Blaise Siwula / Dom Minasi: The Sunshine Don't Mind My Singing

Jakob Baekgaard By

Sign in to view read count
Blaise Siwula / Dom Minasi: The Sunshine Don't Mind My Singing
Good music does not come out of nowhere. It grows from tradition and experience. This is especially evident in a genre like jazz where the use of improvisation is crucial.

Improvisation, at least the interesting kind, has echoes of the past. The exciting thing as a listener is to hear how the musical knowledge of the past is transformed into new sounds in the moment. In the best of all worlds, the joy of creating through improvisation becomes active communication where it is possible to follow the twist and turns the musicians take. This is what happens on guitarist Dom Minasi's and saxophonist Blaise Siwula's album The Sunshine Don't Mind My Singing.

Joy is the keyword that describes the feeling of the album. It is the joy of discovering music and the joy of communication and being alive. Birds are literally chirping with pleasure on the album where the language of nature and another "Bird," namely saxophonist Charlie Parker, meet on "Bird Mixology." Nevertheless, this is not the fast, razor-sharp language of bop. Instead, Siwula's singing lines fly in more unpredictable and organic curves. His tone and melodic approach to improvisation is reminiscent of the great Fred Anderson.

Minasi, Siwula's fellow traveler, explores the texture of his instrument, varying tone, color and pace. His technique is both free, melodic and percussive, with abstract nods to country-blues and boogie. The strings are scratched, plucked and strummed to transcend the limitations of the instrument. There are moments where the music sounds like guitarist John Fahey's American primitive music translated into jazz.

It is gratifying to follow the musical conversations of these two master musicians and a title like "Polka for a Left Footed Frog" reveals how much humor there is in the music. This is life-affirming and bold music that shows an awareness of jazz tradition. It reaches out to the listener without taking the easy way out.

Track Listing

Bird Mixology; Upstream Boogie; Ballad for Miss-Begotten; Polka For A Left Footed Frog; The Sunshine Don't Mind My Singing; Sign On The Dotted Line.


Blaise Siwula: reeds; Dom Minasi: guitar.

Album information

Title: The Sunshine Don't Mind My Singing | Year Released: 2015 | Record Label: Nacht records

Post a comment about this album



Shop Amazon


Read Lost & Found
Lost & Found
Guillermo Bazzola
Read Night Visions
Night Visions
Scott Sawyer
Read The Dancing Devils of Djibouti
The Dancing Devils of Djibouti
The Dancing Devils of Djibouti
Read People Flow
People Flow
Erik Verwey
Read Kites and Strings
Kites and Strings
Ben Rosenblum Nebula Project
Read Borrowed From Children
Borrowed From Children
Paul Flaherty / Mike Roberson / Randall Colbourne / James Chumley Hunt

All About Jazz needs your support

All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.