I was going to do a “guess who” this week, but it’s too easy. So I thought I’d spell out “PEACE x” with the first letter of the song titles but that failed too; instead they spell “SNWBBB”, which is “ALI”en for “Have a wonderful New Year and keep the worms coming to email@example.com”. Hope these get you dancing!
Aretha Franklin – Spanish Harlem – Fintan: I’ve always felt Aretha Franklin doesn’t so much cover a song as much as she just inhabits it to the point it has no choice but to be an Aretha song. Case in point – on her version of Ben. E. King’s gem she chases the rhythm, it chases her and Lord doesn’t everyone have fun.
Sidney Bechet – Nobody Knows the Way I Feel – goneforeign: This is the sort of music that in the 1940’s grabbed me by the throat and dragged me into a lifetime of jazz appreciation. Bechet is one of the founders of New Orleans jazz, by 1920 he was touring Europe playing professionally. In London he found a straight soprano sax, unknown in jazz but used in classical music. He became a master of it and influenced every jazz saxophonist since then, his two key students were Johnny Hodges and John Coltrane and they were followed by every jazz saxophone player since. Be cautious listening to this, you could wind up like me.
Gary Walker & The Boogie Kings – Who Needs You So Bad – AlBahooky: Two episodes into the final series of ‘Treme’ and this fabulous tune was playing in the background. I haven’t a scooby about the band and due to the location of the series would think they were from Louisiana if not New Orleans but who cares when a tune is as good as this …
Snarky Puppy – Bent Nails – Nilpferd: A youthful Texas jazz-funk collective with some amazing chops. Bent Nails never misses a beat and ends with a classic funk “build”.
LaBrassBanda – Bierzelt – debbyM: A choice inspired by an Earworms pic back in the day (September? October?) These lads never fail to cheer me up, which is a bloody good reason for playing them, let me tell you 😉 A heartfelt Prosit! to the ‘Spill Collective!
Yo Yo Ma – Brasileirinho – beltway: An uber catchy one that just induces the biggest grin on my face every time I hear it, this is from an album made by noted cellist Yo Yo Ma called Obrigado Brasil, where he worked with the cream of Bossa Nova and Samba, blending the sensibilities of those musical styles with the classical world – the Brazilian sound world is winning out in this one though, with a furiously virtuoso performance that may leave you breathless…