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Weekend listening list

Who doesn't need more to listen to this weekend?


This is going to be the first in a new series of Friday articles offering different music selections for your listening pleasure. They will be of different artists, styles, and genres, to help broaden peoples musical tastes; liking all of them is not the idea – appreciation is. Some artists/music you might already know, some you might not, and most will be able to be seen on YouTube, and all will be downloadable from various sites (I will always put at least two samples in the list).   What would be great would be if you listened and then commented on them and we get a discussion started.
So without further ramblings from me – on with the list!
1 – “Spain” by Chick Corea. This is a jazz standard that Corea first recorded back in the 70’s. Here is a version by his electric band featuring Corea on keys, Eric Marienthal on sax, John Patitucci on bass, Frank Gambale on guitar, and Dave Weckl on drums. It’s a good example of a style called “Fusion”, when you combine elements of various styles – in this case jazz, rock, and Spanish music.
2 - “Los Dos” by Los Tri-o. This is beautiful Mexican music at its finest.  They have an awesome live version, but I couldn’t find it on YouTube.
3 – “Act the Scat” by Denver and the Mile High Orchestra. This is a Christian Big Band, although they also do some secular music.
4 – Love Bob Seger, love Metallica – interesting combo for “Turn the Page”. I wasn’t sold on this one when I heard they remade it, but after listening to it I really like it. It shows that a great song is a great song – period.
That’s all for this week, and again, comments welcome!


  • ism 4 years ago

    Nice variety. Great idea to show different genres of music, opens up new vistas for music lovers in general. One comment on Metallica...nice job on a great song, just not quite as good as the original version...the soulfulness just wasn't there.

  • nadine 4 years ago

    Great songs.

  • juice74 4 years ago

    Awesome idea that brother. I loved the scat, and turn the page had me singing along out loud!!

  • Stephanie 4 years ago

    Metallica's version of Bob Seger's Turn The Page is hands down my most favorite cover of all time. I am a huge fan of Bob Seger. I guess I like it so well because they (Metallica) didn't try to change it too much, just put their flare on it. James' vocals were very good on this one, too.

  • jr 4 years ago

    John - Great idea to expose everyone to different types of music and then opening for discussion. Makes us more well-rounded. I particularly liked the Los Tri-o selections. The rhythmic, melodious flow of their music is one of my favorite types of music. It has a beautiful, calming and relaxing sound. I particularly liked the distinct sound of the guitar and the sound of the horns. To me, a guitarest who can make a guitar "talk" by distinctly (clearly) picking each note and blending the notes when appropriate, is just awesome. It does not matter what kind of music is being played. The other selections were good in that each musician has their own talent. Keep on helping us to be aware of other types of music out there. Who knows, I might find another favorite one day.


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