Monday’s Music Moves Me: Music That Has Moved Me

So today, Kim asked us to share “Songs where a particular instrument has moved you – whether it’s a favorite vocal sound, bass line, drumming/beats, piano, guitar solo…” I never quite follow the instructions here, because there are a few places where I named more than one instrument or instrumentalist. But, you know what? I like these, and all of them move me, and that’s what counts.

  1. Blood, Sweat & Tears, “Snow Queen/Maiden Voyage” Maybe the only reason to own BS&T’s 1972 New Blood album is the almost 12-minute final track (two tracks, really, but they blend so nicely together) matching Carole King’s “Snow Queen” with Herbie Hancock’s “Maiden Voyage.” The horns are on fire here (Lew Soloff and Chuck Winfield, trumpet; Dave Bargeron, trombone; Lou Marini, saxophone), Larry Willis’s keyboard work anchors the rhythm section throughout, and he does a tremendous solo starting at about 2:45, and Georg Wadenius does an extended voice-and-guitar solo during the “Maiden Voyage” section. This is what jazz-rock should sound like.
  2. Django Reinhardt, “Limehouse Blues” How Django Reinhardt did all that he could do with the ring and pinky on his left hand essentially unusable blows me away.
  3. Toots Thielemans, “Bluesette” Having played guitar all those years ago, I can tell you that one of the hardest things to do is try to solo and sing the notes along with your soloing. Georg Wadenius did it in “Maiden Voyage,” above, and now we have Jean “Toots” Thielemans, not singing, but whistling as he plays guitar. He originally wrote it for the harmonica, by the way.
  4. Chase, “Open Up Wide” Bill Chase was a jazz trumpeter who decided to put together a rock band with four trumpets up front. This is the first track off of their 1971 eponymous debut album. There is some incredible trumpet in this, but listen to the job Dennis Johnson and Jay Burrid are doing on the bass and drums. That’s what’s incredible here.
  5. Vince Guaraldi Trio, “Samba de Orpheus” Monty Budwig, on bass, starts this one by playing the melody, and when Vince comes in, he seamlessly makes the transition to supporting player. Listen to what he’s doing behind Guaraldi. It’s incredible.
  6. Julie London, “Cry Me A River” Julie has this voice, you know? But it’s the tasty accompaniment by Barney Kessel on guitar and Ray Leatherwood on bass that makes this track unforgettable.
  7. June Christy with the Ernie Filice Quartet, “Taking A Chance On Love” Arlee Bird used this in a Battle of the Bands a while back, and I think my exact words were “damn, that quartet behind her swings!” Now, there are five guys there, but I always heard that they don’t count the bass player, which, as a former bass player, I think that sucks. June is just lovely, isn’t she? And what a voice…
  8. Chicago, “Poem 58” The jam between Terry Kath on guitar, Peter Cetera on bass, and Danny Seraphine on drums that takes up the first five minutes of this is … I don’t have the words. Just, wow.
  9. Bachman-Turner Overdrive, “Blue Collar” From their debut album, this is the largely-forgotten single that only reached #68 on the Hot 100. It has some of the jazziest guitar work in a rock tune I’ve heard, especially the last minute and a half.
  10. Paul Jackson Jr., “It’s A Shame” Paul Jackson Jr. takes a song written by Stevie Wonder and originally done by The Spinners and works his guitar magic. Listen especially at 2:45, the way he transitions out of solo mode and back into doing the melody.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for April 15, 2019. Hope you got your taxes done…

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15 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Music That Has Moved Me

  1. Chase, Open Up Wide, is one where is grated on my nerves but I love your other choices and, yes, June Christy, has a great voice. Great picks and I would have to include, for me, Andre Rieu with his beautiful playing of the violin. And I would pick his version of Silent Night which I heard live and it was magical. I would include the live version of Judy Garland singing Over The Rainbow dressed as a Bum from a previous number she did. The camera work is not the greatest but boy, does she get to your heart with this one. I’d also include her version of Stormy Weather. Ottmar Liebert is one I love and he became famous for one song that I can’t recall. I would choose The Third Man because I love the Zither and I love the mandolin which I think is in Lara’s Theme but I could be wrong.

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    1. “Open up wide” is another example of “just because you can doesn’t mean you should.” Harry James and Maynard Ferguson could hit the high notes on trumpet, but they knew not to do it all the time. At some point I honestly thought Chase’s head would explode.

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  2. Blood, Sweat & Tears, “Snow Queen/Maiden Voyage” you’re not going to believe this, but I never heard this song. Sounds to me it’s one of those tunes you listen to in the car… whatcha think? Can’t say I ever heard the next tune, but the next tune with the guy whistling I’ve heard that tune on TV before I think it was one of my mom’s shows and then a movie came up, and sorry I could not take that trumpet with Chase. It was hurting my ears. Anyway, never heard of the next guy either. Julie London I think I’ve heard her before and I definitely know the song. Very nice. Takin’ a chance on love. Oh yeah, I know that one and this looks like one of the old movies my mom watched and would dance too in the house while singing. She was a hoot my mom! Sure do miss her! It’s a shame my hubby has an album by him with this tune and he plays along with it to practice. He knows it quite well. Well, that was something, John. Great job and I don’t care what era it was…. YOU ROCK! Going to find your “M”! Trying to get to everybody and their letters cuz Cathy is not around today, but she’ll be rockin’ tonite I believe when she gets home… sure do love that girl. It’s taken me twice as long though… I think all of us are doing the letters too!!! hahahaha Okay… where’s yours????

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    1. Like I was telling someone else, there are plenty of trumpeters that could hit the high notes, but they knew it was an occasional thing. Chase seemed to want to get up there and stay there. He showed a little more restraint on the rest of the album.

      Toots is better known for his harmonica playing. He was the player on Billy Joel’s “Leave A Tender Moment Alone.”

      That BS&T number might be the best thing they did. It is a good “car” song.

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  3. There were exactly two songs I knew here – Poem 58 and that version of It’s a Shame. We had recently purchased the Chase album and now – maybe I’ll skip that song. I’m also in some disbelief that I wasn’t familiar with the BW&T song. Thank you for another trip into your varied music world.

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    1. “New Blood” was the album after David Clayton-Thomas left BS&T the first time, and I think they fell off everyone’s radar when that happened. Too bad, because that was an especially good time for the band. I heard recently that Bobby Colomby, the drummer who had been with the band from the start and was the last original member, left the group, but they continue. They’ve always had a revolving door there.

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