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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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Zammuto Announces Tour

Zammuto Announces Tour | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Zammuto, the band led by former Book Nick Zammuto, are heading out on a lengthy North American tour in support of their self-titled album.
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Jack White Rocks Hammersmith, Thom Yorke - News - Mojo

Jack White Rocks Hammersmith, Thom Yorke - News - Mojo | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Is there currently a more electrifying performer of rock music than Jack White? Channelling driven craziness at the piano at one point tonight, his kinky black bangs flapping wildly, he conjures a dark phantom of the Killer himself.

Indeed, there is more than a little of Jerry Lee Lewis's mania - and machismo - about the man born John Anthony Gillis, somewhat north of the Mason-Dixon but whistling Dixie in his crib. He plays with old-fashioned values, sometimes creditably, sometimes in a way that feels weirdly reactionary, but always on an edge of jeopardy that's been filed down to a predictable dullness by the majority of his contemporaries. Guitar strapped on, he marches convulsively about the stage, interrupting himself and bandmates with squealing guitar solos that always appear to burst out of nowhere, out of the moment.

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Abram Wilson obituary

Abram Wilson obituary | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
New Orleans jazz trumpeter and composer who became a pillar of the London music sceneLike his New Orleans compatriot Wynton Marsalis, the jazz trumpeter Abram Wilson, who has died of colon cancer aged 38, was an exponent of quicksilver technique,...
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Marty Morell on Bill Evans (Pt. 3)

Marty Morell on Bill Evans (Pt. 3) | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
If you think listening to Bill Evans' albums is an emotional ride, imagine what it was like to play drums in his trio. Marty Morell [pictured] had that honor as a member of the pianist's trio for seven years—longer than any other drummer.
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Grizzly Bear Announces New Album

Grizzly Bear Announces New Album | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Today, Brooklyn’s Grizzly Bear announced its newest album, their fourth and a follow-up to 2009’s critically acclaimed Veckatimest.
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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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Old music: Stephen Malkmus – Jenny and the Ess-Dog

Old music: Stephen Malkmus – Jenny and the Ess-Dog | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
He mocks and caricatures, but there's real tenderness at the heart of Stephen Malkmus's slacker romance It might be indie heresy to admit it but for all the perennial fuss made about Pavement I actually prefer the debut solo offering by the band's...
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BO DIDDLEY: THE BLACK GLADIATOR TAKES THE RING

BO DIDDLEY: THE BLACK GLADIATOR TAKES THE RING | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Bo Diddley: You, Bo Diddley Power House Funky Fly I Don’t Like You From Black Gladiator (Checker, 1970) Bo Diddley’s “Crackin’ Up” is a perfect song.  Right away, the guitar yanks you in, then the shakers and harmonies, then it’s all Bo proving why...
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High and Tight: Our Rock & Roll Baseball Experts Remember Dock Ellis and His LSD No-Hitter

High and Tight: Our Rock & Roll Baseball Experts Remember Dock Ellis and His LSD No-Hitter | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Last Friday night six Seattle Mariners pitchers combined forces to hurl a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers A quirky affair to say the least the Seattle no-no was only the second in MLB history to require that many arms (a sextet of Houston...
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Dinosaur Jr to release new album 'I Bet On Sky' in September

Dinosaur Jr to release new album 'I Bet On Sky' in September | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
The noise rock trio will back up the release of their tenth album with a UK tour...
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Found Footage: Bobby Womack

Found Footage: Bobby Womack | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
With Found Footage, we dig through the depths of archival video on the internet in search of the best performances, interviews, and music videos floating around the web.  This week, 68-year-old soul great Bobby Womack releases The Bravest Man in...
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Jacqui Naylor is subject of new documentary film - Marin Independent Journal

Jazz, pop singers Lucky Girl screens Saturday at Legion of Honor...
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