What are you listening to and WHY might anyone be interested? (Vol. XIV)

Dave Brubeck Quartet - Tritonis.

Not a very well known album of Dave Brubeck, but imo a very good one.


This underrated but talented version of the Dave Brubeck Quartet (featuring tenor-saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi, drummer Randy Jones and Chris Brubeck on electric bass and bass trombone) performs "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?," a sparkling version of "Like Someone in Love," Howard Brubeck's "Theme for June" and three fairly recent Dave Brubeck compositions. Bergonzi's Coltranish tenor acts as a perfect foil for Brubeck's unpredictable piano, making this album worth searching for.

Jeroen20 posted:

Brad Mehldau - The art of the trio vol. 2: live at the Village Vanguard


It takes a certain nerve for a young jazz artist to subtitle an album Live at the Village Vanguard. The title evokes some mighty powerful spirits from the jazz pantheon. John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins. Bill Evans. Joe Henderson. But pianist Brad Mehldau is more than up to this daunting challenge. On this set of standards by the likes of Cole Porter, Thelonious Monk and Henry Mancini, Mehldau exhibits a musical erudition and a technical prowess that belies his youth. Though the obvious comparisons are with Evans and Keith Jarrett, Mehldau has a highly individual style that draws heavily on his classical training. Along with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jorge Rossy, he has made a stunning album of exploratory jazz that holds its own with the great "Live at the Village Vanguard" recordings of the past.

I'm a huge fan. I really enjoy his Radiohead/Nick Drake/Beatles interpretations. The anchoring in familiar melodies makes it just that much more accessible for me. He's not "Jarrett-lite", but if anyone likes Jarrett but sometimes finds him just a bit too much work, I really recommend this guy. One of my favorite albums of his is an early one "Elegiac Cycle" which is more laid back than many and perfect for a rainy Sunday afternoon. Another cracker is "Quartet" with Pat Metheny. But really, they're all good. A passionate performer live, too. Really worth heading out to see him if you get the chance.

An accessible and truly excellent album of (mostly) covers by Brad, Larry and their (then) new drummer Jeff Ballard.

  1. "Knives Out" (Radiohead) - 8:29
  2. "Alfie" (Burt BacharachHal David) - 3:46
  3. "Martha My Dear" (John LennonPaul McCartney) - 4:38
  4. "Day Is Done" (Nick Drake) - 9:26
  5. "Artis" - 6:21
  6. "Turtle Town" - 6:18
  7. "She's Leaving Home" (Lennon, McCartney) - 9:07
  8. "Granada" (Chris Cheek) - 7:30
  9. "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" (Paul Simon) - 8:32
  10. "No Moon at All" (Redd EvansDavid Mann) - 5:49

Clive Gregson and Christine Collister, Home and Away, original vinyl.

Great album, Chris Collister has a stunning voice, which blends superbly with Clive Gregson’s, his sensitive guitar playing and the singing makes the well chosen numbers sound wonderful, and they’re well appreciated by the audiences at the venues. Fun interplay between numbers at times, SQ surprisingly good for something I think was recorded on a 4track cassette deck. A fantastic album, well worth exploring if you don’t know it.

Judging by the Festival Records £5.99 sticker I bought it at a festival, probably Cambridge as Google tells me they played there in ‘87.

Jeff Anderson posted:
Stevee_S posted:

Sade - The Ultimate Collection (2011)  With a voice as smooth as warm melting chocolate, I regret never having seen her doing her thing in a club like Ronnie Scott's.


This is pretty good, from around 2003.

Thanks Jeff, that's kind of you I'll go and look it out.


Schubert Arpeggione Sonata, Beethoven Variations on themes from The Magic Flute, Robert Bex Cello, André Krust piano, original vinyl, £1.99 from Oxfam a few months ago, original cardboard inner sleeve only, no outer.

I’ve no knowledge of either musician, but so far in the Schubert a very enjoyable performance, lovely tone and pace on the cello. Slightly clicky in the quiet parts, must remember to buy an RCM.

My first venture into the Ozrics! I bought this yesterday on vinyl for <£15 on the River, having seen someone else post an Ozrics album on here. My sister-in-law used to have a boyfriend who was very much into this band, yet I didn't take the opportunity to listen to them then.

Quite suits my taste so far.

Altan, The Red Crow, original vinyl.

My favourite Irish traditional band, Mairéad Ní Mhoanaigh sings beautifully in the few vocal tracks, and the whole band show extremely fine musicianship, both in technique and interpretation, across all the well chosen traditional numbers. Tommy Bhetty’s waltz is one of my most loved pieces of music. 

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