The following is an effort to tell you about some of the music we listen to and respect from the past to the present, and help try to explain what you might expect to hear when you come to a Bees Deluxe gig.
Billie Holiday, Wayne Krantz, Etta James, Joe Zawinul, Björk , Duffy Power, Jimmy Herring, Booker T, Donny Hathaway, Run DMC, Charlie Parker, Derek Trucks, Walter Becker, Joe Egan, Lettuce, Tal Farlow, Tab Benoit, Tinsley Ellis, Lulu, Jaco Pastorious, Little Milton, Andre Previn, Virgil Thomson, Shuggie Otis, Freddie King, Steve Reich, Willie Dixon, Tom Dowd, Phil Lynott, Robert Cray among many others!
The alto saxophonist Paul Desmond (original composer of the jazz standard “Take Five”) had a breathless tone that is instantly recognizable and impossible to imitate. Here’s Desmond playing the ballad “Darn That Dream” Live in 1975.
For some reason guitar players more easily became household names in the late 20th century than other ensemble players. Besides the usual roster of guitar players we also really admire the “not-quite-so-well-known” players like Terje Rypdal, Tal Farlow, Matt Schofield, Wayne Krantz, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown each of whom have their own distinctive voice.
Live music coming out of the South now are especially viable including Trucks & Tedeschi, Lettuce, Galactica, Soulive and always worth listening to. But if we were to be stranded on Mars (the planet) with only one album to listen to for the five years until we were to be rescued we’d pick Glenn Gould’s 1981 recording of J.S. Bach’s: The Goldberg Variations.
But hey - write to us and tell us anything or anyone you think we should be listening to!