Steve (and Mrs Steve) seem to have had COVID early last year. They got sick on their trip to Australia and New Zealand, struggled for a few weeks and eventually recovered. Recently, while getting his annual flu vaccination, Steve was told by one of his GP’s team that the widely held belief in the village is that just about everyone has succumbed. I had given Steve a lift to the surgery in case you were wondering how I knew.
Meanwhile, The Guardian reports today that as many as one in eight in the UK were showing COVID antibodies in December last year, meaning 85% weren’t and still at risk.
Whatever it all means, no-one really has a clue and while most governments are the butt of pretty much everyone’s ill feelings, there are no rule books, no guidelines as to how to deal with this, so we shouldn’t be too surprised at the idiocy on show most days. A bit of leadership might be nice, however.
So, as I do most days, after copy tasting the major media, finishing my daily three concise crosswords (Guardian, Independent and the Times), I was wandering through a very catholic selection of Web sites, largely photographic- and audio-related, but with a quick dip into the motor sport pages, to keep myself lockdown-occupied.
A recent discovery; the Vinyl Anachronist lists all manner of new(ish) music available as LPs, to which I was drawn this morning by reviewer Marc Phillips review: The Sounds Around the House
Here, I quote Marc; “So why would you listen to Jeff Ellwood and his quartet play this sultry set in the middle of the day in your house? Because it’s the kind of jazz that lifts you without bothering you. Ellwood’s sax plays the kind of melodies that help you put it all together when you’re staring out the window and searching for a new perspective. You can’t go to that club right now, but that saxophone is there for you, narrating whatever thoughts are running through your head. There’ll be a time when we can perform and listen again and it will sound just like this.”
Gotcha. I found it on Tidal and as I start to write, it’s playing on my Cambridge streamer, CXA61 amp and KEF Q550s. Very nice it is too. There’s absolutely nothing groundbreaking about it, the recording is good and the musicianship on display, very evident. As Marc says, it’s for looking out of the window, thinking and planning.
With little else to offer DS just now, I’m going to compile a list of ten recent musical explorations. Dip in and out as it suits you. If you enjoy my recommendations, let me know and I’ll post ten more:
Albert’s Shuffle – Super Session – Al Kooper and Mike Bloomfield. Blues club somewhere, smoky, loud and you want to go home, but you’re fixed in place by this wonderful piece of guitar and organ blues-making.
Ach, Blieb Mit Deiner Gnade – Nightfall – Till Brönner, Dieter Ilg. I discovered this some weeks ago and keep going back to it. Every play seems to engross me more.
Apaches – Love is Everywhere – Laurent Bardainne/Tigre D’Eau Douce. I know nothing of these musicians but listening to this makes me happy and very content.
Luca – Move my Soul – Dan Patlansky. South Africa’s answer to Stevie Ray Vaughan takes a break for a slow, rolling blues track amid lots of hard driving guitar.
Outland – Arc – Jimmy Haslip. Former Yellowjackets bassist, Haslip is now making solo albums and if you like the style of his alma mater, this is a great listen.
Besame Mucho – Marcin Wyrostek & Coloriage – Marcin Wyrostek & Coloriage. A jazz classic, played on an accordion? Don’t take my word for it, this is wonderful listen.
Humility – Harmony of Difference – Kamasi Washington. I wasn’t mad about Washington’s first offering (The Epic) and likewise much of this album, too. I just feel it’s all way too produced. This one track is however, powerful and underpinned by a fantastic trumpet solo by Dontae Winslow.
Goodbye to Love – The Carpenters – Singles 1969 -1981. No. I’ve not lost it. In fact, I’ve just discovered what an extraordinary production this is. Take a deep breath, pull out the LP you’ve had in the cupboard for decades and take a real listen.
Glory – David Crosby – Here If You Listen. New from Crosby, this is a rich tapestry of music, highlighted by the opening track.
Afro Shigida – Bahama Social Club – Bossa Nova Just Smells Funky. If you were to ask, I’d have to say this album has its genesis in South East London, probably not too far from Peckham, as the accent will quickly reveal. Remember it’s Left Foot. Right Foot.
The accompanying photographs were shot before dawn, one bitterly cold morning last week, when I really needed to be out and hear the sultry whisper of my X-H1’s shutter.
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