Being neither young nor hip, I don't generally do shout-outs. If I mention you on my blog there's every chance you either sent me a telegram or maybe there was an urgent SOS on Radio 4 appealing for my whereabouts.
That said, this brace of tunes is dedicated to George. George, I know, enjoys flutes and, indeed, flautistry. I can get on board with that - I too have a penchant for flute players/flautists/flutists/fluters and even flutenists. One of my favouritist flutenists is Herbie Mann. If I had to condense Herbie Mann into a five word sentence I think I'd say: "He wrote Comin' Home Baby." Anyway, he's Flautist 2/2. Flautist 1/2 is unknown; that is to say he/she is nothing but a borrowed sample; from where I know not. But it's a four second loop* that runs through one of my Saturday night kitchen floor fillers like a stick of rock.
Rinôçérôse - It's Time to Go Now (2002)
And here is the artist formerly known as Herbert J Solomon (1930-2003). I have many albums by this fella and never tire of listening to him. Mann straddled so many genres of music I'm almost tempted to use the word groundbreaking when I talk about him; almost, but not quite - what kind of blog do you think this is for heaven's sake? Suffice it to say that he out-Stoned the Stones with his 1974 version of Bitch and even got a real life Rolling Stone* to play guitar on it.
Herbie Mann - Memphis Underground (1968)
* A flute loop, if you will.
** Recorded in '73, Mick Taylor was still with the firm at the time.
Herbie was a very prolific cat (he's a jazz flautist, I'm allowed to call him a cat) who made an lot of good records, though he's also responsible for one of the all-time bad (as in not good) jazz LP sleeves with his 1971 effort Push Push.ReplyDelete
Apart from James Galway and Herbie Mann, the only other flautist I know is Harold McNair who played on albums by John Martyn and Donovan to name but two.ReplyDelete
Most people say the fella who plays standing on one leg.Delete
Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull! I was never a fan. but I did like "A Song for Jeffrey".Delete
Just as there are not enough records featuring flutes (and that version of Bitch is damned good), the same can be said for kazoos (the only instrument I can play)ReplyDelete
Sorry George, I can't help you; you're on your own now.Delete