May 27, 2016 02:32 AM PDT
Tracks from albums released in the main, over the last few weeks. Starts with a taster from the new 1 track album by Melanie De Biasio - if you enjoy jazzier stuff, you'll like this. Also includes tracks from two of my favourite albums so far this year - Eno's - 'The Ship' and Mutual Benefit's - 'Skip a sinking stone'. Hope you find something you like.
1. $oro 6:21 LUH Spiritual Songs For Lovers To Sing
2. Fickle Sun (iii) I'm Set Free 5:18 Brian Eno The Ship
3. Beached 4:09 Julianna Barwick Will
4. Make A New Mistake 3:16 Bullion Show Your Workings (Loop The Loop bonus)
5. Ether 5:10 Mogwai Atomic
6. 4 Degrees 3:52 ANOHNI Hopelessness
7. The Great Confuso Pt. 1 7:52 Blanck Mass The Great Confuso (ep)
8. Lost Dreamers 4:37 Mutual Benefit Skip a Sinking Stone
9. Echoes Of Harlem 3:47 John Williams' Baritone Band
10. Travelling alone 4:37 Passenger Whispers II
11. Ukulele Lady / (If Paradise Is) Half As Nice 4:52 Eliza Carthy Gift
May 03, 2016 01:58 AM PDT
Episode 63 compiles tracks from vinyl albums released or rereleased March/April 2016 with the exception of a 1999 track from Prince plus, from last year’s (2015) album by the newly awarded BBC Folk Singer of the year – Rhiannon Giddens. I’m afraid the Matt Elliott track shows how poorly bass is served by the MP3 format I have to use for this Podcast – hopefully the distortion doesn’t spoil your enjoyment. Next month should see tracks from albums newly released by Mogwai, Eno, Hammock and Julianna Barwick. See you then. Peter
Tracks on Episode 63:
1. Finder 5:20 Moderat III 2016
2. A Case Of You 3:31 Prince A Tribute To Joni Mitchell 2002
3. Go! 3:56 M83 Feat. Mai Lan Junk 2016
4. Wilderness 4:37 Explosions In The Sky The Wilderness 2016
5. When Sex Was Dirty 3:50 Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals Call it what it is 2016
6. Elsewhere 5:04 Three Trapped Tigers Silent Earthling 2016
7. Showrooms 4:22 Sam Prekop Sam Prekop 1999
8. Sanft verblassen die Geschichten 3:09 Bersarin Quartett III 2015
9. (Over And Over) The Chain 8:49 Black Mountain IV 2016
10 .Tomorrow is My Turn 4:37 Rhiannon Giddens Tomorrow Is My Turn 2015
11. The Calm Before 14:22 Matt Elliott The Calm Before 2016
March 30, 2016 07:48 AM PDT
In the main, this episode features tracks from albums released March, 2016.
I’ve particularly enjoyed the new albums by Nada Surf; Richmond Fontaine and Limma.
The BE album is a little different in being a soundscape for a UK exhibition at Expo 2015 in Milan, the theme of which was ‘feeding the world’. Take a look at the website reached from this link. http://www.ukpavilion2015.com/ Enjoy the journey whilst some of the music from the album plays behind the site.
If you enjoy rock guitar, you will enjoy the Chris Forsyth album.
Re this month’s picture, I’ve never got as far as 62 when trying to sleep – so it was nice to see.
Hope there’s something in this episode you enjoy. Join me next month for tracks from albums by Matt Elliott, Moderat and Mogwai, among others.
See you then,
Tracks on Ep 62:
1. Cold To See Clear 4:06 Nada Surf You Know Who You Are 2016
2. Berlin 3:50 POLICA United Crushers 2016
3. Two Friends Lost At Sea 4:35 Richmond Fontaine You Can't Go Back If There's Nothing To Go Back To 2016
4. Sirens In The Night 4:14 The Delines Scenic Sessions 2015
5. Black Beach 4:38 Liima ii 2016
6. Nylon Strung 6:48 Underworld Barbara Barbara 2016
7. Copper Wire 3:45 The Range Potential 2016
8. Mirrored In Reverse 4:06 White Denim Stiff 2016
9. Uplift 6:01 BE ONE 2015
10. The Calvary Cross 10:37 Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band The Rarity of Experience 2016
11. Gold Rabbit 3:28 Gold Rabbit Gold Rabbit Greatest Hits 2016
March 03, 2016 04:30 PM PST
Hi all, This episode takes all but two tracks from a selection of vinyl albums released in the last two months. Once again, content is across styles, from drum & bass to singer-songwriters with some alternative, rock, electronica and jazz. Hope you find something you like.
