Records of the Month – Jazz and Soul – February 2021
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Our musical elves have sifted through thousands of archives of music and listened to hours upon hours of albums to bring you 3 incredible records this month! Not only that, but a dedicated team of historians tried their absolute best to give you a little background on each one! All part of a day’s work here at Vinyl Wings!
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Miles in the Sky, 1968
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Miles in the Sky, which we in many ways regard as In a Silent Way‘s little brother, preceded that album by just over a year.
It’s the sort of transition album which certainly has its imperfections where growing pains can be heard, but nevertheless forms a crucial part of musical history and Miles’s own journey – and that’s precisely what we love about it.
We can hear a certain nervousness and apprehension in the music, the balance between doing too much and too little at times feeling disjointed.
But there certainly are jewels in these grooves – we love the vibe and feel of the opening track Stuff, in part attributed the Ron Carter opting for an electric bass rather than acoustic and Herbie introducing listeners to the Rhodes piano. A guest appearance by George Benson on Paraphernalia is certainly most welcome, and also serves as a window into Miles’s attention to the growing jazz-pop movement of the time.
With just four tracks the album feels like a long jam session, forming an important part of the body of work of the Second Great Quintet.
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Get ready for a master class of the most hip-shaking, soul-singing, feet-tapping funkiness to have come out of New Orleans! We’re of course talking about none other than The Meters.
There is simply no scientific apparatus to measure the level of grooviness that this group produce! Having made a name for themselves as Allen Touissant‘s house band for his Sansu Enterprises label, we’re super excited to bring you their second album – Struttin‘!
While the entire band is excellent, the foundation of this funk is the incomparable guitar of Leo Nocentelli. Each of his riffs feels like the solution to a groovy equation! Meanwhile, Ziggy Modeliste lays down the badass drum beats, opening up the floor for Art Meville to hit us with some sweet, sweet organ!
Building on the success of their debut album, the gang added more vocals this time around (some whacky like on Chicken Strut, others simply groovy like on Hand Clapping Song), making it an even more awesome listen!
Get ready, get groovy and enjoy!
Tony Bennett & Diana Krall
Love is Here to Stay, 2018
Even at the age of 92, it feels like Tony Bennett can do no wrong. While lately he has increasingly opted for releasing duet albums, some of which have been with unexpected partners like Lady Gaga, this one with the incomparable Diana Krall remains one of our favourites.
In a rare occurrence where she isn’t behind the piano, the talented Diana has instead given us lucky listeners a full display of her vocal abilities. Backed by the Grammy award-winning Bill Charlap Trio, the duo bring us a beautiful set of George & Ira Gershwin compositions – a match made in heaven!
The whole album is silky-smooth, Tony and Diana have a terrific and playful chemistry, and the band are simply stellar – complementing the singers in all the right spots.
Our favourite tunes on this one are the opening ‘S Wonderful, the playful Nice work if you can get it and They can’t take that away from me.
In case you were looking for the perfect soundtrack for this Valentine’s day – look no further, drop the needle on this beauty and enjoy!