Kind of Blue by Miles Davis

Kind of Blue by Miles Davis

Considered by many critics the greatest jazz record ever, Miles Davis “Kind Of Blue” has influenced jazz, rock and classical music. It is also the greatest selling jazz album of all time. “It must have been made in heaven.” Jimmy Cobb So What – Miles Davis Masterpiece is a common word used to describe this revolutionary album released in 1959. Miles Davis breaks from ordinary chord progressions and starts using modal scales in his composition and improvisation. That is for the musicians who read us, but to me, the album is about setting a mood, an atmosphere, a vibe I have Read more »

New Reels: “One Time” by Marian Hill

New Reels: “One Time” by Marian Hill

Though they have been around for a while, I have just recently discovered Marian Hill and cannot get the song out of my head so since its new to me, it is this week´s new reels. One Time – Marian Hill I discovered this fantastic duo which name is taken the two main characters from the musical The Music Man (Harold Hill and Marian Paroo) last week when I was catching up on my episodes of The Late Late Show with James Corden. The performance left me dancing. The members are Jeremy Lloyd and Samantha Gongol with a strong presence of jazz Read more »

Dummy by Portishead

Dummy by Portishead

This week we look at a band that combined hip-hop, jazz, and devastating torch songs to stunning effect to create one of the most original albums of the 90’s and one that defined the Bristol trip-hop scene. Like any serious music lover I have a list of favourite albums too long to compile, and too ever-changing to put in to any kind of order. Throughout the course of my life so many brilliant albums have come and gone that simply remembering them all is an impossible task. However, ask me which albums have had the greatest impact on me and Read more »

Back to Black by Amy Winehouse

Back to Black by Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse´s confessional, soulful, intimate and heartbreak anthem album that is “Back to Black”. Amy Winehouse´s second and final studio album gives us a glimpse into the short life and brilliant musician and sensitive soul that she was. Back To Black – Amy Winehouse   Amy Jade was an English singer and songwriter, sadly now a part of the 27 Club.  Since her debut album “Frank” she gained  critical success with her music showing influences of soul, jazz, and rhythm and blues. Amy was also known for her struggles with alcohol and drug abuse, bulimia, mental health issues and sometimes violent behavior. Read more »

Jazz: The genre, the artists, the playlist!

Jazz: The genre, the artists, the playlist!

The second in our Genres series explores probably the greatest musical art form of the 20th century and one that continues to have a profound influence on music as a whole. So, what is Jazz? So this is section is supposed to be where I give you a brief description of Jazz music but in truth no such thing exists. It encompasses a vast range of styles that span across a hundred or so years. It’s a style of music with an influence so firmly embedded in all music in the 20th century that providing a ready definition is impossible. Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances – Nina Simone live at Montreaux Jazz Festival

Unforgettable Live Performances – Nina Simone live at Montreaux Jazz Festival

We start this series by looking at this devastating footage of the legendary pianist and singer Nina Simone taken from the 1976 Montreux Jazz Festival. Nina Simone is, next to The Beatles, my favorite musical artist. Sadly there’s not a lot on music videos to say about her. So as there is this ‘gap’ for artists who are legends but don´t have a long videography, I have decided to write about favorite live performances by artist who I adore but who don´t have great videos or actually, no music videos at all. This particular performance is not only unforgettable, it Read more »

A Charlie Brown Christmas: Christmas (and life) in 25 minutes

A Charlie Brown Christmas: Christmas (and life) in 25 minutes

As the festive season draws to a close for another year we take a look at the enduring Charles Schultz Christmas classic. Today I have decided to write a post on one of the greatest Christmas classics: A Charlie Brown Christmas. I am talking about the first musical animated television special based on The Peanuts. (My personal favorite comic strip of which by the way I am sure I will write about again). It aired on December 9th 1965 and even though the world has changed the infinite wisdom contained in the strip will be relevant for many decades to Read more »