This spring, the magnolia tree at the edge of the yard is in full bloom. I was determined to show you an image of just one of its magnificent blossoms. Then the challenge—this being primarily a jazz blog—became finding a piece of music that would be a suitable companion, something to listen to as we enjoy the blossom. After searching through the record collection, then online, I concluded that the rock and roll and warmed-over Dixieland I found would not do. Then, up popped a duo called, of all things, Magnolia. They are vocalist Anne Hartkamp and guitarist Phillipp van Endert. They are based in Cologne, Germany. Here they are with “Footprints,” a Wayne Shorter composition that for forty years has been one of the most performed of all Shorter pieces. It’s a good idea to have your hand near the volume control. You may find the sound a bit low in spots.
Anne Hartkamp was a discovery for me. For more of Ms. Hartkamp with Phillipp Van Endert and with others, go here.