Blind Blake & Charlie Spand – “Hastings Street”

This collaboration between blues guitar master Blind Blake and ragtime piano master Charlie Spand is an absolute joy to listen to. The energy of these two top flight players cooking alongside each other makes a whole piece much greater than the sum of its parts. Instead of lyrics and vocal melodies, there’s a chatting narration which bookends smoking hot riffs and adds style, place and humor to the ride. As the man says, it’s “something very marvelous.”