Saturday, June 6, 2015

The Top Ten - week ending 6 June 2015

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Starting off, the Queen of Jazz, Ms. Diana Krall, remains in the top spot this week, with I'm Not in Love. She's currently on tour through the U.S. for the summer.  One notable appearance is at the famed Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts on the 21 of June. Click on the link above for a full listing. You may be lucky enough to still score a ticket or two.

The chilled sounds of Peter Pearson and Jonathan Fritzén slides into the number two and three spots respectively, as Riccardo's lament, N'Oublie Pas, slips a couple of notches to number four. (Don't worry Riccardo, we still love your song.)

Two new appearances this week from recent releases - Mario Biondi and David Clayton Thomas. Despite being on different continents, both of the artists share a passion for jazz and blues. While Mario mines a more uptempo R&B influenced jazz on his new Beyond album, David's Combo is a journey through the Great American Songbook, along with some personal faves. Not for anything, but there seems to be a lot of singers interpreting that Songbook lately. (Annie Lennox?) Do you blame them? They're considered "Great" for a reason.

The one track from David Clayton-Thomas that fits like an old glove, is actually a cover of his own cover, almost 50 years later. Back in 1968, David was chosen over some lauded contemporaries (i.e. Alex Chilton of The Boxtops) to replace Al Kooper in the jazz rock fusion band, Blood Sweat & Tears. Although the entire album got major airplay on FM album-oriented rock radio back then, the big song from that resulting second album was God Bless The Child. Forty-seven years later, David has re-recorded a stripped-back version, that would make even Billie Holiday, one of the song's writers, very proud. So this week, we have chosen David's cover to join the Top Ten at number ten. Regular listeners will have already been singing along to it most of the week. If you haven't heard it, then tune in, and catch it throughout the day.

Bubbling Under is something a little different this week. Jazz chanteuse, Halle Loren (a featured artist on the station) is releasing her long awaited CD, Butterfly Blue, this coming Tuesday, June 9th. Sharing a link from her website to her Bandcamp page, Halle has graciously made samples available as a sneak peek to it's release. A mix of covers and originals, it's sounding beautiful. So click on the link and enjoy. By next week, I'm sure that we'll see one of those tracks listed here.

Attention Halle Loren Oregon fans!!!
Halie Loren performs a mini-concert in-store at CD World in Eugene this Sunday, June 7th, from 2 – 2:30 pm. It’s FREE, and there will be copies of “Butterfly Blue” available two days in advance of next week’s global release on June 9th! A unique opportunity to get the album and have it autographed by Halie!

Thanks again for listening. Thanks for supporting!

Bubbling Under

(Release Date: 9 June 2015)

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