For our first event of 2018 we are doubling the fun with the theme of duos. Rob and Noel have both chosen a couple of albums, of which they will play just one side of each one to leave plenty of time for others to play their own choices in our popular free play section. Here is what Rob and Noel have chosen:
Rob has chosen the following….
Ella & Louis – Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
A fresh pressings of this 1956 recording, Ella & Louis is the first of three collaborations for Verve by the jazz greats (the other two being Ella & Louis Again and Porgy & Bess), all deemed to be classics of both jazz and the American song. According to the album notes, “…instead of <Louis’> usual diffident Dixieland backing, there are the Oscar Peterson Trio plus Buddy Rich, who are properly propulsive and wholly discreet.” Side 2 will probably the one that gets played as it includes the Gershwins’ “They Can’t Take That Away From Me.”
Lotta Sea Lice – Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile
Featuring in many people’s Best of 2017 lists, according to Pitchfork this collaboration between ex-The War on Drugs guitarist Vile and Australian indie hero Barnett sounds “less like a collection of traditional duets than an overheard discussion between two misfits who just met at an Existentialists Anonymous meeting.”
And here are Noel’s selections….
Seesaw – Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa
This Grammy nominated record is Joe and Beth’s second album collaboration, covering a range of songs from artists as diverse as Tina Turner, Etta James and Blood, Sweat and Tears. It reached No 1 in the US Billboard Blues Album Charts and No 4 in the Norwegian Album Charts. Joe Bonamassa is one of the world’s leading and hardest working blues guitarists, who opened for BB King at the age of 12. Beth Hart overcame drug addiction to become a successful versatile musical with a killer voice.
Barton Hollows – The Civil Wars
The Civil Wars comprised Joy Williams and John Paul White, who had previously enjoyed success as individual singer songwriters. Barton Hollow is their first album and won two Grammy’s. The BBC called the album “a timeless, anachronistic sound” and it featured in many of the Best Of album lists for 2011. Found under Americana in your local record store, the harmonies and musicianship of the Civil Wars make this a sharp, bittersweet listening experience which encapsulates their short but sweet career, which ended acrimoniously and suddenly in 2014, when they split up half way through their UK tour.
So, join us from 8pm at The Triangle in Shipley (47 Bradford Road). And don’t forget to bring your own selection of duos, duets, double acts, etc on vinyl to play before, in between and after Rob & Noel’s selections.