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The Last Holiday by Gil Scott-Heron :: Books :: Reviews :: Paste

The Last Holiday by Gil Scott-Heron :: Books :: Reviews :: Paste | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

By his early 30s, Gil Scott-Heron—who died at age 62 in May of 2011—had written two novels and a book of poetry and released 13 albums of straight-talking, stylistically eclectic, politically charged music. His albums, which mixed spoken-word, jazz, blues, soul and funk, provided stark, direct commentary on a wide range of social issues, including the policies of Nixon and Reagan, alcoholism, drug addiction, the dangers of nuclear meltdown, the injustice of the prison system, the plight of the next generation, the difficulties faced by immigrants and the inhumanity of apartheid

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World music: The beats of the globe

World music: The beats of the globe | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

What's the attraction?For many people, world music is only as old as Paul Simon's 1986 album, Graceland, but it has always been out there. "World music" is a hotly disputed term, of course, but at its best it's music rooted deeply in ethnic or local culture. Far from being a niche sub-genre for sandal-and-sock wearers, it encompasses all manner of rocking, rolling fusions. While it's relatively easy to travel independently to some countries and to major music festivals around the globe, joining a guided tour means you can go to small provincial festivals, forget the logistics and focus on the music. And, if you can't time your trip to coincide with a festival, you can always hop down to Lisbon for a fado-themed weekend, to Santiago in Cuba to get an insight on the son-music scene beyond Buena Vista ,or InterRail your way around the Gypsy music scenes in the Balkans.

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Listen to a New Cat Power Track "Cherokee"

Listen to a New Cat Power Track "Cherokee" | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Rejoice, Cat Power fans. Her new album Sun is due out Sept. 4, but you can stream the opening song, “Cherokee” right now over at NPR’s “All Songs Considered.”...
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Return to Forever - The Mothership Returns (Eagle Rock, 2012)

Return to Forever - The Mothership Returns (Eagle Rock, 2012) | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Return to Forever is a legendary group among jazz fusion fans. The group was begun in the early 1970’s by keyboardist Chick Corea and a shifting cast of musicians. They were a staple of the jazz fusion scene throughout the 1970’s remaining a popular group until they became dormant in the late 1970’s. This is a collection of music from their second reunion tour, the music and video for this two CD/one DVD set recorded during the 2011 tour.

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Live From Hangout: Heartless Bastards

Live From Hangout: Heartless Bastards | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Touring behind their 2012 album, Arrow, the Heartless Bastards joined us for one of our beach sessions. Watch the Ohio rockers play two of their new songs—"Got To Have Rock and Roll" and "Skin and Bone" during their time Hangout.
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Traveler - Jerry Douglas

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Bluegrass musicians often stretch the boundaries of the genre, using their chosen instruments to mix their traditional backgrounds with new and different styles of music. Sometimes this results in an interesting concert, a unique collaboration, or simply some fun jams. Other times, it produces an excellent album in which the bluegrass musician and his instrument sound right at home in any of a variety of genres. With his new album, Traveler, released today, Jerry Douglas has accomplished the latter.

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Rokia Traoré – review

Rokia Traoré – review | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Barbican/Village Underground, LondonIt's rare to review concerts by the same artist twice in a week, but Rokia Traoré deserves to be an exception: her three recent shows at separate London venues were all completely different.The second of the...
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Vancouver jazz festival: George Benson returns to his roots

Vancouver jazz festival: George Benson returns to his roots | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Guitar icon talks about his early days, inspirational giants and fallen stars.

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Exclusive: Bettye LaVette's Sassy 'I'm Not the One'

Exclusive: Bettye LaVette's Sassy 'I'm Not the One' | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
On her version of "I'm Not the One" soul survivor Bettye LaVette injects serious sass into the Black Keys original As LaVette's voice slinks over seductive reverb-drenched guitar strums the clip zooms in close on battle-worn tour gear with bold...
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Album Stream: Eleni Mandell - I Can See the Future

Album Stream: Eleni Mandell - I Can See the Future | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Los Angeles singer/songwriter Eleni Mandell will be releasing her eighth solo album, I Can See the Future, on July 10.
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Interview with a Jazz Maven: Michael Cuscuna

Interview with a Jazz Maven: Michael Cuscuna | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Earlier this year I had the good fortune to sit down for an hour with Michael Cuscuna, who is a veritable walking encyclopedia on everything jazz-related. Many will recognize Michael as one of the owners of Mosaic Records (www.mosaicrecords.com), one of the preeminent jazz reissue labels. (The Mosaic approach deserves an article of its own, given its phenomenal record of tracking down master tapes and reissuing box sets in CD and/or vinyl.) Michael is also one of the éminence grise behind the Music Matters Blue Note reissue project (along with Ron Rambach and Joe Harley…and Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray). In fact, it was Ron who kindly provided me with the introduction.

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Lifelong appreciation for jazz artist Ruby Braff leads to major book ... - Indiana University

Lifelong appreciation for jazz artist Ruby Braff leads to major book ... - Indiana University | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Finding the right words during a brief encounter led an Indiana University business professor into a lifelong relationship with one of the underappreciated legends of jazz, cornetist Ruby Braff.The cover of Thomas P. Hustad's book features a photo of Ruby Braff with Louis Armstrong, which was taken by Duncan Schiedt, a collaborator with Ken Burns on the "Jazz" documentary.

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Thomas P. Hustad, professor emeritus of marketing and a past chairperson of the MBA program at IU's Kelley School of Business, also became Braff's biographer and a serious archivist of his vast musical career.

