A great musician, Dave Brubeck, died today. These magnificent tunes were never posted because they are well known, and, so, there was no need to promote them. Today, there is.
10/21/13 (link repaired)
Take Five (Subtle, thoughtful jazz.)
And, a musically different tune in a live concert at Carnegie Hall...
Blue Rondo A La Turk
Post 170 has great tunes by Al Jarreau. Post 173 has music by Kurt Elling. This post honors Dave Brubeck's music.
Put all that together and you get a collaboration of both singers that is fun and enjoyable to see and hear.
‘Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern)’ by Bob Dorough & Miles Davis
By: Kevin Gosztola
Bob Dorough is a cool bepop, jazz pianist and singer, who collaborated with jazz legend Miles Davis to produce, “Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern).” He is known for working with Allen Ginsberg and he also once performed in between Lenny Bruce sets.
The song may not be as much of a protest song as previous selections featured this week, however, its lyrics have an anti-commercialism theme.
Dorough sings about “all the waste, all the sham, all the haste and plain old bad taste” of Christmas. The “sidewalk Santy Clauses” are too fake—”much, much too thin.” And they wear “fancy rented costumes, false beards and big fat phony grins.” The poor are out on the streets and, meanwhile, everyone is like “Gimme gimme gimme gimme” and “fill my stocking up.”
This is the time of year “when the greedy give a dime to the needy,” but Dorough doesn’t find that to be all that genuine at all. People trade gifts that don’t matter. As far as Dorough is concerned, he doesn’t care for that “fal-de-ral.” There are lots of “hungry, homeless children” and he just does not get the point of spending time addressing “twenty zillion Christmas cards.”
The final lyric that he sings, “I hope yours is a bright one, but for me it bleeds,” is steeped in cynicism. It depends on interpretation. This could be regarded as a standard expression of, “Bah humbug!” but it seems to be much more complex. Dorough enjoyed Christmas once upon a time, but now he feels engulfed by an ocean of phony Christmas spirit.
“Children, settle down. I want to tell you a story about a man, a very scary man.
His name is Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. That’s because he screams sometimes. One of the things he does is carry a skull on a stick. Don’t be afraid. I don’t think the skull belongs to anyone we know. He also lies in a coffin but he is not really dead. Anyway, when he screams he makes scary faces. Don’t be afraid. I don’t think he means to hurt anyone. He sometimes has teeth chattering on his piano and a hand severed from a body that moves. I don’t recognize them so don’t be afraid. He has a bone in his nose, too. Now that’s scary, but don’t be afraid. I’m not…at least I don’t think I am?
Let’s do this. I’ll play something that shows what this man is like. Try not to cry. If you don’t run away, I’ll play another one. Some are funny and some are…well, more for adults. I really don’t want to explain them, so don’t ask.
Here’s the first one by Screamin' Jay Hawkins. It’s called…
I Put A Spell On You” (The Screamin’ song that established him as a 'mainstream, family-oriented talent')
Now, here’s one that shows what a nice, sensitive, humble man he was.
I Am The Cool
Maybe (Don’t let this frighten you. It’s a love song)
Shut Your Mouth When You Sneeze (Helpful suggestions to avoid health problems)
Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda (A poignant attempt to improve a relationship)
I’m Lonely (Another sad song that shows how sensitive and caring he really was).
Portrait Of A Man (This is…well…great).
3/17/13 Tear Drops
3/17/13 Give It A Break
3/17/13 Don't Deceive Me
3/17/13 Alligator Wine
I love this guy.
Bonnie Raitt’s father, John Raitt, was a well-known singer and starred in film and Broadway musicals. Some would consider Bonnie a pop star but the core of her music is blues. Her lovely voice, stage presence and slide-guitar are unique and instantly recognizable.
Her shows have frequently showed respect and appreciation for older blues artists by having them appear with her. Sippie Wallace was one of her favorites as was John Lee Hooker.
The first tune is from her earlier period and is a cover of a Del Shannon hit from a time when music was frequently playful. The arrangement is great with some blues influences added by the harp player.
She may be a somewhat underrated performer but it’s clear she’s an important part of our musical scene.
Runaway (Watch her harp player's contributions.)
