[Music] Theodosii Spassov & Milcho Leviev – Raga Todor

In 1995, I was approached by the owner of MA Recordings (a kind man whose name I have since forgotten) to sell some of his CDs on consignment.  Among the releases was an album performed by Bulgarian pianist Milcho Leviev.  He had several releases on this imprint because he was living in Los Angeles at the time, and it is one of my life’s regrets not having the chance to meet him.

Milcho passed away this week, and we bid him a fond farewell and a pleasant afterlife.  Here he is collaborating with Bulgarian multi-instrumentalist and a friend of this blog, Theodosii Spassov.

 

[Music] Javier Solís – Malagueña Salerosa

Mexico has contributed so mightily to the canon of songs that quality as high art that it’s impossible to keep track of these gems, but, at least to my ears, none is more impressive, more beautiful or more haunting that this classic Huapango love song interpreted by the legendary Javier Solís, though in this version, the actual interpreter is Enrique Cáceres.

The lyrics to the song are below:

Qué bonitos ojos tienes
Debajo de esas dos cejas
Debajo de esas dos cejas
Qué bonitos ojos tienes
Ellos me quieren mirar
Pero si tú no los dejas
Pero si tú no los dejas
Ni siquiera parpadear
Malagueña salerosa
Besar tus labios quisiera
Besar tus labios quisiera
Malagueña salerosa
Y decirte niña hermosa
Eres linda y hechicera
Eres linda y hechicera
Como el candor de una rosa
Si por pobre me desprecias
Yo te concedo razón
Yo te concedo razón
Si por pobre me desprecias
Yo no te ofrezco riquezas
Te ofrezco mi corazón
Te ofrezco mi corazón
A cambio de mi pobreza
Malagueña salerosa
Besar tus labios quisiera
Besar tus labios quisiera
Malagueña salerosa
Y decirte nina hermosa
Eres linda y hechicera
Que eres linda y hechicera
Como el candor de una rosa
Y decirte niña hermosa
In English:
What beautiful eyes you have 
Under those two eyebrows 
Under those two eyebrows 
What beautiful eyes you have
They want to look at me 
But if you don’t let them 
But if you don’t let them 
Don’t even blink
Malagueña salerosa 
Kissing your lips would like 
Kissing your lips would like 
Malagueña salerosa
And telling you beautiful girl
You’re pretty and sorceress 
You’re pretty and sorceress 
Like the candor of a rose
If you despise me for poor I 
grant you reason 
I grant you reason 
If you despise me for poor
I do not offer you riches 
I offer you my heart 
I offer you my heart 
In exchange for my poverty
Malagueña salerosa 
Kissing your lips would like 
Kissing your lips would like 
Malagueña salerosa 
And tell you beautiful girl
You are pretty and sorceress 
That you are pretty and sorceress 
Like the candor of a rose 
And tell you beautiful girl

[Music] Kiriakos Sfetsas – Greek Fusion Orchestra – Χωρίς Σύνορα [Vinyl Rip]

Kiriakos Sfetsas and the Greek Fusion Orchestra provide a cool combination of jazz fusion and a light touch of ethnic Greek music.  A VERY light touch, but it works beautifully on this album.

Composed By – Kiriakos Sfetsas
Acoustic Bass – Giorgos Theodoridis
Alto Saxophone – Stelios Vichos
Baritone Saxophone – Giorgos Halkiadakis
Clarinet – Manthos Halkias
Drums – Λευτέρης Τζήμας
Guitar, Lute – Nikos Tatsis
Liner Notes – Nikos Kizilos
Piano – Yannis Terezakis
Tenor Saxophone – Tassos Poulimenos*
Trumpet – Yannis Theodoris*