Here’s another request from Allston:
Hi, Chris – per the request of another user, I have decided that my musical requests will also include some background on the artist. I hope that will generate some discussions, as well as an appreciation of the music.
From Wikipedia -
Jazz pianist Bill Cunliffe, whose music was influenced by Bud Powell, said in an interview with All About Jazz:
“Bud Powell is the most important pianist in jazz and one of the most underrated because he spent over a third of his life in mental and medical hospitals. He was beaten by the police when he was twenty and he never fully recovered from that beating and as a result, he suffered pain and had to take drugs to alleviate the pain. So he never fully recovered from that and in spite of that, he created a whole lot of wonderful music.
He was really the first guy, before Bud Powell, pianists were playing boom, chuck in the left hand and a lot of melodic figures in the right hand that tended to be arpeggios. But with Bud Powell,
Bud Powell was imitating Charlie Parker. So Bud was the first pianist to take Charlie Parker’s language and adapt it successfully to the piano. That’s why he is the most important pianist in music today because everybody plays like that now.”
Enjoy “How High The Moon.”
The original, ska-influenced track is the best, but this unplugged live take on “I Shall Sing” by the great Van Morrison is wonderful. I hope you like is as much as I do.
I suppose I’m on a Maria McKee kick lately. Here’s one more – her cover of Van Morrison‘s “The Way Young Lovers Do.” Enjoy!
Here’s another one from Maria McKee. Enjoy “Sweetest Child.”
I much prefer the mix on her Greatest Hits collection, but here’s Maria McKee‘s “Show Me Heaven.”
Here’s a semi-obscure 80′s tune that recently got stuck in my head. Check out “Let Him Go” by Animotion.
My friend Chris Thomas reminded me of this shamefully obscure New Wave band from Atlanta. I hadn’t heard this song in years! Check out “She Sheila” by The Producers.
Allston’s back with another great request – here’s BTO‘s “Looking Out For Number One.”
Here’s another request from Allston. Check out Flash And The Pan with “Walking In The Rain.”
Here’s another random musical memory. Enjoy “Forever Yours” by Tony Terry.
Allston is back with another request. Here’s “Life’s What You Make It” by Talk Talk.
I can’t believe it’s been 20 years since Edie Brickell’s wonderful Picture Perfect Morning album came out. Here’s “Another Woman’s Dream” from that record.
Here’s another great request from Allson: Curtis Mayfield‘s “Move On Up.”
Enjoy an upbeat tune from one of my favorite bands, Band of Horses. Here’s “Laredo.”
Michael Wudtke sent in this request: “I’ve listened to Pat Metheny since the late 70s and seen the band live a couple of times. Here they are with ‘Last Train Home.’ Enjoy.”
Here’s another request from Allston. Enjoy “Red Streamliner” by Little Feat.
Markham Pyle writes in with a great request for “a superb little number that is Carolina beach music here & Northern Soul in the UK.” Here’s “I Ain’t Going Nowhere” by Jr. Walker & The All Stars.
Michael Wudtke writes in: “Todd Agnew is a Christian artist who has a blues/folks slant to things.” Check out “In The Middle Of Me.”
Michael Wudtke shared this request: “Digging through my 45s, I came across this old gem. Who remembers The Flying Lizards?” Here’s a reminder: their take on “Money (That’s What I Want).” Enjoy!
Philip Winsor requested some classic Blood Sweat & Tears. Here’s “I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know.”