Hi everyone, here are our six musical recommendations for the week; five streaming suggestions and one recommended album on CD.
(Click on the photo to stream or request the album)
Freegal Streaming Suggestions*
Deuces, T’s, Roadsters and Drums by And The Young Cougars by Hal Blaine (Genre: Classic Rock, Hot Rod Rock, Surf Music):
Drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Hal Blaine is best known as a member of the influential group of studio musicians known as The Wrecking Crew. Blaine played on thousands of recording sessions in California in the 1960s and 1970s. This 1963 album is one of his few solo albums. The records contains 22 surf instrumentals with the sounds of hot rods interspersed throughout. It is a fun album and includes the songs: Challenger II, Nashville Coupe, Mr. Eliminator, Deuces, TS, Roadsters and Drums, Gear Stripper and Hawaii 1963.
Now Hear Our Meanin’ by The Kenny Clarke Band (Genre: Jazz, 60’s Jazz):
The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Band features a combination of great Jazz musicians that played in Europe during the sixties. The group, which produced great swinging jazz, usually recorded in Cologne, Germany. This is their third album from 1965 and it features Kenny Clarke on drums, Francy Boland on piano, Sahib Shihab on flute and baritone sax and Ake Persson on trombone.
Songs on the LP include: Johnny One Note, Night Lady, I’m Scared of Girls When They’re Good Looking, A Ball for Othello, Sabbath Message and Now Hear My Meanin’
Harlem Street Singer by Reverend Gary Davis (Genre: Blues):
The Reverend Gary Davis’s finger style guitar playing has had a great impact on the evolution of folk and rock finger style guitar playing since his the blues revival of the 1960s. This is his third album, originally released in 1960, is considered one of his best and was recorded in only three hours! This version of the LP is the bonus edition which features 8 extra songs.
Songs on the album include: Samson and Delilah, Let Us Get Together, I Belong to the Band, Pure Religion, Lo, I Be With You Always and Motherless Children.
King’s Record Shop by Rosanne Cash (Genre: Country/Rock/Pop/Folk etc.):
This now classic album by Rosanne Cash was originally released in 1987. The album features her usual excellent work, songwriting wise and playing wise, with great musicians providing backup, Rosanne singing in top form and some excellent back up from other well-known musicians including Patty Smith and Steve Winwood.
Songs include: the empowering tune Rosie Strikes Back, The Way We Make a Broken Heart, If You Change Your Mind, The Real Me and Somewhere Sometime.
And just a note on Rosanne’s music, if you’re not familiar with it – it is generally categorized as country but she is one of those artists who rises above genre categories – she mixes country, folk, pop and rock with a bit of blues thrown in for good measure so easily, that if country isn’t usually your favorite type of music and you instead prefer pop, rock or folk music and you haven’t previously listened to Rosanne Cash’s music before – you really should check it out as it is top notch!
Brahms: The Piano Trios by Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos & Johannes Brahms (Genre: Classical):
This is the brand new albumby the renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Emanuel Ax. Ma and Ax are joined by violist Leonidas Kavakos for this album of Brahms Piano Trios.
Here’s the composition list for this album:
Piano Trio No. 2 in C Major, Opus 87
2 Andante con moto
3 Scherzo: Presto
4 Finale: Allegro giocoso
Piano Trio No. 3 in C Minor, Opus 101
1 Allegro energico
2 Presto non assai
3 Andante grazioso
4 Allegro molto
Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Opus 8
5 Allegro con brio
6 Scherzo: Allegro molto
8 Finale: Allegro
Compact Disc Recommendation of the Week:
Carolina Chocolate Drops & Joe Thompson (Genre: Folk, Blues & Country):
The Carolina Chocolate Drops were a string band consisting of Rhiannon Giddens on banjo and fiddle, Don Glemons on guitar, jug and harmonica and Justin Robinson on banjo and fiddle. Giddens has since gone solo to great acclaim. This album was recorded at the 2008’s MerleFest held in Wilkesboro, North Carolina and features the then 90 year old fiddler Joe Thompson.
Songs on this album include: Dona Got a Ramblin’ Mind, Corn Bread & Butter Beans, John Henry and Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad.
Music Videos of the Week:
Have Fun!!! Play Drums!!! By Hal Blaine
Manteca by The Kenny Clarke Band
Bebop by Kenny Clarke
Runaway Train by Rosanne Cash
Glory Halleloo by the Rev. Gary Davis
Brahms Piano Trio No. 3 in C Minor – Movement I (excerpt)
Brahms Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major – Movement I (excerpt)
Artist Biography & Discography Information
The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)
Have a great weekend!
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 including our own Southeast Steuben Count Library in Corning, New York. Library cards are free and at our library you can obtain one by visiting the Circulation Desk and presenting staff with a form of ID that features both your name and your current address.