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Sunday Jazz – Madeleine Peyroux


The great Madeleine Peyroux has a new album in the shops now.

“Standing On The Rooftop” is weighted more towards her continually developing songwriting skills yet still has three of her typically inspirational cover versions.

Perhaps the most startling is her take on Robert Johnson’s “Love In Vain”, previously turned into a typical Stones R&B cover, however, Madeleine strips it back down to sound like it should totally tortured!



To buy the music of Madeleine Peyroux click HERE

July 3, 2011 Posted by | Blues, Jazz Vocal, New Releases, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Sunday Jazz – Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan turns 70 on Tuesday 24th May so here in the first of three posts to mark the ocassion is a couple of jazz covers.

For more information and previous posts on Madeliene Peyroux click HERE and HERE

For more information and previous posts on Barb Jungr click HERE and HERE

May 22, 2011 Posted by | Cover Stories, Jazz Vocal, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Elliott Smith

One of Elliott Smith’s most celebrated tracks is set to be unearthed as a new single.

Elliott Smith lived a short, tragic but ultimately hugely productive life. Musical from a young age, the singer rejected the post-grunge boom in underground rock music for something more intimate.

Armed with his acoustic guitar, Elliott Smith’s whispered vocals would be overdubbed to produce a ghostly choral effect. The songwriting, too, was quite different intruding upon the singer’s personal problems.

Enduring mental health issues throughout his short life, Elliott Smith battled depression and anxiety. Sometimes succumbing to periods of intense paranoia, these issues seep through his slim back catalogue.

A powerful songwriter, Elliott Smith’s output contains some of the most influential songwriting of his generation. Inspiring a generation of acoustic stars to probe their own lives, his death in 2003 robbed the world of an enormous talent.

A new compilation on Domino is set to act as an introduction for a new generation of fans. Drawing on his back catalogue, the new collection contains no new surprises but impresses with the sheer power of Elliott Smith’s material.

Due for release on November 1st, Elliott Smith’s track ‘The Ballad Of Big Nothing’ is set to be made available as a single on the same day. The American artist’s classic track will be backed with ‘Division Day’.

Available on limited edition seven inch this is a future collector’s item for fans, as well as what will hopefully prove to be an entrance point for those unfamiliar with the work of Elliott Smith.

Elliott Smith is set to release ‘The Ballad Of Big Nothing’ / ‘Division Day’ on November 1st.


Here is one of my favourite Elliott Smith tracks from his 2004 album “From A Basement On The Hill”

“A Fond Farwell” – Elliott Smith

Here is another favourite of mine though this time performed in a cover version by Madeliene Peyroux

“Between The Bars” – Madeleine Peyroux

To buy the music of Elliott Smith click HERE

To buy the music of Madeleine Peyroux click HERE

September 27, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, New News, New Releases, Old Music, Video | , | Leave a comment

The River

The above picture highlights Dumbarton Rock with the River Leven and River Clyde taken with an iPhone into a low winter sun.

One of my all time top 5 albums.

Now here’s one from a Son Of The Rock

February 24, 2010 Posted by | Photography, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

New Music – Madeleine Peyroux


Madeleine Peyroux is one of my favourite new era jazz singers. She is perhaps best known to date for her innovative takes on other peoples songs with her version of “Careless Love” and Leonard Cohen’s “Dance Me To The End Of Love” [Acoustic Version] being particular favourites.

Her new album “Bare Bones” released on the 13th April, treads new ground featuring as it does tracks with co-writing credits to Madeleine.



The first track I have chosen to highlight is “You Can’t Do Me” and is well wide of any jazz standard and is also co-written with Steely Dan’s Walter Becker.

“You Can’t Do Me” – Madeleine Peyroux

With a more typical Peyroux vibe here is “Instead”

“Instead” – Madeleine Peyroux

You can buy Madeleine Peyroux music HERE

For more information on Madeleine Peyroux click HERE

Here is her version of Elliot Smith’s “Between Bars”

Finally a live performance of Cohen’s “Dance Me To The End Of Love”

March 13, 2009 Posted by | Jazz Vocal, New Music, Video | , , , , | 1 Comment


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