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Hyatt Hotel Heir Denies He's Spent $100 Mil on Unfinished Jazz Film - Forbes

Hyatt Hotel Heir Denies He's Spent $100 Mil on Unfinished Jazz Film - Forbes | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Dan Pritzker, one of the heirs to the Hyatt Hotel fortune, started shooting Bolden!, a movie about an obscure jazz musician, in 2008. He wrapped principal photography last year after many reshoots. And then: silence.

An off shoot project, a short silent film called “Louis” about Louis Armstrong, was shown about half a dozen times with a live orchestra and then was put away.

Actors and agents involved in Bolden! no longer know what’s happened, including Anthony Mackie, who plays Buddy Bolden, Jackie Earle Haley, and Reno Wilson. Pritzker and I spoke this evening. I thought maybe Bolden! had been released and I’d forgotten about. Nope. Bolden! is sitting in an editing room in Pritzker’s Chicago mansion. An editor comes and goes he says, and they have several versions.

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Animal Collective: 'We wrote our new album as a rock band'

Animal Collective: 'We wrote our new album as a rock band' | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Animal Collective have spoken about the making of their new album 'Centipede Hz' and revealed that they wrote their new record "as a rock band in a room".

The Baltimore electro-psychedelic band will release the album, which is the 10th LP of their career, in September via Domino Records.

'Centipede Hz' is the band's first full-length studio album since their 2009 effort 'Merriweather Post Pavillion' and follows the release in 2010 of the band's "visual album" 'ODDSAC'.

Speaking on BBC Radio 1 last night (May 14), Brian Weitz said that the band had "gone back to their roots" on the new record and moved away from the sample-heavy direction of 'Merriweather Post Pavilion'.

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Kerfala Kante: Biyedi

Kerfala Kante: Biyedi | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Kerfala Kanté's history is longer than you might imagine. Born into a griot family in the Faranah region of central Guinea and coincidentally the same region in which Guinea's first president Sékou Toure was born, Kerfala joined the federal orchestra of that region, the Tropical Djoli Band, in 1980. His talent was soon spotted and in 1984 he was invited to join one of the great national orchestras, Balla et ses Balladins. Which he duly did.

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Merge Records to Donate Archives to University of North Carolina's Southern Folklife Collection | News | Pitchfork

Merge Records to Donate Archives to University of North Carolina's Southern Folklife Collection | News | Pitchfork | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Merge Records have announced on their blog that the label will donate its archives to the University of North Carolina. The collection of "music, art, and other ephemera from 23 years of releasing music we love" will open to the public in 2013, and will be located at the Southern Folklife Collection at UNC's Wilson Library in Chapel Hill.
Merge was founded in 1989 in Chapel Hill by Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan of Superchunk. The label has released music by Arcade Fire, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, the Magnetic Fields, Destroyer, Lambchop, Dinosaur Jr., M. Ward/She & Him, Conor Oberst, and many, many more.

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Medeski Martin & Wood at the Undead Music Festival

Medeski Martin & Wood at the Undead Music Festival | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Medeski Martin & Wood was the fulcrum of an evening of funk at the Undead Music Festival at the Brooklyn Masonic Armory. The never-ending jam band project — to mingle everything with everything else, preferably for a dancing crowd — flexed some happy permutations on Thursday night at the Brooklyn Masonic Armory in Fort Greene, where Medeski Martin & Wood and guests performed for the Undead Music Festival of jazz and improvised music. The trio of John Medeski on keyboards, Billy Martin on drums and Chris Wood on bass played three sets: on its own, as a trio swapping out one member for various guests and as the center of an expanded group with another batch of guests.

