Charles Mingus – Mingus Ah Um
Happy New Year. Despite being on holiday for 10 days I seem to have no time to post to Furious Music. So, apologies for a late post and very short text.
Thirteen steps from Thomas Mapfumo is Charles Mingus. I only own the one Mingus CD – note to self, should buy more Mingus – and so Mingus Ah Um it is. And from the album we’ve Girl of my Dreams – dedicated to my wife and daughter, the Girls of my Dreams!
No more words; on with the music.
Charles Mingus – Girl of my Dreams
Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill – The Lonesome Touch
11, 12, 13 – Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill – The Lonesome Touch. Good choice, Mr Thirteen! I’ve posted from this album before and also from the Live album but have no problem if fate tells me to give another puff to Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill.
For those of you who don’t know, Martin Hayes is Irish but lives in America, while Dennis Cahill is an American citizen. They tour regularly in the US and periodically overseas. I really must try to get to one gigs next time they are in England – I imagine that they are terrific live.
Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill – Tell Her I Am / Gallagher’s Frolics
Béla Fleck & the Flecktones – Outbound
Now we can see the benefit of the “Lucky 13” selection. Today’s track is from a CD, Béla Fleck & the Flecktones – Outbound, that I bought but don’t play too often. I bought it because:
- I have read great reviews of Béla Fleck
- it won a Grammy in 2000
- well … you can’t have too many banjo albums in your collection, can you?
I like it but it has not really grabbed me, so I enjoy individual tracks if they come up in a shuffle selection, but I almost never just just play the album.
However, being your diligent blogger, I’ve played it a couple of times over the past few days, and I have got into it a lot more. It isn’t the album I thought it would be when I bought it but that’s probably a good thing, isn’t it?
So, once again, “Lucky Thirteen” has helped me rediscover some music in my record collection, a large incentive for me to start this blog c. three years ago.
Béla Fleck & the Flecktones – Hoe Down
Ry Cooder & VM Bhatt – A Meeting by the River
A very short post this week because I’m ill. I should be in bed but the twin attractions of the computer and the garden call.
Last weekend I was away at the wedding of my nephew Chris. His new wife Nin is from a Sikh family and so, to celebrate one marriage between East and West, I’m posting another – Ry Cooder & VM Bhatt with Isa Lei from the A Meeting by the River album.
Ry Cooder & VM Bhatt – Isa Lei
Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill – Live in Seattle
I’m on a roll, I’ve done (nearly) all of my weekend chores, this afternoon I’m off to poke my nose – and possibly camera – into other peoples gardens, and I’ve still time to post to Furious Music. Woo-hoo!
Last night, for want of anything better to watch, we revisited Folk Hibernia – a BBC programme about, you guessed it – Irish folk music. I enjoyed it the first time round in 2007, and I enjoyed it again last night. Great music, great characters and interesting historic clips.
Amongst loads of great music I particularly enjoyed the playing of Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill. Martin Hayes is the son of PJ Hayes, who by reputation is one of the best fiddle players ever. His son is no slouch either and in the programme is most articulate when discussing the permanence of traditional music in Ireland.
My favourite celtic music CD in my collection is Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill – Live in Seattle. I thought that I had posted a track from it but apparently not. So here is Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill playing Martin Rochford’s / Green Gowned Lass.
Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill – Martin Rochford’s / Green Gowned Lass
stor Piazzolla – Essential Tango
No time to write; just time to post this gentle tango from – Astor Piazzolla‘s Los Suenos from Essential Tango, a cheap and okayish introduction to his music.
Astor Piazzolla – Los Suenos
Danny Thompson & Whatever – Elemental
So, on to the final track of my mini Danny Thompson season. This week it is Beirut from the 1990 Danny Thompson & Whatever CD Elemental. I heard a track being described on Jazz Library recently being described as “the kind of music that you can love if you are a jazz fan but you can also love if you are not”. To me this perfectly describes Danny Thompson’s music on each of the 3 jazz albums I own. I hope you’ve enjoyed listening to this mini season and currently badgering your MP / influential friends to secure a knighthood (at least) for the man.
On a Danny Thompson related topic I have just caught up (rather belatedly) with the series of radio shows / podcasts that Joe Boyd has been making on the community radio station Resonance FM. In the first programme, Joe plays Swedish Dance from the Danny Thompson CD Whatever. He explains in the show that the tune was written in memory of Jan Johansson. (Johanson was a Swedish jazz pianist whose Jazz på svenska (Jazz in Swedish) CD sold more than a quarter of a million copies and is the best selling jazz release ever in Sweden. He died in November 1968 in a car crash on his way to a concert.)
I can certainty recommend these Joe Boyd radio shows / podcasts. Boyd is unquestionably one of the most important record producers of the 20th century, his choice of music for these shows is impeccable and his insight into the music and his reminiscences are fascinating. (One caveat – in the first show the sound volumes of the music and the chat in between are, inexplicably, out of balance. This is an irritant but only a minor one and certainly not a reason to miss out on the programme.)
I also plan to root around Resonance FM a bit more. I’m sure that there are treasures to be found here. Next week something entirely different – I’m just not sure what yet!
Danny Thompson & Whatever – Beirut
Savourna Stevenson, June Tabor & Danny Thompson – Singing The Storm
A very quick post today as I’m “off to London to visit the Queen” – well, daughter to be strictly accurate.
This week’s music featuring Danny Thompson comes from the album he made with Savourna Stevenson (Scottish harp or clàrsach) and June Tabor (vocals). I don’t remember the album receiving much acclaim when it was released but I loved it from the day I bought it. I think that I’m a bit of a closet harp fan. On this CD I particularly like the rhythmic playing of the harp – and I for one do not usually associate rhythm with the harp.
The track I’ve chosen to post is an instrumental thus does not feature June Tabor. It does however have some lovely playing from Savourna Stephenson and sympathetic accompaniment from Danny Thompson.
Note to self: must investigate more Savourna Stephenson albums / harp music.
Savourna Stevenson, June Tabor & Danny Thompson – Water
Danny Thompson – Whatever
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.
Danny Thompson – Swedish Dance
Songhai – Songhai
A quick post today as I’ve already spent too much time looking at this computer already this weekend.
Today we’ve got Songhai, a collaboration between the Spanish flamenco group Ketama, Malian kora player Toumani Diabaté, and, our hero, Danny Thompson. I’ve commented before that I’m not one for “fusion” music. I generally like the parts more than the whole. (An aside – I feel this way about fusion food too). However, as with all rules, there are exceptions. One such is Songhai.
They made two albums, imaginatively called Songhai and Songhai 2. Neither albums are easy to purchase at the moment either as CDs or mp3 downloads. If you see a copy, snap it up. Until then, enjoy Caramelo from the first album.
On my, admittedly very quiet, quest to get Danny Thompson and O.B.E. or some such gong, I realise now that I’m hampered by not having a Facebook account. I understand that this is how the young people lobby for such things today. If there is anyone out there with such an account, could you please check to see if there is a high profile campaign to recognise DT and if not, would you start one for me please?
Songhai – Caramelo