Who listens to music like this? That’s for you to guess! Choose six suspects from the following list and there will be ‘Spill points for the ‘Spiller with the most correct answers. abahachi; albahooky; beltway bandit; bluepeter; daddypig; debbym; fintan; goneforeign; glassarfemptee; severin; tatanka yotanka; tincanman; wilemena; zalamanda.
Booker T Jones – Austin City Blues – ??? : Booker (of MGs fame) on organ with Gary Clark Jr on guitar? Someone fan me – I’m overheating!
John Coltrane – Theme for Ernie – from 1958 – ??? : I offer this piece as a response to DsD’s reaction to a Coltrane suggestion on R&R when playing host recently, it caused him to flee the room screaming and I understand why. In the mid 60’s Coltrane underwent some severe mental disturbances, it was reflected in his music. Prior to that phase he was regarded in the jazz community as one of the leading voices, here’s why.
Louis Armstrong – The Creator Has A Master Plan – ??? : A version of Pharoah Sanders’ signature tune with a veteran Louis teaming up with Leon Thomas under the production of Bob Thiele – gorgeous.
Weather Report – Birdland – ??? : ‘m not a hard core jazzer, but I’m partial to most forms of the genre if the mood grabs me. And a bit of Weather Report rarely fails to tickle my rhythm sticks. Here they are with one of their most well known – and earwomiest – tracks: Birdland.
Zwielicht by the Manfred-Ludwig-Sextet – ??? : From 1964 East Germany, but it grooves as hard as anything from the other side of the Iron Curtain with its cool piano, lifting horn section and bossa-nova flavoured percussion. Zwielicht means Twilight by the way.
Mary Coughlan – Love Will Tear Us Apart (live) – ??? : No secret how I feel about Mary Couglan’s voice. One of the all-time greats in my opinion. Her cover versions have tended to be mostly jazz and blues classics: Billie Holiday songs a speciality. This Joy Division cover is from her second compilation album, The Whole Affair, which contains a lot of live tracks not available elsewhere. She used to spend a lot of time sitting in a darkened room drinking brandy and listening to this track. Now she drinks mineral water and sings it. Like this.