Suggested Listening May 24, 2019

Hi everyone, here are our lucky seven musical streaming* suggestions for the week.

The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (1963) by Bob Dylan (Genre: Folk, Singer-Songwriter):

Today, Friday, May 24, 2019 is Bob Dylan’s 78th birthday.

In celebration of the remarkable work of this, to say the very least, phenomenal songwriter – I’m going to recommend you give a listen to my favorite Bob Dylan album – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan from 1963.

This album, showcases early sixties folk-era Dylan before he went electric, and features some of Dylan’s best songs including Blowin’ in the Wind, Masters of War, A-Hard Rain is Gonna Fall, Down the Highway, Girl From The North Country, Honey, Allow Me Just One More Chance and I Shall Be Free.

This is a terrific album and if you haven’t heard it – I urge you to give it a listen!

And as a related note to anyone who may not be aware of this fact, sixties era Dylan sang, gravely but clearly – so if you’re turned off by his voice on recordings made past about 1975 that feature Dylan singing with a nasally, what-is-he-singing-it-sounds-like-he’s-got-a-mouth-full-of cotton singing style – not to worry – that style came later!

Transform (2019) by Howard Jones (Genre: Pop/Snyth-Pop):

A brand new album by one of the great synthesizer-pop artist best known for his mid-eighties hits New Song, No One Is To Blame and Things Can Only Get Better.

Songs on the new LP include: The One to Love You, Take Us Higher, Hero in Your Eyes, Transform and Tin Man Song.

The New York-Barcelona Crossing (1993) by Brad Mehldau (Genre: Jazz, Piano):

Pianist Brad Mehldau is accompanied by bassist Mario Rossy, drummer Jordi Rossy and saxophonist Perico Sambeat on this smooth collection of songs, recorded live at Barcelona’s Jamboree Jazz Club in 1993.

This LP features a lovely, soothing collection of songs – perfect for listening to whilst unwinding at the end of a long week.

Songs in the set include: Old Folks, Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most, Just One of Those Things, No Blues and Wonderful.

Spirtyouall (2013) by Bobby McFerrin (Genre: Vocal, Jazz, Pop, Spirtual):

Bobby McFerrin is best known for his 1988 hit Don’t Worry, Be Happy and that title reflects his view that music should be a soothing and healing influence in our lives.

On this album McFerrin adds to that theme by focusing on spiritual songs with his usual light jazz-vocal style.

And this is, indeed, a soothing album!

Songs on the LP include: Everytime, Swing Low, I Shall Be Released, Whole World and Rest/Yes, Indeed.

Yo-Yo Ma Plays Bach (2017) by Yo-Yo Ma (Genre: Classical, Cello):

A great collection of Bach’s pieces by the equally great Yo-Yo Ma!

Compositions in the set include: Suite for Solo Cello No. 3 in C major BWV 1009, St. Matthew Passion BWV 244, Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major BWV 1068, Cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben BWV 147 and Sonata for Viola da gamba (Cello) and Harpsichord No. 1 in G major BWV 1027

Sound (1966/2018) by the Roscoe Mitchell Sextet (Genre: Avant Gard, Jazz):

Roscoe Mitchell is an exceptionally talented multi-instrumental brass player who is known for founding the avant-garde group Art Ensemble of Chicago.

And in contrast to the soothing albums I’ve recommended this week by Brad Mehldau and Bobby McFerrin – this one is just the opposite! You’d better have your coffee before you listen to this one, or perhaps listening to this album could be a substitute for a cup of coffee as it is what I would describe as in-your-face-experimental music! But then Roscoe Mitchell is renowned for his Avant Gard style! Song on this, his 1966 debut LP, include: Ornette, The Little Suite, Sound, Ornette (Alternate) and Sound (Take 1).

1634 Lexington Avenue (2019) by Carlton Jumel Smith (Genre: Classic Soul/R&B):

1634 Lexington Avenue is a great soul album by the Harlem born singer-songwriter Carlton Jumel Smith. Smith has been singing soul music for many years and this is only his third album, which is a shame as he is one talented singer!

Songs on the LP include: Woman You Made Me, Love Our Love Affair, This Is What Love Looks Like! and We’re All We Got.

Art-Work (2013) by Hal Galper, Reggie Workman & Rashied Ali (Genre: Jazz, Piano):

Pianist, songwriter and educator Hal Galper was born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1938 and emerged as a talented pianist as a child. He attended Boston’s Berklee School of Music in the fifties and through the years has played with a variety of jazz greats including Chet Baker, Joe Henderson, Cannonball Adderley and Phil Woods.

This 2013 LP is a vibrant collaborative album that features Galper on piano, Reggie Workman on bass and Rashid Ali on drums.

Songs in the set include Take The Coltrane, Blue In Green, Stella by Starlight, Soliloquy and Constellation.

BONUS: An eight recommendation just in time for Memorial Day weekend:

Patriotic Songs by Various Artists:

This patroitic collection features songs by The U.S. Navy Band, The U.S. Air Force Band, The U.S. Army Band and the U.S. Marine Band.

Songs on the LP include Armed Forces on Parade by the U.S.  Navy Band, Stars and Stripes Forever by The Presidents Own United States Marine Band, Yankee Doodle by the U.S. Navy Band, The Entertainer by Scott Joplin, The Chimes of Liberty by the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, American Patrol by The U.S. Air Force Band and Oh! Susanna by the U.S. Air Force Band

Videos of the Week:

Corinna, Corinna by Bob Dylan

A Hard Rains A-Gonna Fall by Bob Dylan

Beating Mr. Neg by Howard Jones

No One Is To Blame

And I Love Her by Brad Mehldau

Old Folks by Brad Mehldau

I Shall Be Released by Bobby McFerrin

Swing Low by Bobby McFerrin

Bach: Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, Prélude by Yo-Yo Ma

Bach Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major by Yo-Yo Ma

Bells for the South Side by Roscoe Mitchell

The Little Suite by Roscoe Mitchell Sextet

I Can’t Love You Anymore by Carlton Jumel Smith

Woman You Made Me by Carlton Jumel Smith

Take The Coltrane by Hal Galper

Soliloquy by Hal Galper

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL


Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References


Carlton Jumel Smith Delivers Soulful Salute ‘Woman You Made Me’: Premiere, Review, by Gary Graff, Billboard,

Meet The NEA’s 2020 Jazz Masters: McFerrin, Mitchell, Workman And Kirk by Nate Chinen, NPR,

*Freegal is a free streaming music service available for free to library cardholders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries. STLS member libraries include all the public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler, and Allegany counties — including our own Southeast Steuben County Library.

You can download the Freegal music app to your mobile device or access the desktop version of the site by clicking on the following link:

*The Freegal service offers library card holders the option to download, and keep, three free songs per week and to stream three hours of commercial free music each day.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

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