Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Adele is currently one of my favourite contemporary singers - she certainly crosses genres and I look forward to her new album due to be released in January.
.... This is why it's such a shock that it's a genuinely touching, maturely considered and brilliantly sung opus that belies her titular age. Listening to it for the first time is the aural equivalent of walking into one of those oh-so-quirky little bars that you expect to be filled with bland scenesters and discovering that everyone within is friendly and they're serving the finest soul food to fill you up with.
Monday, December 27, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
01 – One Person At A Time
02 – Bump In The Road
03 – Turn Around
04 – Give Me Up Again
05 – A Quitter Never Wins
06 – Red Light (Band Intros)
07 – Red Light
08 – Don’t Stop (For Anything)
09 – Thankful
10 – I Am
11 – Breakin’ Me
12 – Lie To Me
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Blues for a Hip King is a Jazz album by South African artist Abdullah Ibrahim.
1. "Ornette's Cornet" - 5:23
2. "All Day & All Night Long" - 5:28
3. "Sweet Basil Blues" - 6:21
4. "Blue Monk" (Monk) - 6:06
5. "Tsakwe Here Comes the Postman" - 11:45
6. "Blues for a Hip King" - 9:47
7. "Blues for B" - 3:27
8. "Mysterioso" (Monk) - 4:41
9. "Just You, Just Me" (Greer, Klages) - 4:59
10. "Eclipse at Dawn" - 4:02
11. "King Kong" (Todd Matshikiza) - 5:24
12. "Khumbula Jane" - 5:55
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Good stuff, just listen
Here’s a great album from four-piece London band, 24Pesos – 11 tracks that straddle many genres – a heady mix of blues, funk and soul, with a touch of hip-hop thrown in – all-in-all a very modern blues album, with some ‘old school’ influences on board, and all self-penned by Julian Burdock, who features on vocals, guitar and harmonica.
Snowy White is an English guitarist, known for having played with Thin Lizzy (permanent member from 1979 to 1981) and with Pink Floyd (as a back-up player; he was first invited to tour with the band through Europe and the United States, in 1977, and during The Wall shows in 1980) and, more recently, for Roger Waters' band.
Definitely one for the guitar fans . . . over 70 minutes of quality blues, sometimes with a rocky edge, all of top quality, delivered by four very fine musicians.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Coltrane Plays the Blues is an album by jazz musician John Coltrane. It was released in 1962 by Atlantic Records
1. "Blues To Elvin"
2. "Blues To Bechet"
3. "Blues To You"
4. "Mr. Day"
5. "Mr. Syms"
6. "Mr. Knight"
7. "Untitled Original" ("Exotica")
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Neither Willie Dixon or Howlin' liked it - but we all know it
We gonna to break out all of the windows,
we gonna kick down all the doors
We gonna pitch a wang dang doodle all night long
All night long, All night long, All night long
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
One of my favourite albums of 2010
Carolina Chocolate Drops are one of the last exponents of Piedmont string’n’jug band music, an African-American rural style dating back to the early 20th century from the Piedmont Plateau, essentially the foothills of the southern Appalachian Mountains.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
I wished I was smarter
Wished I was stronger
I wished I loved Jesus
The way the my wife does
I wished it'd been easier
Instead of any longer
I wished I could've stood
Where you would've been proud
That won't happen now
That won't happen now
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Sosa began studying marimba at age eight, then switched to piano at the Escuela Nacional de Musica in Havana, where he studied jazz. Sosa moved to Quito, Ecuador in 1993, then San Francisco, California in 1995. In San Francisco he became deeply involved in the local Latin jazz scene and began a long collaboration with percussionist John Santos.
Once again, Omar Sosa has produced a distinct take on world jazz while renewing his own exploratory project, all within the carefully orchestrated confines of ritual space and time-honored practice.
The Cuban pianist-composer realizes a personal dream in this collaboration with his quartet and Germany’s 18-piece NDR Big Band. Sosa’s moving compositions organically blend Afro-Cuban sensibilities with jazz while Jaques Morelenbaum’s intricate arrangements augment the material (previously recorded on Sosa’s 1999 outing Spirit of the Roots) with elegance and lavishness.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Here's a few pieces featuring the late Mike Bloomfield. The first one is The Electric Flag.
And with Junior Wells...
