november 2018 – good to hear

Gábor Szabó 
Gábor István Szabó (1936 – 1982) was a Hungarian American guitarist whose style incorporated jazz, pop, rock and Gypsy music. After attending the Berklee College of Music, Szabó became a member of a quintet that was led by Chico Hamilton and included Charles Lloyd, playing what has been described as chamber jazz. Szabó was influenced by the rock music of the 1960s, particularly the use of feedback. The song “Gypsy Queen” from Szabó’s debut solo album Spellbinder became a hit for rock guitarist Carlos Santana. During the late 1960s, Szabó started the label Skye Records with Gary McFarland and Cal Tjader. He continued being drawn to more popular music in the 1970s and regularly performed in California, combining elements of Gypsy and Indian music with jazz, returning regularly to Hungary to perform. It was there that he died just short of his 46th birthday. (Wikipedia)
Skye Records, 1968

Yoko Ono
85-year-old Yoko is always radical. Then there is that voice of hers, as Japanese as it is haunting. Yoko is always courageous, an artist who acted things out when nobody knew what a performance was, who conceives herself and everything she does as a total work of art, with a consequence only few can afford, let alone live. When Yoko Ono married John Lennon, it was fine by me. In Toronto, she spent a week in bed with my favorite Beatle at Rochedale College, where I also happened to live. With Klaus Voormann and the Plastic Ono Band, at the famous Rock & Roll Revival, she performed the entire act screaming in a bag. I thought it was groovy. The rest is history. Here we are dealing with a fabulous late work. Bravo! (sgs)
Sony Music, Juli 2018

Wanderer – Stay
Cat Power
Charlyn Marie “Chan” Marshall (1972), better known by her stage name Cat Power, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, occasional actress and model. Cat Power was originally the name of Marshall’s first band, but has become her stage name as a solo artist. Wanderer is her tenth studio album. She says: «The course my life has taken in this journey – going from town to town, with my guitar, telling my tale; with reverence to the people who did this generations before me, folk singers, blues singers, and everything in between. They were all wanderers, and I am lucky to be among them». Marshall broke with cycles of substance abuse and stage fright in 2012 and has reinvented herself many times.
Domino Records, October 2018

La Fenice (trailer + other pieces)
Keith Jarrett
This double album, long anticipated, presents Keith Jarrett’s concert at the Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice, from July 2006. La Fenice (the phoenix) finds him channeling the flow of inspiration into a suite of eight spontaneously created pieces referencing everything from the blues to atonality. From the first flurry of notes, it is a consistently captivating journey. Between Part
VI and Part VII, Jarrett surprisingly but very touchingly segues into «The Sun Whose Rays», from Gilbert and Sullivan’s opera The Mikado. Encores are the traditional tune «My Wild Irish Rose», previously recorded by Jarrett on The
Melody At Night With You, the timeless standard Stella By Starlight. The concert ends with a tender version of Keith’s tune «Blossom».
ECM, October 2018

The Gypsy Fairy Queen
Marianne Faithfull
Since her latest record, Negative Capability, featuring Nick Cage, will only be released on November 2nd, here is the lead single. Faithfull has promised that her twenty-first album, the most honest to date, will have a «folky» feel. «Marianne has long been unsurpassed when it comes to reinterpreting other people’s songs, gifted in making them her own as she digs into the words to grip the composition’s heart, then provides her own unique spin by injecting every syllable with clearly enunciated but a gut level emotional response. Even if she wasn’t yet aware of it, this process started with As Tears Go By as she plugged into its character looking back at her life. The album emphasises her unique place as a force of nature in the beating heart of modern music». (Total Entertainment)
Panta Rei, September & November 2018

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