I’m always intrigued by rock bands with unusual instrumental line-ups. For instance, you will often hear vibes on Tim Buckley tracks (when such a thing was unusual way back when). Alejandro Escovedo has embellished his indie-rock in the past with a cello and violin. I love to hear Annie Whitehead fronting her jazz ensembles with her trombone. (And if anyone is out there I’m a singer-songwriter looking for a tabla player ! )
So, imagine my fascination when some years ago my son gave me Morphine. A group comprising bass, drums and baritone sax. That’s it. They then went on to create and play some great songs with just these three instruments. The effect is, I dare say, unique.
Okay, guys, first up. This is for playing when you’ve put all the ground work in and your date is just so cold, man. Nothing happenin’ – ya know. You lost your mojo. Ladies, could you resist?
Morphine was fronted by the late Mark Sandman.
He was clearly a gifted musician and songwriter and is indeed, remembered in his home town of Cambridge, Massachusetts with the naming of Mark Sandman Square. He died on stage from a heart attack whilst playing on a hot Italian night. You can find a good summary of his life on Wikipedia but if this is your first taste of Morphine I don’t want you to be reading when you should be listening.
This one is for your summer barbeque playlist. Enjoy.