1. Waiting All Night 4:53 Rudimental Feat. Ella Eyre Home 2013
2. I Can't Give Everything Away 5:47 David Bowie Blackstar 2016
3. The Sparkle In Our Flaws 6:29 Chantal Acda The Sparkle In Our Flaws 2016
4. FloriDada 4:06 Animal Collective Painting With… 2016
5. I'm Glad 3:44 Field Music Commontime 2016
6. Like Only Lovers Can 4:33 tindersticks The Waiting Room 2016
7. At Odds With Logic 3:16 Tortoise The Catastrophist 2016
8. Magic Hour 4:18 Aoife O'Donovan In the magic hour 2016
9. Year of the Plague 4:19 Steven Wilson 4 ½ 2016
10. When You Were Young 2:19 Suede Night Thoughts 2016
11. Dust 6:22 Lucinda Williams The Ghosts Of Highway 20 2016
12. Starfire 8:47 Jaga Jazzist Starfire Electronic/Jazz 2015
See you next month with tracks from Matt Elliott; Liima; Richmond Fontain; Nada Surf and Mogwai amongst others.
March 26, 2015 02:59 PM PDT
Quite some time after Episode 53 when I mentioned I would ‘post in the next few days’ episode 54, a special for Folk’n’Blues – well, here it is. The original recording was faulty (in so many ways, but mainly the settings in the sound card I use) so I've made time to rerecord it – hence the delay.
The earliest track on this episode is 1970, so I haven’t delved back to the early era of Blues or Folk. Most tracks are from albums released this millennium.
Hope you hear something you enjoy.
Episode 55 – will be of the ‘newer music’ concept with tracks mostly drawn from recent vinyl releases. I mention vinyl, because I often await the vinyl release which these days is frequently several weeks behind the release of the cd!
1 The Lass O'Paties Mill
/Timor the Tartar
/Da Merrie Boys O' Greenland 3:07 Fiddler's Five Temple Records Compilation 2003
2 I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know 7:05 Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa Seesaw 2013
3 Keeping Hope Alive 3:04 John Fullbright Songs 2014
4 Andru's Easy Rider 2:08 Michael Chapman Fully Qualified Survivor 1970
5 Start A Fire (Acoustic) 3:57 Passenger Whispers 2014
6 Buddy Bolden's Blues 3:13 Hugh Laurie Let Them Talk 2011
7 False, False 4:05 Cara Dillon That's Proper Folk 2008
8 The Meaning Of The Blues 5:44 Joe Bonamassa Dust Bowl 2011
9 In My Life 2:58 Johnny Cash The Man Comes Around 2003
10 Lon-dubh (Blackbird) 2:45 Julie Fowlis Live at Perthshire Amber 2011
11 Tower Of Song 5:38 Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man 1988
12 Last Will and Testament 3:57 J.J. Cale/Eric Clapton The Road To Escondido 2006
13 Mother Big River 4:20 Jessica Pratt Jessica Pratt 2012
14 Blues In Hoss' Flat 6:43 The Gene Harris Qrt Funky Gene's 1994
January 12, 2015 06:08 AM PST
Another music genre specific episode, this time concentrating in the main on ambient and neo-classical music, although there are a few tracks which don’t quite fit that description, including the last track, which indicates the genre for the next ‘special’ – yes, folk.
So this means the emphasis for this episode is on tone and atmosphere rather than musical structure or rhythm, although I like to think many of the tracks are borderline and cover all 4 of those criterion.
