I think this will be my final post to this thread. There are others who are just getting their ALNICO hemp drivers and I think most people, myself included, would like to hear some commentary from other owners.
For those of you who have expressed interest in and appreciation for the discussion of music, I am thinking about starting a thread over in the music forum. At the moment I am very much into jazz. My listening preferences are subject to change from time to time. Once I got into an electric blues mode that lasted nearly 2 years. I still listened to other music, but during that time blues dominated my rotation. I've been on a heavy jazz tear for the past three or four months. I'd say that 3 out 4 records I buy these days is jazz, and I already have a pretty large collection of jazz music!
So with that said, there are three albums I want to leave you with.
Bille Holiday - Lady Sings the Blues
This is a Speakers Corner 180 gram audiophile pressing, and it is simply breathtaking.
Recorded in 1956, this album was made at a time when the honied voice that Holiday
routinely demonstrated on her Columbia sides in the 1940s had left her. I think it
gives her voice added character and does something for her torch song interpretations
that was missing in the earlier part of her career. In any case, Lady Sings the
Blues finds Billie Holiday at what arguably is her very best form during her tenure
at Verve. Highly recommended.
Anita O'Day - Pick Yourself Up
This album belongs in every serious jazz fan's music library. O'Day
got her start with Gene Krupa's band after his stint with Benny
Goodman. It has been argued that she lacks the range of Sarah
Vaughan (who doesn't?) and can't scat like Ella Fitzgerald (who
can?). Be that as it may, Anita O'Day was a brilliant song
interpreter and a supremely gifted vocal improviser. This
album features a great line-up of tunes, including Don't Be That
, Let's Face the Music and Dance
, and Stompin' at the
. The real knock-out punch here is the most incredible
version of Sweet Georgia Brown
that you are ever likely to hear.
Witness this fantastic clip on YouTube of Anita O'Day singing this song
at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuzWegDm2HY
Dave's True Story - Sex Without Bodies
Unfairly labeled as a lounge act. Dave's True Story
featured the witty songwriting of Dave Cantor and
the wonderful, expressive singing of Kelly Flint. While
the lyrical content of the songs is frequently campy
and silly, make no mistake about it -- this is exceptionally
well done jazz, with the music and arrangements done in
the Irving Berlin, Rogers and Hart, and Cole Porter traditions.
They also manage to slip in a nice jazz interpretation of
Lou Reed's Take a Walk on the Wild Side
. This album
and the group's eponymous debut album offer a great
deal to jazz vocal fans. Unfortunately, Kelly Flint
has since moved in other musical directions and for the
past few years has been doing a lot of folk music. Don't
get me wrong, since it is well done folk, but it pales
in comparison to her jazz singing with Dave Cantor.