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A slow blues for the weekend from Gary Moore: no.1 in the UK jazz & blues chart

As regulars know we are big fans of Fermanagh great Pat McManus down marlbank way, the spiritual home of the site high near Cuilcagh indeed not far from Pat's heartlands of Derrylin and Teemore. Pat in turn nearly always pays tribute to Gary Moore, …

Published: 7 May 2021. Updated: 48 days.

As regulars know we are big fans of Fermanagh great Pat McManus down marlbank way, the spiritual home of the site high near Cuilcagh indeed not far from Pat's heartlands of Derrylin and Teemore. Pat in turn nearly always pays tribute to Gary Moore, one of Ireland's greatest ever bluesicians with 'Belfast Boy' when he can play clubs with his trio.

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It's incredible, breaking music-news today, that Moore who died young, only 58 in 2011, is currently resting at no. 1 in the new jazz and blues chart just published with How Blue Can You Get. The album includes previously unreleased songs from Gary's back catalogue including 4 originals, Elmore James, Sonny Thompson, Memphis Slim and BB King numbers (including the title track aka 'Downhearted'). Out, see link, on Provogue/Mascot

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Sachal Vasandani, Dance Cadaverous *****

Holding you close… slow dancing… feet barely touch…

Published: 7 May 2021. Updated: 48 days.

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Holding you close… slow dancing… feet barely touch… Sometimes you just want the solemnity and the daring and you get both in the Sachal Vasandani lyrics allied with the freshly assembled mood, metre, and interpretation of Wayne Shorter's 'Dance Cadaverous' from Speak No Evil in the form of an intimate voice-led duo with pianist Romain Collin. It is a significant highlight of Midnight Shelter which is released today by the Edition label. Vasandani injects an Kurt Elling sense of delving into the psychic darkness that just means gravity and meaning in layer upon layer. The treatment completely alters the mood of the instrumental piece arranged on the 1966 album for trumpet, tenor saxophone, piano, double bass and drums, the tempo now made almost a freeze frame and yet apt in its own realm as the lights flicker out. Samara Joy, top. Photo YouTube/Whirlwind