The 700-page book, "Born to Play: The Ruby Braff Discography and Directory of Performances," has just been published and is the result of more than a dozen years of interviews and extensive research common to his other vocation, marketing and product development.
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The many shades of Steve Martin - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

The many shades of Steve Martin - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
The many shades of Steve MartinRochester Democrat and ChroniclePictured here backstage with his banjo in Los Angeles, Steve Martin does 40-plus shows a year with bluegrass band the Steep Canyon Rangers.
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Video of the Day: The Kinks

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Click here to view the embedded video.The Kinks- Village Green Preservation Society
The Kinks performing “Village Green Preservation Society” live with the help of a brass band on January 24, 1973.
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Music Review: Rhythms of One World Festival, From Friendship Ambassadors

Music Review: Rhythms of One World Festival, From Friendship Ambassadors | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
The Friendship Ambassadors Foundation is presenting the Rhythms of One World festival, which features seven choirs from around the world.
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Jazz Musician of the Day: Elmo Hope

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Elmo Hope. This profile was inspired by an exceptional article here on All About Jazz by Derek Taylor called “St. Elmo’s Fire” where he focuses and expands on Elmo Hope’s music and recordings. St. Elmo Sylvester Hope was born in New York on June 27, 1923, began piano studies by age seven and went on to win prizes for his piano recitals. He was a childhood friend of Bud Powell, and Thelonious Monk and they would play piano for each other. His piano style was later overshadowed by the growing popularity of both Powell and Monk, and though he was in there since the beginning of the bebop movement, he was compared to and judged against the other two. His cabaret license was pulled for a previous drug conviction and this severely limited where he could work if at all. This would start a cycle of disillusionment and frustration that would hound him all his life.

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Cream's Jack Bruce, Living Colour's Vernon Reid Talk New Jazz-Fusion Project Spectrum Road

Founding Cream singer/bassist Jack Bruce currently is out on the road with his new jazz-fusion supergroup, Spectrum Road , which also features Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid , Santana drummer Cindy Blackman Santana and avant-jazz keyboardist...
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Avett Brothers Confirm New Album “The Carpenter” – New Songs Surface

The Avett Brothers, one of the hardest working bands in Americana music, announced today via their Facebook page that they have picked a title and release date for their next album.
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Ray Bonneville takes his show on the road again, coming to TC

Ray Bonneville takes his show on the road again, coming to TC | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Bluesman doesn’t need to lament the road not taken. In time, he’ll get to it. With his Toyota Camry jammed with amplifiers, two or three guitars, about 30 harmonicas and, occasionally, even fly-fishing gear, 63-year-old Bonneville criss-crosses the continent on a seemingly endless tour. Playing about 160 shows a year – often solo one-night stands – he even manages to work in regular forays into Europe.

 

On his itinerary this trip: the InsideOut Gallery in Traverse City. July 19th.

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Abbey Road: 80 years of music making - Entertainment - NZ Herald News

Abbey Road: 80 years of music making - Entertainment - NZ Herald News | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

It’s the world’s most famous studio and everyone from Pink Floyd to Ella Fitzgerald — and, of course, the Beatles — has made music there. Jon Savage looks back over 80 years of Abbey Road and its unique musical heritage. Abbey Road would be unthinkable today. Just imagine building a custom-made facility with three separate studios on a prime slice of north central London real estate - no chance. It's indelibly associated with the Beatles, but Abbey Road is also a unique time capsule from a different musical era.

The studio was set up in 1931, the same year that EMI - Electric and Musical Industries - was formed in a merger that brought together three labels: His Master's Voice, Columbia and Parlophone. Each had its own studio in the large converted nine-bedroom Georgian town house.

Along with the pressing plant in Hayes in Middlesex, Abbey Road Studios closed the circle. EMI could develop artists, record them and then press their records. This was a powerful, integrated company that - along with its rival, Decca - dominated British music for at least 40 years.

Certainly, the list of talent that passed through the three studios is extraordinary. In the 1930s and 1940s, classical music took precedence, with Arthur Rubinstein and Beniamino Gigli. On the jazz side, Fats Waller visited, as did Paul Robeson and Glenn Miller.

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The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion "Meat and Bone"

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion "Meat and Bone" | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
On stage and in the studio, Jon Spencer has destroyed and rebuilt American roots music with such ferocity and wild abandon, that it's hard to believe there is anything left. It's been twenty years since The Jon Spencer Blues ...
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Claude Williamson: Kenton Presents

Claude Williamson: Kenton Presents | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
In the very early 1950s, Los Angeles was awash in jazz pianists who could play with tinkling speed and ferocious grace.
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Jazz axed from Boston's airways | Open Sky Jazz

Jazz axed from Boston's airways | Open Sky Jazz | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Last week came the disturbing news that yet another public radio station was about to give up the ghost on its jazz broadcasting responsibilities. WGBH, long a pillar of the Boston radio airways, axed longtime programmer ...
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Coleman Hawkins: 1922-1947 - JazzWax

Coleman Hawkins: 1922-1947 - JazzWax | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Few figures in jazz are as historically important as tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins. While Louis Armstrong forged a radical new solo style in the 1920s, the trumpet giant generally stuck with his ingenious creation for much of his career.
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Monday Morning Video: Alejandro Escovedo with Los Lobos

Monday Morning Video:  Alejandro Escovedo with Los Lobos | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Wow, this is a find. Here are two clips showing Alejandro Escovedo performing with Los Lobos earlier this year.
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