Monday, July 2, 2012

100 Cover Versions #54: Jaime Nanci & The Blue Boys cover 'Am I Blue'


Many years ago I used to live in Galway where I worked in an Irish retail chain store. Back in the late 1980s most shops didn't open on a Sunday so almost every Sunday morning I used to go and listen to jazz in a pub near Shop Street with one of my house-mates. The song I most remember being performed each week in the pub was Summertime which is a real jazz standard. All of my friends know that I am not a pub person and for a long time jazz music reminded me of pubs and that Sunday morning routine.

However! This year Jaime Nanci has reinvented jazz music for me because of what he and his band The Blue Boys do with the songs that he sings. I have already featured one of their songs on this list which was their version of Babooshka by Kate Bush and here is a second song by them which I really adore. It's their version of Am I Blue which was first written in 1929 and featured in the film On With the Show. The beginning of this song is sung without any musical instrument. I think he is just super. After all these years I'm starting to get jazz and blues now, it allows you to be sad or happy or both at the same time.

Here is Am I Blue by Jaime Nanci and the Blue Boys which was recorded in Whelans in Dublin in February 2012.



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