Above the clouds

Just a short chill with Niklas (Peter’s son), Mark, and Olivier who celebrates his birthday today:


As always, thanks for listening.

Heard some nice songs on yesterday’s concert

Zuleikha had a concert with her “old” band yesterday, which is called “Brass & Co.” (she’s now a member of the Big Band which is more on a senior grade age level than the former). And during that concert yesterday we also heard several other bands from other schools and music schools, and some performances were really nice.

Like a girl in a small rock group who played keys and sang this one from Stevie Nicks:

Fleetwood Mac – Dreams [with lyrics]

Another brass band played Mark Ronson’s / Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk”, and while I like the original (which I played on the TV later at home for Zuleikha), I even prefer a newer video edit of it:

Old Movie Stars Dance to Uptown Funk

The same goes for “The Hanging Tree”, from “Mockingjay” of “The Hunger Games”, where Jennifer Lawrence’s original is good – but I like another one even more. This one is from Adriana Figueroa who also calls herself “adrisaurus”:

“The Hanging Tree” (Hunger Games / Mockingjay Original Arrangement) (Adriana Figueroa)

And here is Zuleikha playing it, without sound (don’t have a video of it):

Hunger Games on French Horn, Gross-Gerau 2019

As always, thanks for reading / viewing / listening.

Eliane Elias and Marc Johnson

Hm – I thought I had written about them before. Cannot find it, so here we go again; listen to this fine version of Desafinado:

Marc (Eliane’s husband) is playing an Eminence Upright here, quite a fine instrument when properly amplified – and I think on top of his rig I also see an Avalon preamp/DI, quite a nice way to get a signal from a bass 🙂

But listen to those musicians: Eliane Elias: piano, vocal – Rubens De La Gorte, guitar – Marc Johnson, bass – Rafael Barata, drums – all of them exceptional.

As always, thanks for viewing.

Hmmm… not for me…

In my post from Sunday I showed you a picture with two CDs, the latest one from Snarky Puppy, and one from Miles Davis and Cannonball Adderley which is some 62 years older.

Currently I’m sitting at work where I turned on the Snarky Puppy one in my Rhythmbox Music Player – and turned it off again after roundabout 6 minutes or so. The reason? Too loud. And no, I don’t mean the peak but the average loudness. Have a look at the opening piece “Chonks” in Audacity:

Chonks from Snarky Puppy, in Audacity

Loud, from start to finish. Look at the opening piece “So what” from Miles’ CD for a comparison:

So what from Miles Davis, in Audacity

Aaahh, what a relief! It’s loud as well, but not all the time. What a difference to hear some nice and dynamic music instead of a harsh attack.

Those guys 62 years ago like Fred Plaut and/or Rudy van Gelder simply did it better. Much better.

Thanks for reading.

You know it’s spring when…

… the cherry blossoms are out:

Cherry blossoms, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2019
Cherry blossoms, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2019

And while working on these photos a bit, I was listening to a new CD I bought yesterday:

62 years between these…, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2019

As always, thanks for viewing.

Not *that* easy to read, but, wow!

Switch this video to full screen, and read along while Dexter plays:

Wave/Dexter Gordon’s full (Bb) Transcription. Transcribed by Carles Margarit

It’s a channel on Youtube which I recently also recommended to my brother Willi who’s also a bass player like me.

And wow, did you notice the bass player on this one? I had to look him up of course, and it’s one of the greatest, NHØP, according to the album’s AllMusic page.

Giants on their instruments, all of them. See me bowing in awe.

And thanks to Carles for the transcription of course.

A short fretless waltz

Ok ok, I get it. Until now it’s just a single bass. But this is how templates are started within Wikiloops, and given the first very positive reactions, I’m hoping that someone might pick up on this:

Thanks for listening.

Another cat just wowed me. Again.

If you thought that my post from yesterday showed some good bass player, you’re right. But listen to this one:

Esperanza – Body & Soul

Amazing, isn’t she? That’s maybe why she played in the white house in front of a president who knew good music (I bet he still does, but he’s not a president anymore).

Thanks for listening.