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Five Jazz Piano Trios For Fans Of BADBADNOTGOOD

Five Jazz Piano Trios For Fans Of BADBADNOTGOOD | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Five Jazz Piano Trios For Fans Of BADBADNOTGOODNPR (blog)On paper, this seems like the sort of band BADBADNOTGOOD wouldn't like — three dudes who met at a Grammy-affiliated camp for the most talented high school jazz musicians in the US, who often...
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Cornershop - Urban Turban – The Singhles Club

Cornershop - Urban Turban – The Singhles Club | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

A collection full of life from a band that evidently loves what they do. Those who predicted that Cornershop would be a one-hit wonder once Brimful of Asha bid a tearful farewell to the charts had a technical point – after all, they've never had so much as a British top 20 single since that 1998 number one. But they missed a more pressing point too: Cornershop were always in it for the long haul. This is their eighth album.
Anyway, they were never really suited to having hits. As they understood better than anyone, perhaps, Brimful of Asha's success was more a result of its Norman Cook remix than a sudden yen for the idiosyncratic sound of Indian-indie, and since then Tjinder Singh and Ben Ayres have ploughed a jaunty, but musically questing furrow. If Cornershop and the Double 'O' Groove Of, their collaboration with Preston laundry worker Bubbley Kaur, was surely the happiest album of 2011, there's no shortage of substance here.

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Unclassifiable Music Is Always the Most Interesting: Alexander Berne

Unclassifiable Music Is Always the Most Interesting: Alexander Berne | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
What if someone said to you, “listening to this album is like watching clouds.” You’d figure that they were bored, or high, right? Still, that’s a fair approximation of what Alexander Berne’srecent all-instrumental, double-cd magnum opus, Flickers of Mime/Death of Memes, evokes – and it’s absolutely fascinating. It’s like flying at low altitude at very low speed on an overcast day as dusk approaches. Shifting banks of sound come at you slowly, in waves: low drones, white noise, washes with endlessly changing, minute shifts in timbre or pitch, and tantalizing snatches of melody. It would be overly reductionistic to say that it’s a struggle between rhythm and stillness, between change and stasis, but that’s a big part of it. More apparent is the tug-of-war between balmy contentment and unease – and guess which one wins most of the time! Rock fans will call this ambient music; a musicologist would probably call it horizontal music; you could also file it under indie classical or avant-garde and nobody would complain. But more than anything else, this is an album of nocturnes.

 

Berne plays all the instruments: his background is jazz sax improvisation, and he has pyrotechnic chops, although the result is just the opposite here. Although the sounds are heavily processed via a pitch pedal and what seems to be an endless series of loops, many of the instruments are clearly recognizable: sax, piano, various percussion instruments (most of them on the low, boomy end of the register). Sometimes Berne is a one-man wind ensemble, occasionally reaching for regal, epic heights. Other times it’s impossible to figure out what the instrumentation is: organ? Ebow guitar? Bagpipes? A string section? A lonesome train whistle? Fluttering, bubbling, rippling, echoing or sirening, texture after texture enters the mix and then fades out or simply disappears. Occasionally, there are glacial conversational exchanges between them, or an unexpected, dramatic percussion cadenza (among them a wry Also Sprach Zarathustra quote that opens the second disc). Unexpectedly upbeat flashes of melody, including a tensely meandering handful of piano passages appear and then fade away into the nebulous, opaque backdrop. The most cohesive moments here are a couple of trip-hop interludes that, when you upload the album, work best at the end: by themselves, they’re not bad, but as they’re sequenced on the album, the segues they create are on the jarring side. But maybe that’s intentional. While each cd is divided up into discrete parts, it’s best enjoyed taken as a whole.

 

Those who require a catchy melody and a snappy beat will probably find this interminable (although there’s actually more melody here than you usually find in, say, Brian Eno). But at high volume, it’s absolutely intoxicating; at low volume, it’s a great album to send you off to dreamland on a whispery, surreal note. It came out on Innova last fall. That it’s taken this long to figure out what it’s about, between now and when it first came over the transom here, testifies to its hypnotic, mysterious power.


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Vernon Reid on His New Jazz-Rock Supergroup, Living Colour LP | Music News | Rolling Stone

Vernon Reid on His New Jazz-Rock Supergroup, Living Colour LP | Music News | Rolling Stone | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Spectrum Road to feature Reid, Jack Bruce, John Medeski and Cindy Blackman Santana...

