A thoughtful and reasonably tranquil wormfest today, don’t expect to be leaping around with the air guitar. Hope you enjoy, and please keep those worms coming in to firstname.lastname@example.org. Many thanks.
Shankar Mahadevan – Padipattu – Ravi Raman: Padipattu is sung by devotees who go on a pilgrimage to Sabari Mala, a hill temple in Kerala. Though I have never heard it sung so fantastically. Shankar Mahadevan was trained in Carnatic vocals from an early age and is one of the best of the current lot of singers. He sings in multiple languages and across genres. (Sorry it ends abruptly, have tried to download elsewhere but can’t find a complete version– Ed).
Avishai Cohen – Continuo – AliM: Avishai Cohen is an Israeli bassist, who, after a long struggle, got a break with a record contract with the jazz pianist Chick Corea. He later started his own record label; this is the title track from his 2006 album. Marvellous. And he’s only 46. (Thanks again, Spotify).
Willis Earl Beal – Lust – tincanman: Undefinable mood music from 2015’s Noctunes intended “to aid the brokenhearted to sleep”. I’d say the eccentric Chicagoan is shit at marketing, but he once went around the city handing out flyers with his picture on them advertising for a girlfriend. Lets call him non-traditional.
Lionel Hampton All Stars – Star Dust – goneforeign: I normally wouldn’t offer a 15 minute cut on Earworms but others have got away with it, so what the hell, here goes. Star Dust is often referred to as the greatest title in the jazz repertoire, this live version by Lionel Hampton is far and away the greatest version. I heard it on the radio in the early 60’s and looked everywhere for it but it was no longer available and then one day I found an excellent condition LP, this is it. It’s the Lionel Hampton All Stars, live at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Aug 4th, 1947. It’s the epitome of swing, discrete swing and what a groove the rhythm section lays down. The highlight is Hamp’s solo which starts at 9.45. He’s amazing, he varies tempo constantly and his inventive improvisations are sheer genius, he set the standard for playing the vibraphone that’s lasted ’til now. As you can gather I LOVE this piece of music.
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