So is it a good thing that I’ve started to move down the Jazz route or is this a journey that I won’t return from……………
Well, whatever happens I might as well enjoy the ride.
Following on from discovering Bitches Brew last month I decided to move back in time to 1959 and picked up Kind of Blue by Miles Davis. This is a classic and understandably so, the music here is the epitome of sitting in a club as witching hour kicks in whilst nursing a singe malt.
Help! I feel a pretentious personality descending upon me – if I you ever hear me start saying things like “it’s the notes you don’t play” please try and save me…………
Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue (1959) CD – 1997 Release
Whilst Lemmy’s death had, to a certain extent, been foretold by his frail figure and health issues throughout 2015, Bowie passing away was a complete and utter shock. Away from the hastily cobbled together tribute shows I went through my collection and decided to play a number of sessions he’d record more than 40 years previously. I’d followed his career through all its phases but for me the essence of the man was always in the poetry of his words, from the naïve to the profound.
And so it was a young Bowie that I listened to, one who still had the death of Ziggy, the Berlin years, 80s mainstream, Tin Machine, rejuvenation and the role of musical statesman ahead of him. Recorded between 1968 and 1972 for the BBC this was the core of everything he became and everything he’s left behind.
And then I followed this up with the bonus disc for this release – a live session recorded for the BBC in 2000.
I saw Bowie play live a long time ago, I was hoping to see him again…………
David Bowie – Bowie At The Beeb (2000) 2CD
In the Heat of the Morning
London Bye Ta Ta
Silly Boy Blue
Let Me Sleep Beside You
God Knows I’m Good
The Width of a Circle
Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed
Memory of a Free Festival
Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud
Looking for a Friend
It Ain’t Easy
Eight Line Poem
Hang On to Yourself
I’m Waiting for the Man
White Light/White Heat
Hang On to Yourself
Oh! You Pretty Things
Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide
David Bowie – BBC Radio Theatre, 27 June 2000 (2000) CD