My Top 10 for 2013 – 6 to 10

Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend

Today we post the first 5 of my Top 10 for 2013.  The Canadian content in this group consists of a great song by Donovan Woods.  The Wire is likely the poppiest tune I have posted (or will post) but it is very catchy and becoming a huge hit.  Having said that, some “purists” will contest John Mayer being on any list.  I am a huge fan of his and greatly appreciate his abilities as both a songwriter and as an excellent guitarist.  Both are highlighted in Wildfire.  Enjoy!

10 “The Wire” by Haim

9 “Rumble and Sway” by Jamie N Common

8 “Wildfire” by John Mayer

7 “Put On, Cologne” by Donovan Woods

6 “Unbelievers” by Vampire Weekend

 

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Song Of The Day – Remembering George Duke

English: George Duke and Miles Davis in 1986 a...

English: George Duke and Miles Davis in 1986 at Montreux Jazz Festival. Français : Miles Davis et George Duke en 1986 au Montreux Jazz Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The world lost a great one on August 5.  George Duke, the legend, passed away at the age of 67.  Not many careers as fine as this jazz keyboardist, singer, composer and producer.  And collaborator, wow, he played with Zappa on many of his albums and is recognized as a major keyboard pioneer.  Truly an amazing player.  He played with everybody, Al Jarreau, Miles Davis, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, and the list goes on.  Almost 40 albums on his own, innumerable albums as a sideman, he will be missed.  The cut I have posted is unbelievably good.  It is a live video of George and his band at the java Jazz Festival.

 

 

 

Song of the Day – Remembering Peter Appleyard

Peter Appleyard with Dick Hyman , 2007 Toronto...

Peter Appleyard with Dick Hyman , 2007 Toronto Jazz Festival (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

British born, but Canadian jazz composer and percussionist Peter Appleyard passed away on July 18, 2013.He was 84.  Born in England, he moved to Bermuda in 1949 , eventually landing in Toronto a few years later.  In the 1950’s and 60’s , he was a staple on CBC radio, performing live on various shows.  In the 1970’s he began touring and playing with the Benny Goodman sextet.  As time went on, his reputation grew as a world class vibraphonist.  He played with such greats as Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, while always maintaining his base in Toronto. Among his many awards were a Juno and the Order of Canada.  Terrific player. I have posted here a couple of tunes, the first a recent live performance of “It don’t Mean A Thing” and an older clip of “Tangerine”.  Both of them have many great artists along with him.

Remembering Clarence Burke Jr

Clarence Burke

Clarence Burke Jr passed away on May 25th, he was 62.  He was a singer, songwriter and guitarist with 1970’s family band “The Five Stairsteps“.  The band was best known for it’s hit “O-o-h Child“, a song rated at 392 on Rolling Stone’s Top 500 of All time.  The video below is the band on “Soul Train“.