current listening 02/23

“san francisco”Off hours listening during an especially icy week…  

* Bobby Hutcherson featuring Harold Land: San Francisco – With an eye to an urban sound, Blue Note Records teamed mallet-man Hutcherson, reed stylist Land and Crusaders keyboardist Joe Sample for this ultra cool 1970 soul session.

* Marc Ribot: Don’t Blame Me – A 1995 doomsday covers album featuring solo electric guitar versions of I’m in the Mood for Love,  These Foolish Things and Ol’ Man River from another stylistic universe. A record of rich, unsettling beauty.

* Sigur Ros: Hvarf/Heim – Nothing goes better with icy weather than an Icelandic band. Sigur Ros’ intimate ambience proved a nice slice of warmth when the weather froze over. The studio recorded Hvarf boasts a mightier chill than the live Heim.

* Eliane Elias: Something for You – A beautiful new mix of artful piano trio sessions and Jobim-flavored singing by Brazilian born Elias. The intent was to honor piano great Bill Evans, but Elias gently asserts her own knowing jazz voice.

* Free: Heartbreaker – The soundtrack of a band falling apart. Still, Brit rockers Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke found a light but vital blues urgency on this 1973 swansong. The following year, the two dissolved Free and formed Bad Company.

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