Thursday, May 3, 2007

Music Stuff: New Jazz and good muzak

I recently downloaded Joshua Redman's new album, Back East. Although it's a trio album, which is typically not my favorite, he is in great form. He continues to establish himself as a modern master of the saxophone, and will be listened to for years to come. Along those lines, another saxophonist who is moving the art of jazz forward is Chris Potter. Check out his recording, Underground, especially his take on the classic track, Yesterday.

Today I was having lunch with my wife at Ruby Tuesday and my ears were drawn to their muzak selections. They were playing some great tunes! I'm pretty sure it's a bad sign when you start to enjoy restaurant music, but there's just nothing like the classics! Songs they were playing that I liked included:
Bonnie Raitt- "I Can't help you now" Her voice is so good, and she's got just the right amount of soul.
Corinne Bailey Rae- "Put Your Records On" This was my favorite album of 2006.
The Police- "Message in a Bottle" Can you get too much Sting?

Heard any good music lately?


Anonymous said...

Yes! I have listened to great music! One of my favs right now is Clarity by John Mayer (please google lyrics for this song). The feel and lyrics of this song sums up the season I find myself in at this moment - so many things changing when I thought/wish I could hold on to them....

Mark Lunsford said...

I'm a John Mayer fan, too! I love that song, not only for the lyrics, but also for the cool horn break in it. I really like his song "Waiting on the world to change." It speaks about taking action instead of waiting for things to happen. Probably my favorite John Mayer lyric was in his first big hit, "They love to tell you, 'Stay inside the lines,' but somethings better on the other side...I just found out there's no such thing as the 'real world,' just a lie you've got to rise above."