"The story of vocalist Melody Gardot is as remarkable as any who perseveres against abject adversity. Born in New Jersey in 1985, she took up piano and played as a youngster on the nightclub scene of Philadelphia, influenced by jazz, folk, rock and pop musics. At age 19 she was a fashion student at the Community College of Philadelphia. But, on a fateful day, while riding her bicycle, the driver of a Jeep made an illegal turn, hurdling into Gardot and leaving her in the street for dead. Hospitalized for months with multiple head injuries and pelvic fractures, her love for music was the best therapy she could receive.
Her music could be described as a cross between Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell, Eva Cassidy, and Shania Twain, but goes deeper than mere pop convention. ~ Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide"
Montreal, 1997. Lullaby Baxter is waiting tables at Jello Bar. Coaxed on stage for an impromptu number, she sings Billie Holiday's signature song "Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)". This, her first public performance since grade school, brings down the house.
She buys a green guitar and learns "Leaving On A Jet Plane". Someone at the Laundromat says, "Anyway, try writing songs."
Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys
Hightone Records August 15, 2000
About the Artist
"Hailing from Anaheim, California, Big Sandy (neé Robert Williams) draws from a number of influences--country, western swing, rockabilly, doo wop, R & B, and jump blues. The best Big Sandy songs are the sexy ones about seduction, innocent on the surface and a little dirty underneath. The retro appeal of the band is equivalent to a Model T or Vargas bombshell"
Groovin', jumpin', hot rods, Rock-a-billy.
One of the cuts -- When Sleep Won't Come (Blues for Spade) -- refers to the uxoricidal "Spade" Cooley.
"Adam Kay & Suman Biswas practice medicine with varying degrees of success, and have made time from their busy schedules of completing Critical Incident Forms to record this CD.
They first had a goat singing back in 1998, when they started writing songs to entertain doctors, medical students and physiothe rapists, and regularly perform their songs for puerile medical and non-medical audiences. This is the first time that they have done anal bum together and they hope you enjoy the songs."
(Their word spacing is intentional, or Bob's my uncle.)
Really really not ready for the workplace parodies
Nothing at All
The Menstrual Rag
"Today I've got to take my bike Cos once again the tube's on strike The greedy bastards want extra pay For sitting on their arse all day Even though they earn 30k So I'm standing here in the pouring rain Where the f***'s my f***ing train?"
About the Artist Ron Carter on bass, Russell Malone on guitar, Mulgrew Miller on piano
"Ron Carter is among the most original, prolific, and influential bassists in jazz. With more than 2,500 albums to his credit, he has recorded with many of music's greats: Tommy Flanagan, Gil Evans, Lena Horne, Bill Evans, B.B. King, the Kronos Quartet, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery, and Bobby Timmons. He later toured Europe with Cannonball Adderley.
From 1963 to 1968, he was a member of the classic and acclaimed Miles Davis Quintet. He was named Outstanding Bassist of the Decade by the Detroit News, Jazz Bassist of the Year by Downbeat magazine, and Most Valuable Player by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
In 1993 Ron Carter earned a Grammy award for Best Jazz Instrumental Group, the Miles Davis Tribute Band and another Grammy in 1998 for Call 'Sheet Blues', an instrumental composition from the film 'Round Midnight."
Recording Description "Tasteful" jazz
1. The Golden Striker 2. On And On 3. N.Y. Slick 4. Concierto De Aranjuez (Adagio Theme) 5. Cedar Tree 6. A Quick Sketch 7. Parade 8. A Theme In 3/4 9. Autumn Leaves
See (and hear): RonCarter.net (If you want some jazz to fill in the spaces while you work, you can have continuous sounds from this site)
"Sparks talks like Lucinda Williams sings; low, bed-headed and husky with sin, either remembered or imagined. In the syncopated monologues on her new spoken-word album, THIS DRESS, your gas-pumping mama, your fellow Baptists and your unmentionable relatives occupy every slot on the Waffle House jukebox, and when musical guests like Keb'Mos' and Maura O'Connell chime in, you can even dance to 'em.
---Jim Ridley Nashville Scene
With a voice born for gospel and a word artistry that makes you laugh and weep by turns, Sparks offers poems sorrowful and hilarious about the land of the double-wides.
"Lullaby Baxter's story couldn't be better: A onetime topless DJ at a Toronto club, Baxter (Canadian-born Angelina Teresa Iapaulo) was discovered when she impulsively sang at an open-mic night.
Her backing band couldn't be better, either: The Oranj Symphonette .Baxter brings to her music torch-song gentility.
"Rooster In Love" is a barnyard-romance yarn that may not be metaphor, while "Mama (Should I Bake A Cherry Pie And Hide You Inside?)" is told from the perspective of a fretting child trying to save mom from some dire, rapidly approaching fate.
"Morty Mort-Morton Showstopper Calhoun," "Knucklehead," and "Ding-A-Ling" are teasing schoolyard chants, while "Mr. Powder-Blue Breadbox," "Horsey Don't Snore," and "The Chatterbox Chronicles" are full of surreal twists worthy of Lewis Carroll.
Capable Egg presents a strange world populated by even stranger people, but Lullaby Baxter Trio's grip on its eccentric material is remarkably restrained and mysteriously magnetic."
Recording Description Good sound quirky lyrics.
1. Hopscotch 2. Anyway Song 3. Knucklehead 4. Rooster in Love 5. Mr. Powder-Blue Breadbox 6. Chatterbox Chronicles 7. Mama (Should I Bake a Cherry Pie and Hide You Inside?) 8. Ding-A-Ling 9. Morty-Mort-Morton Showstopper Calhoun 10. Spacegirl 11. Horsey Don't Snore 12. Lullaby 13. Ding-A-Ling (Reprise)