The Epic 2017 Project #111: 170421
Herbie Hancock – Monster (1980)
Herbert Jeffrey “Herbie” Hancock (born April 12, 1940) started his career with Donald Byrd. Then he joined the Miles Davis Quintet where he helped to redefine the role of a jazz rhythm section and was one of the primary architects of the post-bop sound. He was one of the first jazz musicians to embrace synthesizers and funk music. Hancock’s music is often melodic and accessible; he has had many songs “cross over” and achieved success among pop audiences.
His best-known compositions include “Cantaloupe Island”, “Watermelon Man” (later performed by dozens of musicians, including bandleader Mongo Santamaría), “Maiden Voyage”, “Chameleon”, and the singles “I Thought It Was You” and “Rockit”
Monster was his twenty-ninth album. Released as a follow-up to the “Feets” album, it avoided jazz and funk in favor of disco.
The Epic 2017 Project #075: 170316
Fat Freddy’s Drop – Blackbird (2013)
The third studio album from the New Zealand group, released on 21 June 2013 on their own record label, The Drop. The album was a critical and commercial success, spending 4 weeks at the top of the New Zealand albums chart, and has been certified Platinum.
Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #67: 160307
[No. 1 on 7 March 1977]
`A re-release of an original 1958 recording by Art & Dotty Todd and subsequently by The Lettermen in 1966, the 1977 Manhattan Transfer version took it straight to No. 1 simultaneously in the UK and Australia. It failed to chart in the US.
Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #30: 160130
[A song that makes you smile]
I’ve never tired of this song. It makes me think of summer and vitality and long days in the sun and smiles and sharing life with good friends and just being. It’s a song of hope and laughter and contentment and joy all wrapped up into one. And when you see the zest of life portrayed in its creator performing it – you just know you’re on to a good thing.
Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #25 (160125)
[A favourite classical piece]
The second movement from Bach’s orchestral suite No.3 in D major is most famously associated in the jazz arrangement of it played by the Jacques Loussier Trio as the accompaniment to the ‘Happiness is a cigar called Hamlet’ tobacco adverts. These ran on British TV from 1966 through 1991 when they were finally banned.
Fat Freddy’s Drop are a 7-piece outfit hailing from Wellington, New Zealand where they formed in 1999. They play a multi-genre style including diversities from Techno to Rhythm & Blues, Reggae to Jazz and Dub to Soul along with anything else that just happens to slip into the mix.
Here’s ‘Wandering Eye’ from 2006 to give you a taster…
For the second instalment of the Jemtunes ‘Eighties Greatest’ series, here’s Joe Jackson’s Jumpin’ Jive from 1981