And then there is another under-appreciated artist, Jeff Healy.
He had a modest hit with this tune, a great bluesy sound. He was blind and reading comments I learned he has died. Sad.
I Think I Love You Too Much. (12/20/15 link improved)
A song that has been done by many blues artists (e.g, Jimmy Johnson # 225); his version is as good as any of them.
As The Years Go Passing By
He got a Grammy for this tune. Bout time! (then)
It's Friday, y'all.
The Great B.B.King - Riley 'Blues Boy' King,
AND, Phil Collins and Eric Clapton. Blues harp is not common to this tune. Enjoy.
The Thrill Is Gone.
There are movie themes that impress because we liked the film and the music fit the story. This is an example. The film is quirky and fun and BB King's great music set the mood nicely. The lyrics are great and make sense, too.
John Landis, the director, adds some brief fun.
Into The Night
Gil Scott-Heron has died.
Poet, writer, performer and drug addict.
He is well known for the iconic, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.
This is a lament of alcohol in the ghetto - a great live version.
A striking melody with relevant lyrics for today. A post on the YT page says, "proundly beautiful". That begins to express the right appreciation. I agree.
Winter In America (studio version)
5/27/14 (the third link repair)
9/23/14 Winter In America (a live version of this great song)
This is an incredible song about a safety problem at a nuclear plant some years ago. It shows again that music that protests and raises awareness is not only important (and necessary) on its own - but also that it can entertain, too. Makes the medicine go down easier.
We Almost Lost Detroit
A magnificent song about discrimination.
A beautiful song about loss.
Give Her A Call
Better Days Ahead
This Must Be Deep - the copyright trolls deleted this.
7/26/14 Inner City Blues (a replacement)
I'll Take Care Of You (Replaced prior link, an instrumental, with an intentionally raw vocal performance)
Don't Give Up
Sometimes, when you research an artist you think you know, you learn you've previously missed the real significance of that person.
We have lost someone very special. Not many of them around.
He was once asked if his spoken-word music was to be credited for creating Rap. His response; "I don't know if I should get the blame for that."
Any Cubans here?
Here's a tune by a great group.
A taunting, melodic, haunting rebuke to Fidel. Lyrics - listen to the lyrics.
12/25/12 Don't Let No One Get You Down
They have many other worthy songs. Check them out.
As I said above, there are many other great songs by this band. It's now time for this one.
This tune had a rather specific message when it came out. Much time has passed since then, and, if you are not an ideologue, you empirically know that many societal aspects have deteriorated in recent years. Piketty's book details only one symptom, albeit one of the most important. This song's message can now be expanded to include almost all of us in numerous ways. It should be an anthem...and it's great music, too.
The World Is A Ghetto
The beat goes on - hell, it should never stop!
All Day Music
If you don't like latin jazz, if you don't have a seatbelt, if you mind moves slowly, if you don't appreciate percussionists or if you don't appreciate complex melodies - don't watch!
Michel Camilo An incredible jazz pianist.
This is is another standout performance by Michel Camiilo.
12/22/12 Descarga For Tito
After watching Camilo's music, I think his drummer, Horacio, 'el Negro', Hernandez, may be one of the very best playing this style.
5/26/14 Listening to this post today I decided to do a little research. Found this. Damn! My comment above re Hernandez is truly understated. And, Camilo, whom I have known about for some time, shows why he is a giant. This group, including Anthony Jackson, is a monster. Watch this!
On Fire - an aptly named tune (12/25/15 link repaired)
A beautiful, classic piece written by George Gershwin, commissioned by Paul Whiteman, and orchestrated by Ferde Grofe. It was first performed by Whiteman in 1924 and not widely appreciated due to its combination of classical and jazz influences that were considered strange at the time.
A different and superb performance from a major talent in jazz that demonstrates his versatility.
Rhapsody In Blue
Okay, I'm in a Latin music mood. So?
Maria and Esmeralda are dancing nearby.
This group is the incarnation of the old El Chicano...
Viva Tirado (Tirado was the name of a bullfighter)
Oye Cayuco (if you like Latin music don't miss this)
In post 123, (Jose Feliciano) I added a lovely song, Sabor A Mi. I also listed the lyrics because of their haunting beauty. El Chicano has a great version that I like, too.
Sabor A Mi
2/7/13 A beautiful love song with great instrumentation, great singing, and some pictures of great rides.
Everyone has stories. I have stories. About meeting vibe player Johnny Lytle in Cleveland. He usually switched mallets for different songs, using what appeared to be ceramic ones, too, that had a high, piercing sound that was incredible to hear.
Give these a listen. Exciting music.
Summertime (this is one of the best damn instrumental versions ever)
Gwink (This cooks.)
11/29/12 Tawhid (So does this!) (7/5/15 link repaired)
12/25/12 Done It Again (Very nice.)
12/25/12 Little Sunflower (Vibes and conga lead the way with organ, sax and guitar, too. It rocks).
I've always liked this song; I have reasons. Many artists I admire, some in this thread, don't do it the way I think it should be played. Johnny Lytle does.
This is beauty expressed as music.
The Shadow Of Your Smile
A new find. It's great.
The great Johnny Lytle
Very pretty Atyp. Relaxing.
Don't get too relaxed or I'll be forced to...
Add latin women and music. A great combination.
Gloria Estefan and Jose Feliciano
And for you, Julie.
Valio la Pena
NO. Don't you dare!!!
You did. You woke me up. I dropped my cookie. :)