Tag Archive: Jazz

  • Tuesday Jazz: Tania Maria

    Tania Maria, Come With Me

    Site regulars will be easy to spot today, because they will be rocking the nearly spring jazz wardrobe – which, of course, is a white polo neck, chinos, boating shoes, and a nice fedora. Strong vibe, guys! Today, Tania Maria takes her piano for a walk.

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  • Happy Birthday Ginger Baker, here’s a drum solo!

    Ginger Baker, 1969

    Ginger Baker, the legendary jazz/rock drummer turns a very outrageous 70-years-old today, which makes us wonder whether the “Ginger” nickname still stands. Might he be more “greyish/ginger” now? We’re not sure. We haven’t seen him for a while. To those who don’t know, he was a popular drummer in the 1960s and 1970s, who enjoyed his most refreshing moment in the sunshine with Cream, starring Eric Clapton. He’s quite a guy, hence we thought we’d buy him a gift, so we all went to bed at the usual time, then craftily shouted out present ideas just as others were on the very cusp of falling asleep. After nine hours of not quite making it to full slumber, it had boiled down to a toss up between some biscuits, or a fabulous drumming clip. In the end we got him both. Happy Birthday Ginger!

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  • Tuesday Jazz: Les McCann

    Les McCann, Compared to What

    On the off-chance that you passed by someone in a beret this morning, we hope that you didn’t stop dead in your tracks and start pointing, guffawing, and leaping from one foot to the other making strange nasal intonations that were supposed to sound foreign. Because, doofus, it may not have been a wandering Frenchman. It might simply have been a Jazz enthusiast celebrating another wonderful Tuesday. Above, Les McCann takes us for a political walk.

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  • Tuesday Jazz: Cab Calloway

    Cab Calloway, Reefer Man

    Groovy, it’s Tuesday. That means we can slip a little bit of opium into our morning cuppa, sprinkle a little bit of weed into our morning cigarette, dab a little bit of speed into our morning cocaine, add just a little bit of acid to our morning heroin, force a massive lump of Jazz into our ears, and glug back a morning can of magic mushrooms and Crucial Brew. Sweet Jazz music. Sweet sweet Jazz. It’s going to be a weird day.

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  • Tuesday Jazz: Earl Klugh

    Earl Klugh, This Time

    Site regulars will already be sipping small coffees, wearing that beret that never looked like catching on, and sporting a set of thick framed glasses. Why? Because they know that today is all about jazz, man. Get hip to the programme. Today, Earl Klugh and his magic guitar are harbourside, waiting to take you on a dreamy boat journey.

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  • Tuesday Jazz: Gene Harris

    Gene Harris, Los Alamitos Latinfunklovesong

    Just as night turns to day, and mid-morning turns to elevensies and then brunch, Monday night has taken us all the way up to Tuesday – the official day of impressive jazz sounds, like trumpets, weird staccato drums, and in the case of today’s piece, sexy latin grooves that morph into something slightly more modern for the second half. That’s because this is the Bugz in The Attic remix, jazz friends.

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  • Happy Birthday Carlos Santana, here’s Santana!

    Santana, Soul Sacrifice

    Carlos Santana, Mexico’s answer to Slash, turns a very impressive 62 today. And what a 62 years he’s enjoyed. He’s spent most of them biting his bottom lip whilst interpreting some heavy jazz rock psychedelic salsa fusion grooves, mixed with a little bit of sensual pop. That’s just his vibe. Anyway, we decided to get him a gift, so we all wolfed down space cakes and moon pie, headed naked into a big lake of rain water, and discussed what to get him whilst doing an improvised version of Tai Chi. It boiled down to a toss up between some gentleman’s underpants, or a clip from his Woodstock performance in 1969. In the end we got him both. Happy Birthday Santana!

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  • Tuesday Jazz: Dr Lonnie Smith

    Dr Lonnie Smith Trio

    It’s Tuesday already, that means that the week is over a third way done. Approximately. This is really great news. It also means that it’s time to slip into something a little bit polo-necked, shoot up a responsible amount of heroin, and allow Dr Lonnie Smith’s zany organ to take you for a jog around the block.