For this episode, the tracks are mainly drawn from albums released in 2014
1a Allons-Y (1) 1:57 Pink Floyd The Endless River 2014
1b Autumn '68 1:35 Pink Floyd The Endless River 2014
1c Allons-Y (2) 1:32 Pink Floyd The Endless River 2014
2. Atomos I 10:22 A Winged Victory for the Sullen Atomos 2014
3. Adrift 5:25 Lisa Gerrard Twilight Kingdom 2014
4. Evolution II 6:18 The Cinematic Orchestra/Fontella Bass La Dolce Vita 2003
5. Evertina 5:17 Lubomyr Melnyk Evertina 2014
6. Sonne 3:43 Rival Consoles Sonne 2014
7. A Distance 3:17 Michael Price A Stillness 2012
8. Australian convict ships 8:00 Black Reindeer THE REINVENTION OF HISTORY 2014
9. Dripping Down 4:11 East India Youth Total Strife Forever 2014
10. Requiem for Dying Mothers, Part 2 7:37 Stars Of The Lid The Tired Sounds of… 2001
11. A Snowflake 3:08 Peter Broderick Erased Tapes Collection VI 2014
12. Old Mariann 2:14 Ian Humberstone Devon Folklore Tapes Vol.I - Two Witches 2011
December 15, 2014 10:23 AM PST
In the last episode I asked listeners what I might do to mark episode 50 and thanks very much to those of you who gave me ideas. A number of those ideas were variations on the theme of a ‘best of episode’ selecting tracks from previous episodes. However – that all proved too much like hard-work so I've opted for a ‘special’ episode i.e. no newer music on this episode as its 50 songs from the 1950’s that I still enjoy. No particular reason for this decision other than it seems to be fitting to mark reaching the 50th episode in some way. I hope you enjoy some of these old songs.
A Newer Music episode covering tracks from some of the albums released in the last few weeks will follow as episode 51 and with that, I'll list my thoughts on what I think was the best music released that I bought in 2014.
The listing for episode 50 goes as follows:
1. Oh Babe! 2:28 Kay Starr 1950
2. Cry 3:03 Johnnie Ray 1951
3. Would You Like To Take A Walk? 3:16 Ella Fitzgerald 1952
4. I Could Write A Book 2:45 Frank Sinatra 1952
5. Crying In The Chapel 3:01 The Four Dukes 1953
6. A Kiss To Build A Dream On 3:01 Louis Armstrong 1953
7. Just Walkin' In The Rain 2:41 The Prisonaires 1953
8. Rags To Riches 3:05 Tony Bennett 1953
9. How Deep Is The Ocean 2:44 The Sultans 1954
10. Life Is But A Dream 2:43 The Harptones 1955
11. Blue Suede Shoes 2:17 Carl Perkins 1956
12. Petite Fleur 2:47 Chris Barber, His Jazz Band feat. Monty Sunshine 1956
13. Why Do Fools Fall In Love? 2:19 Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers 1956
14. Robin Hood 2:24 Gary Miller 1956
15. No Other Love 2:27 Hockridge, Edmund 1956
16. Lonesome Train (On A Lonesome Track) 2:05 Johnny Burnette 1956
17. Lay Down Your Arms 2:54 Shelton, Anne 1956
18. (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care 1:37 Buddy Holly 1957
19. Rama Lama Ding Dong 2:28 The Edsels 1957
20. Dance with Me 2:46 The El Torros 1957
21. Garden Of Eden 2:36 Frankie Vaughan 1957
22. Great Balls Of Fire 1:54 Jerry Lee Lewis 1957
23. A White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation) 2:21 Johnny Desmond 1957
24. Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O 1:46 Lonnie Donegan & His Skiffle Group 1957
25. Sugartime 2:34 The McGuire Sisters 1957
26. Stardust 3:15 Nat King Cole 1957
27. You Send Me 2:57 Teresa Brewer 1957
28. Angelina/Zooma 4:18 Various 1957
29. Travelling Blues 3:07 Acker Bilk 1958
30. Tequila 2:13 The Champs 1958
31. Who's Sorry Now? 2:14 Connie Francis 1958
32. One Night 2:31 Elvis Presley 1958
33. The Day The Rains Came 2:58 Jane Morgan 1958
34. When 2:26 Kalin Twins 1958
35. Stagger Lee 2:24 Lloyd Price 1958
36. The Story Of My Life 2:13 Michael Holliday 1958
