Thursday, March 31, 2016

Another six hours required...

Playlist
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Rubinmusik 1977-2016
Donna Lewis - Now In A Minute
Hindemith - Music for Bass Clarinet and Piano
Wheelock - The Ciompi Quartet Plays Donald Wheelock

March away...



Eclectic Selection 13 uploaded and out into the ether...

On Saturday, I'd noticed a sign in a shop near the "Saturday parking place" advising "CDs for £1, buy one get one half price"..

I took the bus up...

A long annoying journey...

I looked through every single CD - man there was some shite released in the 1990's....

Was about to leave empty handed, when I noticed a stand with a few more CDS - it seemed just more of the same old shite...

However, the very last CD of the hundreds I'd looked through was the debut album by Donna Lewis, whom, you may recall, recorded an album with The Bad Plus last year...

And so, I left the shop with £1 less in my pocket and this in my hand...


And, even though it's from 1995, it's really rather good - and has some mellotron on it and features then future David Bowie guitarist Gerry Leonard too...

Meanwhile, in Verona...


Some tasks this evening, with Anne out with chum Debbie, enjoying an Indain meal followed by modern ballet re "1984" (reported to be extremely good indeed)...

This behind the door, first of all...


I do like a bass clarinet...

Then, along to the neighbours' place to feed Rory Custard...


What a wee cutie he is...


Then, soundtracked by bass clarinet, out to the post depot to pick up a package containing 4 more (brand new) CDs of classical music, purchased for a pittance on that internet...


The view from the office this evening...


Back home via Tesco, bearing a Quorn Lasagne that was reasonably tasty but with an unreasonable after-taste - damn you garlic purée...

"Agents of Shield" - two episodes enjoyed, bringing matters up to date in what is turning out to be an excellent season...

Did not have time to listen to any of these...




...although this was in the cans as I hit the sack...


And so, March is indeed, away...

Highlight of the Day : New music...

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

How many copies is too many copies...

Playlist
Various - Cloudland Blue Eclectic Selection 2016 Vol 13
Various - Funk 1: Original Masters
The Nice - Five Bridges
Grand Funk Railroad - Survival
Nucleus - Roots
The Osmonds - The Plan
Petula Clark - Downtown: The Pye Anthology
Floratone - Floratone

Completed the recording of this week's podcast first thing...

Nothing much else to report, other than the Gourlays are enjoying their stay in Venezia


..and another CD has popped through the door...


I have all but two of the tracks already - in fact it contains my 7th copy of LaBelle's "Lady Marmalade"...

However, it also has the theme to "Brooklyn Nine Nine" and was less than £2...

So, kind of, worth it (or not if you consider that's my 3rd copy of Kool & the Gang's "Jungle Boogie")...

Not to worry...

Lights out...

Highlight of the Day : Podcasting...

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

So much work, so little achievement...

Playlist
Cloudland Blue Quartet - CBQ Live Set 2016 (Backing Tracks)
David Reilly - Rubinmusik 1977-2016
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Golden Earring - Fully Naked
Berliner Philharmoniker - 50 Best Berliner Philharmoniker
Golden Earring - Switch
Sarah MacDougall - Across the Atlantic
Camel - Lunar Sea -An Anthology 1973-1985
Bobby Womack - Everything's Gonna Be Alright - The American Singles 1967-76
Fehlfarben - Über... Menschen
Laura Pausini - Laura Live: World Tour 09
Klaus Schulze - La Vie Électronique 6
Kansas - In The Spirit Of Things

In the last three days, I've put out an album containing up to 12.5 hours of "music", created a probably never to be released 40 year spanning collection of my work and worked on a most probably never to be played prospective live set list...

Idiot...

Soundtracked today by the backing tracks for said setlist...

Cloudy...


Later, rainy...


...yet sunny...


In the evening, recording the links for this week's podcast...


...and then putting together the first hour or so, before retiring downstairs for this week's "Holby City" - how can the scriptwriters be so cruel to Diggers?

Lights out with Kansas and Bob Ezrin...

Highlight of the Day : Holby...

Monday, March 28, 2016

Thinking about a return but probably not...

