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Sunday Jazz – The Nat King Cole Trio

Almost a perfect Sunday Album.

The smoky, smooth pop vocals of Nat King Cole make us tend to forget that, at heart, he was essentially a jazz performer. His piano proficiency, vocal phrasing, and utter coolness all hark back to his jazz roots which are ideally demonstrated on this album.

Listening to him as pianist and not just as a vocalist, it is easy to understand why Diana Krall rates him as her primary influence, to the extent of recording a whole album in tribute to him and his Trio.

Nobody could sing “Sweet Lorraine” like Nat and he recorded it several times, the first with his Trio in December of 1943.  After Nat evolved into more of a “singer” than a “piano player” in the 1950’s, his jazz audience clamored for more of the “old Nat”, and he obliged with the series of recordings which make up the “After Midnight” album.

During August and September of 1956, Nat invited some guest musicians in with him to re-record some of the old Nat King Cole Trio hits from the 40’s like “Sweet Lorraine”.  In this instance, the great Count Basie sideman, Harry “Sweets” Edison took the honors on his trumpet.

Included was this version of Bobby Troup’s “Route 66” unusual in the way that Nat sings “six six” and not the original “sixty six”

“Route 66” – Nat King Cole and his Trio

 

 

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June 19, 2011 Posted by | Jazz Vocal, Old Music, Video | , , | Leave a comment

New News – Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney is set to release a covers albums in early 2012.

The Beatles man recorded the album in Los Angeles and has said it is comprised of covers from the “pre rock” era.

Speaking to Rolling Stone about the release, he said: “It’s my dad’s style of music. I’ve wanted
to do that kind of thing forever, since The Beatles days. But then Rod went mad on it. I thought, ‘I have to wait so it doesn’t look like I’m trying to do a Rod.'”

The album, which does not yet have a title, will feature a number of songs with jazz singer Diana Krall and McCartney has said each song is one “He admires” and that the album is “Get-home-from-work music.”

He said: “They’re just songs I admire. I’m trying to steer away from the obvious
ones. It’s get-home-from-work music. You put it on and get a glass of wine.”

McCartney has also said he is planning to record a “heavy rock album” after being inspired by the new Foo Fighters album ‘Wasting Light’. He added: “It sounds quite wacky, but it keeps it fresh. I love that, you get a crazy idea and go with it. You never know, I may run into a garage to make this other album.”

Source www.uncut.co.uk

In the meantime remasters of his first two solo albums will be along soon.

May 26, 2011 Posted by | Cover Stories, Jazz Vocal, New News, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Mose Allison

The great Mose Allison returns in March with his first new album in twelve years titled “The Way Of The World”

Here is the statement as issued by his record company:-

Mose Allison’s new album and ANTI- debut The Way of the World arrives March 23rd, 2010, marking his return to the recording studio after a 12 year absence. Working with maverick producer Joe Henry, Allison has found his most sympathetic setting in years, surrounded by young, vibrant players, who add surprising slide guitar and some sinewy saxophone to the classic Mose sound;

The Way of the World also features Mose’ first-ever duet with his daughter, singer Amy Allison. Yet this album is all Mose, from the solo song “Modest Proposal,” a sly scalpel taken to organized religion, to the modernist, Monkish changes he takes the band through on the lone instrumental, “Crush.”

Remarking on the outsized influence that Allison has had on several generations of musicians, producer Henry writes in his heartfelt liner notes, “For many of us, Mose Allison has long stood as a great swaying bridge, spanning our strange, stormy times: linking the fifties to the present; the mystical country blues to the urbanity of jazz; tough beat poetry to wistful self-reflection; seduction to candor, heart to mind, wit to wisdom; Mark Twain straight through to Willie Dixon, with Chico Marx barking directions from the backseat, James Stewart at the wheel.”

Allison occupies a hallowed place in blues songwriting, sitting alongside Dixon and Percy Mayfield in bringing a witty, urbane sensibility to the modern blues. Also well documented is his sway over a generation of British rockers – most rock fans know the Who’s blistering run-through of “Young Man’s Blues” on Live at Leeds, but are less aware of Mose’ influence on John Mayall, Van Morrison, Ray Davies, and the Yardbirds, all the way through to the Clash, who covered “Look Here” on Sandinista.

Then there is that subtle, indefinable fact of Mose’ voice, that laconic, laid-back singing style without which we would have no Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Belle and Sebastian, and Schoolhouse Rock. Not to mention Allison the respected pianist, with his nods to Monk and Garner, and a slew of five-star Downbeat reviews in his piano bench.

The Way of the World finds Mose playing and writing with a new looseness, a playfulness and verve that belies his years, while behind the offhand swing lies the weight of those years, in the slowburn vitriol of Mose’s mind in full gear. That canny blend of easy swing and lyrical incision makes The Way of the World an instant classic, in Mose’ or anyone else’s repertoire.

