DMT24

Leo Abrahams has a new album out. It’s called Yield. The title track is very beautiful. File under slow and mellow. Perfect for watching clouds or waves.

DMT23

Jerry Gonzalez was an American trumpet player and conguero from Manhattan – link to Wikipedia page. He played an important role in the development of Latin jazz, but in the year 2000 he decided to move to Madrid, Spain. The first two tracks of this playlist were recorded by his group, Los Piratas del Flamenco, in 2004. The band included guitarist Nino Josele, with Piraña on cajón, and Diego El “Cigala” singing. You can also find this album on Bandcamp. In Spain, Gonzalez also played on countless other songs, including the third track, by Buika, the fourth, Casa Bernardo by Paco De Lucia, and many others. I think the first four tracks of this playlist were all produced by Javier Limón, connecting Gonzalez to DMT22.

DMT22

Javier Limón is a guitarist, songwriter, and producer from Madrid. (his website, wikipedia)
I made a short playlist of five songs from his productions. The first track is a piece sung by Mariza, the most famous current fado singer. Limón also produced her album “Mondo”, which you can find here.
The second and third tracks on this playlist are sung by Buika. The third one, “No Habrá Nadie en el Mundo” feels like a particular beautiful example of the meeting of Pop, Flamenco, and Jazz. At one point I was exploring the idea of adding singing to my album “Waiting n Swan” and thought Buika might have the right voice for that. Now I listen to “Waiting n Swan” and can’t imagine having singers on it.
The last track on the playlist is from Limón’s album “Son de Limón” and features a trumpet player from the Bronx by the name of Jerry Gonzalez. More about him tomorrow.

DMT20

Afghani Raga by Harry Manx, from the album Mantras for Madmen.

Check out the Wikipedia link for Harry Manx.

In 1990, while Manx was in Japan, he heard a recording of the Indian slide guitarist Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. When Manx met Bhatt for the first time in Rajasthan, he had been living in another part of India for years. He became a student of Bhatt’s and remained with him for five years. They travelled together in India and performed for large audiences.

If the name Vishwa Mohan Bhatt rings a bell, maybe you have heard the famous album he recorded with Ry Cooder, A Meeting by the River – on Apple Music, on Wikipedia.

Back to Harry Manx – once I started to listen to his music again, I came up with a little playlist of some of his songs, which I called “Blue Raga”.