jazzy_dave: (beckett thoughts)
More quality music now -

Klezmatics - Come When I Call You




More music here )
jazzy_dave: (Jazzy D in da house)
I am very eclectic musically.

Here are some grooves i have been listening to today

Willie Hutch - Brothers Gonna Work It Out



Jimi Hendrix Experience - Foxy Lady



Jean Sibelius - Karelia Suite



Version by The Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Burning Spear - Marcus Garvey



I saw this great band live once in a club which was heavy with ganja smoke. Tripping good night too!
 Jah rasttafari !

Enjoy,
jazzy_dave: (beckett thoughts)
Another sunny mild day, apart from this evening, but at least I am now back. Once again, the poor bus service after a certain time in the evening , has let me down, meaning that I had to catch the train from Chatham to get home. The service is much better in the Sussex area around Brighton. Mild rant over and done with.

Apart from that stab of disgruntlement, it was a fairly good day. I did two mystery shop visits in Tenterden and Headcorn. I also bought some new trainers or sneakers ,since my shoe choice at the moment is somewhat lacking, and apart from some formal shoes , the only other pair I have is what you could euphemistically call working boots.

These were normally £30 but this week only i bought them for £8 !

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In Tenterden I did pick up some great classical CD's at three for a quid in one of the charity shops. In the same town, I found a Moleskin diary planner in Waterstones for a mere three pounds, from its normal fourteen pounds it sells for.

The CD's are -

Carl Nielsen - Symphony No. 1 & 6 , San Francisco S.O / Blomstedt (Decca)
Carl Nielsen - Symphony No. 2  & 3, San Francisco S.O / Blomstedt (Decca)
Stravinsky - Symphony in C, Symohony In Three Movements (Decca)
Stravinsky - The Riyes Of Spring , Revueltas - Night Of The Maya , Simon Bolivar Youth Orch / Bolivar (DG)
Robin Holloway - Second Concerto , BBC SO / Knussen (NMC)


I also found these two books for a couple of quid.




Once again, I took a few photographs on my journey which i shall upload in the following post.
Tomorrow I think I have visits n Chatham and Rochester, so I am hoping to do a cinema visit as well.
jazzy_dave: (Jazzy D in da house)
As a celebrated, cultured person in the early 20th century, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875--1912) stood out as an international figure capable of bridging racial and social divides. Nowhere was this more valued than in the United States, where people of African descent were striving to gain equal access to education and opportunity in the decades following Reconstruction. To well-meaning people of all races and classes in America, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor symbolized a bright future, in which, above all, everyone would be recognized for their accomplishments.

Coleridge-Taylor exerted an important influence on the post-Reconstruction social politics of America as represented by such prominent African-Americans as W. E. B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington, Paul Laurence Dunbar, numerous critics in black American newspapers, and composers and musicians from ragtime to classical.

Here is his Ballade For Orchestra Opus 33.



Commissioned in 1898 by the Three Choirs Festival of Britain thanks to pressure from Edward Elgar, the Ballade for orchestra Op.33 represents an important early milestone for the English composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912). It's a work full of wonderful high-spirits, passion and warmth. Above all it's a harbinger of what might come, given time and opportunity. It is played here by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Grant Llewellyn.
jazzy_dave: (Jazzy D in da house)
Earlier today i read [livejournal.com profile] poliphilo blog about Beethoven and his piano oeuvre and likewise i am also enthused about the symphonies, in particular the third symphony, the Eroica, which comes in so powerful after the more classical number one and two.

I have listened to the first three this evening and will look forward to the others over the next few days.

The versions by Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic are great overall, but here is a version of the second movement of No.3 by Nicholas Harnoncourt and the Chamber Orchestr of Europe.





Enjoy.
jazzy_dave: (mpt a clue)
I walked into Sittingbourne this morning despite the weather being a little inclement. Picked up a couple of CD's for a quid each -

Cream - Disraeli Gears (Polydor)
Prokofiev - Romeo & Juliet Excerpts ,Berlin Philharmonic / Claudio Abbado (Deutsche Grammafon)


Had a pint of that other beer on my list of beers to try in the Wetherspoons International Beer Fest, the Belgian Abbaye Blond (6.0 % ABV). So my list is now complete as i have tried the four beers i wanted to sample.

I have worked out that this mandatory week is well below the minimum wage , so as i said previously ,it is tantamount to slave labour.

