Good morning, good morning. I was (finally) going to have a few days away this week, but my poor old cat is feeling feeble, so I’m still here. I’m glad to say Sparky is still here too, and managed a fish finger yesterday. Here’s some music to sooth and restore the spirits of even the most elderly cat. Thanks to all contributors, and please keep the worms coming to email@example.com.
Misha Marah feat. Fatih: Ik zie jou in kleur – abahachi: The Flemish Top 50 currently features a weird mixture of Ibiza-style summery Europop, an awful lot of Schlager and a number of foreign language versions of familiar songs; Sting’s tedious Fields of Gold is substantially improved when transformed into Vlammse Velden (‘Fields of Flanders’) with a female singer, and this Dylan number definitely benefits from the rap bits…
Yusef Lateef (aka William Evans) – Bamboo Flute Blues – Ravi Raman: Suggested by a local iTunes/Spotify kinda service. I don’t know whether they saw too many songs/albums with Blues in the title or whether it was because I like flautists in general. Anyway much to my surprise I learned well after buying that Yusef Lateef is an American saxophonist who played with Cannonball Adderley, Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie and many more. Published in 1965 and it still sounds fresh to me 50 years on.
Cannonball Adderley Quintet – Mercy, Mercy, Mercy – goneforeign: Sometime in the early ’60’s, around maybe 1962 I saw Cannonball at a small club in San Diego on a Saturday night. The mood was exactly like this, great music and a great crowd. This was recorded a few years later. One image sticks in my mind, it’s of the look of total adoration that Nat had for his big brother whenever he soloed. The quintet is: Cannonball Adderley – Alto saxophone; Nat Adderley – Cornet; Joe Zawinul – Piano, Wurlitzer electric piano; Victor Gaskin – Bass; Roy McCurdy – Drums.
Steampacket – Cry Me A River – tincanman: Yes, this is one of the 250+ adaptations of the 1955 Julie London hit. Steampacket was formed by Long John Baldry in 1965 as a vehicle for a young busker named Rod Stewart and lasted a whole year and a half. Singer-actor Julie Driscoll and versatile organist Brian Auger completed the line-up.
Nina Simone – For all we Know – goneforeign: Another where Nina shows her Bach roots. There’s a good documentary about her on Netflix that’s worth seeing and then there’s that other, the UK production that looks like a total waste.
Ryan Teague – Cascades – AliMunday: Soundcloud tells me that Ryan Teague is a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist based in Bristol. He also produces music and sound design for film & TV productions and has spent time in Indonesia studying Javanese Gamelan Music (so a possible link with the bamboo flute)? This is delicate and evocative, it’s from his 2012 album “Field Drawings”.