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Song Of The Day – “The Beat Goes On” – Emilie-Claire Barlow


Some Canadian jazz from about 5 years.  Good take on a classic.

Song Of The Day – Richard Bona – “Good Times”


Richard Bona, musician

Richard Bona, musician (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Song of the day presents something different, African jazz by Richard Bona.  Another catch off CKUA here in Alberta (CKUA is a radio station).  His real name is Bona Pinder Yayumayalolo and he hails from Minta, Cameroon.  He emigrated to Germany at the age of 22 and now lives in France.  When I hear this tune I hear many influences, including Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder.  Good solid song.

 

 

Random Songs From My Phone – Comin’ Home Baby – Michael Buble


English: Michael Buble walks the Red Carpet at...

English: Michael Buble walks the Red Carpet at the 2009 Junos in Vancouver, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As if to prove I truly use the shuffle function, up comes a Michael Buble tune that, although nice, is not anywhere near the top of my musical food chain.  Typically, I’ll hit next when one of his songs comes up in the queue.  Not this time though.  Michael Buble is a huge world-wide superstar, a Canadian crooner at the top of his craft.  He sells out anything and anywhere.  His style is a throwback, a scotch drinking smoker with a crazy sense of humour, and, of course, a great singing voice.  This tune, “Comin’ Home Baby, is from his “Call Me Irresponsible” album and is a duet with Boyz II Men. The song is a jazz tune from 1961, originally done by the Donald Bailey Quartet, later recorded and turned into a hit by Mel Torme.  Many artists have covered it,  including Herbie Mann, David Sanborn and Quincy Jones.

Enjoy, and let’s hope the shuffle God is kinder next time.

Song Of The Day – Remembering George Duke


English: George Duke and Miles Davis in 1986 a...

English: George Duke and Miles Davis in 1986 at Montreux Jazz Festival. Français : Miles Davis et George Duke en 1986 au Montreux Jazz Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The world lost a great one on August 5.  George Duke, the legend, passed away at the age of 67.  Not many careers as fine as this jazz keyboardist, singer, composer and producer.  And collaborator, wow, he played with Zappa on many of his albums and is recognized as a major keyboard pioneer.  Truly an amazing player.  He played with everybody, Al Jarreau, Miles Davis, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, and the list goes on.  Almost 40 albums on his own, innumerable albums as a sideman, he will be missed.  The cut I have posted is unbelievably good.  It is a live video of George and his band at the java Jazz Festival.

 

 

 

Song Of The Day – US3 – “Cantaloop”


Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)

Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kind of a smooth rap/jazz song by UK-based band US3.  The title “Cantaloop“.  The band has been around since 1992 and released their first album “Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)” in 1993.  This is a remastered and re-released version from that album.  The record,released in 2013 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the original album, is a classic.  I don’t normally get into the rap/hip-hop material, so this is a bit of a departure for me.  The song is very interesting in its fusing of jazz, funk and rap.  Surprising that it is from 20 years ago.  Enjoy.

US3 on iTunes

 

Song Of The Day – Caro Emerald – “Absolutely Me”


English: Dutch jazz singer Caro Emerald at Zoe...

English: Dutch jazz singer Caro Emerald at Zoetermeer Stadhuisplein, Netherlands. September 19th, year 2008, time 14:20:55 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This post is a small milestone in that it is the first time I have devoted a Song Of The Day post to an artist that I have already given one to.  Caro Emerald is really leaving a mark on my music psyche. The song,  Absolutely Me, which is off her outstanding album “Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor”.  Blues, Jazz, Hip-Hop, great song.  Like it so much I put up the recorded version and a live version..

 

Remembering Donald Byrd


Cover of "Places & Spaces"

Cover of Places & Spaces

On our recent trip to Spain, we were sitting in a small tapas bar in the Born area of Barcelona.  We were enjoying some great food, and some excellent wine, when a song came on that made us both go, “Who in the heck is that”.  We asked our server who it was and he went to find out for us.  Turns out that it was Donald Byrd, who, unfortunately, passed away on February 4, 2013 at he age of 80.  Having just discovered him (where was he hiding), I was quite saddened by this news,  A great trumpet player, his career spanned 7 decades and included, besides his solo work, stints and recordings with a who’s who of the jazz and blues world.  John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk, Sonny Rollins and Herbie Hancock may ring a few bells with you.

He recorded over 40 albums on his own and many more as a sideman.  An outstanding career.  The song I have chosen in memorial, is the one we heard in Barcelona, “Falling (like dominoes)” of his Places and Spaces album, which was recorded in 1975.

Remembering Von Freeman


von freeman have no fear

von freeman have no fear (Photo credit: cultchas)

 

Tenor jazz saxophone player Von Feeman died on August 11, 2012 at 88.  I love Saxophone and jazz, together a deadly combination.  Von was one of the great innovators and creators of this sound in, what is known as, the Chicago School.  I have attached 2 videos, one is live in Chicago in 1988, the second is Von playing last year at almost 90.  Incredible sound, great player.

 

 

and the second

 

 

Song Of The Day – Joe Stilgoe – “I Like This One”


My source for English music that I never hear here (Nice word combo) sent me this song the other day.  Joe Stilgoe is a jazz pianist, who has earned a music degree in England and is currently furthering his studies.  Very entertaining song, in the style of piano jazz that really makes you tap your feet.

Joe Stilgoe Home

Joe Stilgoe on iTunes

Joe Stilgoe on Twitter

Remembering Don Bagley


Jazz bassist, Don Bagley, left us on July 26, 2012.  He was 85.  Born in Salt Lake City, he played with such greats as Shorty Sherock, Bill Holman and Stan Kenton.  He also did session work with Nat King Cole and Maynard Ferguson.  The tribute song I have chosen is a performance by Julie London, with Don being the only player accompanying her.

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