Here’s a playlist to see you through the end of hurricane season, the flu season, holiday season and what’s sure to become an unusual carnival season:
Winter Playlist Notes
A few of the artists on this playlist may not be as familiar as others. Here are some playlist notes to save you having to go all Google-crazy.
New Orleans singer and composer Lilli Lewis was trained in opera and classical piano but her performance style defies category. Her most recent albums are The Henderson Sessions and We Belong.
Lyambiko was born Sandy Müller in Tanzania, where she formed her first band at the age of 17. At 21 she moved to Berlin and took up jazz singing. By this time she’d begun using her father’s last name as her stage name. In 2001 she formed a quintet — also named Lyambiko. “Afro Blue” comes from their 2002 debut album, Out Of This Mood.
The late Jaco Pastorius was a jazz-fusion bass player famous for his work with the band Weather Report in the 1980s. While still a member of that hugely successful group, he released Word of Mouth in 1981 … and somehow found the time to assemble and tour with a 21-piece big band of the same name. “Blackbird” features harmonica virtuoso Toots Thielemans.