And from a great record called Super Session from 1968, with Stephen Stills and Al Kooper.
Finally with a very electric Bob Dylan at Newport in 65.
So sad that Bloomfield checked out so early of a drug overdose. He didn't even make 40.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Everyone who fancies themselves a blues harmonica player should have this one in their collection as a textbook instructional tool, while the rest of us can just bask in the glow of his genius. "Essential first purchase" doesn't even begin to describe it.
- "Can't Hold Out Much Longer"
- "Mean Old World"
- "Sad Hours" Instrumental
- "Tell Me Mama"
- "Off the Wall" Instrumental
- "Blues with a Feeling"
- "You're So Fine"
- "Too Late" (Willie Dixon)
- "Last Night"
- "Mellow Down Easy" (Dixon)
- "My Babe" (Dixon)
- "Roller Coaster" (Ellas McDaniel) Instrumental
- "Hate to See You Go"
- "It Ain't Right"
- "Boom, Boom Out Goes the Light" (Stan Lewis)
- "Confessin' the Blues"
- "Key to the Highway" (Big Bill Broonzy)
- "Everything Gonna Be Alright"
- "Just Your Fool"
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Robben Ford is one of the premiere electric guitarists today, particularly known for his blues playing as well as his ability to be comfortable in a variety of musical contexts. A five-time Grammy nominee, he has played with artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Witherspoon, Miles Davis, George Harrison, Phil Lesh, Bonnie Raitt, Claus Ogerman, Michael McDonald, Bob Dylan, John Mayall, Greg Allman and many others.
Monday, December 06, 2010
Read the full review
Honolulu-born singer-songwriter Anjani's story is the stuff of great fiction. After playing the New York jazz club circuit for years, she was introduced to celebrated Canadian poet, author, and songwriter Leonard Cohen. Immediately drawn to her talents, he brought her onboard as a keyboardist and vocalist, where she provided some background work on a number of his CDs. After finding a few lines of Cohen's handwritten lyrics lying on his desk one day (specifically "there's perfume burning in the air/bits of beauty everywhere"),..... Fans of the legendary Canadian writer will likely be charmed by these minimalist numbers, and enjoy this new extension of his artistic reach. --Denise Sheppard
- "Blue Alert" – 5:39
- "Innermost Door" – 3:16
- "The Golden Gate" – 3:08
- "Half the Perfect World" – 4:06
- "Nightingale" – 3:00
- "No One After You" – 4:09
- "Never Got to Love You" – 4:36
- "The Mist" – 3:08
- "Crazy to Love You" – 4:51
- "Thanks for the Dance" – 4:38
Sunday, December 05, 2010
I've been listening to Soul the last few days so you'll have to excuse me if I indulge my delight in one or two really good singers.
Betty ..... is an American Soul Singer. Her recording career in the 1960s produced three hit records that made the Billboard R&B and pop charts: "Cry to Me" (1963), "His Kiss" (1964) and "Nearer to You" (1967). However, her reputation among soul music connoisseurs far exceeds her commercial success of the 1960s, and her recordings for the Jubilee and Sansu record labels are highly sought after in the 2000s by fans of Northern Soul and Deep Soul.
Band Web Site
"Best Band" Category Winners - Digital Blues Awards 2009/2010
"A promising blueprint for the future" - Tony Russell, MOJO Magazine, 2010
"A British quintet that brings throbbing/roaring groovy neo blues." - MG, Guitarist Magazine (NL), 2009
Saturday, December 04, 2010
Friday, December 03, 2010
1. Howlin' For My Baby - Ward, M.
2. Evil (Is Going On) - Everett, Jace & C.C. Adcock
3. Bad Blood - Beck
4. How To Become Clairvoyant - Robertson, Robbie
5. Shake And Fingerpop - Jr. Walker & The All Stars
6. Frenzy - Hawkins, Screamin' Jay
7. Kiss Like Your Kiss - Williams, Lucinda & Elvis Costello
8. Gasoline And Matches - Miller, Buddy & Julie
9. You Did (Bomp Shooby Dooby Bomp) - Prophet, Chuck
10. You're Gonna Miss Me - 13th Floor Elevators
11. Fresh Blood - Eels
12. Forgotten People - Thievery Corporation
13. New World In My View - King Britt & Sister Gertude Morgan
14. Beyond Here Lies Nothin' - Dylan, Bob