When I was 16 years old I got my first taste for jazz by perusing the jazz collection of other users on the peer-to-peer file sharing program Kazaa (don’t worry, I’ve changed my ways since then). It was a great way to be introduced to the music because I was able to download personalized jazz collections complete with rare gems that may not get the attention more popular albums get. This is how I stumbled upon Patty Waters’ You Thrill Me: A Musical Odyssey 1962 – 1979.
Now, almost 10 years later it’s still one of the most hauntingly beautiful albums in my collection. The album consists of previously unreleased material, outtakes, and home recordings where, on most tracks, Waters accompanies herself. What continues to strike me about these recordings is just how raw and emotional they are. On one track, Waters stops abruptly and starts crying.
The songs are a mix of jazz standards, Waters’ originals, one jingle, and one 15 minute freely improvised solo piano piece called Touched by Rodin In A Paris Museum, which inspired this mixtape. Check out the title track in this youtube video and tell me what you think in the comments:
This has been in my headphones // 02, a blog feature where I talk about albums that have influenced me or are currently influencing me. You can also check out the last post in this series, in my headphones: norma winstone – well kept secret // 01.