Archive for the ‘Joni Mitchell’ Category

Youssou N’Dour, Herbie Hancock and Joni Mitchell

November 11, 2008
FREE! Music for grown-ups on the BBC in the next 10 days:

Hidden among its vast output, BBC TV and radio has some magnificent music for grown-ups – every week of the year. And it’s all free – well, sort of… .

Thurs 13 Nov
2300 Bob Dylan, Theme Time Radio Hour (rpt) – BBC Radio 2
0030 Youssou N’Dour, BBC Four Sessions – BBC Four

Fri 14 Nov
2100 Paul Weller: Into Tomorrow – BBC Four
2230 Paul Weller, BBC Four Sessions – BBC Four

Sat 15 Nov
1600 Herbie Hancock, Jazz Library – BBC Radio 3
1900 Come In From The Cold: The Return Of Joni Mitchell –
BBC Radio 2 (1/2)
2230 Stockhausen, Hear and Now – BBC Radio 3
2400 Lee Konitz, Jazz Library – BBC Radio 3

Sun 16 Nov
2400 Bob Dylan, Theme Time Radio Hour (new) – BBC 6 Music

Tues 18 Nov
2230 Come In From The Cold: The Return Of Joni Mitchell –
BBC Radio 2 (2/2)
2315 Esbjorn Svensson (a 2006 gig), Late Junction – BBC Radio 3

Thurs 20 Nov
2300 Bob Dylan, Theme Time Radio Hour (rpt) – BBC Radio 2
2355 Mariza, BBC Four Sessions – BBC Four

Melody Gardot – Discoveries #1

August 14, 2008
I’m usually very wary of musicians who suddenly appear on the radar, as if from nowhere. I suspect that some corporate exec or other has decided the s/he is to be the next big thing and has invested a lot of money to ensure that it happens.

The problem with over-promoted musos is that they can’t possibly live up to the advanced billing.

Having suddenly become very aware of her, I automatically put American chanteuse Melody Gardot in this category.

But then, watching Channel 4’s Live From Abbey Road for the first time on Friday, to catch the great Herbie Hancock, I stumbled upon Melody in a live performance from Herbie’s recent album, River: The Joni Letters.

My, my – what a distinctive voice. Gardot’s beautiful tone and her innate swing enlivened Mitchell’s Edith and The Kingpin, an already great song.

I’ll be watching closely for more recordings and performances from Melody Gardot, one of my most striking recent music for grown-ups discoveries.

Great rockpop lyricists – new series of collectable free booklets

June 23, 2008
Bob Dylan was the launch title of Great Lyricists, a new series of collectable booklets given away with Saturday 21 June’s edition of The Guardian, the London liberal-left daily newspaper.

The nicely designed booklet, running to 26 pages, includes the lyrics of eight Bob songs, six from the 1960s, plus Tangled Up In Blue and Blind Willie McTell.

The series of eight freebies continued in yesterday’s sister paper The Observer, with Broooooooooce Springsteen, and today’s Guardian with Morrissey.

Remaining subjects include Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, as well as Chuck D, Patti Smith and a young lad from the Arctic-Something-or-Others.

I’ll be buying all bar two, filing the beautifully designed but unwanted rag in the bin, on my out of the filling station shop.

Gerry Smith