Music I’m Listening To


From Wikipedia: “[James Morrison] is a multi-instrumental Australian jazz musician. Widely known for his trumpet playing, he has also performed on soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones, clarinet, flugelhorn, bass trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, double bass, guitar and piano.”

“Snappy Doo!” is the title track of his 1991 big band CD released by Atlantic Jazz.

A live performance of a song that’s also the lead track on Brazilian jazz vocalist and pianist Tania Maria’s 1997 CD, Europe.

SELECTED BY MICHAEL SHONK:


   One of the virtues of a great song is its ability to tell more than one story by just shifting the singer’s point of view. First, listen to the great Beth Hart sing her song “Tell Her You Belong to Me.”

   How do you visualize the song? Who is the singer?

   Now recently Beth Hart revealed whom she wrote the song about and for.

   Notice how it shifts your opinion of the character who is telling the story of betrayal?

SELECTED BY JONATHAN LEWIS:


Russell Gunn is described online as a “contemporary Neo-bop jazz musician, known primarily for his trumpet playing.” (Wikipedia.) “Fly Me to the Moon” is a track from his first album, Young Gunn, released in 1995, when he was 24, and re-released in 1998 on Young Gunn Plus.

From this jazz organist’s 1992 album That’s Me.

SELECTED BY JONATHAN LEWIS:


If from the name of the group you’d guess they were from Akron OH, you’d be absolutely right. Labelled today as proto-punk, they began there in 1976 but re-located to Los Angeles two years later. “Such a Fool” appears on a 1977 album split with the Bizarros entitled From Akron.

Shocking Blue was a Dutch rock band, formed in in 1967. Their greatest hit in the US was a song titled “Venus,” which went to #1 in 1969. Scorpio’s Dance was their third album, released in 1970.

Excerpt from PBS Special Levon Helm Ramble At The Ryman, August 2009. Featuring: John Hiatt, Sheryl Crow, Buddy Miller, Sam Bush.

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