37. Magic Moments 2:40 Perry Como 1958
38. Come On, Let's Go 2:03 Richie Valens 1958
39. As I Love You 2:53 Shirley Bassey With Wally Stott And His Orchestra 1958
40. It's All In The Game 2:37 Tommy Edwards 1958
41. Dream Lover 2:31 Bobby Darin 1959
42. What A Difference A Day Makes 2:29 Dinah Washington 1959
43. I Got Stung 1:52 Elvis Presley 1959
44. What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For? 2:05 Emile Ford & The Checkmates 1959
45. Shakin' And Stompin' 2:33 The Hot Toddies 1959
46. Here Comes Summer 2:09 Jerry Keller 1959
47. Sea Of Love 2:27 Marty Wilde 1959
48. Uh! Oh! (Part 1) 2:18 The Nutty Squirrels 1959
49. Sleep Walk 2:23 Santo & Johnny 1959
50. Riff Blues (Theme) 2:27 Skip Martin 1959
September 24, 2014 08:19 AM PDT
Another episode with no voice-over from me, however, if you're interested in any of the music, there are a few notes following the track listing.
1. Whatever Makes You Happy 2:11 Alessi's Ark The Still Life 2013
2. The Veil 2:19 Lisa Gerrard Twilight Kingdom 2014
3. Night Bus 2:20 Burial Burial 2006
4. Grim Augury 2:32 Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse Dark Night Of The Soul 2010
5. Sunday St 2:33 Casiotone For The Painfully Alone Advance Base Battery Life 2008
6. The Golden Wedding Of Sorrow 2:46 Death In June Symbols And Clouds 2009
7. The arrow of time 3:12 Leyland Kirby Eager to tear apart the stars 2011
8. I Love My TV 3:16 Death Of The Neighbourhood Death Of The Neighbourhood 2008
9. End Of Time 3:20 CocoRosie Tales Of A Grass Widow 2013
10. Weakling Flier 3:23 Blanck Mass Blanck Mass 2011
11. Gone 3:28 Matt Elliott Failing Songs 2006
12. Bang Bang You're Dead 3:33 Dirty Pretty Things Waterloo To Anywhere 2006
13. Oh, Why 4:12 Balam Acab Wander / Wonder 2011
14. Big Eyed Beans From Venus 4:15 Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band Back To Mine 1972
15. Keepin' It Steel (The Anvil ) 4:29 Amon Tobin Supermodified 2000
16. Kicks 5:25 FKA twigs LP1 2014
17. Voice Games 6:38 Jocelyn Pook Ensemble Unknown Public 15 - Dancing/Listening 2003
18. Red Sex 5:37 Vessel Punish, Honey 2014
1. Alessi’s Ark:
Is singer-song-writer Alessi Laurent-Marke from Hammersmith. I nearly lived in Hammersmith, but in fact lived in Barnes, but very north Barnes – it went, our street, St.Pauls school playing fields, the River Thames, Hammersmith.
2. Lisa Gerrard
Frequent listeners will know of my love for the contralto voice and of Lisa. When in Australia recently, I found a DVD about her which is part documentary, part music and which is excellent in my opinion. This track is from her latest album which is for download only at this stage.
is William Bevan from London. I've procured both albums so far and in the electronics field – they are top notch. This track’s from his first album
4. Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse
I rather liked Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse) and have all of his albums. He took his own life in March 2010. Danger Mouse has gone from strength to strength winning accolades and awards.
5. Casiotone for the painfully alone:
is American, Owen Ashworth. He retired the name & songs in 2010 and now performs under the Monika ‘Advance base’.
6. Death in June:
are a neofolk group led by English folky Douglas P(earce). They have been around since the beginning of the 80’s and through various members have greatly influenced the more Avant garde /Industrial/rock (Nurse with wound; Throbbing Gristle; Current 93…) but with their various phases of performance art, left a nasty taste with, seemingly, their enthrall with a sanitised Nazism back in the 80’s.
