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Sound Ideas #29 - Top Notch Listening Music
Welcome to an hour of top notch listening music. Thanks for stopping by.
Artist Track Album
Les McCann and Eddie Harris You Got it in Your Soulness Swiss Movement
Lee Morgan Zambia DelightfuLee Morgan
McCoy Tyner Blues on the Corner The Real McCoy
Mose Allison Certified Senior Citizen The World Wants You
The Brian Setzer Orchestra There's a Rainbow 'Round my Shoulder The Brian Setzer Orchestra
The Clayton Brothers Skylark The Music
Ken Nordine The Touch of Your Lips Love Words
Charles Earland Third Degree Burn Third Degree Burn
Zoot Sims Bill Bailey Down Home
Les McCann Bye and Bye The Gospel Truth

This episode's theme is plain and simple, this is music that's worth a good listening. We begin with a live date from Les McCann and Eddie Harris that demonstrates that what a compelling adventure can be had with a quintet of talented players and a live audience.

The classic hard bop sound of the mid-sixties is presented by Lee Morgan and then McCoy Tyner, two gentlemen that know how to swing hard while delivering memorable melodies and improvisation. The master of kiddin' on the square, Mose Allison, lays one on us about growing old gracefully but without surrendering any of the flair of live, even if riding a bus or raising hell in Arizona.

We swing a great standard courtesy of Brian Setzer, simmer down to a captivating rendition of Skylark by the Clayton Brothers, and then ponder the lyrics of another standard through the baritone of Ken Nordine.

The mighty burner revs up his venerable B-3 and applies a Third Degree Burn followed by a campfire favorite jazzed up the Zoot himself. Closing out we say bye and bye from the swinging magic of Les McCann Ltd, of which the only thing that could be considered limited is the name of the group, as music the could fill a cathedral while hardly breaking a sweat.

There is much intellectual depth afforded by jazz, but as this hour shows, it's rarely at the expense of some good listening pleasure. This is creative art put forth by artists who are having a good time telling you some happy, sad, clever, and at times deadly serious stories, but at all times are providing some top notch entertainment along the way. You can hear the past, present, and future running through this music, as it is a selfless and timeless conversation about the human condition; a reality in which we all share.