Thanks for the heads up. I have Charley Patton: The Definitive (3CD set), however this week I've been listening to:
Quatuor Ysaye: Ravel & Debussy String Quartets (Decca,1991)
My favourite quartet plays my favourite quartets. When Debussy heard the worried Ravel's piece he reassured him: "In the name of the gods of music and of mine, don't change a single note."
Skip James: The Complete Early Recordings, 1930 (Yazoo/Shanachie, 1994)
- Listening to this I'm fifteen again and, at midnight, I'm shivering in Barbadoes Street Cemetery while drinking Jim Beam purchased on the sly from The Eastern. The recordings are faint as an epitaph in moonlight, fainter than a chalk line in drizzle. Great.
Duke Garwood: Holy Week (Loog, 2005)
- If Franck Vigroux played blues it might sound like this; the songs form an arch that overrides despair sweat semen yet has you believing in redemption. Not bad for a white boy.
Michael Powers: Onyx Root (Baryon)
- A debut that pivots off the delightful line: "Mama bought me a guitar with three books of stamps...." Mama did good.
Paul Motian: Tribute (ECM, 1975)
- I bought the first issue of this on LP; it introduced me to Carlos Ward's alto sax and then, twenty-five years later, made him a family friend. His notes still wash me clean of pettiness and I can hear why John Coltrane, Don Cherry and Cecil Taylor sought out that tone.
Roberto Szidon: Scriabin, The Piano Sonatas (DG, 1971)
- The battle between light and dark with the pianist as, alternately, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader.
Buddy Guy: Buddy's Blues (Chess, 1997)
- I don't like this guy; his songs are stolid, his phrasing doctrinaire, yet he can play. But I'd rather he played elsewhere.
London Chamber Orchestra: Minimalist (EMI, 1990)
- Pieces by Adams, Glass, Reich and Heath. I'd happily leave Adams and Glass on some godforsaken heath, however Reich's "Eight Lines" is spellbinding.
Various: When I Grow Too Old To Dream 1934-35 (Jazz in the Charts 19, Membran)
- This anthology opens with Ethel Waters' absurdist "Miss Otis Regrets (She's Unable To Lunch Today)" and advances through Fats Waller and Benny Goodman to Cab Calloway's prancing. Fun to lunch to but the dinner menu better be more substantial.
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