I woke up super ill with a bad cold and sore throat, but the news of this album has totally made my day/week/month/year*!

(*select however you feel fit – me and many others have waited 14 years for this!)

D’Angelo has finally released his new album, Black Messiah, and if you have any sense – you’ll go and have a listen to it!

I would assume that there’s a lot of pressure releasing new material, especially after so much time and people’s high expectations.

But so far I’m feeling it, so let’s hope that lasts  throughout the entire album.

Happy Monday!

‘A Love Supreme’ was recorded in one session on December 9, 1964 in Van Gelder studio and released on Impulse! Records the following year. Ever since, this phenomenal LP has had a lasting influence on the contemporary Jazz landscape, with many artists and musicians citing both the album and the artist as an important influence.

To mark the 50th anniversary of ‘A Love Supreme’, my good friend Black Classical has put together a two hour tribute for The Jazz Meet featuring an amazing selection of tunes, all picked from across the Jazz spectrum and unquestionably bearing a mark of Coltrane’s teachings.

So if you want to treat yourself to 120 minutes of pure musical bliss, then make sure you listen to the mix below, it really is mindblowingly good!

Hello my friends!

By some strange miracle I managed to survive last week as well :)

Cata got back from Amsterdam late Thursday evening and we had some nice food and bubbly to celebrate her return.

Friday was her birthday and we spent the morning and half of the afternoon together – apart from a few hours in the middle when she had to go out and take care of some business and the moving company came to pick up her things (to move them over to the dam).

My new glasses arrived (yay!) and after work I went in to central London to pick up some christmas gifts and have dinner with Sam.

Then Saturday arrived and we had two important birthdays to attend! First up was my friend Candie’s daughters first birthday and we had bought her a #pinkpositive present in the shape of a pink fake fur (as you do haha).

Esme turns one

Not sure if the big smile on my face gives it away, but we loved every second of that party and felt very grateful to be invited to share such a special occasion with close family and friends. And as you can see below, Miss E really does pull off the pink fur like no other one year old!! <3

Once we’ve literally eaten half the food and drunk half the wine (Im sorry C but we couldn’t help it! The food was simply amazing!) we rushed off to catch a train out of the depths of South London to attends Cata’s birthday drinks.

Cata and Orsi at Cata's 28th bday!

At a fully packed pub close to London Bridge we carried on drinking and caught up with friends that we hadn’t seen in a while, including Dave and Adri who we really should see more often (!!)

Dave & Adri at Cata's 28th bday

And we carried on drinking and chatting until they threw us out and we wondered off into the night to some obscure cocktail place in a basement close to Tower Bridge.

Orsi and Sam at Catas 28th Bday

And I’m not sure what happened after (apart from having one weird cocktail & discussing playing the saxophone with Cata’s friend Ed) but at some point we left because Cata was convinced there was a train at 01:06am (there wasn’t…) so we got a cab and realised we didn’t have enough cash…

Cata was not feeling her best so we dropped her and Dave off at home, went to the station to take out more money, then went to the chicken shop to grab some food (bad idea!) and I got pissed off because Sam didn’t want to eat his chips walking home (don’t ask me why…).

All in all a great day and I was very surprised that my hangover wasn’t *that bad* when I woke up – and what a great Sunday it turned out to be as well!

Decorating the tree!
We had a nice brunch/lunch and then brought up all the Christmas decorations and our little Christmas tree! The boys went to the shop and got us all some mulled wine and nibbles, and once the decorations were all up, we cuddled up  on the sofa, had the warm mulled wine and watched the second Hobbit film.

Christmas tree 2014
Then Cata and Dave had to leave to get back to Amsterdam and Didcot, and once it became dark we lit some candles, I prepared a roast dinner and Sam put up our pictures on the wall (we had to rearrange them because our new windows are so good they are creating a lot of condensation on our outside walls).

Pictures up on the wall!
It really was a fantastic weekend and a lovely first advent. Sadly no time for radio though and I’m struggling to see where I could squeeze in some time for it, but something will give one way or another Im sure.

Hope you all had a great weekend too!