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  1. Three sides of Quantic: contemplative jazz, funk digger and late career revival of a minor soul diva.
  2. 'Mississippi you're on my mind' - Jesse Winchester
  3. These arrived yesterday. Ordered nearly two months ago and presumed lost. It must take longer for colour coordination. Jose James - Love In A Time Of Madness (2017) Wayne Shorter - Without A Net (2013) I'm Not Talking: The Song Stylings Of Mose Allison 1957-1971 (2016)
  4. What do you think? I'm still waiting for my copy to arrive 5+ weeks after ordering. It's a slow road from UK to Dili via Oz. I've been playing No Beginning No End and Yesterday I Had the Blues a lot while I wait.
  5. It was Schubert for me too to end the night. Impromptus (D899 and D935) Aldo Ciccolini - piano 1972 EMI, from their 'collector's edition' box
  6. Do I get a cross if I let on that my favourite track is 'Down Along The Cove'. I know it's a lightweight in the company it keeps but I love the ebullient lover/daddy Dylan vibe and the groove is irresistible. You could strut to that all day long.
  7. Red Hot Chili Peppers (1984/CD) My general preference is for early Chili Peppers, but I've always felt it took until their second album for things to come together (with a little help from George Clinton). Listening to this for the first time in a long time, it's better than I remembered. Flea was an elastic beast from the get-go.
  8. James Farm (2011/CD) I put in my first Amazon order for a while and things have been coming in in dribs and drabs. This one was a sucker purchase - people who bought that also bought this - but I've enjoyed it. On first spin I thought - this is laid back, almost to a fault. But no, laid back is sometimes exaclty what you want, and it simmers with enough energy to retain interest. Nice egalitarian vibe with compositions shared among all members and individual compositions catering to the group. Joshua Redman - sax, Aaron Parks - piano, Matt Penman - bass, Eric Harland - Drums
  9. Otis Redding - Tell The Truth (1970/CD) I've been on a bit of an Otis bender lately. Along with Aretha and James Brown, he was one of the first soul singers I listened to when I discovered the genre in my late teens. I've never stopped listening to him or loving his music, but maybe as my listening ran wider and deeper I started to take him something for granted. Anyway, over the summer I picked this up secondhand - his fourth posthumous album, the bottom of the barrel, you'd think. But what a barrel! This is no hodge-podge of alternate takes, song fragments and live versions. These are full studio recordings of new songs, a little on the short side and certainly not his finest, but a solid outing that stands up to repeated listening. I've certainly been playing the hell out of it (and most of his other albums). I guess it helps when you have a voice as warm and expressive as his and a band as competent and attuned as Booker T and the MGs. The worst you're going to get is the odd lacklustre song choice. The performances are always going to be top-shelf and I don't imagine they ever needed more than a few takes to get a good one in the can. It's always sad to stop and wonder what he might have done next.
  10. Tom Waits - 'Frank's Wild Years' 'Never could stand that dog'
  11. I remember listening to mid-60s James Brown on a lovely late October morning when I was 19 - windows wide open, spring in full flush in the garden outside, my little Paradigm Titans cranking - and thinking this is about as good as it gets. But as JB put it: 'This is better than Christmas/Christmas only comes once a year/And this is all year round.' Listening to music is better than Christmas.
  12. Uncanny! I just finished listening to this. Now moving on to In San Francisco.
  13. Even the crumbs from your table are excellent. Good luck with the sale Chris.
  14. Lee Dorsey - Yes We Can Betty Harris - The Lost Queen of Soul I'll have some New Orleans soul please.
  15. Well jazz fans, let's take a moment to celebrate the centenary of recorded jazz. My CDs, records and books are all in storage, so lazy scholar that I am I'm relying on wiki here. Anyway the first released jazz recording is generally considered to be 'Livery Stable Blues' by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, recorded on 26 February 1917. So we're a day late, or right on New York time. Of course first doesn't mean best or most original, but it is a notable landmark and it opened the gate. And people are still playing jazz and we're still listening. Hip, hip, hooray!