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  • Interestment’s Top Four: Summertime Classics

    No room for the Fresh Prince…

    jazzy-and-fresh

    Something about the sunshine and the outdoors can make certain records sound magnificent. Only a few years ago there was that Macarena song – a repetitive number, with a vocal delivery from two grown men who wouldn’t make 10p busking in the middle of Covent Garden on Australia Day. And yet, the combination of heat, cold beers, heavy drugs, and an semi-erotic dance made it the hit of the Summer. Hence, this list is not about summertime hits, but songs about the Summer itself. After much debate, the top four ended up looking like this…

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    1. MFSB, Summertime

    An up-tempo instrumental take on the sultry jazz classic, we love this. MFSB stands for Mother, Father, Sister, Brother, which lends this track a wholesome family appeal, and it’s great for dancing around to in a field full of borderline trustafarians. At, say, The Big Chill.

    2. Roy Ayers, Everyone Loves The Sunshine

    When Roy Ayers was wondering what people might love, he eventually hit the nail on the head. Everyone really does love the sunshine. Except perhaps for Stephen Hawking that time his girlfriend took the batteries from his wheelchair and left him to crackle and burn in the sweltering heat (true story). But robotronic genius aside, this is one magnificent ode to the weather.

    3. The Style Council, Long Hot Summer

    For a brief period in the 1980s, Paul Weller – the Modfather – became a little bit camp, and this video catches him riding the crest of a slightly pink wave. And it’s no bad thing at all. In fact, we much prefer his Style Council days. Hence Long Hot Summer can be found rotating at around 45 rpm on the Interestment turntable with startling regularity during the sunshine months. Make no mistake about it, this is a classic record.

    4. Alice Cooper, School’s Out

    It’s hard to find a decent rock record that encapsulates that Summer feeling, probably because most decent heavy rock bands are made up of people who prefer the night time. This, by a strange woman/man called Alice Cooper, is one of the few exceptions. Sadly, grown men in leather get little chance to celebrate the school holidays in these increasingly suspicious times.

  • Tuesday Jazz: Quincy Jones

    Quincy Jones, Summer in The City

    Believe it or not, but Jazz isn’t only intended for bespectacled gents with moustacheless beards and berets. It’s also suited to drifters in flip-flops laying beneath trees, women in short shorts, people who don’t wear glasses, and Ribena drinkers. Here, Quincy Jones takes us all for a sweaty walk.

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  • Interestment’s Top Four: Michael Jackson cover versions

    Apparently this guy died… or something

    mj

    No doubt the next seven or eight months are going to be taken up with newspapers really trying to figure out a few Jackson mysteries. How did he die? Did he really monkey around with those kids? Did he actually do it with a woman to make babies? All questions that we can’t answer, so we won’t be wasting your time by even remotely trying. When it comes to Jackson, we know two things: 1. Waking up with the man must, even just for a nanosecond, have given you a glimpse into what it’s like to be Ronald McDonald’s wife. And 2. These are the four best cover versions of MJ classics…

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    1. Billie Jean, Shinehead

    A slower version of the classic song about a deranged stalker, this one even features a big doff of the cap to spaghetti westerns. A brilliant reggae track. Just brilliant.

    2. Thriller, Ian Brown

    Ian Brown has never had the most syrupy voice in the world, but his drawling monotone somehow works when singing Thriller. An unexpected masterpiece.

    3. Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough, Derrick Laro and Trinity

    Another reggae interpretation of a Jackson classic – this time Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough from Off The Wall. This very nearly, but not quite, improves on the original. Excellent.

    4. Human Nature, Miles Davies

    A few rock versions almost took fourth spot, but in the end we plumped for this Miles Davis trumpet version of Human Nature. Not because it’s particularly good, but because it’s Miles Davis doing Michael Jackson. Yes, Miles Davis doing Michael Jackson. That’s Miles Davis doing Michael Jackson. The legendary trumpeter Miles Davis doing Michael Jackson…

  • Great British Band: Ian Dury and The Blockheads

    Ian Dury and The Blockheads, What a Waste

    As modern British songwriters go, they don’t come much better than the late Ian Dury. A brilliant lyricist, backed by a great band – really really great in fact. Above is our favourite of their songs, narrowly pipping Spasticus Autisticus

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  • Tuesday Jazz: Lalomie Washburn

    Lalomie Washburn, Try My Love

    Brilliant, it’s Tuesday, or as we call it, Jazz Day. We love Jazz Day. It’s a time to pull on a sexy set of slacks, balance a cool pork pie hat atop your head, and allow some brass instruments to take you for a motorbike ride. Today, Lalomie Washburn showcases the funkier side of jazz-funk.

