ever; I'm only suggesting you guys listen, steal, borrow, download, and/or buy them and see what you think. Getting into these guys will at least expand your taste buds and put you into a new genre of music you might not of liked before or known of. I hope this helps someone expand their tastes.
This album is the most renowned album from an indie band out of Rhode Island. They are the self-proclaimed founders of futurock, a style which combines rock, jazz, rap, funk, and even electronica to present a brand new flavor for your musical taste buds. Now before you go ew rap, next! hear me out here. I was just like you. Forget everything you know about your local hip-hop station and 50 Cent and then listen to them. Their website Gruvismalt.com has a huge amount of free MP3s available for you to check them out. This particular CD is a very flowing album, each song goes into the next one to seem like one long song. Sounds too good to be true? I know, but you won't be disappointed. Gruvis Malt's fusion of styles will leave you awestruck.
If you're wondering do they sing about girls and cars, the answer is no. The majority of their songs deal with the music industry in some aspect, whether the corruption of the radio and/or record labels, or the lack of morals inside the industry. This is one band you should not miss out on. Beware, very little rhyming, if any, even during raps. They are the musical form of sex (thanks Andrew).
DEP just happen to be another founder of a genre, Math-metal. Many of you probably have heard of them and they're a band you either love or hate. The chaotic intensity of their music leave you in a headache from the perceive randomness of their music. Once you get used to their chromatic, technical style you'll realize the true genius behind the guitar work and drums. On this CD, all vocals are screaming, just a warning. Ever seen a band go from the most intense in your face you've heard in a while to a shred-jazz solo behind a jazz rhythm. Me either. If you love technical perfection, give Dillinger a listen. Many of you might also recognize them from their run in with Mike Patton of Mr. Bundle.
This is one crazy collection of classical guitar. Julian Bream is a guitar virtuoso from the early 1900s. He is one crazy mamba jamba especially considering he goes as fast as he can using a classical guitar and his fingers. He covers all the classic songs from Bach, Rodrigo, Vivaldi and many many more. Looking for an introduction to classical guitar, check this out.
Modern Jazz pathfinders MMW bring a huge new look into jazz. This trio consisting of piano, bass, and drums combines all sorts of jazz styles together to a crazy mix of everything. They even did a remix album of this CD. These guys' present a whole new funk to the world of jazz and any jazz fan who hasn't checked them out should give them a go, good introduction to the jazz world also. Want an introduction? Check them out.
This is one of the most amazing groups you can find. All instrumental, all amazing. Their fearless leader, Bela Fleck, is a famous banjo player. He shreds on a banjo like you wouldn't believe. Not to mention their horns section all have WAH pedals attached to their instruments. What? Wah? You heard me. Their drummer invented the drum-tar which is a drum synth that is shaped like a guitar but he also plays the bass drum and crash symbols separately. Bassist? Don't even try to mess with Victor Wooten. His rendition of amazing grace is just that.. AMAZING! Move over Flea, Stu Hamm, and Les Claypool.. etc. Check this guy out.
Ben Folds Five I know alot of you know who they are I'd hope. A trio lead by Ben Folds on piano with a crazy bassist and a great drummer. This CD is full of Ben Folds story telling, comedic approach to lyrics. Crazy piano solos, bass fills, and awesome vocals. You gotta give these guys a listen if you ever have. See if you can tell who's Fold's influences are on piano, he's crazy.