From the can’t-get-this-haunting-melody-out-of-my-head department, here are two versions of Neil Young’s wonderfully dark “Don’t Let It Bring You Down,” a song I first got attached to around 44 years ago. I was attending boarding school back then, and for some reason I have a vivid memory of a nice, quiet kid named Greg constantly singing… Read more
Here’s a guy making some uniquely great music all by himself on just an upright bass, in front of an audience member who appears neither very interested nor impressed. (HT: Doug Hartline, my old pal from grade school!) And also, in honor of Valentine’s Day, here’s the great Sassy herself, aka Sarah Vaughn, asking the… Read more
There’s an old Charlie Parker blues ditty called Billie’s Bounce, and I’d like to share two exemplary versions of it. First, there’s this Max Roach quarter version, featuring George Coleman on sax. Listen to the way Coleman weaves through a few choruses. What’s particularly interesting here is that there’s no piano or guitar on the… Read more
In the interest of good aesthetics, I’ve made a point of keeping the economics work separate from the musical suggestions. But this week I violate that, combining a strange and dissonant article about how DC’s financial market regulation has just completely dominated those formerly high rollers up on Wall St., with the great R&B artist… Read more
I suspect I’m not the only person with this song in mind today, but if this doesn’t eradicate your chill you might have frostbite! It’s Ray Charles and Betty Carter having a great, toasty-warm time with Baby, It’s Cold Outside.