“It’s not that easy being green, Having to spend each day the colour of the leaves”. I have been singing Being Green (the Van Morrison version, not Kermit’s!) since watching an article about the use of peat in gardens on Gardeners World on Friday. And thus a Furious Music mini series was born. Colours.
But straight away the usual problem, Hard Nose the Highway is no-longer in my collection (and seems to be out of print), Pink Moon by Nick Drake likewise. No matter; start with Miles Davis and then see where we can go.
Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue is possibly the biggest selling jazz album of all time. It was also chosen in the first selection of The National Recording Registry of sound recordings that “are culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States”. To many people, Kind of Blue IS jazz and jazz IS Kind of Blue.
The track I’ve chosen is All Blues (I could also have chosen Blue in Green). I first came across this tune in a vocalese version, lyrics added by Oscar Brown Jnr, sung by the great Annie Ross on the LP Annie Ross and Pony Poindexter recorded live at the 10th German Jazz Festival. What a great record!
Enough reminiscing, listen to the original. And if you don’t have any jazz in your collection – start here!