Playlist
Klavierduo Huber/Thomet - Monolithen : Debussy, Zimmermann & Strawinsky
Graham Bond Organization - I Met The Blues At Klook´s Kleek
Dutilleux - The Centenary Edition
Igor Levitt - Bach, Beethoven, Rzewski
2raumwohnung - Melancholisch Schön
Various Composers - 50 Best Berliner Philharmoniker
Ginger Baker Trio - Falling Off The Roof
Al Green - Greatest Hits: The Best of Al Green
Rick James - Dancing In The Street
Cozy Powell - The Best Of Cozy Powell
Beck, Bogert & Appice - Live
Bobby Womack - Everything's Gonna Be Alright - The American Singles 1967-76
Jeff Beck - Wired
Pete Brown & Piblokto - Things May Come Things may Go But The Art School Dance Goes On For Ever
Jack Bruce - Live On The Old Grey Whistle Test
Pallas - Mythopoeia
Liszt - Piano Concertos 1 & 2; Totentanz
Elton John - Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player
David Reilly - Rubinmusik 1977-2016
Clementi - Complete Sonatas For Fortepiano Vol 6 : The Late Sonatas
Richard Anthony - The Best Of Hallyday, Rivers, Mitchell, Anthony & Vartan
Various Composers - Pour Deux Clavecins
Gál - Hans Gál: The Complete String Quartets Vol 2
Riff Raff - Outside Looking In - Unreleased Debut Album
Matthew Florianz - Wasteland Signals
Graham Bond - Holy Magick
John Mayall - Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton
Moondog - Moondog 2
Golden Earring - Fully Naked
Blind Faith - Blind Faith
Ted Nugent - The Ultimate Ted Nugent
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Greatest Hits
Derek And The Dominos - Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs
Charlie Mariano - Helen 12 Trees
Red Hot Chili Peppers - By The Way
Roy Harper - In Concert 1975 - The BBC Tapes - Volume 4
Corelli - La Folia
Pete Brown And His Battered Ornaments - A Meal You Can Shake Hands With In The Dark
Field Music - Write Your Own History
Michiel Borstlap - Gramercy Park
The Mickey Finn - Paint It Black (Mojo Presents)
The Who - Who's Next
Chris Rea - Shamrock Diaries
Cloudland Blue Quartet - CBQ Live Set 2016 (Backing Tracks)

Mostly soundtracked by recent as yet unlistened to acquisitions again...

Also compiled a possible set list for a return to live music making by CBQ - over four years now since the last CBQ gig...

Home in the low sun, the clocks having moved forward early yesterday morning...


The tower always reminds me of Venice...

...where Jane and her family are right now...


Lucky lady...

Back here, more "Person of Interest" (probably) and much listening - fine tuning the line up for this week's podcast...

Lights out...

Highlight of the Day : Compiling a setlist...

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Forty years of fun, kind of...

Playlist
David Reilly - Anthology 1977-2007
The Dancers of San Martino - The Dancers of San Martino
The Dancers of San Martino - Adagio
Love Parade - Half the Civilised World
Cloudland Blue Quartet & Peri Urban - 18.VIII.98 26.VIII.98 6.X.98 10.X.98
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Fifty Five Songs
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Concrete
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Blend EP
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Soundingfall
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Splinterheart
Cloudland Blue Quartet - The Vendôme EP
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Starlightnight
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Riverleaves
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Morphinecodex
DDHR - The Drone Effect
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Four Last Things
George Benson - Good King Bad
George Benson - The George Benson Collection
David Reilly - Rubinmusik 1977-2016
Leclair - Leclair: Le tombeau
Don Ellis Orchestra - Electric Bath
Grand National - Kicking The National Habit
Jean-Michel Jarre - En Concert: Houston/Lyon
Al Green - Greatest Hits: The Best of Al Green
Berliner Philharmoniker - 50 Best Berliner Philharmoniker
Various - Island Presents: Roots
Klavierduo Huber/Thomet - Monolithen : Debussy, Zimmermann & Strawinsky
Field Music - Write Your Own History
Planyavsky - Pour Deux Clavecins
Field Music - Tones Of Town
Various - The Best Of Hallyday, Rivers, Mitchell, Anthony & Vartan

Suddenly realised today, I've been making music in forty of the last forty years - 1977 to 2016...

Set about compiling a set comprising one track from each year...

This involved creating a new track for 2016 - which ended up utilising "The Drone Effect" from December 1977 and a rejected vocal from last year's Creek sessions - and some drums...

Spent some time too listening to 2016 acquisitions, to which I'd not gotten round to listening yet...

Late afternoon, to Anne's mum's for tea - the kids and Jane and Bobby are off to Venice tomorrow...



However, since we see them only once a fortnight in any case, it will be like they have not been away...

Home for TV, which, once again, I cannot remember...

Highlight of the Day : Compiling...

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Another bridge demolished, time to move on...