Pride And Joy (Here she shows she’s not just another attractive face)
I’m In The Mood (With John Lee Hooker)
No Gettin’ Over You (With Keb Mo)
At Bonnie’s induction into the RRHF
Thing Called Love
Love Me Like A Man
I Will Not Be Broken (This song is very affecting)
BB King with Bonnie Raitt
In post 211, Little Milton does Grits Ain't Groceries. Here he does it with Bonnie Raitt. Great.
Here are a few more examples of great female blues, R&B and soul singers.
I Can’t Stand The Rain (11/27/13 repaired link).
And, a BOGO deal (because I like this tune) that is not necessarily fair to Ms. Peebles studio version because of the energy in a live performance. Otherwise, it's just as good.
Tina Turner's live version
I Can't Stand The Rain
This one is great!
Let Me Down Easy
Diane Blue is a wonderful talent. She appears here in a small club in Germany, with Morblus, a great band from Verona, Italy, that can be seen earlier in this thread.
I’d Rather Go Blind
And... at an outdoor venue in Europe.
I'm Tore Down
Now, get ready for… a woman that is so...damn...
Cee Cee James
House Of The Blues
Can't have only one Cee Cee...
2/7/13 Black Raven
Done Love Wrong
100 Ways To Make Love
This singer was promoted by Earth, Wind and Fire when she debuted. This is a beautiful song made even better by the arrangement and her soaring voice.
This is a musical mélange without a theme; still (very) tasty - but less filling.
A reminder of Brazil’s recent Carnival.
Dende & Hahahaes
‘Nawlins’, aka NOLA, is known for food, music and attitude. The music is exemplified by the Nevilles but there are many other representatives.
6/2/14 Listening to Landreth now and read this in the comments:
"as great as the neville brothers version of this is, it doesn't touch sonny's. this is so new orleans i'm afraid i'm going to have a hangover tomorrow morning".
That's clever, funny - and true. LOL
John Hiatt & Sonny Landreth
Riding With The King
Sonny Landreth & Eric Clapton
Windows Are Rolled Down
These sounds are reminiscent of Willie and Natalie.
A top blues musician/singer who’s great in person. I know.
You Don’t Know What Love Is
My Baby By My Side (No 'gut-bucket' here. Rx prn: Try a dark room and this on a loop).
Here’s a fantastic soul singer who’s also great in person. I know this, too.
The Woman Don’t Live Here No More
Since I’ve Been Loving You (Watch out, this is dynamite) 11/26/13 That fantastic song was deleted for copyright reasons. @#$%!
Here is a replacement by the great...
You Hurt Me For The Last Time
Another powerful performance - which is all he does.
I Can Take You To Heaven Tonight
Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters and Little Walter
The original by Elmore James is in post 211, but don’t miss this.
Dust My Broom
Cannonball Adderley doing a soulful tune that became a classic.
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
What was here previously, Ry Cooder, The Healer, was deleted for 'copyright reasons'. What to replace it with?...hmmm...let's see...a very beautiful Mexican song, that reminds me of a tall, slender, gorgeous, Mexican girl in San Antonio I saw occasionally walking in town with friends on weekends many years ago. We smiled at each other after a while. I stopped one of her friends once to try to meet her. She spoke no English, I learned. I seem to remember her name was Maria.
This song was popular then as it has been for a long time.
Nice memory...and therefore, my decision.
Great music with a surprise.
Buddy Guy with...
Sometime later Buddy Guy with...
These are profoundly beautiful songs with incredible arrangements plus a great singer who does them extraordinarily well. Magnificent.
Little Bird (Stay with this until the end)
9/7/14 available again. Fantastic
12/10/13 (link replaced)
Rhythmic guitars played as you’ve probably never heard them. Not what you might expect, especially from the ‘bouncy’, talented, adorable Gabriela. This is beautiful, passionate, stirring music.
Rodrigo Y Gabriela
This one has a great sound - and lyrics that are very ...
Keep On Smilin'
We just lost another great artist, Richie Havens.
I have said about others, like Gil Scott-Heron, that to be able to entertain and educate is the most glorious accomplishment a musician can attain. Those in authority rarely tell us what we need to know, but, fortunately, we have others that help us. Havens, when using socially-aware lyrics was one of them. His distinctive voice, style and passion made great songs even better. He will be deeply missed.
This great song was a hit for Havens.
Here Comes The Sun
One More Day
What About Me?
