It’s all a bit dolly mixtures this week, I hope everyone finds something to their taste. There’s a pink one, and a green one, a blue one and a yellow one … yep, I’ve lost it … ah well, if you want to hear YOUR favourite, please send it to the many-hued firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Pizzarelli – I’m An Errandboy For Rhythm- send me! – goneforeign: Introduced in 1945 by the Nat King Cole trio, this up-tempo jumper was written by Nat King Cole himself: this version is by John Pizzarelli with a great group behind him. There’s a great guitar solo by John himself followed by a piano solo by my favorite jazz pianist, Dave McKenna. ‘It’s something that I’d like to bring to you’
Heading Home – Bert Kaempfert – Beltway Bandit: some years back I developed an interest in what was then being called “loungecore” music of the 60s and 70s and would merrily scout out treasures in charity shops and the like (think I will do a Spillpost on the theme soon) – I particularly liked the records of German band leader Bert Kaempfert (the first man to put The Beatles in a professional recording studio) and this track is just a great example of his art, a simple 5 note riff that gets passed from instrument to instrument whilst the backing swells louder and louder as choirs and massed strings join in. I used to DJ with a friend at University, and sometimes, if the mood was right, we would end a night with this – despite its incongruity with the rest of the music we played, it was guaranteed to send people home with a smile on their face, and they would be humming the tune all the way home (well, most of them anyway).
Hall and Oates – Kiss On My List – CaroleBristol: This is almost insanely catchy and it was buzzing around in my head for about a week. I know that H&O aren’t everyone’s faves, but they do produce damn good pop hooks.
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell – Back When We Were Beautiful – tincanman: Beautiful, slightly wistful song about looking back on life and missing a loved one which has more gravtias than the original by [the youngish – and beautiful] Matreca Berg. The melody will stick with memory-challenged, aging earwormers.
Jose James – It’s All Over Your Body – Albahooky: First track off the latest Jose James LP and his 1st for Blue Note has it all; Pino Palladino’s down-low bass, Chris Dave’s rimshot cracking snare anchors Jose’s breathless vocals, add the ‘Voodoo’ style horns and a touch of Robert Glasper Rhodes then stir well for a sultry Mystic Brew.
Lucero – Go Easy – DsD: I’m a simple soul: a hard-rock fan whose also a sucker for gruffly-romantic lyrics and faux-gospel stylings. Gimme all of the above from a band I already like, and it’s earworm on repeat all the way down the M65 to Preston.