What an amazing body of work from just one man #AntonioCarlosJobim. This is one of his not so well-known songs called #DoubleRainbow. It started off by being an instrumental piece named #ChildrensGames when Jobim first wrote it. And yes, you can hear it in the playful melody. It was first recorded by the fabled Brazilian […]

Jazz has taught me a lot of things. Including the word ‘threnody’ which means ‘lament.’ It’s not a word I’d have come across if I hadn’t wanted to sing this song. #IRememberClifford is an instrumental jazz threnody written by jazz tenor saxophonist #BennyGolson in memory of #CliffordBrown with lyrics by the master #vocalese exponent #JonHendricks. […]

#PolkaDotsandMoonbeams was published first in 1940, that’s 80 years ago. And it became a huge hit for #FrankSinatra. The music was written by Jimmy Van Heusen and lyrics by Johnny Burke. It’s also one of the world’s top 100 recorded jazz tunes. So naturally, I wanted to try it. I’ve never sung a song to […]

By Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews – September 7, 2020 #Totally #unique #vocal #jazz #Radha #Thomas #Aman #Mahajan Totally unique vocal jazz Radha Thomas & Aman Mahajan – BANGALORE BLUES:  There’s one word that comes to mind (immediately) as I listen to Radha’s totally unique vocal jazz – BREATHLESS… her pacing and presence will have you […]

#Nuages (meaning ‘clouds’ in French) is guitar player #DjangoReinhardt’s most famous composition. It was first recorded in 1940 although he did at least 13 versions after that.There were no lyrics when Django wrote the piece, of course. But the melody is so beautiful and haunting that it didn’t take long before people wrote lyrics to […]

July 4, 2020, Redoane Ayoub (Red) on Guitar and me singing Most of my songs are non-fiction. This one is called ‘What Stress’ and I wrote it some time ago. Nothing seems to change, I dunno what’s wrong with me I must confess. I’ve performed it many times with different lineups. What makes this bluesy, rock-and-roll […]

LYRICS The birds outside my window, getting louder by the day A tribe of sparrows quarrels till I shoo, shoo them away Well right behind up close I hear a murder of crows A strange symphonic, cacophonic, avian prose Mosque and temples, churches standing quiet, empty and still For once it seems religion’s lost its […]

I was trying to write lyrics to a melody that was playing in my head and I couldn’t hear myself think. It was the birds outside. Cackling, cawing, chirping, #tweeting and generally creating what I can only describe as strange, symphonic, cacophonic avian prose. @RamjeeChandran put the chords together since I mostly know only A,D […]