Hi everyone, here are our five musical recommendations of the week!
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Africa Speaks (2019) by Santana (Format: CD) (Genre: African, Cuban, Latin, Rock)
Santana is the latest album by the band lead for decades by the phenomenal guitarist Carols Santana.
In his AllMusic review critic Thom Jurek praises this album to the rafters and notes in the final paragraph of his review “Africa Speaks is breathtaking in terms of energy and scope of vision. Here, the Santana band are — more than at any time since the mid-’70s run of Caravanserai, Welcome, Lotus, and Borboletta — a rangy, intense, restless, and musically hungry outfit aware of their potential. Africa Speaks is the surprise of 2019, the album Carlos has been desiring to make for decades but was unable to given contract restrictions — Concord offered complete artistic freedom. He, Buika, and the Santana band made the most of it.”
So hats off to Concord Records, and give this great LP a listen!
- Africa Speaks
- Oye Este Mi Canto
- Yo Me Lo Meresco
- Blue Skies
- Paraísos Quemados
- Breaking Down the Door
- Los Invisibles
- Luna Hechicera
- Candombe Cumbele
Blue Roses by Runaway June (Format: CD) (Genre: Country)
Blues Roses consists of singers Naomi Cooke, Jennifer Wayne and Hanna Mulholland, and Blue Roses is their first album. The group’s music is sunny and upbeat, and perfect to perk one up on cloudy winter days.
- Head Over Heels
- Buy My Own Drinks
- We Were Rich
- I Know the Way
- Trouble With This Town
- Got Me Where I Want You
- Fast as You
- I Am Too
- Good, Bad & Ugly
- Blue Roses
Classic Jazz Collection: 27 Jazz Standards Newly Arraigned For Piano And Voice (Format: Print Book) (Genres: Jazz, Vocal, Pop):
Twenty seven jazz standard based upon popular vocal recordings, including Angel Eyes (Frank Sinatra), April in Paris (Count Basie), In A Sentimental Mood (Benny Goodman), I’ve Got You Under My Skin (Michael Buble), My Favorite Things (Julie Andrews) and Prelude to a Kiss (Nancy Wilson).
Jingle Bell Swing by Various Artists (Format: Music CD) (Genre: Swing, Jazz, Vocal)
A swinging collection of Christmas music featuring Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Miles David, Louis Prima and The Glenn Miller Orchestra.
- Jingle Bells (Duke Ellington And His Orchestra)
- Deck the Halls (Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea)
- Winter Wonderland (Tony Bennett)
- Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy) (Duke Ellington)
- Snowfall (The Glenn Miller Orchestra & Tex Beneke)
- Winter Weather (Benny Goodman & His Orchestra with Peggy Lee)
- What Will Santa Claus Say (When He Finds Everybody Swingin’?) (Louis Prima)
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Pony Poindexter)
- O Christmas Tree (Russell Malone)
- Deck Us All with Boston Charlie (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross)
- Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern) (Miles Davis)
- Shake Hands with Santa Claus (Louis Prima)
- ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (Art Carney)
- The Christmas Song (Carmen McRae)
Space Between (2019) by Sammy Hagar with Circle (Format: CD) (Genre: Rock):
This rockin’ album features Sammy Hagar on vocals, his former Van Halen bandmate Michael Anthony on bass, Led Zeppelin relation and rock drummer extraordinaire Jason Bonham on drums and Vic Johnson, formerly of Waboritas, on guitar.
So if you’re a fan of Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Waboritas or just straightforward hard rock – this album is for you, check it out!
- Devil Came to Philly
- Full Circle Jam (Chump Change)
- Can’t Hang
- Wide Open Space
- Free Man
- Bottom Line
- No Worries
- Trust Fund Baby
- Hey Hey (Without Greed)
Videos Of The Week:
Africa Speaks by Santana
Breaking Down the Door by Santana
Los Invisibles by Santana
Blue Roses by Runaway June
Buy My Own Drinks by Runaway June
Wild West by Runaway June
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered by Rosemary Clooney
In A Sentimental Mood by Benny Goodman
Prelude To A Kiss by Sarah Vaughan
Everything Happens To Me by Chet Baker
A Night In Tunisia by Dizzy Gillespie featuring Charlie Parker
Pennsylvania 6-5000 by The Glenn Miller Orchestra
Jingle Bells by Duke Ellington
Shake Hands With Santa Claus by Louis Prima
Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy) by Duke Ellington
Devil Came To Philly by Sammy Hagar & The Circle
Free Man by Sammy Hagar & The Circle
Wide Open Spaces by Sammy Hagar & The Circle
J-I-N-G-L-E Bells by Frank Sinatra
Have a great weekend!
Linda Reimer, SSCL
The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn
Africa Speaks Review written by Thom Jurek, AllMusic, https://www.allmusic.com/album/africa-speaks-mw0003268513
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