A have long been fond of the work of electric violinist and longtime Zappa collaborator Don ‘Sugarcane’ Harris’s improvisation laden music. When in form, his is music with a caustic edge of brilliance, technical mastery and some of the most viscerally heart wrenching blues you’ve ever heard. He was a versatile and prolific musician whose contributions to famous works often sadly overshadowed his own solo work, which remains under-appreciated by the mainstream.
But this track I’ve recently discovered instantly shot to near the top of my all-time favourites. Haunting, lively and effortlessly cool, it crept under my skin and stayed there. I hope you like it too.
It has been a week of milestones.
Monday was the 3rd of December, thus marking the halfway point for my stay in Key West. I miss you all, but light is at the end of the tunnel!!
Tuesday marked the 19th anniversary of the death of Frank Zappa, who died on the same day in 1993 at the tragically young age of 52. Cruelly, he died of prostate cancer despite having lead a relatively healthy life for a rock musician (his only vice was cigarettes). During his fight with cancer, he worked 14 hours a day on tying together the many loose ends his endlessly creative mind had left him with, to protect and preserve the remarkable legacy his music leaves us. I wish he was still alive.
I would have dedicated this week’s song to Zappa, my musical idol, if it weren’t for the fact that Wednesday saw the death, 1 day short of his 92nd birthday, of Dave Brubeck, popular jazz composer who pioneered the use of unusual time signatures in Jazz. His 2 ‘classic’ compositions, Take Five and Blue Rondo a la Turk have doubtless been played ad nauseam to mark his passing, so I include my favourite of the less known pieces below with some fantastic dancing to accompany.
On Thursday and Friday nothing much happened. K-Midz left hospital and there was an Earthquake in Japan? Will that do to preserve the theme?
Today’s (yes, it is still Saturday here, by a whisker) milestone comes in the form of a club-record 9 games unbeaten in the top flight for Norwich City, following the white knuckle ride of the 3-4 win over Swansea (it was 0-3 to us at half time!).
And tomorrow marks 2 weeks before my family gets here. Somebody’s a bit excited for that one…