After hearing any politician on Desert Island Discs I often reflect that my own choices would be unlikely to pass the focus group ensuring that I was appealing to whatever demographic I (or my advisers) had determined I should appeal to. Hearing Alex “Alex Salmond for First minister” Salmond today did not alter my view on that. However, for what it is worth, and prompted by the estimable Lallands Peat Worrier, here are my own choices.
1. Nils Petter Molvaer – Khmer
2. Keith Jarrett European Quartet – “The Windup”
3. Jan Garbarek Quartet (Mazur/Weber/Bruninghaus) – “Her Wild Ways”
4. Bach’s Goldberg Variations
5. Keith Jarrett – Koln Concert
6. Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto
7. Bobo Stenson trio – “Polska of despair”
8. Hancock’s Half Hour – Twelve Angry Men
Bubbling under – Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, Summertime; Coltrane at the Village Vanguard – Impressions or Greensleeves; Vaughan Williams – Symphony no 4; Tord Gustavsen Trio – Sani; Garbarek – It’s OK to listen to the gray voice; Miles Davis & Gil Evans – Concierto de Aranjuez; Andy Sheppard’s Learning to Wave; or Jarrett’s sublime Someone to watch over me from the beautiful Melody at Night with You album.
Luxury item – lots and lots of pens and paper
Book – Alasdair Gray’s Lanark.
I have that crucial angst ridden nordic type demographic covered I think but guess that I lose the Stanley Crouch influenced jazz critics (not looking at any Scottish newspapers in particular). I might win a little favour from mid to late-period Geoff Dyer fans – but have probably lost the Larkin-istas.