Saturday, September 1, 2018

Underappreciated Music: August selections: Aretha Franklin memorial, Leonard Bernstein centennial month

The monthly assembly of undervalued and often nearly "lost" music, or simply music the blogger in question wants to remind you readers/listeners of...Aretha Franklin's funeral happened yesterday, among other remembrance (and, sadly, inevitably, more deaths); August 18th was the centennial of the birth of Leonard Bernstein. 

Patti Abbott: night music

Brian Arnold: Billy Preston: "That's the Way God Planned It"

Jayme Lynn Blaschke: Friday Night Videos

Paul D. Brazill: A Song for Saturday

Jim Cameron: Farewell to Aretha;  Bobby Hutcherson: Smokin' at Montreaux

Sean Coleman: The Kinks: Arthur, or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire

Jeff Gemmill: Top 5s; Suzanne Vega: Solitude Standing Jane Willow: Q&A; Mikaela Davis: Delivery; Aretha Franklin in Concert, 2014; Aretha Franklin R.I.P.; Shelby Lynne: Here I Am; Mikaela Davis: Disposable Camera

Keiko Hassler: X: "Some Other Time"; "White Girl"

Jerry House: Roger Miller & William Hauptmann/Original Cast: Big River; Hymn Time; Music from the Past

Jackie Kashian: Kristen Studard on dance music

George Kelley: Aretha Franklin: The Atlantic Singles Collection 1967-1970;  Aladdin: The Musical; Ben Yagoda: The B-Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song

Kate Laity: Song for a Saturday

Steve Lewis: Music I'm Listening To

Barry Malzberg: Leonard Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic: "Francesca da Rimini" (Pyotr Tchaikovsky) and

Tuba Skinny: "Tom Cat Blues"

J. Eric Mason: Madeleine Peyroux: "All My Heroes"

Todd Mason: Aretha Franklin: Rest in Glory; gods of rock (including Franklin and Ray Charles in duet)

Inez Matthews: "Stay Well"

Laura Nakatsuka: Nikodimos Kabamos: Kratimata in Mode 1 and

Azi Schwartz: Hasidic Kaddish

Andrew Orley: The Young-Holt Trio: "Ain't There Something That Money Can't Buy?"

Charlie Ricci: The Hooters: "All You Zombies", "Fightin' on the Same Side"/"Wireless"; John Prine: John Prine; Jakob Dylan: Seeing Things 

Richard Robinson: Miklos Rozsa, the Victor Symphony Orchestra and Sabu Dastagir: Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book

Jeff Segal: Superorganism: "The Prawn Song"; "Night Time"; "Something for Your M.I.N.D."

W. Royal Stokes: Tony Pringle and the New Black Eagle Jazz Band

George Russell and the Swedish Radio Jazz Orchestra: Vertical Form VI

"Event I" - 9:07 "Event II" - 15:03 "Event III" - 4:36 "Event IV" - 9:24 "Event V" - 1:59 Recorded in Estrad, Sodertalje, Sweden on March 10, 1977.
George Russell - conductor, arranger Arne Domnérus - soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, clarinet Ian Uling - tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, flute Lennart Åberg, Bernet Rosengren - tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute Erik Nilsson - baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, flute Americo Bellotto, Bertil Lövgren - trumpet, flugelhorn Håken Nyquist - trumpet, flugelhorn, french horn Jan Allan - trumpet, french horn Ivar Olsen - french horn Lars Olofsson, Bengt Edvarsson, Jörgen Johansson - trombone Sven Larsson - bass trombone, tuba Rune Gustafsson - guitar Stefan Brolund - electric bass Bronislav Suchanek, Lars-Urban Helje - acoustic bass Björn Lind - electric piano Vlodek Gulgowski - synthesizer, electric piano Monica Dominique - celeste, organ, electric piano, clavinet Lars Beijbon, Leroy Lowe - drums Sabu Martinez - congas

The Brubeck Quartet and the New York Philharmonic conducted by Leonard Bernstein: Brubeck Plays Bernstein Plays Brubeck

Bernstein/NYP: Dialogues for Jazz Combo and Symphony Orchestra (Howard Brubeck)
Brubeck Quartet: "Maria"; "I Feel Pretty"; "Somewhere"; "A Quiet Place"; "Tonight"
Brubeck Quartet: Jazz Impressions of Japan (apparently added as a bonus to BPBPB)

Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles: "Spirit in the Dark"


Rick Robinson said...

Thanks, Todd.

Todd Mason said...

Thank you,'s a lovely piece of work