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Sunday, 4/22/12

two takes “Feel Like Going Home” (C. Rich) Charlie Rich (vocals & piano), demo, 1973 ***** Tom Jones with Mark Knopfler (guitar), TV performance, 1996 ********** lagniappe musical thoughts I don’t think I ever recorded anyone who was better as a singer, writer, and player than Charlie Rich. It is all so effortless, the way […]

Sunday, 8/29/10

If only Janis were still around to cut a gospel album. Tom Jones, “Strange Things Happening Every Day,” live (TV broadcast), 2010 ********** langiappe Sister Rosetta Tharpe, “Strange Things Happening Every Day” (1944) ***** mail He’s [Tom Jones] got a new gospel album out on Lost Highway that is really good. *** Absolutely love your […]

Monday, 8/23/10

Who would’ve thought this would be so good? Tom Jones & Janis Joplin, “Raise Your Hand,” live (TV broadcast), 1969

Thursday, May 22nd

Happy (100th) Birthday, Sonny! Sun Ra (AKA Herman “Sonny” Blount), May 22, 1914-May 30, 1993, keyboard player, composer, bandleader, singular spirit Today, celebrating his centennial, we revisit a few favorites. Sun Ra All Stars (SR, keyboards; Don Cherry, pocket trumpet, vocals; Lester Bowie, trumpet; Archie Shepp, tenor saxophone, vocals; John Gilmore, tenor saxophone; Marshall Allen, […]

Monday, 12/31/12

William Ferguson, “The Music They Made,” New York Times (12/27/12): Etta James, Dave Brubeck, Davy Jones, Levon Helm, Donna Summer, Chuck Brown, Ed Cassidy, Greg Ham, Jimmy Castor, Ravi Shankar, Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, Ronnie Montrose, Jon Lord, Michael Davis, Joe South, Chavela Vargas, Duck Dunn, Johnny Otis, Whitney Houston, Jimmy Ellis, Adam Yauch, Mickey Baker, Bill Doss, […]

Saturday, 8/27/11

Happy Birthday, Lester! Lester Young, tenor saxophonist, August 27, 1909-March 15, 1959 Lester Young (ts) with Carl “Tatti” Smith (trumpet), Count Basie (piano), Walter Page (bass), Jo Jones (drums) (10/9/36, Chicago) “Oh, Lady Be Good” *** “Shoe Shine Boy” More? Here. And here. ********** lagniappe radio: 72 glorious hours Assuming Irene doesn’t crash the party, the […]

Sunday, 7/3/11

This guy I can’t get enough of. Vernard Johnson, “Don’t Wait ’Til The Battle Is Over, Shout Now!”; live, TV broadcast (Bobby Jones Gospel) Time for just one note? 6:23. More? Here. And here. ********** lagniappe art beat Lee Friedlander, Cherry Blossom Time in Japan (2006) ***** reading table Yesterday, opening my Emily Dickinson collection […]

Sunday, 4/24/11

Take me to the water . . . Take Me To The Water: Immersion Baptism in Vintage Music and Photography 1890-1950 (Dust-to-Digital 2009) ********** lagniappe reading table Three Lilies “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Psalm 30 Before dawn, under a thin moon disappearing east, the planet Mercury, the […]

Tuesday, 10/5/10

beauty from behind bars Tadd Dameron wrote and arranged this while serving time for a federal drug crime. Blue Mitchell Orchestra (Blue Mitchell, trumpet, with [among others] Clark Terry, trumpet; Tommy Flanagan, piano; Willie Ruff, French horn; Philly Joe Jones, drums), “Smooth as the Wind” (1961) *** Federal Bureau of Prisons Federal Medical Center (as […]