BJ Cole – Gnossienne No. 5

Various Artists - Instruments

Various Artists – Instruments

An instrumental this week from an album called, appropriately enough, Instruments. It is one of two samplers put out in the ’90s by Hannibal Records, the other being Voices. The track I’ve chosen is the Erik Satie composition Gnossienne No. 5 played by BJ Cole. So, it is a piano piece adapted for pedal steel guitar.

BJ Cole is little known as a front man but if you look at the breadth of music he has created over the years, you wonder why he is not better known. Wikipedia have an enormous list of bands / acts that BJ Cole has played with or recorded for and I know that this is only a partial list! They name Cochise, Marc Bolan / T.Rex, Elton John, R.E.M., Cat Stevens, Kevin Ayers, Billy Connolly, Richard Ashcroft, The Verve, Luke Vibert, Graham Coxon, Roger Waters, Juno Reactor, Rockin Dave Taylor, Depeche Mode, Doll by Doll, Devon Sproule, Björk, Chumbawamba, David Gilmour, Hanson, Ian Siegal, Jah Wobble, The Stranglers, Sting, Icebreaker, Brian Joseph Friel, David Gilmour, The Moody Blues. Wow!

BJ Cole – Gnossienne No. 5