Jamie Callum – What a difference a day makes (Starters for Ten #204) 4.10.21

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Jamie Callum – What a difference a day makes (2003)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the 21st – running between 20 and 29 July and featuring my top ten Sunday morning tracks – here’s Jamie Callum’s version of What a difference a day makes taken from his album ‘Twentysomething’ released in 2003.

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Gwyneth Herbert – Fever (Starters for Ten #203) 3.10.21

Starters for Ten 2019 – #203: Top Ten Sunday morning tracks: 190722

Gwyneth Herbert – Fever (2004)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the 21st – running between 20 and 29 July and featuring my top ten Sunday morning tracks – here’s Gwyneth Herbert’s version of Fever from her 2004 album ‘Bittersweet and Blue’

Double – Love is a plane (Starters for Ten #152) 2/10 (16)

Starters for Ten 2019 – #152: Top Ten Lurve songs: 190601

Double – Love is a Plane (1985)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the 16th – featuring my top ten ‘lurve’ songs, and running between 31 May and 9 June – here’s Love is a Plane taken from Double’s debut album released in 1985.

Van Morrison – Astral Weeks (The ’59) #062

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Van Morrison – Astral Weeks (1968)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. We’re currently at year 10 – 1968.

Astral Weeks was the second studio album from Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison. It was recorded at Century Sound Studios in New York City during three sessions in September and October 1968.

On its release, it did not receive promotion from the label and was not an immediate success with consumers or critics. But things did get better and Astral Weeks’ critical standing eventually to a point where the album is viewed as one of rock music’s greatest and most important records.Critics now laud the album’s arrangements and songwriting. Morrison’s lyrics are often described as impressionistic, hypnotic, and modernist. It was placed on numerous widely circulated lists of the best albums of all time and had an enduring effect on both listeners and musicians.

Forty years after the album’s release, Morrison performed all eight of its songs live for the first time during two Hollywood Bowl concerts in November 2008; this performance was later released as a live album.

Herbie Hancock – Takin Off (“The ’59”) #027

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Herbie Hancock – Takin Off (1962)

Herbie Hancock’s debut was released in 1962 on the Blue Note label. The recording session included Freddie Hubbard on trumpet and veteran Dexter Gordon on tenor saxophone. ‘Takin Off’ was a typical hard bop LP, with its characteristic two horns and a rhythm section.

The bluesy single “Watermelon Man” made it to the Top 100 of the pop charts, and went on to become a jazz standard.

It was released on CD in 1996 with three alternate takes and then remastered in 2007 by Rudy Van Gelder. The 2007 edition features new liner notes by Bob Blumenthal.

Shirley Bassey (“The ’59”) #020

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Shirley Bassey (1961)

This was Shirley Bassey’s fifth studio album and her third with EMI/Columbia. Released in 1961, Bassey was accompanied on the album by Geoff Love and his orchestra and The Williams Singers (aka The Rita Williams Singers). The album spent eleven weeks on the charts, beginning in February 1962, and peaking at No.14 It was issued in both mono and stereo. The stereo version was reissued and released on CD in 1997 by EMI.

Nina Simone – Forbidden Fruit (“The ’59”) #018

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Nina Simone – Forbidden Fruit (1961)

Forbidden Fruit was Nina Simone’s second studio album for Colpix Records, the first recording company for Columbia Pictures. The rhythm section accompanying her is the same trio as on both live albums before and after this release.

It was both recorded and released in New York in 1961.