A very juicy bunch of worms for you this week, if the photo hasn’t put you off your lunch. If you have an earworm you’d like to share, please send a link or an .mp3 to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will try and include it in a future Earworms post. Many thanks to all contributors.
Oana Catalina Chitu: Trenule masina mica / Oana Catalina Chitu: Aseara ti-am luat basma – abahachi: Back in my favourite Zig Zag Jazz Cafe for an evening of Balkan music: Moldavian cymbalon player, Serbian accordion player and this Romanian singer, projecting an “I’ll eat you alive” attitude and some magnificent vocals, with a mixture of Romanian tangos, traditional Roma songs and the repertoire of inter-war Bucharest diva Maria Tănase. Personally I preferred the stripped-down instrumentation of the concert to the recorded versions, which chuck in a load of violin and sax, but this is magnificent stuff, variously reminiscent of Weimar cabaret and Lisbon Fado among other things…
Eli and the Manhattans – My Big Dream – severin: And yet more doo wop. I think it’s another winner but you can decide. This kind of music is a much needed antidote to world and UK events right now. This is from 1958 so maybe I heard it in my cradle when I was nought.
Fats Domino – The Fat Man – tincanman: Say, does this piano make my wallet look fat? Possibly the first rock and roll record to sell over a million records.
Les McCann – Burnin’ Coal – Ravi Raman: more of piano jazz and from an aptly named compilation album, “Smokin’ Soul Picnic”. Terrific stuff.
St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Flow With It – glassarfemptee: Paul Janeway has the perfect pipes for bluesy, jazzy white soul – think, perhaps, Average White Band. St Paul and the Broken Bones are appearing on this side of the pond in July 2017, and this track is off their 2016 album, ‘Sea of noise’.
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