Playlist
Various Composers - Your Hundred Best Tunes
Bobby Womack - Everything's Gonna Be Alright : The American Singles 1967-1976
Michiel Borstlap - Gramercy Park
Sleep Research Facility - Stealth
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Four Last Things
The Moody Blues - To Our Children's Children's Children
John McLaughlin - Extrapolation
Various - On The Corner
John Cale - Slow Dazzle
Yes - Yes
The Beatles - Abbey Road
Brian Eno - ENOBOX II / Vocal
Various - A Beginner's Guide to African Funk
Trettioariga Kriget - Krigssang
Uriah Heep - Sweet Freedom
May Blitz - May Blitz
2raumwohnung - Melancholisch Schön
Rorem - Winter Pages/Bright Music
Jean-Michel Jarre - Zoolook
Various - Giant Steps!
Pete Brown & Piblokto - Things May Come Things may Go But The Art School Dance Goes On For Ever
Graham Bond - Holy Magick
Various - Funk Soul Brothers
Headspace - All That You Fear Is Gone
Brett Garsed - Big Sky
Free - Live at Fairfield Halls, Croydon
Various - Strut'n' Get Up: Funky Fat Slices Of Groove Cut From Blue Note
Asheim - Broken Line (Vertavo Quartet)
The Bad Plus - These Are The Vistas (European Edition)
Various - Craig Charles Funk & Soul Classics
Riff Raff - Outside Looking In - Unreleased Debut Album
Rihm - Musik für drei Streicher
Various Composers - Pour Deux Clavecins
Various - The Best Of Hallyday, Rivers, Mitchell, Anthony & Vartan
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium
Michael Gibbs - Michael Gibbs

Made the new album "live" this morning - official release is Friday 1st April - not an April Fool...

21 pieces on the finalised free to stream version, plus 87 bonus tracks with the paid download - elements, alternatives and extras...


My music has become a bit weird...

Out for breakfast to West Richmond Street...


Lovely coffee...


The camera was, of course, extreeemely close to the plate for this pic...


A walk to the library, handing stuff back early and taking out a 2CD set of Bobby Womack singles from 1967-76...

Back to the car...


...and home for a short rest...


...before heading out to my mum's - a nice home made Easter card from chums Moira and Lex on the mantelpiece...


It's probably too late now for my mum to give up on KitKats...


Home late afternoon and some listening, ripping, surfing and gogglebox watching, though, writing this up next Wednesday evening, I don't recall what was watched...

Probably a couple of episodes of the excellent "Person of Interest"...

Not to worry...

Highlight of the Day : New album out at last...

Cloudland Blue Eclectic Selection 2016 Vol 12


An eclectic selection of music from Mr Quartet's listening over the last 7 days...

Featured LPs:-
Bill Frisell - East West
Van Nostrand - Voyage in a White Building I
Art Taylor - A.T.'s Delight
Various - Out Of The Blue
Jeroen Van Veen - Einaudi Waves The Piano Collection
Dexter Gordon - Clubhouse
Valgeir Sigurðsson - Architecture Of Loss
2Raumwohnung - 36 Grad
Various - This is Trojan
Jeroen Van Veen - Minimal Piano Collection Vols X-XX
Earthworks - Earthworks
Nina Hagen - Definitive Collection
Various - Deep Blue
Robert Fripp - Exposure
Bobby Womack - Fly Me To The Moon
Al Green - Greatest Hits: The Best of Al Green
Various - 50 Best Of Blue Note
Sumner McKane - Two If By Sea
Suicide - Alan Vega Martin Rev
Medeski Martin & Wood - The Dropper
Cluster & Eno - After The Heat
Sparklehorse - Dreamt For Light Years In The Belly Of A Mountain
Shelly Manne - Jazz Gunn

Hope you enjoy it and pop by next week for another eclectic selection...

Friday, March 25, 2016

Saturday not Saturday...

Playlist
Klavierduo Huber/Thomet - Monolithen : Debussy, Zimmermann & Strawinsky
Various - Funk Soul Brothers
Various - Hotdogs, Hits & Happy Days
Abba - Gold: Greatest Hits
Schoenberg - Verklärte Nacht
Various Composers - Classic CD (1990)
Shura Cherkassky - Wigmore Hall Live
Creek - Creek 2015
The Cure - Mixed Up
Ike Quebec - Blue And Sentimental
Jean-Michel Jarre - Equinoxe
John Foxx - The Garden
Thin Lizzy - Johnny The Fox
Chick Corea - Inner Space
Various - Blue Note Trip - Gettin' Up/Goin' Down
Various - Blue Note Trip - Sunrise/Sunset
Various - Beginner's Guide to African Funk
Al Green - Greatest Hits: The Best of Al Green
Copland - Symphony No. 3, Clarinet Concerto
Michiel Borstlap - Gramercy Park
Bartók - Concerto for Orchestra
Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra - Tarkus
Keith Emerson Band - Tarkus
Asia - Budokan, December 1983
Billy Cobham - Rudiments
The Revolutionaries - Discography

Up early...

A nice cup of coffee to start the day which, although it was a Friday, seemed, all day, to be a Saturday...


African Funk soundtracked our drive into Edinburgh at lunchtime for Anne to meet up with Lynn for a long, leisurely lunch...

