Extended Play Featuring Rick Blears

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RMS director Rick Blears takes his turn at the decks for this week's Extended Play.

Errol Garner – Where or When

I spent forty years trying to emulate the playing of this musical genius. This is as good as he gets.

Modern Jazz Quartet – Django

A forgotten masterpiece from the late fifties, when it was the leading edge of modern music. I loved their occasional concerts at the Free Trade Hall.

Beethoven Piano Sonata No.20, Op.49 No.2

I chose this purely because I can now play it, after only five months of practice.

Ella Fitzgerald – Misty

I heard them play several concerts in Manchester. A fine old time was had by all.

Concerts in those days were by people like Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, Charlie Mingus, B B King and Ray Charles, among others. 

Great days.

Eric Clapton - Nobody Knows You When You're Down & Out

My all-time favorite version of a piece I’ve played thousands of times. This song has been my personal theme tune/anthem for sixty years. Poignant lyrics, as it happens.