- marcus valle
- carlos lyra
- edu lobo
- nara leao
- wanda de sah
- sergio mendes
- dori caymmi
- tamba trio
- joao gilberto
- baden powell
- vinicius moraes
- tom jobim
- sylvia telles
- roberto menescal
Songs, charts and other strummings
my top ten heroes all play guitar in a brazilian style.
Playing scales on the guitar
Repertoire for a non-existent Brazilian band in South Wales
I want to be in a band that plays these <sigh>
Isaac Hayes – Walk on by
Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine
George Benson – This Masquerade
Jorge Ben – Oba la vem ela
Seu Jorge – Tive Razao
Morena Veloso – Deusa do amour
Jorge Ben – Mas Que Nada
Evinha – Olha eu Aqui
Brazil 66 – Night and Day
Astrud Gilberto – Aqua de Beber
A review of a Michael Blake album
This is about the fifth Michael Blake album I’ve heard. I’m not saying it’s the best, but I’ve never written anything about the others so that says something doesn’t it? The album I’m all excited about is called
The World Awakes: Tribute to Eli Lucky Thompson
I have to say straight away that I’d never heard of Lucky Thompson, but that kind of makes it interesting doesn’t it? A bit like enjoying an actor’s impersonation of someone that you’ve never seen. You don’t have to get hung up on whether it’s a good impersonation or not. Even without the reference you still get something of the style, the musical dynsasty. As you might expect from a tribute album it’s not really breaking new ground. It is great music, but the intention isn’t to shock or create the next Shape Of Things To Come. What makes it so good is that the more you listen to it the more it unpeels, like an onion. Each layer you strip away is clean and fresh. It’s really quite amazing how diverse the influences and styles that are represented here really are. When you first listen to it, you don’t think “oh there is klezmer and south african” as well as some be-bop, hip-hop etc.. . It’s so deep in the mix you don’t see it at first. Everything is so coherent that the influences seem secondary. Like soup boiled down to make new flavours. This is really compelling music. Actually it may even be new music that is emerging after all. Sure, there is replication (and you can feel the concern for authenticity) but it’s never lazy emotionally. Whether it’s explicit and uncensored or ephemeral mixtures of bitter and sweet it just feels vivid and sparkly throughout. This is a great album. Thank you Michael.
Forties jazz music
The siren sisters got me interested in old stuff from the forties. Here are my top five from this era:
1. This is the swing era and no-one swings better than basie.
2. Here’s Carmen it’s show time
3. Mr Sandman has been with me as long as I can remember
4. The best dance music is from Cuba
5. Why is this song sad and uplifting at the same time?
Such a hip video.
Repertoire for a non-existent West Coast jazz band in Wales
By West Coast Jazz I’m thinking Wes Montgomery and Jimmy Smith. I live in Wales and I’m interested in this sound.
Line-up (of this dream band)
guitar, organ, double bass, drum
Four On Six,
+ So What,
+ The Shadow of Your Smile
+ My Funny Valentine,
+ Bossa Dorada,
+ I Got A Woman
+ Agua De Beber,
+ Besame Mucho
+ Nature Boy
Jim Mullen, Grant Green, George Benson, Jack McDuff, Chet Baker
Gypsies entertain the brethren
I’ve never been inside a masonic lodge before. That’s one of the best (and worst) things about being a live performer — you travel a lot. Despite a somewhat faded grandeur The Guild Hall has an impressive architecture that was teeming with life at the brethren’s annual let-the-wives-in event. We Gypsies (also known as 5 Go Swing) swung hard and were rewarded with some yi-haw clapping and blushingly nice compliments from our host. As I scanned the audience I looked for familiar faces (Dan Brown?) but it wasn’t my kind of crowd.