Carla Bley and Steve Swallow – Reactionary Tango Parts 1/2/3  

I love the piano and the bass. Here the two instruments played by Carla Bley and Steve Swallow flirt with each other, not once, not twice, but three times over.


The Modern Jazz Quartet – Django


I like the vibraphone. It's an instrument I associate with jazz from the fifties and sixties. It makes me think of the Nouvelle Vague films of the period.

Miles Davis – Lift To The Scaffold  

One such film was Lift To The Scaffold by Louis Malle. Miles Davis improvised on the trumpet in front of the projected film in a recording studio in Paris.


Krzysztof Komeda – My Ballad (Moja Ballada)


Around the same time Krzysztof Komeda was composing music for films by Roman Polanski (Knife in the Water). My Ballad is an early piece from 1960. Komeda studied medicine at Poznan University with my aunt.


Tomasz Stanko – Stone Ridge

Tomasz Stanko played in Komeda's Quintet before the pianist died tragically, shortly after completing the soundtrack to Polanski's Rosemary's Baby. This track is composed by saxophonist and clarinetist John Surman.

Roy Orbison – Crawling Back  

Roy Orbison is a music genius. His songs are lyrical and melancholy. Each of his ballads reach an emotional crescendo that get at your heart.

Elvis Presley – So Glad You're Mine  

" My baby's long and tall, shaped like a cannonball – ooh wee! Great lyrics! I love Elvis.

Tsgue-Maryam Guebrou – Mother's Love  

My son Dom introduced me to Ethiopian music through Malatu Astatqe. I discovered others; this one is a roaming, drifting piano piece.

Keith Jarrett – Rio  

Keith Jarrett is a great pianist. Even his groans are great. This piece has a lively sense of humour. I could listen to it on a loop.


Cesaria Evora – Miss Perfumado


I don't understand a word of Portuguese, but I feel the lyricism of the music.


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