At 88 years old, Staton's voice was even more perfect for this tune than when he sung it for Paris, Texas in 1984. The look on Harper Simon's face in the last couple bars gets me every time.
If you haven't picked up Partly Fiction, Stanton's 2014 album, you should. His covers of "She Thinks I Still Care" and "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" will blow you away. He doesn't steal them from George or Willie, but wears them like cracked old leather jacket he can't bear to part with.
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Hiromi is one heckuva pianist, with a long playing & recording career yet ahead of her. That's MFSB alum & legendary session man Anthony Jackson on the six-string contrabass (his invention) and ex-Judas Priest drummer Simon Phillips on the skins.
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I somehow had overlooked Eick until he released Midwest, a meditation on Norwegian immigration to America, in 2015. Eick's visit to the upper Midwest inspired him to create a "road" album that begins in his home village, Hem, and travels to North Dakota, carrying Norwegian cultural sensibilities into an interplay with the American landscape. It was one of my favorite albums of the year.
This tune's from his album previous to Midwest.
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I keep my eyes on Shabaka Hutchings' many collaborations. In addition to this band, he also currently records & performs with his "Afro-Futurist" band Shabaka & the Ancestors, Afro-Carribean jazz supergroup Sons of Kemet, and the jazz-punk sextet Melt Yourself Down. Oh, and he's also recorded with Mulatu Astatke and the Sun Ra Arkestra. This video's misnamed; the track is actually "Journey Through the Asteroid Belt."
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