Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Summer Soul

Something about warm weather - as soon as it hits, I just cannot get enough of those 60s/70s soul, R&B singers. So mellow, so smooth. Give me some Otis Redding, Sam Cooke and Jamie Lidell when the sun is shining and the day is set.

Anyway, just thought I would share a few tunes. First, a track from one of my favorite known unknowns, the late great Donny Hathaway (wait till it gets to minute 3 - you will be willing to sell your firstborn to have this man sing to you). I'm throwing his live album up here for your pleasure. And a song from Jamie Lidell melting hearts and knees. I'm linking his first album, Multiply, because if you haven't heard it, you are missing out on one of the best voices around. He did this album by himself, performed it solo like a wacked out mad scientist, and it is a record I keep coming back to (particularly when the sun is out). He put out a second album a year back or so which certainly holds its own, but Multiply is one that is sure to be in my arsenal for years.


Donny Hathaway - Live