A true giant of jazz and be-bop passed away on December 26 at the age of 88. Sam Rivers, played saxophone, clarinet, piano and flute, with some harmonica. His career spanned 60 years and included both him as a bandleader and several stints as a side-man for such greats as Miles Davis, Cecil Taylor and Dave Holland. He had recorded 24 albums in his time. His songwriting included such standards as “Beatrice”, which is the first video I have chosen. This is a live version, recorded in 1989 with the Sam Rivers Quartet. The song is mellow, but showcases Sam’s saxophone playing.
My second choice is a video with James Blood Ulmer, again live, and 1993ish.
This post includes songs that were new to me in 2011, meaning some of them may not be real 2011 releases. Once again, my blog, my rules. Now that I have set the ground rules, I will not mince words or platitudes on these bands or songs and will simply post the video with a link to their website. Please visit them, and remember, support these artists and any others that strike you, be they authors, musicians, sculptors etc. It is hard to be creative when you are starving.
The award does come with some heavy responsibilities though, kind of like a quest. The first responsibility is to thank the person who bestowed the honour on me, so for this I humbly thank Guapola. He writes a very entertaining blog, which I visit regularly. There is a very loose feel there, with some great wit and parry and thrust. Oh, and the posts are great. Stop by there and enjoy yourself. The second is to nominate 15 blogs for the award, as well as tell them of said nomination, and the third is to share seven random things about myself.
As the quest continues, I must now nominate 15 blogs for the award. This is the best part of the endeavour. I began my blog in April, never considering that there is a strong community of fellow bloggers who are both seeking and lending support. I very much enjoy the community and its denizens and becoming more confident from the support as well as more comfortable in lending it. With out further adieu. I nominate the following, with a short reason why I chose them. Please pay them all a visit. For those who have already received the bling, I apologize for the repeat, yet, in my mind, I still want you to have it, as this time it is from me.
T is an aspiring writer. I first ran across her on Twitter, through a group of sports bloggers. She tweets about her beloved Flames and Capitals of the NHL and writes nice and humorous posts about life in Saskatchewan.
Cool stuff kept short is the byline, the blog lives up to it, other than odd Batman post. A rookie like myself, the posts usually feature music. I enjoy it because there is something new (to me) on here regularly.
I don’t think he is really a guru, but he does know his sports. I have a soft spot in my heart for this blog as it has 3 firsts for me. He was the first to like a post, comment on a post and put me on a blogroll.
The hardest working blogger I know. Had his own radio show, writes columns in various places and, of course his blog. I enjoy my conversations with Mike. If you like sports, this is a great place to visit. Lots of comments.
Doesn’t post all that much, and usually about Canadian or Saskatchewan issues, which means that most of my readers may not be to interested. I like to keep up to date and support friends at the same time. Brandon fits both bills and deserves the recognition.
A slice of life blog, well written, with some nice insights, Heather is one of my favourites now.
This concludes the tag part of tonight’s festivities, which leads to the last part of my quest. I must now share the 7 random things about myself.
Common to most, I still have no idea what I want to be when I grow up. If you have any suggestions, I am open to listen.
There is nothing more wonderful than a comfy spot where you can watch the world go by, while enjoying a refreshing beverage.
I am cursed (blessed?) with one of those memories that cannot shed useless facts, kind of like Sheldon Cooper at a high school level. I am never invited to play Trivial Pursuit.
I am obsessed with people and places, I can’t get enough of learning and experiencing what others see and feel every day, which fits in well with 2 above, and likely contributes to my love of beer.
I’ve had a giant parrot sit on my shoulder and take the most disgusting crap down my back. I was the first to volunteer (I’m shy), and let’s say, there was not a huge rush to have the parrot on other people’s shoulders after they saw my experience.
I’ve determined that certain monkeys would make great hats (live monkeys, I’m not that mean).
Trumpet player Dan Terry passed on at the age of 87 on the 27th of December. Another player with an astounding pedigree. He wrote scores for movies (The Hustler, The Manchurian Candidate), recorded 8 albums between 1952 and 1999, and played with the likes of Count Basie and Sarah Vaughn. I went looking for some of his music and found the cut below. If you like big band and trumpets, then this guy was for you. Love that sound.
Welcome back to the list of Canada’s best music. This entry includes some current stars, a classic rocker and a pair of icons, one of whom you may not have realized was Canadian based on music history and cultural impact. Let’s start with the video.
Another Canadian icon makes its first entry to the series. This song has always been one of my favourites for several non-musical reasons. First I am originally from Winnipeg, where they hail from, and second Saskatoon is my second home, lived there for 15 years.
David Wilcox, love this guy. The prototypical live guitar player. Writes some very interesting lyrics and simply loves to play live. We saw him play at Olympic Plaza in downtown Calgary on Canada Day and it was just nuts. Lots of fun when this guy cuts loose.
A North American native anthem, the only version I can find on YouTube that wasn’t crap was the attached by Keith Secola. Although not a Canadian, I will allow this as a pseudo-Canadian version. My post, my call.
Part of the “We Are The World” famine relief efforts in the 1980’s, this song was Canada’s contribution. The song, written by Bryan Adams, and features such artists as Neil Young, Geddy Lee, Burton Cummings and Anne Murray, a who’s who of Canadian artists at that time.
The first entry by a Canadian icon, this song was a major hit with Tina Turner. The version I have inserted is a live one, recorded in Lisbon, Portugal and highlights the energy he can create on stage. Oh, and Keith Scott is great on guitar.