Right, this week Danny Thompson plays jazz.
I have in my collection three Danny Thompson jazz CDs – Whatever, Whatever Next and Elemental. I love them all and would encourage you to go out and buy them except for the fact that they are quite difficult to get hold of now. There are copies around, some new and some second-hand but they do seem to command silly prices. Supply and demand I suppose! I never know why music like this is not readily available for download. To my mind that ought to be the main function of mp3 downloads – supplying the “long tail”.
The three CDs are quite different in character – the third album Elemental most especially. But what I like in these records (and in all my favourite albums) is that they hang together as an entity not merely a collection of songs. I heard someone expressing the same thing on the radio last week, I forget who it was. He was opining that the album today is a series of singles (at best) and a couple of singles with some fillers (at worst). I buy compilation albums from time to time (mainly as a gateway into a new artist / group) and am often dissatisfied because they don’t hang together as a whole. A modern young thing would get over this qualm by adding the album to a play-list and pressing the shuffle button but hey ho!
Enough curmudgeonly comment from the growlery, onto the music. I have chosen to post Swedish Dance from Whatever but in all honesty, I could have chosen any track from this CD. I am playing the album as I write and, as is often the case, I am dithering over my choice as each new track comes on.