Blues highlight: 2020 Robert Cray, That's What I Heard

On the blues as a genre, not as a vital part of the languages of jazz which it deep down always is, Robert Cray impressed marlbank most in 2020 on 'This Man' from the wonderful That’s What I Heard. He remains to this blog the greatest blues musician …

Published: 18 Oct 2020. Updated: 13 months.

On the blues as a genre, not as a vital part of the languages of jazz which it deep down always is, Robert Cray impressed marlbank most in 2020 on 'This Man' from the wonderful That’s What I Heard. He remains to this blog the greatest blues musician on the planet, tied at top spot with Buddy Guy, and one of the world's finest guitarists covering the waterfront with some choice pan-stylistic covers that simply worked. And what a voice. Sadly we lost blues icon Lucky Peterson this year, gone far too soon.

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Then and now, Ron Carter: 'My Funny Valentine' – sharing this emotion

The double bassist in and what preceded the second great Miles Davis quintet hear Ron Carter on the live album for the ages My Funny Valentine: Miles Davis in Concert recorded in 1964, released the following year, led by Miles with George Coleman, …

Published: 17 Oct 2020. Updated: 13 months.

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The double bassist in and what preceded the second great Miles Davis quintet hear Ron Carter on the live album for the ages My Funny Valentine: Miles Davis in Concert recorded in 1964, released the following year, led by Miles with George Coleman, Carter, Herbie Hancock and Tony Williams recorded five months before the second great quintet began on Miles in Berlin when Wayne Shorter came in on tenor saxophone after the brief tenure of Sam Rivers.

Then listen again much more recently to a night in November 2018 and a very fine trumpet and saxophone-less trio version (although largely a bass-piano duo) of the Richard Rodgers classic tune that finds the bass icon, by then 81, in top Stockholm jazz club Fasching playing to the Saturday night crowd following on from last year's initial issuing of the first volume on In+Out by the same Carter band of significance, collective personnel of which has Renee Rosnes (most recently heard in the context of the all-star Artemis on piano); the highly regarded tenor saxophonist Jimmy Greene of Horace Silver renown; and the tasteful drummer of note, Payton Crossley. Ron speaks towards the end after the applause of ''sharing this emotion,'' and what a beautiful speaking voice he has. It's all a thrill, you feel you're there the way everything is recorded in all its seasoned warmth and wisdom. Foursight – Stockholm Vol. 2 is on current release.