Lionel Rault— Rosanne Cash, “A Feather’s Not A Bird”
Well written song, great vocal performance, superior production!
Terry David Mulligan— The Beatles , “A Day in the Life”
Why? Long after most of their songs have faded A day in the life will stand. As a monument to the craft of songwriting. melody, lyric and personal statement.
Sgt Pepper is one of musics greatest achievements.
The last chord continues long after the song is over. Brilliant.
Baba— Supertramp, “The Logical Song”
Deep timeless philosophy in a perfect little pop song. “I know it sounds absurd
But please tell me who I am?”!
Kodi Hutchinson— Renee Rosnes, “Goodbye Mumbai”
2017 JUNO winning album from top Canadian pianist Renee Rosnes originally from Saskatchewan. Now one of the most revered players in the world she will be back to perform one show in Calgary on June 17th for the JazzYYC Summer Festival (www.jazzyyc.com).
Lisa Wilton— Ray Davies, “The Deal”
Ray’s sardonic wit shines in this ‘ode’ to Los Angeles. His wry observations on living among movers and shakers (or wannabe movers and shakers) are a big reason why this my favourite track off of his latest album, Americana.
Plus, it’s got a pretty catchy chorus, which is always a plus in my books.
Bob Chelmick— Harry Manx (w Sydney Opera String quartet), “Summertime”
For the solstice, new version of one of the top ten most often recorded songs: from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess (1935).
Amy Van Keeken— Gene Clark, “So You Say You Lost Your Baby”
One of the genius songwriters of 20th century American music, Gene Clark is well-known for his stint in The Byrds, however, he also had a fab solo career and in February 1967 he released his debut solo record. “Gene Clark With the Gosdin Brothers” featured this track “So You Say You Lost Your Baby” which is as perfect a jangly gem as anything I’ve ever heard.
Oskar Zybart— Hooverphonic, “Vinegar & Salt”
“Vinegar & Salt” was one of the first masterpieces of 21st Century pop music, and it has remained brilliant in subsequent years. The Belgian group Hooverphonic wrote the track, and has produced several arrangements and recordings over the years – from the trip-hop drive of the original version (LP: The Magnificent Tree) to this chamber-pop reinterpretation (LP: Sit Down and Listen To Hooverphonic). One of my all-time favourite songs, and always spectacular to experience.
Grant Stovel— Kacy & Clayton, “Light of Day”
This is our first taste of the new album by these young second cousins from southern Saskatchewan. “The Siren’s Song” is due out in August on New West Records — produced by one of Kacy & Clayton’s biggest fans, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy.
Monica Miller— Cody ChesnuTT, “Africa The Future”
After taking four years off to, among other things, devote himself to being a father to his family, ChesnuTT returns inspired! On this tune (from “My Love Divine Degree”) his heart, his soul, his politics shine on through.
Mark Antonelli— Maurice Andre / Raymond Andre / Jean-Francois Paillard Chamber Orchestra, “Johann Melchior Molter: Double Trumpet Concerto in D, MS 330: Mvt 1”
I had this piece on a cassette tape more than 30 years ago. Maurice Andre was one of the great trumpet players. His brother Raymond was also top-notch. The two didn’t record together that often. The interplay between the two in this movement is amazing! Originally out back in 1971 and re-issued on cd as part of Erato’s Bonsai series.
Cam Hayden— Harrison Kennedy, “Who U Telling?”
Great song from an accomplished artist.. title track from this new disc by a solid, Canadian acoustic blues artist
Kathryn Calder— Dionne Warwick, “Walk On By”
The pairing of the incredible Burt Bacharach/Hal David songwriting team with Dionne Warwick’s exquisite voice brings out the best in everyone involved. The song moves and changes in surprising ways. It not only has unusual chord changes but also bursts of new melodies arriving all the time. One of the greats, for sure!!