Tomorrow i will probably do the two visits in Canterbury and Maidstone as it is gong to be a dryer day with sunshine (apparently).
jazzy_dave: (Jazzy D in da house)
This evening, apart from watching Mastermind, i listened to some of my recent CD purchases.

The first one was the Mike Butterfield, Al Kooper and Stephen Stills CD Super Sessions. An excellent  blues and jazz drenched rock album with a superb eleven minute version of Season Of The Witch.

I then listened to a Tom Petty CD called Wildflower ,which has a number of tracks that i enjoyed. Finally, i ended the relaxing mood with Hummel's Piano Conerto No. 2 & 3. This version is by the Budapest Chamber Orchestra on th excellent Naxos label.
jazzy_dave: (Jazzy D in da house)
Having replied to a post by [livejournal.com profile] minnesattva here is part five of Olivier Messiaen's "Quartet For The End Of Time"  titled as "Louange à l'Éternité de Jésus" for cello and piano

5th movement of the Quartet for the end of time.

Jesus is considered here as the Word. A broad phrase, "infinitely slow", on the cello, magnifies with love and reverence the eternity of the Word, powerful and gentle, "whose time never runs out". The melody stretches majestically into a kind of gentle, regal distance. "In the beginning was the Word, and Word was with God, and the Word was God."



Enjoy.
jazzy_dave: (arthurdaily)
Not the most excising of days.Mondays are usually just normal boring Mondays.

Posted off some CD's from sales at Discogs and E Bay. Then took the bus over to Faversham. Found a couple of cheap CD's in one of the charity shops -



Jean Sibelius - Symphonies Nos 5, 6 & 7 - Utah Symphony Orch. / Maurice Abravanel (Vanguard Classics)
Rebecca Ferguson - Freedom (Simco)


Then a stint in the Office during the afternoon. Afterwards i walked to the retail park on the other side of the main railway in Sittingbourne to do a mystery shop inside Currys PC World on behalf of Sonos, the high quality  speaker system that uses the wi-fi and allows you to play music in multiple rooms in the household from your laptop, tablet, smartphone , etc. It was my first mystery shop for my newest research company based in Russia comrades.

Then, as it was around six in the early evening, i ended up here for a beer.

Jazzy d1139

Had a pint and a half of the Butcombe Brunel Atlantic IPA (4.1 % ABV).
jazzy_dave: (Jazzy D in da house)
Since i bought some more CD's today here is a nice classical piece by Elvis Costello and The Brodsky Quartet doing the song I Almost Had A Weakness.



This is part of the Juliet Letters album.  I saw Elvis and the quartet do this live at a concert in 1993 in Brighton.

Enjoy
jazzy_dave: (Jazzy D in da house)
Today i visited New Romney to  complete another mystery shop and thus a Red Cross charity shop. I traveled via Faversham and Ashford.

I picked up a number of books and CD's for the five pound spend, including another Ennio Morricone soundtrack.



The CD's are -

Elvis Costello and The Brodsky Quartet - The Juliet Letters (Warner Bros.)
Ennio Morricone - Once Upon A Time In America (Mercury)
Andreas Scholl - Wayfaring Strangers (Decca)


The latter album is a collection of folk songs sung by the famous countertenor.

Had dinner at the Leading Light pub in Faversham. A hot spicy curry.
jazzy_dave: (Jazzy D in da house)
Just like to say that the Rautavaara Symphony No 7 is exquisite and beautiful.

Here is the opening tranquilo movement -




Lovely!
jazzy_dave: (beckett thoughts)
Well this was a strange day weather wise. Hot and sunny when i popped over  to Faversham this morning and after midday whilst i was in the Office it had rained clouded over and when i left at around 5 pm it was cold as hell.

Whilst in Sittingbourne before going to the Office i picked up four classical CF's from the Demelza charity shop for just one pound.

The revelatory  one though is by Aleck Karis on Bridge Records from 1986 where he does some scintillating versions of Chopin's Fantasy Op.49, Elliott  Carter's Night Fantasy and Robert Schumann's Carnaval op.9.

The other three are Ashkenazy's Favourite Chopin, plus his version of Rachmaninov's Symphony No.3  and The Symphonic Dances and the final disc is  a collection of French music by Bizet, Dukas, Ibert, Satie, Chabrier and Saint[Saens.

vashchop
 
jazzy_dave: (Jazzy D in da house)
Whilst on my journey today i found this amusing little book for 35 pence.



Plus , like my big brother  Mike, whom is an avid Rachmaninov fan, this double CD  by Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Favourite Rachmaninov

It was at a bargain bucket price of 25 pence in a Demelza charity shop!

