“In your status line, list 10 albums that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes and don’t think too hard – they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you.”

David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
King CrimsonIn the Court of the Crimson King
Dire StraitsDire Straits
Deep PurpleMachine Head
UFO – UFO 2: Flying
Mahavishnu OrchestraThe Inner Mounting Flame
Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow
Blind FaithBlind Faith
Uriah HeepDemons and Wizards



Continuing the topic of jazz covers, here’s one after Tom Waits. (There’s later video of the same song performed by Diana Krall, but it’s worse in my opinion — less primal, more pop.)

Mina Agossi sings Jimi Hendrix (guitar solo too)

Also, if you can find it somewhere, listen to her “Spanish Castle Magic” cover (from the album “Who Wants Love?”).


Archie Shepp plays rap

Few years ago I’ve seen wonderful Archie Shepp in concert. Even though he’s not, to say the least, young (born in 1937) he was so energetic and full of drive, pure fire. Recently I found very unusual disk by him: “Phat Jam in Milano”, recorded in 2007 (yes, he was 70 years old at that time). This is a live recording with Napoleon Maddox (yes, a rapper). Very interesting, I’d say.

Some rap (with sax solo at 2:20):

Amazing Archie Shepp’s “Revolution”:


Gentle Giant vs. Foo Fighters

Listen to these two tracks: Giant by Gentle Giant and The Pretender by Foo Fighters.

Do you notice some similarity? Pay attention at 2:16 in the first song and at 0:52, 1:15 as well as 2:05 in the second one.


Australia day

Today is Australia day.

To celebrate: nice relaxing piece from 1985 by Cedar Walton Quartet. Tenor saxophone is played by Dale Barlow, jazz composer and musician, born in Sydney.

Australia Day


Thing of rare beauty

(Pun intended — Ornette Coleman on sax.)