Another of the big men of Congolese music has gone. Paul Ndombe, better known as Pépé Ndombe or Ndombe Opetum has died on May 24, 2012 in Kinshasa. The first rumours of his death reached me on the very same day.
A collection of mostly folk standards that he might have sung in his Winnipeg youth, Neil Young's Americana applies grungy riffs and rolling-thunder drums to murder ballads and singalongs like "Clementine" and "This Land Is Your Land", stripping...
NPR reported that CD sales tanked in 2010, particularly among younger buyers. The trend suggests that vinyl and iPods are sinking the audio CD into the so-called “fidelity belly,” where mediocre products go to die.
In 1961, Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, the jazz saxophonist best known for his work on Miles Davis’ epic album Kind of Blue (listen here), narrated a children’s introduction to jazz music. Part of a larger series of educational albums for children, this 12-inch LP offered an “easy-going, conversational discussion of the highlights of the jazz story,” highlighting the “major styles and great performers” that began in New Orleans and spread beyond. Included on the album are some legendary jazz figures — Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Coleman Hawkins, Sidney Bechet, Thelonious Monk, and, of course, Cannonball himself. The album, A Child’s Introduction to Jazz, has long been out of circulation. But you can catch it on YouTube, or above.
Tony Scott is an acquired taste, much like squid-ink pasta or amaro. At first, the sound of his clarinet will seem uneven, as though you're listening to someone who just started to play the instrument.
Made in Michigan and celebrating their 10th Anniversary August 17-19, the Hoxeyville Music Festival is proud to announce this summer's initial lineup including such diverse acts as 7 Walkers (featuring Grateful Dead original member Bill Kruetzmann), Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellies, Greensky Bluegrass, Fauxgrass, BoomBox, Strange Arrangement, The Macpodz, Seth Bernard & May Erlewine and many many more.
Other artists confirmed for this year's event include Rachel Davis, Airborne or Aquatic, The Crane Wives, The Ragbirds, The Twin Cats, Luke Winslow King & The Ragtime Millionaires, Graham Parsons & The Double Phelix Players, Naive Melodies, Garrett Borns and many more artists yet to be announced.
On December 11 and 12, 1968, three different styles of jazz converged in one New York recording studio—and the result was flammable. The session leader was baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams [pictured above], who was paired for the first and only time with tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims. The little-known album would be called Encounter! (Prestige), and the rhythm-section featured Tommy Flanagan (piano), Ron Carter (bass) and Elvin Jones (drums).
by Thomas Michalski Live Music Show - Otis Redding 14 video clips of raw power with the ultimate soul-punk backed up by tightness from The Bar Kays, The Mar Keys and Booker T. & The MGs. Also includes his Monterey '67 concert.
For the past two weeks, my overloaded schedule has kept me from reviewing CD and DVD discoveries in my Weekend Wax Bits roundup—which goes up early on Saturdays. So I figured why not present the reviews today—on a Tuesday
Sigur Rós has announced an upcoming project titled “Mystery Film Experience,” which will be a collection of music videos for the soon to be released album, Valtari, each made by different filmmakers....
Sun Ra's Birthday today! Eclectic, outrageous, sometimes mystifying but always imbued with a powerful jazz consciousness, the music of Sun Ra has withstood its skeptics and detractors for nearly three generations. And well it should, since Sun Ra has been both apart of and ahead of the jazz tradition during that time. Like Duke Ellington and swing-era pioneer Fletcher Henderson, Sun Ra learned early on to write music in an arranged form that showcased the specific talents of his individual Arkestra members, and he has retained the services of some of these musicians to this day: John Gilmore, Marshall Allen, and Julian Priester for example since they first joined in the 1950's. On the other hand, Sun Ra was the first jazz musician to perform on electronic keyboards (56), the first to pursue full-scale collective improvisation in a big band setting, and his preoccupation with space travel as a compositional subject predated bands like Weather Report by about 15 years.All this from someone who refuses to even cite the earth as his home planet and prefers to have arrived from Saturn.
(In & Out)With this solo set of seven originals, two Thelonious Monk themes and three standards, Lynne Arriale, a former classical pianist from Milwaukee, has taken a long-postponed plunge into unaccompanied performance.
Don’t miss these records from early 2012: MARTIN SEXTON, Fall Like Rain (EP) [★★★★/3.800] Singer/Songwriter/Soulster Sexton continues to perspicaciously reflect back on life with his songwriting while delivering mind-bending falsetto with his song.
You might not agree with all of the song selections and artist choices on Putumayo’s Bluegrass Collection, which comes out May 22, but you have to acknowledge that Putumayo founder Dan Storper is getting the music we love in front of a lot of potential fans.
Putumayo’s music compilations routinely sell 100,000 copies or more around the world, a figure most bluegrass bands can only dream about.
While Putumayo has focused on American music since 2000, mostly jazz and blues, this is the label’s first bluegrass collection.
As a means of showcasing bluegrass to newcomers, this is an entertaining, albeit limited collection. The absence of first generation bluegrass pickers is notable but understandable, since many early recordings have not been digitized.
Also, some of the song choices for bands that are represented are a bit puzzling. But that’s a very subjective judgment.
“We may have left off some obvious candidates,” Storper said. The goal was to feature “known artists but relatively unknown songs,” rather than the best known or best-selling songs.
And you can’t say he took any shortcuts. The Putumayo boss told me his listened to 2,000 songs to come up with the final 13. “I listened to every Alison Krauss song,” he said. “I listened to every Peter Rowan song, every Sam Bush song.”...
Of the many roots musicians traveling the world and spreading the early American music tradition, Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three are the next in line to make a significant impact on music enthusiasts everywhere. From St. Louis, Missouri, their creative mix of early jazz, string ragtime, country blues and western swing rings true and fine, making them among the most innovative of all the purists performing American roots music today....
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