Music I’m Listening To


   Back in the early 1960s when I was in undergrad school, this was my favorite jazz song. I liked so much that I voted for Don Shirley several years running in Playboy magazine’s annual poll for Best Jazz Pianist of the Year.

   Nor was I the only one who thought so. He always got votes besides mine in three figures. Nor did my vote help all that much. A fellow named Brubeck kept winning, year after year.

   

The local college radio station was playing country music this afternoon, and this was one of them. It’s gotten stuck in my head, and I can’t get it out, so I thought I’d pass it along to you:


   The Jazz Networks was a group of ever changing personnel, but always headed by the late Roy Hargrove. This song is included on an album released in 1993 entitled Beauty and the Beast. All of the tracks on it are the group’s versions of songs taken from various Walt Disney movies.

Roy Hargrove, trumpet; Antonio Hart, alto, soprano sax; Yutaka Shiina, piano; Tomo Shima, bass; Masa Osaka, drums.

Definitely not to be confused with Linda Hamilton’s character in the Terminator movie series:


   English singer-songwriter Sandy Denny (1947-1978) was a member of the folk-rock group Fairport Convention when this song was recorded. I do not believe it was released until after her death.

   ZZ Top is a classic blues rock band that was first formed in 1969, but since 1970 the group has consisted of vocalist/guitarist Billy Gibbons, bassist/vocalist Dusty Hill, and drummer Frank Beard. That’s 50 years of performing together. Not many bands can say that!

    Bria Skonberg is a Canadian-bor jazz trumpeter and vocalist.

From Atlanta-based jazz vocalist Virginia Schenck’s second album, Interior Notions:

   Foxes and Fossils is a group brand new to me, but their version of Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” is one I’ve already listened to several times over:


               MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

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