98. Edinburgh-born, Livingston-bred John Rae has had such a long & distinguished drumming career, that this humble drummer has spent much of the last several days checking out his back catalogue. For the last decade he’s lived in Wellington, New Zealand & the featured track today is a recent recording there. This listener had an image of a candyfloss machine, as his confection of drums emerges at 1.42, in The Earl of Seaforth’s Salute. Utterly brilliant.
Image from: en.wikipedia.org https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNYm5ApavP4&list=OLAK5uy_lDbGlCbY2TfnLcBniFlnnQ5uD3GMEzDkY&index=1
97. To a greater or lesser degree Covid-19 currently affects us all, world-wide. So today we feature here an ‘old favourite’ re-arranged by East Lothian-based guitarist Simon Thacker, who has featured on these pages previously in both ‘world music’ & jazz groups. For your enjoyment, a trans-global, multi-lingual version of ‘We Shall Overcome’.
96. Glenrothes-based director of Langtoun Jazz Festival, radio presenter & semi pro vocalist Grace Black, to help celebrate a Special Birthday has recorded some songs in aid of the charity Help Musicians Scotland. Recorded in her garden with backing tracks from Peter Angus and Cafezz Duo, listen to ‘On A Clear Day’ & you can hear the birds singing too. 🐦🎶
Image from: fifetoday.co.uk https://graceblack1.bandcamp.com/
95. Jazz funk guitarist, singer & DJ Aki Remally Music evokes Bill Withers for this listener whenever he sings. Here’s to the time when we can again get down to The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh & check out this music live! Here’s his funky take on Jimi Hendrix. With the marvellous: Jamie Graham (drums), Richard Harrold (keys) & Tom Wilkinson (bass). 😀
94. Edinburgh-based vocalist Liz Dicks’ command of jazz ballads is clear in this audio of her very lovely rendition of ‘Always On My Mind’.
Image from: reverbnation.com https://www.reverbnation.com/lizdicks
93. Something tasty for all you Scottish Trad Jazz fans: the very excellent Tenement Jazz Band with ‘Root Hog Or Die’. Charles Dearness on Trumpet, Tom Pickles on Soprano Sax, Paddy Darley on Trombone, Mike Kearney on Guitar & Vocals & Simon Toner on Bass.
92. Warning: accompanying video contains stylised Samurai violence + some cheeky topical references. In-your-face, improvising doom jazz band AKU, from Glasgow, might be seen by some to channel the current zeitgeist. Scottish Jazz Space looks forward to their set at the 2020 Online Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Fest, this Saturday 25th July. Harry Weir (compositions, saxophones, bass clarinet), Liam Shortall (trombone/effects), Graham Costello (drums).
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91. Cowdenbeath’s most famous jazz export, the late baritone saxophonist Joe Temperley achieved great success on both sides of the Atlantic, a particular claim to fame being his recruitment by Wynton Marsalis, to become a founder member of the renowned Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra in New York. Is there anything more beautiful than his signature rendition, on bass clarinet, of Ellington’s ‘Single Petal Of The Rose’? 🙂
90. A 6-piece outfit based in Perth, Bohemian Monk Machine must be one of the funnest funk bands around. Get on down to an audio of their ‘Monk Magic’ ! 😀
89. Edinburgh-based vocalist Becc Sanderson’s extraordinarily versatile voice takes in jazz & cabaret amongst other styles. Here is an audio of ‘My Old Man’: the crystalline clarity & story-telling qualities are a real delight.
Image from secondhandsongs.com https://soundcloud.com/becc-sanderson/my-old-man