• Emily Cardwell

Updated: Mar 14, 2019

This awesome, trippy song inspires me and gets me into that "jam" headspace.

Chick Corea's band, Return To Forever and vocalist Gayle Moran wind up this sci-fi-sounding song with what seems like unending sharp left and right turns. I like that this song really satisfies my ear, while throwing the whole concept of "compositional transition" to the wind.

What sounds like electric guitar, but are sometimes actually the funky meanderings of Corea's 70's synth leads meld together with the big-band brass quintet and the folky, almost classical-sounding vocals. I love the eclecticism of the compositional style, and the superb ability of the instrumentalists and sound engineers.

  • Emily Cardwell

Updated: Mar 14, 2019

A little late, but I celebrated International Women's Day with "Shanti, Shanti, Shanti" is a song in the 1989 album, Roots and Wings, by the amazing and talented woman composer and vocalist, Sheila Chandra.

Chandra was an incredible musician and I grew up inspired by her vocals and solkattu rooted in the tradition of classical south Indian music and raaga.

Listen on spotify:

#internationalwomensday #indianmusic #sheila #chandra #tuneoftheweek

  • Emily Cardwell

Updated: Mar 14, 2019

A 1956 song from Chet Baker's album, "Chet Baker Sings," a year before the trumpeter began his decades-long descent into heroin addiction. Composed in 1944 by Jule Styne with lyrics by Sammy Cahn.

I love Baker's beautiful, naturally pinpoint vocals and quiet swishing of the brushes which have such a nice simplicity and pointedness, as opposed to Sinatra's version of the same year, which takes the tune slowly, in swaggery rubato, while a string orchestra swells melodramatically.

#jazz #vocals #trumpet #lyrics #maudlin #bittersweet

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