Friday, August 31, 2007

Modern Jazz Quartet: Odds Against Tomorrow

This was the title track from the film score by John Lewis played by the Modern Jazz Quartet.
Check out this Noir of the Week posting for a great introduction to the film.

This track did more than any other in getting me interested in jazz. Its a highly atmospheric piece that shows off Milt Jacksons playing in particular.

I heard this track on an ep "European Concert"that my elder brother owned but you can find it on re-release on a CD.

Odds against tomorrow (mp3)

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Melon Galia

I've been discovering a lot of good french bands via emusic and this is the first one I'd like to share with you. Tho in fact these are belgian...


Their debut album, "Les embarras du quotidien", owes a big debt to Belle & Sebastian and the Smiths, but Melon Galia are no mere copyists. They had one of the stand out tracks "Les Mensonges" (mp3 below) on the weird and wonderful "L'Humeur Vagabonde: Hommage À Jeanne Moreau" Its available from e-music. Their cd is available as below. Sadly they are now no more. Their Myspace page announced...

Melon Galia unfortunately split in 2004. So : download our songs, make the adventure go on, and check out our solo projects in Samir Barris, Soy un caballo and Le Yéti.


"Les Embarass Du Quotidien" (Melon Galia)

Les mensonges (mp3)