granite mix 8

My new granite mix celebrates my purchase of a record deck a couple of weeks ago. So apologies for the odd bits of crackle, rumble and one little glitch where there’s an elision – I won’t say where. It’s an eclectic mix of 16 tracks about 50 minutes long and mostly the music is from USA artists, but then in a sense USA music is world music because of the nature of how the country came together, not forgetting those peoples who were there a long time before the European putsch (for want of a better word).

The sound of Nancy Wilson is a happy one. Her music makes me happy. Once upon a time I thought that happiness was the most important thing in life. As I got older I realised that I was prepared to trade.

Now the start of 3 non-USA artists in a row. The first Jamaica Independence Festival was in 1962 and so Derrick Morgan‘s Festival 10 presumably dates from 1971. The history of musical beefs must include the rivalry between Derrick and Prince Buster that happened in the 60s. Presumably there are even earlier examples. Has anyone written a book about this yet?

The Hungarian band Vujicsics is named after the composer and musicologist Tihamer Vujicsics and specialises in playing traditional Serb/Croat music which infiltrated southern Hungary. The album is probably the only one I have from the Hannibal Records label which was formed by the great Joe Boyd.

Elsewhere on this website I make a reference to the fact that people often associate my guitar playing with Brazilian music. It’s nothing I’ve ever deliberately set out to do, but if there’s one Brazilian guitarist I’ve particularly listened to and enjoyed over the last 20 odd years it’s Baden Powell. The vocalist on this track is Janine de Waleyne, a French singer who was also an early exponent of the Ondes Martenot.

There’s a lovely feeling about Nat King Cole‘s singing in Spanish despite the fact that his pronunciation is pretty atrocious. I believe that in all he recorded 3 Spanish albums, the example here being from the last one.

Hillbilly Jazz Volume 2 is an obscure reissue I bought somewhere. Originally the material may have been released on a double album by Flying Fish Records. The most helpful link I can find is related to the violin player Vassar Clements.

Arthur Lyman, the so-called King of Lounge Music, was proper Hawaiian. Part of the appeal of Exotica was experimentation with a new technology – Stereo recording techniques. Actually stereo had been around for quite a while but it wasn’t until the 50s that ordinary people (fairly well off ones in those days) could afford to have a stereo system at home. Is there an equivalent to the stereo revolution today? Some people want to have great sound but it’s more about ease of adding music to your devices. I expect there’s a book about this. Trouble is it will be out of date in a couple of years time.

Third Ear Band is effectively the only UK product here but then the only other European countries are Hungary, Croatia, Serbia & Austria. Please write a book about this.

Charles Mingus wrote a book and it is called Beneath The Underdog. There’s also a film and the website isn’t bad. Or you could just listen to Debussy’s Images.

Jimmy C Newman‘s middle name is Yves but C stands for Cajun.

In 1866 in Wilkes County, North Carolina, Thomas C Dula brutally murdered Laura Foster in a case that may also have involved another woman, venereal disease and pregnancy. Frank Proffitt‘s grandmother knew Laura slightly and it is also the first song Frank can remember hearing his father pick on the banjo.

The thing about King Curtis is that he was the right player at the right time and there’s a phenomenal number of recordings that he has participated on that are not documented. I don’t know – what do you think? – could be a book? Throw in another murder to finish it off.

Harp Of New Albion is a great unappreciated work by Terry Riley and of course harks back and shows the influence of LaMonte Young, to quote from Terry’s sleeve-notes,

The application of just intonation to the piano was the brilliant inspiration of my long-time friend and mentor LaMonte Young, whose masterpiece. The Well Tuned Piano forever changed the way many of us hear the instrument.

and finally the cliché-free joe zawinul who would not have described himself as cliché-free before a few hours he spent sometime on maynard ferguson‘s houseboat.

here’s the mix

Granite Mix 8
Artist Title Album
Nancy Wilson It’s Time To Go How Glad I Am
Derrick Morgan Festival 10 Reggae Power Volume 2
Vujicsics Seljančica Serbian Music From Southern Hungary
Baden Powell Ate-Eu Images On Guitar
Nat King Cole Solamente Una Vez More Cole Español
Hillbilly Jazz Last Song For Shelby Jean Volume 2
Arthur Lyman Moon Of Manakora Taboo Volume 2
Third Ear Band Dragon Lines Alchemy
Charles Mingus Self Portrait In Three Colors Ah Um
Jimmy C Newman Jambalaya All Star Country Roundup
Frank Proffitt Tom Dooley North Carolina Songs & Ballads
King Curtis Soul Theme At Small’s Paradise
Terry Riley Land’s End The Harp Of New Albion
Joe Zawinul Sharon’s Waltz Money In The Pocket
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