And if you like your music all smoothed out and slinky, here’s Nnenna Freelon doing it.
(pssst, choose aretha’s version)
Currently basking in the good news that my COVID-19 test came back negative. The creeping crud I’ve had that prompted the test seems to be relenting a bit as well.
This new release from The Kronos Quartet is filling in the afternoon nicely.
Today is the birthday of Stevie Ray Vaughan.
I use heavy strings, tune low, play hard, and floor it. Floor it … that’s technical talk.—S.R.V.
As a commenter notes, “Sometimes, as you wander through YouTube there’s a moment of grace.”
Everything about this performance is just astounding. From the train station venue to Tharpe’s prescient playing at the dawn of Rock and Roll.
Jaw dropping performance. Listen to this and then listen to everything else YouTube has of her. You … the rest “Sister Rosetta Tharpe”
In my opinion one of the greatest jazz men to ever pick up the alto-saxophone.
To commemorate the date. Here’s September Song.
This morning it’s Jon Batiste.
I’m letting the Classic Quintet handle my morning. The “apostrophe” albums.
Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, Philly Joe Jones.
Cookin’, Relaxin’, Workin’, and Steamin’. (Walkin‘ is a bit of something else.)
Enjoying this excellent album…
… while I look forward to the arrival of this one.
Bill Evans would have been 91 today.
I have a lot of gratitude for all the beauty and healing this man has provided me over the course of my life.
Here he is with Eddie Gomez and Paul Motian.
I listen to this while I row or lift. If I listen to it while I’m out walking, people point and laugh.
If I had to pick one song as the funkiest of all time, I think I would … the rest “Musical Multi-tool”
Keeping it simple today with Grant Green – First Session. Recorded three months after my birth.
Challenging and rewarding. Listening to David Bond, Dewey Redman & Modular Dynamics.
Was it me who thought it was cool to walk around with a paperback copy of On The Road disintegrating in his back pocket while back in college? Nope, that must have been some otherbody.
Jack Kerouac’s writing falls in … the rest “Almost Like You Were There”
In addition to listening to late-period Count Basie today, I got hold of another favorite from my vinyl collection. Sophisticated Giant was Dexter Gordon‘s first American studio album after fourteen years as an expat in Europe.
Today I was able to track down electronic versions of some recordings that have been sitting on my shelf trapped on vinyl for years. After all this time, what a joy to listen to these albums I first heard back … the rest “Laid All the Way Back”
Listening to Woody Shaw – Blackstone Legacy. This won’t be for everybody but it sounds just like my brain right now. It sounds like strife.