7. Leyland Kirby
again with his evocation of times past using piano, other keyboards a single voice. He recently turned 40 and produced for download an album which has since disappeared. To everyone who purchased & downloaded that album however, he sent a personalised thank you email. How things have changed.
8. Death of the Neighbourhood
is simply another one of Stephen Jones’s many guises – know now as exBabybird, he also releases work under the Monika’s of Black Reindeer; The Great Sadness; Deluder; Trucker as well as under his own name (and all to be found in my record collection)
I came to CoCo through Anthony (Hegarty, of ‘& the Johnsons’ fame). Weird but wonderful with a confusing a website (probably down to Touch & go records) however, if you are prepared to wait for the download you will be rewarded with the girls singing. I’d stop there if I were you rather than clicking on!
10. Blank Mass:
is Ben Power, one the founding members of F*Buttons, now out there on his own but doing rather well. He supported Icelandic band Sigur Ros UK tour last year (2013)
11. Matt Elliott
Another of my favourite artists. Like Ben Power, another Bristolian. The music papers tend to bag him as ‘dark folk’. His early albums had a sound of the Eastern Europe and his latest a more Spanish Flamenco feel. This track is from his more Eastern Europe period and as most of his songs are over 8 minutes – this is one chosen for brevity rather than content. I still like it though.
12. Dirty Pretty Things:
For Carl Barat, this is what happened after the Libertines fell apart following his dispute with Peter Doherty. It lasted from that time; 2005 until itself fell apart in 2008.
13. Balam Acab
I think this track gives a wonderful atmosphere, sounding a little like Moby, except for the other-worldly vocals. Now overdue for another album I think.
14. Capt. Beefheart
The Captain was and still is different. Not for the feint hearted, Beefheart was different with a capitol D. He is part of what is now termed ‘outsider music’. I loved Strictly Personal his second commercial LP in UK (after Safe as milk – also very good, so why did I sell it?) and before the famous Troutmask Replica. Troutmask was too over the top for many and compared with his first two albums – it is. However, Strictly P points the way with such great numbers as Gimme dat harp boy. That track, available on a compilation album, Gutbucket gave me my first glimpse of Beefheart-world and I had to go there, own the album, sing the tunes…. I regret selling his later works (Lick my decals off & Clear Spot). The ‘Mirror man’ sessions have been re-released and ‘Electricity’ from Safe as Milk always makes me think about watching the first pylons being constructed in the West Midlands to carry the demand for electricity following the baby boom. It was interesting watching the steeplejacks construct these things, but when they had moved down the line one was left with a scar on the land which forever changed Britain. I’m always reminded of this when I visit Tuscany. Hardly a pylon in sight and yet in England, no beautiful scenic part of the island can be seen without these lumps of metal, stretching out across the landscape. I saw the Captain in concert and festival several times, back in the day. He’s gone now.
15. Amon Tobin
is a Brazilian musician, composer and producer of electronic music. He is described as a virtuoso sound designer and is considered to be one of the most influential electronic music artists in the world. I bought a box set of retro stuff which includes a dvd to his concert for his work Isam – unbelievable at the time and I haven’t seen anything like it since.
16. FKA Twigs
Formally Known As Twigs because, like Dirty Pretty Things of a few tracks ago – someone else disputed use of the name as they had been using it for longer – so unlike DPT who worked live under the name ‘Bright Young Things’ - Twigs opted for the ‘Prince’ like, FKA.
17. Jocelyn Pook Ensemble
The Unknown Public box sets are rather splendid in providing an introduction to the wonderful world of weird. This track is one of the more straight-forward on this set (Vol 15).
Yet another Bristolian, Seb Gainsborough. I lived in Bristol for a year. Always thought I’d return one day – but doubtful now. Bristol seems to have moved from the home of Trip-hop and Bass to Electronica! Using techno and house as a jumping off point Vessel manages to twist these things into something unconventional and alien, often creating music that sounds as if it’s rhythmically out of control when in fact it’s all tightly controlled chaos. I love it.