Meanwhile, I was off out to see my mum...

She has a huge bruise on her leg from a fall yesterday - nothing untoward - she had a visitor and had let her in then, while walking back to her chair, turned round to quickly to speak to her friend and promptly fell over...

Her red button had to be pressed and, 30 minutes later, a couple of young men turned up with an inflatable chair to get her back on her feet...

Meanwhile, sister Sheila has also picked up the results of mum's new prescriptions...


My mum does like a drug or two...



A wee drive around the environs before heading home...

Loanhead...


Polton Brae - the bus stop where I used to get the bus home from school...


...a school which has now been knocked down - where it stood are the new school's playing fields...


...while the new school..


...sits on what were the old school's playing fields...


Bonnyrigg...


The hall where, on Sundays in 1978 and 1979, your correspondent could be found rehearsing with his bands...


The shop on the left in the pic below used to be a Co-Op - I bought Geoff Love & His Orchestra's TV Theme Tunes here in 1974 - and, I think, "Tiger Feet" by Mud...

The building with the dimpled windows is the Masonic Hall - where many a Boys Brigade disco was enjoyed - school chum Nick Robertson and his disco, StoneCross, provided the entertainment - I particularly remember "Burlesque", "Jig a Jig", "Elected", "Come to the Sabbat" and "Reason to Believe"...

So that would be 1972...


Between the Church Hall and the Masonic Hall, stood "The Edinburgh Rock" (now flats) - where Sparks records were enjoyed in early 1974 and the Bay City Rollers were tolerated...

Back home and this had arrived - just ninety nine of your English new pence for a brand new shrink wrapped 3CD set by jazz pianist and Bill Bruford collaborator, Michiel Borstlap...


Some listening and ripping until Anne arrived home, having had a good time out with Lynn...

"Brooklyn Nine Nine" and "Big Bang" entertained, as did, later on, the return of "Boomers"...

Some Billy Cobham and Revolutionaries, Pet Shop Boys on Graham Norton, "Room 101" and off to bed...

Tomorrow is Saturday again...

Highlight of the Day : Reminiscing...

Thursday, March 24, 2016

When a bargain is probably not...

Playlist
Laura Pausini - Similares
Laura Pausini - Laura Live: World Tour 09
Laura Pausini - San Siro 2007
Fehlfarben - Über... Menschen
Fehlfarben - Live
Grand Funk Railroad - Live Album
Various - Giant Steps!
Chick Corea - The Best Of Chick Corea
Klavierduo Huber/Thomet - Monolithen : Debussy, Zimmermann & Strawinsky

First thing, the latest weekly podcast of eclecticity uploaded...

Soundtracked today mostly by Fehlfarben and Laura Pausini...

Back home, more "bargains" from that Internet...

This, quite possibly the worst Blue Note compilation ever, although the Beastie Boys track was probably worth the £1.27 paid...


Superb piano music - Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" was apparently initially written on piano...


Good best of by Chick Corea re his tenure on Blue Note - tracks from 1966-1970, including two from a Blue Mitchell album which Corea later re-recorded for Atlantic...


More of "Person of Interest" and the start of "Line of Duty" very much entertained...

Lights out, with piano music for duo on the cans...

Highlight of the Day : The return of "Line of Duty"...

New cats, new music...

Playlist
Various - Strut'n' Get Up: Funky Fat Slices Of Groove Cut From Blue Note
Nina Hagen - In Ekstase
Bobby Hutcherson - Stick-Up!
Various - Blue Note Trip - Sunrise/Sunset
King Crimson - B'BOOM: Official Bootleg - Live In Argentina
Goodbye Mr Mackenzie - Five
Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe - We Make Believe
Morrissey - Bona Drag
Aretha Franklin - I Never Loved A Man The Way I Loved You
Udo Lindenberg - Bunte Republik Deutschland
John Coltrane - Blue Train
Roxy Music - The Complete Studio Recordings
Various - Electric Blue
Various - On The Corner
Various - Funk Soul Brothers
Bach Modern Quintet - Bach Modern Quintet
Chilingirian Quartet - Berkeley, L: String Quartet No. 2 / Berkeley, M.: Abstract Mirror / Magnetic Field
Various Composers - Piano Dreams
Paul McCartney & Wings - London Town
Various Composers - Revelations
Curtis Fuller - Cabin In The Sky
Jason Moran - Same Mother
Various - That Cat Was Clean! The Mod Side Of Jazz

Two new to us wee monkeys spotted at the end of the street this morning - not the same black cat as wee Fang...


Nothing to report re the day's happenings...

These arrived...




Which was good...

Tivo'd "Person of Interest" entertained..

That's it, I think...

Highlight of the Day : New cats, new music...