Hi everyone, here are our six musical recommendations for the week; five streaming suggestions and one recommended album on CD.
Tijuana Moods by Charles Mingus (Genre: Jazz)
Bassist and composer Charles Mingus himself considered this 1962 album his best. In addition to Mingus, the musicians features on the LP include Shafi Hadi on saxophone, Clarence Shaw on trumpet, Jimmy Knepper on trombone and Dannie Richmond on drums.
Songs include: Dizzy Moods, Ysabel’s Table Dance, Flamingo, Tijuana Gift Shop and Los Mariachis (The Street Musicians).
The Best of Mountain Stage – Vol. 2 by Various Artists (Genre: Folk/Acoustic/Blues/Alternative):
The Best Mountain Stage series of albums focus on what was once known as acoustic music – meaning in addition to folk musicians the music would include alternative, rock or pop musicians playing acoustic instruments. Since the 1990s and MTV’s Unplugged series of concerts videos this style of music has more commonly become known as unplugged music. Whichever way you describe it, this series features some really great music. This album, which is volume 2 in the series, includes the following songs/artists: God is a Real Estate Developer by Michelle Shocked, Losing My Religion by R.E.M., Summerfly by Cheryl Wheeler, Tank Park Salute by Billy Bragg, You’re No Good by John Wesley Harding, Simply by Sara Hickman and These Blues by Jimmie Dale Gilmore.
Volumes 2, 4 and 5 – 7 are available through Freegal although, curiously, not volumes 1 & 3.
Recordings in the series are taken from the Mountain Stage live-performance radio program. Featuring Richard Thompson, Danko and Hudson, Gregson and Collister, Loudon Wainwright III, and others. Very wide range of music.
To learn more check out the Mountain Stage website which is found at:
Texas Flood by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble:
The 1983 album Texas Flood did two major things it brought blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan’s music to a mainstream audience and it brought blues back into the mainstream spotlight.
This album features great blues guitar playing and singing by Vaughan and solid playing from his back up band, Double Trouble, which consisted of Chris Layton on drums and Tommy Shannon on bass.
Vaughan released only five records during his tragically short recording career; Texas Flood was followed by Couldn’t Stand the Weather, Soul to Soul, Live Alive and In Step. Vaughan died in a helicopter crash after a concert in Wisconsin on August 27, 1990.
Songs on his excellent debut LP include: Love Struck Baby, Pride and Joy, Tell Me, I’m Cryin’, Wham! and the title track Texas Flood.
The Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble (Genre: Blue/Blues-Rock):
This collection features chronological selections of Vaughan’s work during the 1980s and includes songs record live and in the studio with Double Trouble and with the Vaughan Brothers which consisted of Stevie and his brother Jimmie Vaughan and is a great introduction to his music.
Songs in this set include: Scuttle Buttin’, Couldn’t Stand the Weather, Cold Shot, The Sky is Crying, Look at Little Sister, Crossfire and Tightrope.
Kane Brown by Kane Brown (Genre: Country):
This is Kane Brown’s 2016 debut album. Brown has been described as a “modern” country artist. And as you would expect he weaves threads of rock, R&B, rap and pop into his music. Additionally, he sings about modern issues in his songs as exemplified by the song Learning in which he chronicles his experiences as a child domestic abuse survivor.
Other songs on this album include: What Ifs, Thunder in the Rain, Ain’t No Stopping Us Now and Granddaddy’s Chair.
Odetta Sings Dylan by Odetta (Genre: Blues, Folk & Pop-Rock):
This 1965 album by the great singer Odetta was one of the first albums of Dylan covers ever released and it remains as vibrant today as it was in 1965. Odetta is best known for singing blues and folk songs and this collection shows her at her deeply expressive singing best.
Songs on the LP include: Baby, I’m In the Mood for You, Masters of War, The Times They Are A-Changing, Long Time Gone & Blowin’ in the Wind.
CD of the Week:
Bachelor No. 2 or the Last Remains of the Dodo by Aimee Mann (Genre: Pop/Rock/Folk):
I find Mann’s self-assured signing on this album combined with her increasingly skillfully songwriting translates into one introspective and thought provoking album.
Songs on the album include: How Am I Different, Nothing Is Good Enough, The Fall of the World’s Own Optimist, Driving Sideways & It Takes All Kinds.
Videos of the Week:
Flowers for a Lady by Charles Mingus
Arms Of Love + Wild Mountain Thyme by Robyn Hitchcock & Peter Buck – Mountain Stage Concert 4/28/91
Texas Flood by Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
What Ifs by Kane Brown
Jim Crow Blues by Odetta
How Am I Different by Aimee Mann
Artist Biography & Discography Information:
The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)
Have a great day!
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