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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Raphael Saadiq - Classic R&B

From the former front man of "Toni, Tony, Tone'". Off of his 2009 release. I will post a full review when it arrives. Enjoy the video!!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


All of you folks that live in the Bay area, have some of the best musical talent around. Here is one of my personal favorites. Lavay Smith is a fantastic swing/blues artist in the style of the greats like Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw with some humor mixed in ala Louis Prima!

Here are a few selections from her "One Hour Mama" CD. Her New CD is on it's way, and I will give you'all a review when it arrives.


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Johnny Mercer - America's Poet

Born in 1909 in Savannah, GA. Johnny Mercer would have been 100 Years old this year.

Even if you are not into the music of the Great American Songbook, you all most likely know his lyrics. Here are some special renditions of just a few of those songs.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

My Post High School Years

Just a few tidbits from my post high school years. The early period of my eclectic musical tastes.

Alan Parsons

Bronski Beat

Fine Young Cannibals

Frankie Goes to Hollywood

General Public


Pet Shop Boys

Spyro Gyra

The Fixx

Victor Feldman's Generation band.


Saturday, November 14, 2009

Gerry Mulligan - West Coast and Cool!!

Gerry Mulligan was one to the pioneers of what would become known as "Cool" or "West Coast" jazz in the late 40's and early 50's. Composing and recording as part of the Miles Davis nonet on what is the foundation for West Coast Jazz; "The Birth of the Cool".

After moving to the southern California in the early 50's, Gerry formed an outstanding quartet featuring himself on Sax, Chet Baker on trumpet, Carson Smith on bass and the legendary Chico Hamilton on drums. This quartet recorded, in 1952, what is the first recording on the legendary Pacific Jazz label from the 50's.

I scored this original 10" Pacific Jazz #1 recording from a box of records I purchased off of Craigslist for $10. Along with some later recording I will feature here.

If you have never gotten a chance to really understand and listen to the early west coast movement, this is a great introduction from one of it's creators.


Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Nails - Mood Swing

The privilege of my youth.

Way back when I was young and single, my good friend Mark and I would take a run down to Wax Traxx records in Denver almost every week. It was one of the highlights of a Saturday. We would look for obscure and interesting finds and most time we would be drawn to imports and singles that you just could not get everywhere.

I stumbled on this one and was drawn by the artwork on the cover more than anything. But ended up wearing it out because I just got into the songs and Marc Campbell's cool baritone voice. Come to find out, The Nails formed in Boulder Colorado in the 70's during the early days of the Punk movement. In the late 70's they relocated to New York. Originally called The Ravers, they put "88 Lines" out first in the early 80's before "Mood Swing". Although "88 lines" was their most popular song, the others are great too. Give them a spin!

Although for awhile, the record was not available, you can now get a re-mastered CD direct from their website ( or from CDBaby ( One or two LP's are usually on EBay as well.

I don't get to spend Saturday's going to record stores anymore, but Mark and I will always have those memories of driving downtown in either my 280z or his Sirocco with the cassette blasting in the Alpine of one of our last finds at Wax Traxx…..

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Chris LeDoux

Good ride cowboy…..

I discovered Chris LeDoux like so many others, when Garth Brooks mentioned him in "Much Too young". Once I started to listen to Chris' music, I found that although the songs were straight forward and his lyrics simple, his stories were deep and meaningful. I think I was drawn to him because he wrote about the west. When you live here, you may have a clearer understanding and can better envision his songs.

He wrote and sung in a very autobiographical way, and with a style that was unique and endearing. I grew to have a deep respect for him as a person. He was a great family man, performer, artist, songwriter and rodeo champion.

Sadly we lost Chris in 2005 to liver cancer, he was 56.

I got the pleasure to see Chris live on several occasions and he gave everyone that was there, their money's worth and then some. Here are just a sample of the songs I love.

Thanks Chris, rest in peace