Bruno Major: What Are You Listening To?
Emerging artist Bruno Major shares with TIDAL some music in his rotation in an exclusive playlist.
Mike Oldfield, “Tubular Bells”
Weirdly, this was the first music I ever liked. I think I stole it from my dad’s CD collection in the kitchen. I’d listen to it on CD every night as I went to sleep. I would always wake up when the electric guitar solo came in, and lie, half asleep, in amazement at the unique way he played the guitar.
The Beatles, “Nowhere Man”
My dad bought me Rubber Soul. It was my second CD. I remember not really liking the album, but this song was great. I love the album now, but ‘Nowhere Man’ is still my favorite.
Paco De Lucia, “Guajiras De Lucia”
My granny bought me this. It’s completely mental how he plays the guitar. He might be the greatest guitar player of all time. I still don’t understand how his right hand plays so fast with just his fingernails. One day, I’d like to take a year out to study flamenco.
Martin Taylor, “I Got Rhythm (Live)”
At 16, I saw Martin Taylor live in concert. He translated jazz to me in a language I could understand – the guitar. My mind was totally blown by what he did that night, and I decided to study jazz as a result.
Joe Pass, “How High The Moon”
As much as Martin Taylor provided the moment that introduced me to jazz guitar, it was Joe Pass who taught me everything I know. I spent a year of my life listening to Virtuoso and nothing else. I’d fall asleep with it playing and wake up with it still going. I learned all the chords, I copied the way he played, I even bought the same guitar as him. I still owe a lot of the way I play the guitar to Joe Pass.
Miles Davis, “Freddie Freeloader”
Maybe the most famous jazz album of all time, and for good reason, Miles’ Kind Of Blue is a special recording. it also introduced me to Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly, all of whom became huge influences on me. It was hard to pick a single track but I went for Freddie Freeloader because Cannonball’s solo is good, it makes me laugh out loud.
Chet Baker, “Embraceable You”
The title track from probably the most influential album on A Song For Every Moon. Chet is my biggest influence, vocally. He sounds like the comfiest pillow you’ve never slept on.
D’Angelo, “One Mo’gin”
I think Voodoo is the most musical album of all time. It breathes easily. It’s timeless and I learned a lot from it. A lot of the way I arrange vocals, chord voicings, approach beat making and arrange instrumentation comes from this album. I learned to play bass by listening to Pino Palladino on this record, and now I’m lucky enough to play live with Rocco Palladino.
Nick Drake, “River Man”
Someone gave me Pink Moon as a bunch of MP3s. I listened to it solidly for a week before deciding I needed to go see him live. I was shocked to find out he had been dead for 40 years. It goes to show how timeless the album is. “River Man” isn’t on Pink Moon but it’s my favorite Nick Drake song, and contains possibly the greatest string arrangement of all time.
Radiohead, “All I Need”
Radiohead are probably my favorite band. I don’t think there exists another band that have consistently produced relevent and influential albums of such a high standard over such a long period of time. In my opinion, In Rainbows is their magnus opus from their catalogue of masterpieces.
Randy Newman, “She Chose Me”
If Joe Pass taught me how to play guitar, Randy Newman taught me how to write a song. He is, in my opinion, the greatest songwriter of all time, and when I sit at the piano to write, I think ‘What would Randy do?’ This is a song from his new album, Dark Matter, and it made me cry when I first heard it.
James Blake, “I Never Learnt To Share”
Like most musicians of my generation, I am influenced by James Blake. His approach to production and his sonic pallete have permeated and changed the soundscape of modern music. His first album still sounds shockingly fresh, nearly seven years later.
Billy Joel, “Piano Man”
A song within a song? Forget about it.
Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”
Kendrick is a modern jazz musician. I first heard of him when Section.80 came out and I’ve been a huge fan ever since. I think he is the most important musician on the planet at the moment, and a true all time great.
Paul Simon, “Still Crazy After All these Years”
I wish I’d written this song maybe more than any other.
Todd Terje, “Svensk Sås”
This album is unbelievable. It’s like electronic jazz fusion. It fills me with joy.
Bruno is headed out on tour, starting February 16th in Seattle and ending May 9th in London. Tickets and more info can be found at https://www.brunomajor.com/
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