10/21/13 (link repaired)
And Dylan’s classic…
All Along The Watchtower
Just Like A Woman
I Can’t Make It Anymore
This is great!
Hands Of Time
It's Monday, a night known for being "blues night".
Many musicians took blues music and adapted it for themselves. One group that admitted it was the Rolling Stones.
Muddy Waters years ago owned the Checkerboard Lounge in Chicago, and one night, the Stones were in town and showed up. Here is a taste of what happened. There were many other well-known musicians also there: Buddy Guy, Lefty Dizz, and Junior Wells (harmonica).
The complete show is available on YouTube.
Let's see... it's still Monday, so let's have a contest. This clip has some of the most well-known blues musicians in the country. Name all of them and get an award from ... well, see the moderator.
Sweet Home Chicago
So much blues-oriented music...so little time.
Steve Winwood & Eric Clapton
Can't Find My Way Home
Steve Winwood & Eric Clapton
Voodoo Chile Blues
The great Jimi Hendrix with a song he wrote.
Derek And The Dominoes version.
Staying with the Chicago theme (I live in the Okefenokee) try this for unrestrained funk, joy, and respect for the 'Hawk'.
Ladies and Gents...tonight we have something special. An all-star lineup never seen anywhere. There is a $20.00 cover and well worth it...plus a two drink minimum. It's cheap at double the price.
So go in, have a good time...and, y'all come back, you hear!
Why I Sing The Blues
Leading off are two songs from years past that have incredible hooks. Both have something in common and to another coming up in this post.
How Long (studio version)
Tempted (studio version)
Tempted (live with David Sanborn and some brief silliness by Jools Holland)
Ohne Filter is a well-produced German television program originating in Baden-Baden. Through the years they have showcased a number of American bands and some programs are seen in this thread.
Mike & The Mechanics lead singer, Paul Carrack, was with both Ace and Squeeze. He wrote “How Long”. Here is M&Ms great live version and two other wonderful songs.
Mike & The Mechanics
(12/2/13 - Spread the word. If you liked Paul Carrack's organ solo in this song, you might like pg 20, post 197, especially my recent post of Barbara Dennerlein's music. The other music is also great. Try it. If you like it, I get a commission).
Over My Shoulder
A sign that you really like a song is that you like almost, or every, version you hear. Or maybe it's not that – maybe it's ...mania. Anyway, here is another version. All are obviously different in some ways. Did I mention that this song has a tremendous hook?
Paul Carrack/How Long
The same musicians that performed "How Long" just above at Air Studios in London also did "Over My Shoulder". A great song well done.
It never stops...great music from wonderful artists. Just need to know where to look. The great Paul Carrack with...
Don't Dream It's Over
Another artist from Ohne, vibist...
Sweet Tears (This is SO sweet)
And one for the music AND some fun. A 'competition' between Ayers and Dwight Gassoway, another musician in his band.
Battle Of The Vibes
As the seasons change we might need a reminder of something that may be in short supply soon. Try this when that happens.
Everybody Loves The Sunshine
Here's a secret. New music added frequently. Find them.
A flash mob (or flashmob) is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then quickly disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment, satire, and artistic expression. Flash mobs are organized via telecommunications, social media, or viral emails.
The term, coined in 2003, is generally not applied to events and performances organized for the purposes of politics (such as protests), commercial advertisement, publicity stunts that involve public relation firms, or paid professionals. In these cases of a planned purpose for the social activity in question, the term smart mobs is often applied instead. (Wikipedia)
What follows are events from all over the world where people have assembled in public places to surprise and entertain.
They're fun, worth watching, and should be viewed on full-screen which will enhance
your perspective of the venue.
Were the world a place where this activity was commonplace we might be the better for it.
One of my favorite places is the library. It is a great place to think amid the relaxing quiet. (12/28/14 link repaired)
A beautiful, haunting piece that gradually changes as it is repeated.
From Hungary...a beautiful and difficult dance in a public square. As usual, the women's moves are the most complex...and lovely.
From New Zealand...look at this...hey, where'd they go?
From the U.K., a spectacular effort.
And, finally, one that provides a bit of uplift for those that surely need it.
While not a "flash mob" scene I found this impromptu street performance to be interesting and the music lovely.
These were fun to watch. Thanks for posting them Atyp. :)