19. Dropping out with Kevin Ayres
September 23, 2014 06:58 AM PDT
Yet another Hartlandless episode where we concentrate on the Middle of the Road in Electronic Dance Music. The music’s excellent in my opinion – the mixing, well – I try.
1. Scars 4:16 Basement Jaxx Feat. Kelis, Meleka & Chipmunk Scars 2009
2. Pom Pom Girl 5:04 Bang! Bang! Je T'Aime Je T'Aime 1998
3. Echo 3:05 Andrew Bayer/Alison May If It Were You, We'd Never Leave 2013
4. Downtown Tazacorte 2:27 De-Phazz Saint Germain Des Prés Café 3 2003
5. Cowgirl 5:31 Underworld Home: The White Album 2000
6. Miles And Miles 4:41 Schiller Feat. Moya Brennan Tag Und Nacht 2005
7. Give It (Extended Club Mix) 5:39 X-Press 2 Feat. Kurt Wagner Most Rated 2005
8. La La Li 2:40 Calladine Gilles Peterson: Worldwide 2 2002
9. My Friend 3:25 Groove Armada Bar Culture 3 2002
10. Sparks 5:25 Röyksopp Acoustic Chill 2001
11. Estelle 6:47 A Man Called Adam Cafe Del Mar: Volúmen Uno y Dos 2010
12. Nobody Loves You (The Way I Do) 6:03 Honeyroot The Sun Will Come 2008
13. Summer Moon 5:02 Africanism Allstars Feat. Ben Onono Most Rated 2005
14. If everybody in the world 4:09 Stylophonic La Dolce Vita 2003
1. Scars 4:16 Basement Jaxx Feat. Kelis, Meleka & Chipmunk
The super title track from Basements Jaxx 2009 album Scars. There’s a track from their latest 2014 album on Episode 46. This track samples a bar or two of Mozart’s Requiem (I think) and what a great sound it is to open this episode. Kelis is in the main vocal role and sounds wonderful.
2. Pom Pom Girl 5:04 Bang! Bang! Je T'Aime Je T'Aime
Xavier Jamaux is a French disco musician. During the 1980s he was drummer with the French indie band Orange. In the late 90s he recorded under the name of his solo electronic project Bang Bang.
3. Echo 3:05 Andrew Bayer/Alison May If It Were You, We'd Never Leave
Andrew is Washington DC born EDM producer and usually a singer-songwriter in the folk tradition, Alison Bayer, is his collaborator here for some super vocals.
4. Downtown Tazacorte 2:27 De-Phazz Saint Germain Des Prés Café 3
I rather like German based, downtempo jazz ensemble De-Phazz. I featured them in Episode 10 of this Podcast, sadly no longer available in PodOmatic – well, it was clear some space or buy more storage! BTY for the unaware- Tazacorte is a town in La Palma, in the Canary Islands.
5. Cowgirl 5:31 Underworld Home: The White Album
My Hyde as I knew him before his ‘World of Eno’ adventures. So this is Karl with side-kick Rick Smith in a track from their 3rd and arguably best album ‘dubnobasswithmyheadman’. Releases in 1994, when I was only a lad (honest).
6. Miles And Miles 4:41 Schiller Feat. Moya Brennan Tag Und Nacht
I rather like German band Schiller, (who I used to confuse with Italian DJ Spiller – Doh)! Here with former Clannad and now ‘First lady of Celtic music’ – Moya Brennan.
7. Give It (Extended Club Mix) 5:39 X-Press 2 Feat. Kurt Wagner Most Rated
I rather like Kurt in his day-job as lead of alt-Country Lambchop – this was a nice surprise (well, for me at least).
8. La La Li 2:40 Calladine Gilles Peterson: Worldwide 2
Dubai based Rachael Calladine has been on the scene for over 20 years. Influenced by early jazz singers like Sarah Vaughan she has cut many a record for various DJ/Producers in the soul/funk vein and has been a fairly frequent visitor to Ronnie Scott’s club in London’s Soho.
