Good morning, a wonderful bunch of worms to start the day and to take your mind off world events for 30 minutes. Hope you enjoy the music; thanks to all contributors and please keep those worms coming to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tom Speight – Willow Tree – AliM: Released on 26.01.17, this is the lead track to be lifted from his new EP of the same name, due for release 10.03.17. Joining forces with Jessica Staveley-Taylor from The Staves, their voices compliment each other well. Speaking about the track, Tom says: “We recorded around 11pm at night … all huddled around playing live next to each other … there was something really special about it because it felt so human. I was listening to a lot of Laura Marling and Damien Rice around the time and I think their methods definitely help shape this EP.” https://soundcloud.com/tomspeightmusic/willow-tree/s-YnzfN
Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile – Tarnation – Ravi Raman: Standout cut of the album called Bass and Mandolin. Don’t know anything about the two musicians, as I accidentally discovered them while browsing for some RR/SB topic.
Sleeping at Last – Taste – glassarfemptee: “Sleeping At Last” is the moniker of Chicago-based singer-songwriter, producer and composer, Ryan O’Neal. This track is from the soundtrack to a film about a charity bringing sustainable clean water supplies to developing countries. I hope you find it as beautiful as I did.
Samaris – T3mp0 – severin: I saw Icelandic combo, Samaris, at Camden’s Jazz café recently. Despite some sound problems they were fantastic. This is from their third album – the first to have lyrics sung in English. Previously the singer had sung the words of old Icelandic poems. Comparisons have been made with Bjork (of course) and occasionally Portishead but, I think, they have a sound of their own.
Nightwatchman – Black Spartacus Heart Attack Machine – tincanman: All the poop going on in political circles these days cries out for ass-kicking protest song replies, and Tom Morello is just the man for the job. “Mick Jones of The Clash referred to his main guitar as a ‘heart attack machine’ and I named my new jet black acoustic axe ‘Black Spartacus’. And [we] have each others’ back, so foes of justice better start trembling in their boots.”
Lee Morgan Quintet – Sidewinder – goneforeign: The Sidewinder is a 1964 album by the trumpeter Lee Morgan, recorded at the Van Gelder Studio in Englewood, New Jersey, It was released on the Blue Note label. The title track, “The Sidewinder“, was one of the defining recordings of the soul jazz genre in the ’60’s, it became a jazz standard and it was on the air constantly on the fm jazz stations, consequently by January 1965, the album had reached No. 25 on the Billboard chart. It was recorded by Rudy Van Gelder in his parents’ house in Hackensack, New Jersey, where a control room was built adjacent to the living room, which served as the musicians’ performing area. The dry acoustics of this working space were partly responsible for Van Gelder’s inimitable recording aesthetic. Bob Cranshaw, bassist, died at the age of 83 on November 2, 2016 in Manhattan, Van Gelder died in August 2016. I think the rhythm section creates a wonderful drive throughout and the three soloing musicians interactions are amazing.