Cave Circles Apricity (ep) Wonderful Noise Japan Here’s Riki Gooch working (again) under his Cave Circle alias – it’s been a busy time for releases just recently with Cave Circles’ 12”, My Heart Is A Beating Drum and then the recent cassette tape release under another of his working aliases, DJ OBOE.
Frank Sinatra, She Shot Me Down (1981) The world-weariness of that voice. The stoicism-within-the-teariness of that voice. My mum put me onto Frank Sinatra I guess. I dunno, he’s just always been there. But it must have been my mum that first introduced us, in whatever sense. I know she’s a fan. Probably some budget […]
I was re-reading These Lives I Have Buried by Lindsay Rabbitt the other day, an excellent short book, an essay from the Four Winds Press series. And in and around stories of struggle and loss, heartache, pain, grit and soul there was a mention of Billie Holiday. An all but parenthetical mention – but I […]
José James Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday Blue Note Of all the “100 Year” celebrations to honour Billie Holiday this felt the most necessary – a brave new voice taking on that wonderful music. Because, at the time, Billie Holiday was exactly that: a brave new voice taking on that […]
Kurt Elling Passion World Concord Jazz It’s very easy to be a Kurt Elling fan – that voice is so soothing and yet, even as he strays towards the more easy-listening end (as is the case here, with his latest) there’s still some impeccable playing, thoughtful musicians and, if not risks, then it’s tasteful and […]
I had enjoyed the documentary film, Young @ Heart – when I had written about it I had been mocked somewhat for not being cynical towards it, maybe it was the time/place when I saw it, but I liked it; it was sweet. And then the chance to speak with the group’s musical director Bob […]
Bobby McFerrin, The Voice (1984) I keep thinking about that line from This Is Spinal Tap – “it’s a fine line between stupid and clever” – whenever I think of Bobby McFerrin’s music. Most remember him as the one-hit-wonder of Don’t Worry Be Happy but I saw this video performance of him – a concert […]
Otto Klemperer/New Philharmonia Orchestra, Bach: Mass In B Minor (1968) Bach was the thing for me – in terms of classical music, baroque music, any sort of “instrumental” music outside of film scores. And what hooked me on Bach was hearing The Brandenburgs – realising I’d actually heard them before, heard things derived from them […]