“Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music”
Krzysztof Komeda – Knife in the Water
Komeda trained as a doctor (and adopted a pseudonym because the authorities regarded jazz as suspect). In the 1960s, he produced a string of brilliant albums, helping to establish a ‘European’ jazz aesthetic, and also wrote the music for a series of Roman Polanski films. This, his debut, features the Swede Bernt Rosengren on saxophone.
Michelle Shocked – If Love Was A Train
This one has lodged itself over the last couple of days. No idea why because I haven’t played the album in ages. I had to give it a spin to see if I could lose the ’worm; it hasn’t worked yet. Michelle Shocked is someone who made a couple of good albums and then sort of just faded away. “Short Sharp Shocked” is her best though, in my opinion.
Buddy Miller – Dang Me
Genre-hopping guitarist Marc Ribot and old singing buddy Marc Anthony Thompson (aka The Chocolate Genius) help roots impressario Buddy Miller and his latest ensemble, The Majestic Silver Strings, unearth the dark side of Roger Miller’s jaunty Dang Me. Who paid attention to the lyrics before? Me neither.
Gillian Welch – Forty One Dollars & Change
This is an earworm for my iPod at the moment – it’s come up three times in a week. As a way of expressing what’s left after a relationship ends it can’t be beat. So that’s all it was worth? Move on, girl, that’s what I say.
John Fogerty – Somewhere Listening (For My Name)
First thing John Fogerty did in 1973 after CCR split was make a bluegrass album on which he did everything; all the instruments, vocals, production… even the five band members in the cover pic are all him! This is an old gospel song. The vocal is magic, for my money, both lush in the ‘choir’ (all JF, remember) and raw in the lead. Me, I love a bit of gospel; it’s no surprise that so many soul singers started there.
Dexy’s Midnight Runners – The Waltz
Amy was saying recently how “Come on Eileen” had turned her off Dexy’s. Fair enough, but… here’s a slow-burning fave of mine to attempt to redress the balance. Money-back guarantee if the agnostics haven’t been converted by the time Kevin howls, “There’s no beauty any more…”
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