Suggested Listening May 4, 2018

Hi everyone, here are our five musical recommendations for the week; four streaming suggestions* and one recommended album on CD.

(Click on the photo to stream or request the album you want to listen to!)

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

Peaks And Valleys by Chris Richards And The Subtractions (2018) (Genre: Rock):

Singer-songwriter & guitarist Chris Richards and his band create great, bright and guitar based music. Richards hails from Michigan and is well known to mid-west music fans – this is his third LP with his new band the Subtractions. And I’d classify this album as a rock album and not a classic rock album; however, you can certainly hear in the music that Chris Richards is a big fan of classic rock in general and the British Invasion bands of the sixties in particular.

This is fun album perfect for listening to while on a long drive or just hanging out on a Saturday!

Songs on the LP include: Half Asleep, The Coast is Clear, Wrapped in a Riddle, Call Me Out, Just Another Season and Maybe That Is All.

Bluegrass Delivers: Theme from Deliverance (1998) by Various Artists (Genre: Bluegrass, Country, Classic Country):

This is a terrific bluegrass collection – perfect to play if you’re in a dancing mood on a Saturday night, or any other night of the week!

Songs/Artists on the LP include: I’m a Stranger Here by Mac Wiseman & The Osborne Brothers, Black Eyed Suzy by Lester Flatt’s Nashville Grass, The River by The Nashville Superpickers, Down the Old Plank Road by Grandpa Jones and Feudin’ Banjos by Charlie Cushman & Bobby Clark.

Jazztet Big City Sounds (1961) by Art Farmer and Benny Golson (Genre: Jazz, Classic Jazz):

Art Farmer started out playing with a variety of groups in Los Angeles in the mid nineteen forties including bands led by Johnny Otis, Benny Carter, Addison Farmer and Lionel Hampton. Farmer moved to New York in the early fifties and continued working with many groups into the sixties including the Horace Silver Quintet, the Gerry Mulligan Quartet and the Jazztet which he co-led with Benny Golson. In 1968 he moved to Vienna to work with the Austrian Radio Orchestra and he continued to live in Austria for the rest of life.

This 1961 album features Art Farmer, saxophonist Benny Golson and pianist McCoy Tyner. This is a fun classic jazz album which does sort of sound as if it might have been the perfect soundtrack to a day and night in a big city in 1961 – or the perfect soundtrack for a great noir film.

Songs on the LP include: Five Spot After Dark, The Cool One, Hi-Fly, Blues On Down, Wonder Why & Bean Bag

Presidential Inaugural Addresses by Various Presidents (Genre: Spoken, Audiobook):

This album doesn’t feature music at all! Instead, it allows you to access the presidential addresses of U.S. Presidents from Franklin Roosevelt’s first address in 1933 through Jimmy Carter’s 1977 address.

The addresses are interesting as they reflect both the times in which they were given and the style of the presidents giving each address. For example, President Roosevelt’s famous 1933 address, given in the midst of The Great Depression is at heart a pep talk for the discouraged American people in the midst of The Great Depression; it was his first inaugural address and the one during which he spoke words that have been remembered ever since: “The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself”. Also included in the set is Roosevelt’s 1945 address, which reflects the fact that the world was moving towards the end of World War II and, President Kennedy’s inspirational 1961 address during which he said the famous words: “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country.”

And if you’re thinking to yourself “Hmm, I bet she was a history major!” You’d be right!

Recommended CD of the Week:

Eight Classic Albums by Bud Powell (Genre: Jazz):

In his AllMusic biography of Powell, writer Scott Yanow described Powell’s playing this way: “One of the giants of the jazz piano, Bud Powell changed the way that virtually all post-swing pianists play their instruments. He did away with the left-hand striding that had been considered essential earlier and used his left hand to state chords on an irregular basis. His right often played speedy single-note lines, essentially transforming Charlie Parker’s vocabulary to the piano (although he developed parallel to “Bird”).”

This multi-disc collection features the following Powell albums:

Bud Powell Trio (1947)

The Amazing Bud Powell (1951): Also known as The Amazing Bud Powell Vol. 1

The Amazing Bud Powell Vol. 2 (1953)

Bud Powell Trio Vol. 2 (1953)

The Amazing Bud Powell Vol 3: Also known as Bud! The Amazing Bud Powell

TIME WAITS (1958): Also known as the Amazing Bud Powell Vol. 4

Blues In The Closet (1958)

The Scene Changes (1958): Also known as the Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 5

Songs in the collection include: Bouncing with Bud, Wail, Dance of the Infidels, 52nd Street Theme, You Go To My Head, Ornithology, Un Poco Loco and Over the Rainbow.

Videos of the Week:

The Coast Is Clear – Chris Richards & The Subtractions

White Room – The Cache Valley Drifters

Five Spot After Dark by The Jazztet featuring Art Farmer & Benny Golson

President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Inaugural Address (1933)

President Harry S. Truman’s Inaugural Address (1949)

President John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address (1961)

Un Poco Loco by Bud Powell

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

*A library card is required to use the Freegal Music Service. If you live in the service area of the Southern Tier Library System, which consists of the public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Alleghany counties in New York State, you can get a library card for free at your nearest public library – including our own Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning, New York. The Freegal Music Service is free for all Southern Tier Library System member libraries library card holders to access.

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL


Artist Biography & Discography Information:

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)

Inaugural Address of President John F. Kennedy, Washington, D.C., January 20, 1961. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library And Museum. Online. Accessed May 4, 2018.

The Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents. Yale Law School Lillian Goldman Law Library – The Avalon Project Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy. Yale Law School. Online. Accessed May 4, 2018.

P.S. If you have any questions about how to download or stream free music through the Freegal Music service to a desktop or laptop computer or how to download and use the Freegal Music app let us know! Drop by the library or give us a call at: 607-936-3713

*You must have a library card at a Southern Tier Library System member library to enjoy the Freegal Music Service. Your card can be from any library in the system, and the system includes all public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Allegheny Counties and includes our own Southeast Steuben Count Library in Corning, New York!

Library cards are free if you live in our service area. And you can obtain a card by visiting the Circulation Desk and presenting staff with a form of ID that features your name and your current address.

Links to the desktop versions of the catalogs for the library system – apps for each are available in your app store:

Digital Library Catalogs:

Freegal offers streaming and downloadable music

OverDrive allows you to check out eBooks, downloadable audiobooks and handful of streaming videos

RB Digital is the place you go to check out magazines – on demand – and you never have to return them!

The Traditional Library Catalog:

You can search for and request books, DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks on CD and other physical format items through StarCat – it is the modern day card catalog!

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