Springtime

Apr. 21st, 2014 06:52 am
jazzy_dave: (cheerleader heroe)
There is always a sense of renewal about Spring and that the shackles of a past life or past problems can be broken, and from it springs new hope and new reasons for being. I think [livejournal.com profile] a_phoenixdragon will understand what i mean. I have thus searched this out from You Tube after listening to a Radio 4 programme last night. It is by Ralph Vaughan Williams - The Springtime of The Year.



Conducted by Paul Brough, the BBC Singers celebrate the arrival of Spring with Vaughan Williams' arrangement of English folk song The Springtime Of The Year

He is also one of my favourite English composers and hence here is a second slice , a masterpiece, from this pastoral composer - Fantasia On A Theme By Thomas Tallis.



Enjoy.
jazzy_dave: (Jazzy D in da house)
I have been catching up on some telly as it has been a damp squid of a day, that is, after the football fans have watched their stuff. In particular, Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and The Tomorrow People. Okay, i am being doggedly persistent trying to believe that TTP might improve considerably but it hasn't and i still find myself using the remote to flick through most of it. However, with the former programme i am constantly glued to it, and i am sure will feel withdrawal symptoms when the season ends.

I also watched on catch-up the second part of the series on 19th Century music. I had not realized that William Herschel, a famous German astronomer, also wrote concertos and symphonies. He was a true polymath. Here is a movement from his Symphony No. 8



You learn something every day , and thus i shalt look  out for his music on my travels.
jazzy_dave: (A feeel a song)
I have been listening to the Hector Zazou CD Lights in The Dark , which collects some Irish carols, folk tunes and hymns and puts them in a modern setting. Here  is the second track on the CD. The track is Seven Joys Of The Virgin Mary.



 Enjoy for Easter and as Dave Allen, the Irish comedian once said , "May you God go with you".

If you have not heard of M.r Zazou he is worth checking out. This r=track is from the Sahara Blue CD.



Musicians such as John Cale have appeared on his albums, including this one with Bjork from the "Songs From The Cold Seas" CD.



Enjoy.

Snizzles

Apr. 13th, 2014 08:50 am
jazzy_dave: (Jazzy D in da house)
O 'eck. Think i have a cold coming on. Been sneezing portentously the other day and this morning. There was a scintilla of the cold to come whilst in Faversham perusing the books displayed on this trestle  table outside of a charity shop. I went into a fit of constant sneezing , unless it was the dust from musty books that had caused  it.

Two CD's from Amazon came in the post as well. Both less than two quid each.

rebec
hovwhales

From the Rebecca Ferguson soul album i have chosen "Mr. Bright Eyes ", an uplifting number to wake me up today.

jazzy_dave: (save the vinyl)
Whilst in Faversham today, apart from a strong ale at the Wetherspoons pub, I found some vinyl going real cheap at various charity shops including one i was going to pay twenty pence for but the lady gave it to me free. From the Cancer Research shop picked up a Frank Sinatra collection for the enemous sum of 26 pence.

sinsin

From this top notch selection i have chosen "Witchcraft"



Then from Your Local Charity Shop (I Know, such an original name for a shop) this was the LP i did not have to pay for - it would have only cost twenty pence anyway.

The LP was a privately pressed a;bum by Terry Allen in 1975, which was reissued by fate Records in 1984 ,.It is called "Juarez" and is selling over ten quid a pop on Discogs so i have pitched it at a tenner to sell. I feel guilty now but then at the time she nor i knew that this is a lost unknown American classic that Sugarhill Records also reissued. Yes, Sugarhill, betterr known for its early rap and hip hop music.

juarez

Not the most interesting LP cover as it is all black with white lettering but from it i have selected the following track - Cortez Sail.



From Ashford town centre in another charity shop, after i did my mystery shop,, i found these two albums for 25 pence each -

tomleh

The track i have selected , and pertinent to the discussion from my meme about maths being the downfall of most of us in our formative years, I have chosen New Math.



The other LP  is by Kathleen Ferrier and has a track that Jocelyn Pook sampled on one of her albums, and thus i have selected the original - Blow The Wind Southerly.

klferr




Oh , and here is the Jocelyn Pook re-jig which she has mashed it up with "Pie Jesu"..



So rather a mixed bag that cost less than a pound.  Enjoy the clips.

I did not get to Herne Bay as i had ran out f time , so that shall be rectified in the week ahead.

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