Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Seven more songs of spring

Has it really been a year since I was last tagged for that 'seven songs' game? Now it's come round again, and TNC has sent me this message:

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


Justin Guarini said...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

Martin said...

Thanks for dropping by, Justin, and for the nice comment. I look forward to hearing from you in the future.
All the best

bob said...

I better get on to this quickly, as all the people I would have tagged are getting tagged!

I love your list. I've never heard of Ludovico E, but I quite like wallpaper music. And I've never heard of the Major Boys either, but I like that Hotel Costes series (not as much as I like the Claude Challe compilations, but they're so bloody expensive!)

Martin Meenagh said...

I like your list Martin! I will have a go at this later


TNC said...

Thanks for replying and nice list.

Any links to hear the songs?

Martin said...

Sorry, no links. It's probably a generational/age thing, but I'm pretty useless with downloads and so on - and I haven't been able to find any youtube links for these tracks....sorry!

Sarah said...

thanks for tagging me! I've been away from my blog for a while but I'm returning now. Usually I don't have much patience for this kind of chains, but this seems really nice! I'm sure my list will disappoint everyone, but I'll try to be as honest as possible!