musicology#0765

Raphael Saadiq – Big Easy

Drawing one from a Cat whose #urbanmusicology I rate HIGHLY.

Singer, Songwriter, Player, Producer, all round HEAVYWEIGHT of the AUTHENTIC music game whose ear is ALWAYS to the ground and finger ALWAYS on the pulse…

I could wax on and on and on and on and on about the mans musical achievements and but, as themusicologist regulars know, this space is about the MUSIC rather than the ‘chat’ so here it is…

Drawn from ‘The Way I See It’ set…

Nubag #29 (a year in the life)

Hold My Baby’s Hand – James Brown & the Famous Flames

“The eruption of feelings and emotions that follows a near-death experience, or any event that causes us to stop and look deeply at the reality of our lives, is ripe with the potential for insight & clarity.” – Allan Lokus

Until we meet again ConZu…x

musicology #0758

Nubag #26 (a year in the life)

Blue Night – Jimmy Beck & His Orchestra

Clear thought lodges in the Yi,
But in some lines no-one can find it.
If you don’t understand a line,
You interpret it in vain;
May as well paint a picture of the wind.

– Qiu Cheng (12th Century)

musicology #0755

Nubag #23 (a year in the life)

Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City – Bobby Bland

“Dimensions are limitless; time is endless. Conditions are not invariable; terms are not final. Thus, the wise man looks into space, and does not regard the small as too little, nor the great as too much; for he knows that there is no limit to dimension. He looks back into the past, and does not grieve over what is far off, nor rejoice over what is near; for he knows that time is without end. He investigates fullness and decay, and does not rejoice if he succeeds, nor lament if he fails; for he knows that conditions are not invariable. He who clearly apprehends the scheme of existence does not rejoice over life, nor repine at death; for he knows that terms are not final“. – Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu)

musicology #0754

Nubag #22 (a year in the life)

 Watch Over Me – McKinley Mitchell
“Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides”.
Lao Tzu
Until we meet again,  ConZu … eternal love, dad x

musicology #0749

Nubag #18 (a year in the life)

Trombone Shorty – Hurricane Season

First outing on themusicologist for the multi talented Troy ‘Trombone Shorty’ Andrews a cat who was BORN and RAISED with brass in his mouth.

“So advanced was he that, at the age of EIGHT, a club in the city’s Tremé district, where he was born and raised, was named Trombone Shorts in his honor”.  – Thom Jurek

This 2011 cut is highlighted from the ‘Backatown’ set which features, (among others), one of Nola’s GREATEST urbanemusicologists the majestic Allen Toussaint whose first, (credited), production the 1960 recorded mod/ern/ist R&B classic ‘Ooh Poo Pah Doo’, (musicology #334), was for Troy Andrews’ grandfather, (Jesse Hill).

“What we tried to do with the record is capture what we do live and then just tighten it up a little bit, make it translate on record. Live, we may come across some stuff and jam on it, but the record brings it in and focuses on what we needed to do. We worked hard and we didn’t rush it. I think we alright with this one.” – Troy Andrews

 

musicology #0747

Nubag #16 (a year in the life)

Sidney Bechet – Jungle Drums

long time comrades in, (musical), arms of the ‘project/diary/soundtrack’ will know that for me Sidney Bechet is one of the GIANTS of improvisation/jazz/recorded music etc.

One of the MASTERS of the art that I have been blessed enough to have stumbled across along ‘the way’. Apprentice’ and Journeymen are in abundance. Masters are few and far between.

Second time on themusicologist for this one..if i was asked “what is music?” i would pull this one out. listen to Bechet blow and how he drives the intensity, demanding that the other cats on the session step up.Which, of course, they do.

Had me nut down over the past few weeks studying for an exam I sat on Friday.

the incredible drawing is by the legendary, pioneer of contemporary neuroscience,  Ramon y Cajal.  Pathologist, histologist, neuroscientist, and Nobel laureate, (not to mention artist).