Kim Kashkashian & Keith Jarrett – J.S. Bach: Sonata For Viola Da Gamba And Harpsichord No.3 In G Minor, BWV 1029 – 2. Adagio

Two of the gems of the ECM Records talent roster, violinist Kim Kashkashian and pianist Keith Jarrett, take on Johann Sebastian Bach’s piece for viola da gamba and harpsichord.

[Music] Hawkwind – Hassan i Sabbah

It’s almost insulting to call Hawkwind the Grateful Dead of the United Kingdom. There’s simply no comparison. The playing was heavier, the lyrics wittier, and the solo projects also bore much fruit.

No knock on the Dead, who I love in a live setting. But I find Hawkwind to be a much better band.

[Music] Enver İzmaylov – Aranjuez

Uzbek-Ukrainian guitarist Enver İzmaylov, known for his amazing tapping technique on the guitar, does justice to a piece penned by Spanish maestro Joaquín Rodrigo.

[Music] Radio Birdman – T. V. Eye

As good as The Stooges‘ version was, this cover by Australia’s Radio Birdman, legends themselves, blows the original out of the water. Rob Younger just had the voice and the howl to make this into a vicious slab of vinyl.

[Music] Mathias Eick – Cologne Blues

A soft, smooth piece of music after a rough day of sickness. ECM Records has a magic ability to calm the nerves.

The lineup for this piece is as follows:

Mathias Eick – trumpet, guitar, vibraphone
Jon Balke – piano, Fender Rhodes
Audun Erlien – electric bass, guitar
Audun Kleive – drums, percussion
Stian Carstensen – pedal steel guitar

[Music] Tony Allen – African Message

A lot of press covering Nigerian music rightfully goes to Fela Kuti, yet he’s not the only innovative figure to gain international fame. His percussionist, Tony Allen, has spent a good part of five decades making music which was influenced by funk and jazz as well as Highlife. The Afrobeat sound he was instrumental in creating continues to inspire musicians like Brian Eno and Blur’s Damon Albarn.