Antonio Carlos Jobim is considered an elder statesman of Brazilian jazz – though in Brazil, samba, bossa nova were considered street music they became jazz in the USA & hence in the rest of the world. Best know for his his breakthrough recording with Stan Getz, Jobim is more than a fine guitarist. As stand alone’s in my pop collection I have his Echoes of Rio, Rio Revisited (with Gal Costa), Jazz Masters. Sure it is easy listening but well worth it & perfect for quiet nights of quiet stars.
Not quite next on the shelf is an mp3 collection of Joy of Cooking. Here is their First & Closer To The Ground. Folk-jazz with sweet harmonies and congas – nearly very song is propelled by the pitter-pat of congas. The songs are romantic, feminist & easy on the ear. The First was a moderate ‘hit.’ Joy of Cooking was an unusual example of a late 60’s rock band fronted by women.
When Joy broke up the women worked together on Toni Brown & Terry Garthwaite: Cross Country. This is more country blues folk. Solo Terry Garthwaite released Terry – an amazing jazzy rock album that I consider a hidden treasure & it is well worth hunting down.
Also in this mp3 collection I added Cass Elliot: Dream A Little Dream; Bubble Gum, Lemonade. Cass never regained the momentum of her Mama & Papas days. The production on these lps is merely adequate & the songs lack energy & focus. There are few good tracks mind you, but over all she needed a stronger musical guide as she has one of the great rock voices.
Also in here is Kathi McDonald’s Insane Asylum. Why didn’t she become a huge star? This is one of the best Canadian albums ever with great songs i.e. Bogart to Bowie is amazing. Kathi can sing the pants off nearly any female vocalist out there & probably teach the guys a few things too. A hidden treasure worth seeking out.
Wait there’s more. To balance all these female voices I added The Association: And Then … Along Comes the Association – an immensely popular mid-60’s group that was never taken serious because of their success. Complex harmonies, some stunning production & songs that will live on forever. And finally Candymen: The Candymen – power driven 60’s garage rock of the best kind.
‘What do you mean, your brother? You never mentioned a brother before.’
‘Well I’m mentioning him now.’
‘And he’ll be here for supper? Tonight!’
‘That’s right. We can order pizza. He loves pizza. Save you cooking.’
‘That’s not the problem.’
‘There’s a problem?’
‘Damn rights there is. I’ve known you how long now?’
‘Right, and we’ve been living together for the last three and now you tell me you have a brother?’
‘Didn’t seem like a thing to tell. There’s lots of things we don’t know about each other.’
‘Yes, but not something this big. How could you not mention a brother to me? How?’
‘I guess it never came up. You never asked if I had siblings.’
‘It’s not the sort of thing one asks about. It’s the sort of thing that comes up, in conversation.’
‘That conversation never came up then. Christ. I’m sorry I never told you I had a brother. Is that what you wanted, an apology?’
‘I just want to know why you’ve never told me. Didn’t you trust me?’
‘Oh, now it’s a trust thing. I told you, I never thought him important enough to talk about. Lots of things are like that. He didn’t seem relevant to our relationship.’
‘Yeah, till now. He’s in town for the week-end and wants to meet you.’
‘So, he knows about me?’
‘Of course. Everybody knows about us.’
‘You’ve talked to this brother about me. How many times?’
‘How often do you speak to him?’
‘Once or twice a year since I met you.’
‘Once or twice! What aren’t you telling me? He’s just been let out of prison or something. Is that it?’
‘No. Why? Do you think my family is the criminal type.’
‘Now that I know you’ve got a family it wouldn’t surprise me.’
‘My mom was right you are …’
‘What? Didn’t you think I had a mother?’
‘You never mentioned a mother. Or didn’t she ever come up in conversation either?’
‘Christ you are on a tear today. Yes I have a mother. And a father too.’
‘A father! This is going too far. Why have you kept all these secrets from me?’
‘Secrets? How do you think I got here – you didn’t find me under a cabbage leaf. Of course I have parents. Everyone has parents. Don’t they?’
‘I suppose you’re right, but it’s still a shock to find out. You know. A shock that you’ve kept these things from me all this time. First a brother. Then parents. What else have you neglected to tell me. What other dirty dark secrets do you have.’
‘These are not secrets. Just things I didn’t think important enough to bother you with.’
‘So, now I have to face this opportunity to meet your brother, whom I didn’t even know you had. How am I going to do that, how can I admit I never heard of him before. How?’
Echoes of Rio, Rio Revisited, Joy of Cooking, Toni Brown, Terry Garthwaite, Cass Elliot, Kathi McDonald, Insane Asylum, Bogart to Bowie, The Association, The Candymen
every Tuesday 2019
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