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  • Tuesday Jazz: Idris Muhammad

    Idris Muhammad, Could Heaven Ever Be Like This

    It’s Tuesday, friends, that makes it Jazz time. So, take off your square work clothes, slip into a nice polo neck, a Frenchman’s beret, some Orbison shades, and allow the cool Jazz Funk sounds of Idris Muhammad to take your ears for a jog.

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  • Interestment’s Top Four: Transformers

    Inevitably some were not worthy to light our darkest hour…

    bumble-bee

    It never fails to brighten up our day like a gargantuan sunbeam whenever we hear from a member of the growing Interestment family. Today, Richard – an excellent writer with sideways glancing eyes – has turned his magic telescope on the world of brilliant toys. Notably Transformers. He had this to say…

    To celebrate the imminent release of the second installment of the bastardisation of the Transformers franchise (General Motors hang your collective product-placing heads in shame – justice has been served!), I thought I’d take a look at the best Transformers from their previous, definitive, incarnation – lovable cuboid animations and innocently accompanying toys. Toys that were made out of a love for children, and not some sick marketing synergy ploy.

    Yep, those were the days – and these were the best of the lot…

    1. Grimlock

    grimlock

    What a day it was, my seventh birthday. I played it cool, not getting up until gone 4am that year, and headed into my parents’ bedroom for the obligatory present feast. Actually, what with the recent divorce and that, it was actually my parent’s bedroom at that point (tragically this sentence will be lost on anyone with a poor grasp of grammar. But I digress…) Surely with all the turmoil of the past year (see above) I was deserving of some incredible gifts? Sure enough, after wading through the chaff of Bel Mooney books, travel yatzee (again!), and assorted lego, I got to the headline act. What was it? What wasssssss it? It was Grimlock of course. Within seconds I had the first love of my life. He was so strong, so grey, so dinosaur-y. We went everywhere together. I forgot all about my father. And years later, inevitably, I accidentally bit his poorly manufactured arm off. Great times. An obvious choice perhaps, but sometimes it takes a big man to admit that the best is quite easily the best, and I’m 5′ 8″ in heels. Grimlock even had a sidekick called Shag. Yep, Shag. Like the bird.

    2. Galvatron

    galvatron

    OK, so Megatron was a bit of a tool, but his reincarnation as Galvatron was absolutely ani-mental. He was the sexy bad guy you couldn’t help but fall in love with, with his orally ergonomic name, big weird orange gun thing and spectacular purple face (in the days before purple was a bit camp). How could someone so bad be so good? Of course he lost out in the end, as fictional baddies tend to – but it’s all part of the story. He went out with a blast, which was somewhat fitting considering the big weird orange gun thing. Also key to Galvatron‘s success was his voicing by one Leonard Nimoy. The man ate a serious amount of gravel for the role, and that alone deserves our respect. He also played Spock in another classic series that received a Paramount makeover this year…

    3. Springer

    springer

    An absolute nightmare for toy designers, but a complete joy for pre-pubescent schoolboys the world over, Springer was a triple changer! That’s nearly four alternatives! (Though just two for the younger boys who couldn’t get the rotor blades to work). He was also bravely green, in an era when green was little more than the colour of grass and military clothing. Some say it’s thanks to Springer that green was even accepted as a colour, and that he was instrumental in getting Italy and Brazil to include it in their flags. But who knows? What we do know is that he was a classic transformer – honourable, tough, masculine, brave, loyal… and green.

    4. Jazz

    jazz

    Jazz faced a great deal of competition in the race for best car transformer; Hot Rod (too goody-goody), Mirage (too posh), Cliffjumper (too small), Blurr (too neurotic), Ironhide (too Nissan-y), and Sideswipe (too peripheral) all pushed him close, but what swung it for Jazz was his utterly cool behaviour in the line of fire. He was also the people’s robot, everyone’s mate, a gent. We all loved Jazz. And all this despite being a funny looking Porsche with a crap paint job.

