Friday, April 30, 2010
Funky Friday - Holiday Time
Hurrah for bank holidays and short weeks – in fact, I’m getting in the mood of the moment by giving myself the day off and handing over to Budd Schifrin – who has kindly rattled up an 8 track mix of the zingingest, swingingest selections, as free and easy as a Riveria affair. You can catch all of Budd’s mixes and imagined soundtracks at his blog… Jazz, Funk, Lounge and Library grooves.
I started my blog in February and this is now my 20th post. The posts relate to my love of jazz, funk, soundtrack, Latin and lounge/library grooves. All have a theme (such as cinematic vocals, electric piano, wah wah Latin grooves, mellow flute etc). When I was asked by Mondo to do a Funky Friday guest spot how could I refuse! I have been following his blog for some time and dig the mix of music and commentary.
For the mix, I have tried to give you a taste of each comp I have done so far (groovy or cinematic vocals, lounge/easy and soundtrack grooves). The theme which links them is ‘time’. (I am a bit obsessive when it comes to this topic being an avid vintage watch collector!)
The first track ‘Funky, how time can change the meaning of the word’ is a hilarious look at what ‘funky’ is/was! The next track ‘Holiday Time’ is a funky mellow lounge classic! It’s performed by Hildegard Knef. If you like this saucy German vocal then look out for the tracks ‘Berlin’ by Heidi Bruhl and ‘Easy Evil’ by Frits Kaatee and Jeanette Corde. However, if you’re not fond of ‘Ze German’ accent (Heaven forbid!), then try the Gian Franco Pienzio tune on my recent ‘Piano Party 2’ comp. It has a similar (but instrumental) vibe to ‘Holiday Time’. The next two tracks , ‘There was a Time’ and ‘Injury Time’ are great piano and sax tunes.
‘Time on my Hands’ is a beautiful cinematic vocal. It feels contemporary, like Tracy Thorn from Everything but the Girl could have sung it. I never would have thought it came from 1972!
Next up is ‘Time’ by the Ju-Par Universal Orchestra. It’s a wonderful breezy vocal track, funky and easy. ‘Time to Love’ is a gentle flute gem with great orchestrations. Finally, ‘A moment in Time’ ends the mix with a great summer sounding orchestral tune with wah wah guitar!
I hope you enjoy the mix, remember - we have all the time in the world!!