Track List:
01. My Brain
02. I Know You Didn’t Mean It
03. Everybody Thinks You’re An Angel
04. Let It Come Down
05. Modest Proposal
06. Crush
07. Some Right, Some Wrong
08. The Way Of The World
09. Ask Me Nice
10. Once In A While
11. I’m Alright
12. The New Situation

“My Brain” – Mose Allison

Obviously a re-working of this Willie Dixon classic:-

“My Babe” – Davy Graham ( I have previously posted the Little Walter version)

To buy the music of Mose Allison click HERE

February 16, 2010 Posted by | Blues, Jazz Vocal, New Music, New News, Video | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Sunday Jazz – Diana Krall

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I haven’t as yet bought the new Bossa Nova themed Diana Krall album “Quiet Nights“, though I do have it on order.

Quiet Nights

This album has not been received very well with many people finding it uninspiring and even boring, however, I will give it a chance when it arrives. 

I have however received her new DVD “Live In Rio” which is superb

Live In Rio

Recorded in November 2008 in support of her Quiet Nights album, Live In Rio finds Diana Krall on top form, lending her sultry vocals to a set of bossa nova standards. The DVD of this stand out live performance features the tracks: “I Love Being Here With You”, “Let’s Fall In Love”, “Where Or When”, “Too Marvellous For Words”, “I’ve Grown Accustomed To His Face”, “Walk On By”, “Frim Fram Sauce’, ‘Cheek To Cheek’, ‘You’re My Thrill’, ‘Let’s Face The Music And Dance”, “Every Time We Say Goodbye”, “So Nice”, “Quiet Nights”, “Este Seu Olhar”, “The Boy From Ipanema”, “I Don’t Know Enough About You”, “S’Wonderful” and “Exactly Like You”.

 

Here is a track from the first Diana Krall album I bought

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“Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” – Diana Krall

 

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June 14, 2009 Posted by | Jazz, Jazz Vocal, Old Music, Video | | Leave a comment

Sunday Jazz – Diana Krall

diana-krall

I have been a big admirer of Diana Krall since 1996 when I bought her then new album “All For You: A Dedication To The Nat King Cole Trio”

all-for-you

My favourite song she plays is “Peel Me A Grape” which featured on her “Love Scenes” album released in 1997.

love-scenes

Her cover version of Joni Mitchell’s ” A Case Of You” from her 2002 live album “A Night In Paris” re-kindled by admiration for the music of Joni Mitchell

 

a-night-in-paris

 

For more information on Diana Krall click HERE

 

To buy Diana Krall music click HERE

 

Diana has a new album “Quiet Nights” scheduled for a March release.

quiet-nights

Track Listings

1. Where or When
2. Too Marvelous for Words
3. I’ve Grown Accustomed to His Face
4. Boy from Ipanema
5. Walk on By
6. You’re My Thrill
7. Este Seu Olhar
8. So Nice
9. Quiet Nights
10. Guess I’ll Hang My Tears out to Dry
11. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart [*]
12. Every Time We Say Goodbye [*]
Diana Krall first new CD in nearly three years – Quiet Nights, is to be released on March 31, it is Krall’s first CD of new material in three years.
Krall, known for her crossover appeal had twin sons with husband Elvis Costello in 2006; they turned 2 Dec. 6. The 10 songs include ballads, three recordings of songs by bossa nova legend Antonio Carlos Jobim, and standards such as “Walk On By” by Burt Bacharach.
A two-time Grammy winner, Krall is surrounded by familiar faces on “Quiet Nights.” In addition to her longtime quartet and producer Tommy LiPuma, who worked with her on nine previous recordings, arranger Claus Ogerman returns. He last worked with Krall on her 2001 record “The Look of Love.” Ogerman was the arranger on many of bossa nova’s first wave of recordings in the 1960s, working with Jobim, Frank Sinatra, Stan Getz and Bill Evans. Ogerman came out of semiretirement to once again work with Krall. LiPuma, who first worked with Krall in 1994, said the record shows how she has matured as a singer.
In addition to finishing “Quiet Nights,” Krall is producing a new Barbra Streisand record that is slated to be completed in January and released sometime in 2009. Krall intends to tour North America in April following the release of “Quiet Nights.”
Krall’s previous album release was The Very Best of Diana Krall (her eleventh) and it was released in 2007. In the U.S. the CD debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart at number 19.
Following soon after the album will be “Live In Rio” a DVD/Blu-Ray release scheduled for May.
live-in-rio

Recorded in November 2008 in support of her QUIET NIGHTS album, LIVE IN RIO finds Diana Krall on top form, lending her sultry vocals to a set of bossa nova standards. Tracklisting: ‘I Love Being Here With You’, ‘Let’s Fall In Love’, ‘Where Or When’, ‘Too Marvellous For Words’, ‘I’ve Grown Accustomed To His Face’, ‘Walk On By’, ‘Frim Fram Sauce’, ‘Cheek To Cheek’, ‘You’re My Thrill’, ‘Let’s Face The Music And Dance’, ‘Every Time We Say Goodbye’, ‘So Nice’, ‘Quiet Nights’, ‘Este Seu Olhar’, ‘The Boy From Ipanema’, ‘I Don’t Know Enough About You’, ‘S’Wonderful’, ‘Exactly Like You’.

March 22, 2009 Posted by | Jazz Vocal, New News, Uncategorized, Video | , | 2 Comments

   

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