  • Tuesday Jazz: Gary Bartz

    Gary Bartz, Uhuru Sasa

    Well, it’s Tuesday already, that was quick. Time to replace your soothing cup of tea with something a little bit herbal, grow your beard to a bushy thickness, and allow yourself a set of gigantic reading glasses – it’s Jazz time. Today, Gary Bartz allows the drummer to take us all for a drive.

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  • Happy Birthday Kenny G, here’s The Wire!

    The Wire with a laugh track

    Kenny G, the adult contemporary saxophonist, turns 53 today, and anything that man hasn’t done probably isn’t worth doing. He’s strolled down sandy beaches at sunset, his yellow vest flapping in the wind, just him and his sax. He’s run women hot baths sprinkled with rose petals, and serenaded them with one of his smooth sax hits. He’s even allowed Glenn Hoddle moments of nervous reflection in times when he might have just made a big mistake by insulting our disabled brothers and sisters. His sax music has helped a lot of people. Hence we thought we’d get him a gift, so we all stood at the top of big buildings, our silhouettes playing sax in the centre of a bright full moon, shouting ideas to one another. It boiled down to a toss up between a big orange jumper, or a brilliant clip of The Wire overdubbed with canned laughter. In the end we got him both. Happy Birthday Mr G!

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  • Tuesday Jazz: Doris

    Doris, Beatmaker

    Hey cats, it’s Tuesday, so don’t be all square with your jobs and your sandwiches for lunch. Instead, slip on some slacks, grab a hat with a brim, and talk with intensity about how a trumpet once took you for a walk, metaphorically speaking. Here’s the excellent Doris!

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  • Tuesday Jazz: Nina Simone

    Nina Simone, Feelings

    Excellent, Jazz time. It must be Tuesday. Today, feel free to press some strodgy tobacco into a bigger pipe than usual, twiddle that beard more thoughtfully, and enjoy the wandering sounds of the excellent Nina Simone, performing live in 1976. Yumsers.

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  • Super Disco Wednesday: Dance Lesson

    Where The Happy People Go

    Wednesdays are usually so dreary and worthless. So limp. But not anymore. In the same way that Tuesdays are now devoted to fantastic Jazz records and inventive ways to take opium, and Thursdays are all about smearing great big handfuls of massage oil into your partner’s buttocks, Wednesdays have been reinvented as the glitzy day of the week. A time for shiny trousers, small talk, and well brushed teeth. We will be celebrating all things Disco. Today, a very useful dance class.

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  • Tuesday Jazz: Herbie Hancock

    Herbie Hancock, Chameleon

    Site regulars will already be cardiganned-up, possibly smoking an extravagant opium pipe, just waiting for today’s Jazz treat to unfurl. Well, here it is. Today, an ever-youthful Herbie Hancock takes us on a magic journey using his far out keyboard.

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  • Tuesday Jazz: Archie Shepp

    Archie Shepp, Attica Blues

    It’s that time again – Tuesday – so pull on your best tank top, allow your hair to tousle into a confused upward mess, and let some interesting Jazz music seize you by the spectacles and walk you around the room. Today, Archie Shepp invites us to become startled by his fantastic sax.

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  • Tuesday Jazz: Nancy Wilson

    Nancy Wilson, Sunshine

    As usual, it’s time to fill up your pipe, grab your cardigan, bark at your nan to step away from the ghetto blaster and embark on a day of listening to intriguing Jazz music. Today, the excellent Jazz singer Nancy Wilson unleashes her technicolour gibberish, and it sounds magnificent.

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  • Tuesday Jazz: The Crusaders

    The Crusaders, Keep That Same Old Feeling

    As ever, Tuesdays are now set aside for thinking time, with the aid of a mellow background accompaniment – by which we mean a magnificent horn, or a man taking a trombone for a walk. Above, Jazz-Funk legends The Crusaders explain that we need to keep the feeling, keep that same old feeling. Too true, guys!

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