To most of the British public in the early 1970s, John Kongos was a passing two-hit wonder, known solely for his two 1971 #4 hits, "He's Gonna Step on You Again" and "Tokoloshe Man." Yet his career was already into its second decade and second continent, and was heavily intersecting with budding superstar Elton John's orbit by the dawn of the '70s. The reverberations of those two hit songs would be felt into the 1990s, via a hit cover of one of them and, more importantly, the ad infinitum use of a production technique pioneered by that same recording. In the US, despite the small splash that same track made in 1971, he remains virtually unknown, although his Kongos album (containing both hits) was picked up for Stateside distribution by the prestigious Elektra label.
Multiple Brit & Grammy award winner and founder member of Dire Straits, John Illsley follows his 2014 studio album 'Testing The Water' with this splendid live album recorded in 2014 at The Half Moon in Putney, London. Includes no less than seven Dire Straits hits like 'Sultans Of Swing', 'Romeo And Juliet' and 'Money For Nothing. Plus great versions of Leonard Cohen’s 'First We Take Manhattan' and Roger Water’s 'Another Brick In The Wall'. John includes several of his own songs which have appeared on his solo albums like Streets Of Heaven and Testing The Water.
Recorded four months after the fragmented loose ends of Masada, Vol. 7: Zayin, Masada seems to be settling into a new – perhaps mature or more conventional – phase with Masada, Vol. 8: Het. The frantic frenzy that drove its early releases is largely reined in, a couple of actual ballads sneak in the repertoire, and there are some solos by John Zorn or Dave Douglas with just the rhythm section instead of their usual countermelody exchanges. "Shechem" opens with very loose-limbed, Ornette Coleman-influenced free bop, with the two horns playing off Joey Baron's light tom-tom touch before Zorn takes a very melodic, flowing soloing on his own until organically handing it off to Douglas.
Recorded at the Power Station in New York in 1995, Masada, Vol. 6 Vav continues Masada's convincing union of Eastern European and Middle Eastern modalities with the freer, post-bop aspects of jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman. John Zorn's writing is particularly focused and well-informed, full of serpentine lines, mixed meters, and sudden shifts in tempo, while leaving plenty of room for collective and individual improvisation. The ensemble and the individual playing are uniformly superb throughout. Like much of Zorn's work, Vav exists in several simultaneous dimensions.
Featuring "My Sweet Lady", "Take e Home, Country Roads" and "Sunshine On My Shoulders"
This is my favorite album of John Denver, with memorable songs and certainly their best versions. This is the case of "Sunshine on my shoulders" with his guitar and a bass, will come a later version that adds a very sweet string orchestra.