9. My Friend 3:25 Groove Armada Bar Culture 3
UK electronica duo Groove Armada appeared on episode 11 and reached a fair amount of fame with the tune taken from Pattie Pages, ‘Old Cape Cod’ for their ‘At the River’ mega-selling single. Here it’s Celetia Martin in the vocal department with some lyrics & tune borrowed from Brandy’s ‘Best friend’ hit single.
10. Sparks 5:25 Röyksopp Acoustic Chill
Norwegian electronica duo Royksopp have been around since the early 90’s with a kind of warm/downbeat style over their 5 albums to-date.
11. Estelle 6:47 A Man Called Adam Cafe Del Mar: Volúmen Uno y Dos
A man called Adam are in fact British electronica duo Sally Rodgers and Steve Jones who have been around in this format since the late 80’s.
12. Nobody Loves You (The Way I Do) 6:03 Honeyroot The Sun Will Come
Honeyroot is an ambient dance collaboration and one of the many fine ambient bands on the ‘Just Music’ label. If you enjoy ambient dance, then search out one of the Just Music compilations where you are likely to find tracks from the likes of Jon Hopkins; Marconi Union; Weatherman and more...
13. Summer Moon 5:02 Africanism Allstars Feat. Ben Onono Most Rated
Africanism Allstars is a collaboration between several French DJ’s and African musicians.
14. If everybody in the world 4:09 Stylophonic La Dolce Vita
Stylophonic is Italian DJ Stefano Fontana (& with a name like that, why use a monika)? This was his first world-wide hit and will irritate some whilst others might find it infectious.
August 15, 2014 04:19 AM PDT
This episode takes a break from the ‘Newer music’ format returning to the ‘special’ concept where I draw tracks for a specific music genre from any year. This one’s all about Jazz and follows neatly from my just having finalised arrangements for Judith & I to attend the 2015 Juan les Pins jazz festival. It’s her special birthday treat – honest.
This episode is simply the music with no comments from me. Anyone wanting to know more about the artists/tracks should read on to the end.
Otherwise, I hope you hear something you enjoy. Thanks for listening and see you soon.
Intro: Excerpt from the Best of Jazz Club from the Fast Show, with Louis Balfour (aka John Thomson) as host. Balfour, the pretentious and ‘so laid-back he’s horizontal’ presenter of Jazz Club was a parody of The Old Grey Whistle Test), based on a blend of Bob Harris and Roger Moore. Nice.
01 Call Me 6:35 Patricia Barber A Fortnight in France [Live] 2004.
American jazz singer, pianist & song-writer, on this 2004 album, live in France. ‘Call me’ was written by Tony Hatch and was first recorded by Petula Clarke in 1965 (remember her)? Before Patricia’s version however, my favourite was by Chris Montez recorded a year later for his ‘The more I see you’ album. Remember him?
02 The 11th Gate 3:17 Dennis Rollins Velocity Trio The 11th Gate 2011
Judith & I went to see Dennis in concert at the Ronnie Scott’s Club. This is a track from the album we bought and he signed ‘for Judy, with love’. Hummmmm. On yer trombone mate!
03 Quizás, Quizás, Quizás 6:08 David Murray Cuban Ensemble and Sinfonieta of Sines Plays Nat King Cole "en Español" 2010
I have numerous albums in my record collection by US sax player David Murray, all from the 80’s, but the 8 or so I have just scratch the surface of this prolific recording artists discography (he must have well over 100 albums to his credit). This track is from an album I found in Ben’s Collector Records, Guildford and is from 2010. I like the Cuban chaos and the guy singing seems rather reluctant and doleful at the start but soon livens up and I think makes a good job of it.
04 Jazzwalk 5:32 Beats & Pieces Big Band Big Ideas 2012
Beats & Pieces are young UK jazz band playing since 2008. They've won numerous jazz awards and show a wide range of big band influences from Ellington to one of my favourites - Gil Evans.
