February 28, 2008
February 25, 2008
February 24, 2008
The lights went down at 7 p.m. and on screen was the promotional video for the lead track 'Jazzy Joint' featuring Jose James on vocals. After that the band came on and played a 50 minute or so set with their usual passion and verve. No matter how many times I see J.A.M. (or Soil & "Pimp" Sessions) they never fail to impress me ~ their musicianship and energy is simply a wonder to watch. And tonight being in a tiny venue there was the added benefit of seeing them very close up as they played.
The set was closed out with a storming version of "Quiet Passion" and the went off to rapturous applause before a mellower track for the encore. A superb way to spend the evening, made even better by the fact that it was an on-the-spot decision.
Just counting down the album release now ...
The Sour - Peder
Just Four - Native
Marriage Is A State Of Vibes - Dave Hamilton
Carla's Beat - Diesler feat Katie Miller
Let's Straighten It Out - Gwen McCrae
Across The Atlantic - The Budos Band
African Battle - Brownout
Chester's Tongue - The Baker Brothers
Quiet Passion (live version) - J.A.M.
February 19, 2008
A truly absorbing and moving book for anyone who has a sense of adventure and a love of life.
February 18, 2008
February 17, 2008
Dark Days - Fat Freddys Drop
Is That Enough - Marvin Gaye
King Charles - The Budos Band
Ritual - Nico Gomez & His Afro Percussion Inc
Learning To Fly - Andrea Sabatini Quintet
The Edge Of Daylight - Native
Songs Without Words - Dan Ecclestone Band
Tsui To - indigo jam unit
Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love - Odyssey
February 13, 2008
A weekend with a national holiday tacked on is the perfect excuse to get away, and this weekend just gone, I decided to see Hakone in winter. It was a beautiful day on Sunday and, following Saturday's snowfall, there was a nice blanket of white over the countryside.
February 11, 2008
February 08, 2008
However this is more than just a straightforward crime novel. It is a masterful recreation of an era gone by with an insightful look at the society of the day. The characterisation is superb and Ellroy has a good grasp of the period vernacular, meaning that it is easy to lose yourself in the pages. Totally unputdownable.
February 05, 2008
Park Bench People - Jose James
This Is Dedicated To - Wale Oyejide
A Taste Of Honey - Tubby Hayes Quartet
Blowing Tune - Super*Stars
Afro Texas - Letta Mbulu
Stars - Nostalgia 77 Octet
Going Down For The Last Time - Ronnie Keaton
Million Faces - Contemporary Noise Quintet
Anna's Song - Marvin Gaye