List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're not any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now, shaping your spring. Post these instructions in your blog along with your 7 songs. Then tag 7 other people to see what they're listening to.
OK then, in no particular order, here goes:
Mor Karbasi, 'Shecharhoret', from The Beauty and The Sea
I've been playing this album pretty continuously since Christmas, and this is probably my favourite (and the most haunting) track on it. See this post for an earlier mention of Karbasi's music.
Paquito d'Rivera, 'Linda's Moody', from The Best of Latin Jazz
I was turned on to Paquito by my clarinet/saxophone teacher, and put this sweet, laid-back song on my iPod, along with a load of other Latin jazz tracks, in preparation for our recent trip to south Florida.
Bobo Stenson Trio, 'Song of Ruth', from Cantando
Nordic jazz is not to everyone's taste, I know, but this trio are not as ice-cold and rhythm-less as some other ECM artists. A lovely, simple, repetitive melody that gets inside your head and won't let you go.
Al Green, 'Fountain of Love', from Don't Look Back
Really difficult to know which track to choose from this underrated come-back album of a few years ago. My teenage son has just got into Green's music so it's pretty much always with us at the moment.
Neil Cowley Trio, 'Dinosaur Die' from Loud...Louder...Stop!
Piano, bass 'n' drums jazz, with rock tinges, from this always inventive band. Like the Stenson trio, they show just how imaginative you can be with very simple instrumentation and arrangements.
Ludovico Einaudi, 'The Waves' from Le Onde
I resisted Einaudi for a long time, put off by the Classic FM / easy listening associations, but succumbed after I was told that my own modest piano compositions sounded a bit like his. OK, so it's film music / wallpaper stuff, but done very well.
Major Boys Feat. Aurelia Ikor, 'Sous le Soleil (Cuba Acoustic Mix)' from Hotel Costes, Vol. 4
More ambient music, I'm afraid, but it has its place, and this has a real summery latin feel, so no apologies.
Now, who to tag? TNC has already nicked some of my regular blogging contacts, and I can't repeat the names I chose last time, so here are 7 more - I might get round to emailing them, but otherwise they can find their way here (it's hot this afternoon and I'm feeling lazy). As always, feel free to ignore if it's not your kind of thing - or if someone else has already got to you. I tag:
The other Martin