Music I’m Listening To


   Jazz trumpeter Christian Scott’s latest CD, Ancestral Recall, got a very favorable review earlier this week in the New York Times. Of several videos currently on YouTube, I liked this one best, but only by the narrowest of margins. Fans of Miles Davis’s music should enjoy Scott’s performance here as much as I do.

The opening track on Harry Nilsson’s 1971 LP Nillson Schmillson:

   Hal Blaine, who died last Monday, was the drummer for the group of Hollywood session musician informally known as The Wrecking Crew. The musicians themselves were largely anonymous, but no one listening to pop music in the 1960s and early 70s could have missed the songs they played on. Watch this and see if I’m not right:


A song from Desert Rose ((Sugar Hill, 1984), a solo LP from one of the founding member of The Byrds:

Recently found in a local California record shop: The Sunset Bombers’ self-titled LP was a one-off album project for guitarist Doug Fieger before he formed the rock band The Knack. As a member of the latter group he co-wrote “My Sharona,” the biggest hit song in the US in 1979. “I Can’t Control Myself” is a cover of a song first performed by The Troggs.

A live performance of “It Must Have Been Years” by Gary Numan in 2008. The song was first recorded on the album Replicas released in 1979, with Numan as the lead singer for the English new wave band Tubeway Army.

Written and first performed by Ian & Sylvia, but I like this version too:

Ken Nordine (April 13, 1920 – February 16, 2019) was the best spoken word jazz musician in the world, bar none:

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