Tom Scott has been one of the premier jazz sax players for decades, issuing loads of widely acclaimed albums. One album that has been out of print for years is Desire. Originally issued on the Elektra/Musician label in 1982, it was one of those rare jazz albums that actually made the Billboard album charts. It features performances by Buzzy Feiten, Victor Feldman & Ernie Watts.
A little bit of everything can be found on this soundtrack to German director Wim Wenders's 1987 film: theme music, songs from the film, and even some dialogue. It's an eclectic mix, but it hangs together well, instantly evoking the moody, somber texture of Wenders's remarkable story of an angel's desire to once again become flesh and blood. Jürgen Knieper's solemn, meditative string compositions dominate the first half of the disc, interspersed with actor Bruno Ganz's reading of the Peter Handke poem "Lied Vom Kindsein (Song of Childhood)"; it's a dramatic effect that works here almost as well as it does onscreen over sweeping panoramas of a still-divided Berlin. And even if you haven't seen the film, several songs featured prominently in it make this soundtrack an essential listen–namely, Nick Cave's relentlessly spooky "The Carny" and Crime and the City Solution's brilliantly droopy "Six Bells Chime".
Rene & Angela's obvious enthusiasm and for-real emotions make listening to Street Called Desire a pleasure. The uptempo numbers aren't jokes – the throbbing beat on "I'll Be Good" is mind locking, but the two ballads, "You Don't Have to Cry" and "Your Smile," are outstanding. What makes them work is their unpredictability. No particular or predetermined pattern is set. No attempt is made to divide the lines and choruses equally; each singer unselfishly contributes what's necessary. "Smile" is mostly Angela until Rene repeatedly chants "No other love can light my life, no one can make things right, 'til my baby smiles." Rene has more juice on "You Don't Have to Cry," matching alternating verses with Angela, who gives an incredible performance on the heart-stopping ballad. Rene's brother Bobby Watson (formerly of Rufus) co-produced the sides with Bruce Swedien.
The third studio album by Jonathan Jeremiah is a great singer/songwriter album with a lot of soul! "Oh Desire", the new album from London singer/songwriter Jonathan Jeremiah, begins with fanatical guitars, spine-tingling strings, melodies that seem like woven and ends with the feeling of complete satisfaction. He takes us on a journey through the genres of soul, folk and country and makes us feel emotional worlds of love, loss and despair. But in the end is the desire, just "Oh Desire". The power of music, this desire to communicate through it, it enabled the single-minded musicians to evolve musically and personally. Certainly one of the most exciting singer/songwriter albums of the year…