05 I Wish You Love 2:06 Blossom Dearie Setting The Mood: Third Course 2002
I mentioned Blossom is the last podcast episode when playing an early MuM track when discussing the singer’s distinctive, frail and girlish voice. Blossom’s voice was similar and I saw Blossom perform at the Pizza on the Park Jazz come Cabaret venue in London years ago. A no-smoking law in public places was still some years off and at that time, jazz clubs were VERY smoky. She evoked her own law – no smoking for ½ hour before she performed or she wouldn't perform and no smoking during her performance or she would leave the stage. She was 84 when she died in her sleep of natural causes in 2009.
06 Fuoco Fatuo 4:07 Nicola Conte Saint-Germain des Prés Café 4: The Finest Electro-Jazz Compilation 2002
Nicola is Italian DJ producer jazz guitarist band leader etc. and this number, from his first album ‘Jet Sounds’ gets the remix makeover by Koop – but I must admit – it’s not that different from the original, which is good to hear. Some of the remixes simply take an obscure bar or two and in my opinion, bear no resemblance to the original. Perhaps that’s the point – but in my opinion – anyone who bought the Battles ‘Gloss Drop’ should avoid the remix album ‘Dross Glop’. Dross it is – in my opinion.
07 Circle In Fourth (Live) 3:23 Vienna Art Orchestra Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love 1999
Vienna Art Orchestra was formed in 1977 and disbanded in 2010. They took inspiration from both jazz (Ellington/Mingus) and classical (Wagner, Schubert, Satie, Strauss) sometime fairly straight-forward big band jazz, other times waaaay out somewhere in the stratosphere. Niiiiice.
08 Hidden Chapter 5:40 Terje Rypdal Vossabrygg, Op.84 2006
I persuade two friends to join me at a Terje Rypdal concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London’s Southbank. Terge, a Norwegian jazz guitarist came in for some criticism during the concert - ‘how could I enjoy this’. At the end, they applauded politely but when he returned for an encore, I don’t think I've ever seen folk run to the bar so quickly.
09 Come With Me 5:37 Tania Maria The Very Best Of Latin Jazz [Disc 2] 2007
Brazilian Tania Maria is probably best known on the Jazz circuit although her music is a cross genre mix of jazz/pop and Latin. She sings whilst accompanying herself on piano. I played this track before on episode 25. I meant to play Yatra-Ta from her 1981 Piquant album this time. Doh! Hey-ho – here’s a link to that if anyone’s interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eJhWRVwIlI
10 XV. Cuppa Tea (For Paul Bolderson) 5:44 Matthew Bourne Montauk Variations 2012
Matthew is UK jazz pianist, more towards the Avant Gard of jazz although this is a quiet track more for meditation than merengue. He won the Perrier Young Jazz musician in 2001 and hasn't stop winning awards since.
11 Sandunga 2:41 Dave Pike The Very Best Of Latin Jazz [Disc 1] 2007
Dave is US, jazz vibraphone and marimba player and Latin is just one string to his bow. He first came to my attention as Vibe player on a Paul Bley album way back.
12 While My Lady Sleeps [Take 10] 4:20 Chet Baker It Could Happen To You 1958
I rather like Chet’s voice. Lacking in vibrato, he comes across clear to me and bang on tone. He’s a trumpet player of note, creating some of his best work with Gerry Mulligan and Art Pepper. In and out of jail frequently in the early days, mostly drug related crimes, he died in 1988 having fallen from his 2nd floor room balcony. I thought he was fairly unique, he probably thought he could fly.
13 I'm a Fool To Want You 4:09 Helen Merrill Born to be blue 2010
In 1995, Judith & I saw Helen Merrill (with Guy Barker) at the Percival Hall (a good venue for the good but not so well known – I also saw Andy Sheppard at this venue). I have been a fan of Helen for a number a years and managed to collect a few additional records during a visit to New York in 1990. She did a lot of work with Gil Evans and Clifford Brown. She’s been recording for nearly 7 decades and I think she deserves more recognition in the UK.
14 You Fly Me 3:09 Fingathing Mr. Scruff's Big Chill Classics [Disc 2] 2000
Fingathing are a nu-jazz/Hip-hop duo from Manchester, UK. This tracks from their debut album in 2000 called ‘The main event’ however I've taken Mr Scruffs take on the track here.