Year: 2014

Play! Manu Katché

News hit this summer that drummer par excellence, Manu Katché, was leaving his Münich-based record label ECM of 10 years for ACT Music, another Münich-based record label. The debut album was recorded live at the Paris jazz venue New Morning on 16 June 2014. The change of labels is good news to the Spotify users who saw Katché’s input […]

Spotify Family

“This is music to my ears“, writes Andrew Denham, MD of Panasonic UK, of Spotify’s plans to create a family plan with 50% discount for up to 4 additional members on the same account. I am sure Denham is not the only one finding his listening session abrupted by a family member connecting to Spotify from […]

“Crappy” Beer vs “Fancy” Beer

“I hate fancy beer“, writes 2-star Michelin chef David Chang in a recent article for the GQ Magazine and adds: “shitty beer […] pairs really well with food. All food. Think about how well champagne pairs with almost anything. Champagne is not a flavor bomb! It’s bubbly and has a little hint of acid and tannin […]

Drink local: Málaga craft beers

What’s with the concept drink local? The idea is of course to support your local brew. It is not an encouragement to stop drinking the regular brands from your supermarket, but if you think of it for a moment, they produce beer by the millions. Your local micro brewery produces perhaps only a few thousand litres […]

Double bass love

One of my long time favourite instruments is the double bass, also known as the contrabasse, stand-up bass or upright bass. It has been around for centuries, although it is not known who built the first ones or when they first appeared in music. According to earlybass.com, the earliest known illustration of a double bass […]

Sublime soprano Gheorghiu

Despite certain vocal mannerisms, which has not made her a favourite among the purists, and despite a reputation for being a conceited, demanding and difficult diva, Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu (Adjud, Romania, 1965) remains one of my favourite female voices. The plaintive character of her voice, so suited to Puccini, is mesmerising and a trait, I wonder, of Romanian […]

Sam Smith: Latch (Acoustic)

British souls singer and writer Sam Smith (London 1992) performing an acoustic version of “Latch”, of which he had a hit with the band Disclosure late 2012. Smith is otherwise known as the voice on the 2013 summer wonder hit “La La La” by Naughty Boy. I confess to be a fan of his voice; his sense of phrasing […]