Music I’m Listening To

   Among things I didn’t know until now is that in 2015 (according to Wikipedia) Grammy winner John Mayer joined three former members of the Grateful Dead and two other musicians to form the band Dead & Company. It is the latest of several reunions of the band’s surviving members since Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995.

   This song was recorded live at Boston’s TD Garden on 19 November 2017:

   To my mind, Judy Roderick was one of the finest blues/acoustic folk singers of her time. From her LP of the same title, released in 1965, this song has been recorded by many artists since, including The Grateful Dead, usually as “I Know You Rider.”

   A song I think we can all identify with:

   This song ought to get your feet a-tapping:

   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.

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