The Crossing

Big Country

 

Shaaaa! Come out screaming.

“I’m not expecting to grow flowers in the desert, but I can look and breathe and see the sun in winter time…”

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Sco-Mule

Sco-Mule

 

 

If you like guitars, Rock, and Jazz you’re gonna love this! Today’s runner is Sco-Mule. Veteran southern rockers – Gov’t Mule team up with jazz guitar great – John Scofield for a live performance reminiscent of a classic Jeff Beck show.

There is something for everyone in this collaboration. Warren Haynes brings the rocking blues while Scofield swings and bops and together they cook great interpretations of Wayne Shorter’s Tom Thumb, James Brown as well as originals by both these two guitar masters. Add in some funky keyboard work by Dan Matrazzo, and the late Allen Woody’s concrete bass and you have a recipe for a gritty, soulful performance. Kind Of Bird!

Reserve this one for one of those long runs. It clocks in at 2-1/2 hours of hard bopping, foot pounding swagger and strut!

Enjoy it, and then buy it!

SCO-MULE
1-Hottentot
2-Tom Thumb
3-Doing It To Death
4-Birth of the Mule
5-Sco-Mule
6-Kind of Bird

1-Pass the Peas
2-Devil Likes It Slow
3-Hottentot (Alternate Version)
4-Kind of Bird (Alternate Version)
5-Afro Blue

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Nostalgia

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It’s nice to hear the absolutely beautiful instrument that is Annie Lennox’s voice still ring through the airwaves these days. Nostalgia is Lennox’s 6th solo album in the 20 plus years since the Eurythmics split. Every one better than the last, and this is no exception. Here she covers various Jazz and R&B standards including several Hoagy Carmichael numbers, the Porgy and Bess classic Summertime, and Ellington’s Mood Indgo just to name a few. There are many reasons you should buy this record, but for me it is her incredibly haunting rendition of Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit. It’s chilling, and utterly sobering.

She is the reason I’ll be watching the Grammys this year!

Today, divas are a dime a dozen, and there is certainly a lot more “gaga” and “bling” out there than ever before. Sunday’s Grammy Show is sure to be loaded. But you won’t find an elder statesman, or in this case states-woman, who is more beautiful and has the style, chic and pipes to go with it. She is the complete package, and given Annie’s reputation, I’m sure her performance on Sunday will be a sight to behold.

To wet your whistle, here is her duet with Bowie & Queen back in 1992.
Enjoy some Nostalgia.

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