Posts with tag: listening

As the ice builds up on my windows this morning, I’m enjoying this beautiful recording. A gem you may have missed.

Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday

Just. Wow.

The Queen of Soul – Aretha Franklin

Stevie Wonder wrote it, Aretha Franklin owned it. It is a three and a half minute piece of perfection.

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.

Album cover. Kronos Quartet - Long Time Passing, 2020
Kronos Quartet – Long Time Passing, 2020

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.


As a commenter notes, “Sometimes, as you wander through YouTube there’s a moment of grace.”

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

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”

Today is the Birthday of Art Pepper

Art Pepper
Photo by Ray Avery.

In my opinion one of the greatest jazz men to ever pick up the alto-saxophone.

To commemorate the date. Here’s September Song.


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…

From 2014

… while I look forward to the arrival of this one.

Recorded 1996, Released last Friday

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.

Musical Multi-tool

Ohio Players included.

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”

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.

There’s a beautiful rendition of Laura and the ensemble playing on Red Top is very fine. This recording also cemented Woody Shaw as one of my all-time favorite trumpet players.

Dexter Gordon – Sophisticated Giant, 1977

Laid All the Way Back

Louis Bellson, Zoot Sims, Harry “Sweets” Edison (?), Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis.

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”