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Putumayo World Music Blog | Bluegrass 101

Putumayo World Music Blog | Bluegrass 101 | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

The official blog of Putumayo World Music... Bluegrass is characterized by masterful, often improvisational, instrumental performances combined with distinctive vocals and harmonies. This style of music is known to have a high-pitched intense delivery with heartfelt harmonies. In 1939, Bill Monroe, “Father of Bluegrass”, created the Blue Grass Boys, which is where this style of music got its emblematic name from.

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Allen Toussaint to headline Chicago Jazz Festival

Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events announced the lineup on Wednesday.
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Jazz Soul Seven: Curtis Mayfield - JazzWax

Jazz Soul Seven: Curtis Mayfield - JazzWax | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Curtis Mayfield (1942-1999) isn't nearly as well known today as he should be. Now (finally!), a jazz group has revived the music of Curtis Mayfield, and the resulting album is among the most important new jazz CDs of the year. Jazz Soul Seven's Impressions of Curtis Mayfield sheds new light on Mayfield's most significant works, giving the material a jazz-soul interpretation that enhances and enlivens the music's original intent. Best of all, the songs have been updated without losing the essence of their bold message of self-determination.

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Narasirato: Warato'o

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In these Solomon Islanders' hands, pan pipes show their funkier, bluesy side, says Neil Spencer... Normally an instrument to strike fear into even hardened "world" fans, the pipes show their funkier side here, while there are western touches in the percussive onslaught: "Mato" is bluesy, "Horoa Warita" has a reggae pulse and "Rawako" rocks out.

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Listen To Gold Panda's New Single "Mountain"

Listen To Gold Panda's New Single "Mountain" | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
U.K.-based, Eastern-influenced electronic producer Gold Panda is set to release a new 7" single on Tuesday through Ghostly International. The single will mark Gold Panda’s first release since his 2011 DJ-Kicks compilation....
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Donald 'Duck' Dunn obituary

Donald 'Duck' Dunn obituary | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Bass guitarist with Booker T & the MGs, the band at the heart of the Stax soul sound...The soul music created at Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee, was an indelible part of the soundtrack of the 1960s. The magisterial and hypnotic bass-guitar lines on hits by Booker T & the MGs, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Isaac Hayes and many others were created by Donald "Duck" Dunn, who has died aged 70. Dunn died in his sleep at a hotel in Tokyo, where he was on tour with the MGs guitarist Steve Cropper. Dunn and Cropper also immortalised the Stax sound on screen, as members of the Blues Brothers band in the 1980 hit film starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd

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François Hollande's victory is music to the ears of black French people

François Hollande's victory is music to the ears of black French people | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Baaba Maal: Sarkozy was about the past, and old France. Throughout the French election campaign, as race and immigration became heated topics, many of my black and African French friends were joking that perhaps they should start packing their bags. These guys are some of France's best artists, they are internationally renowned musicians, award-winning authors, great intellectuals and humanitarians, and even they felt that if Nicolas Sarkozy won, things were going to get very difficult for them. Now, they are all unpacking. They can stay, they are part of France's future, and they can help to make France great again.

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Best Coast - The Only Place - Alternative Press

Best Coast - The Only Place - Alternative Press | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Musically, The Only Place contains no trace of the lo-fi, distorted daydreams which comprised early Best Coast 7-inches—or, for that matter, the reverb-soaked, girlish laments of their 2010 debut, Crazy For You. Recorded at Capitol Records’ iconic Studio B—where Frank Sinatra and Green Day have made albums—and produced by Jon Brion (Kanye West, Rufus Wainwright), the record is sophisticated.

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Jazz Fest and the Ghosts of New Orleans - The Nation.

Jazz Fest and the Ghosts of New Orleans - The Nation. | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Jazz Fest and the Ghosts of New OrleansThe Nation.Dancers perform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Sunday, May 6, 2012.
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Photos: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2012 - Live Reviews - Boston Phoenix

Photos: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2012 - Live Reviews - Boston Phoenix | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
April 27–May 6, 2012...
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Ella Fitzgerald and Bill Doggett - JazzWax

Ella Fitzgerald and Bill Doggett - JazzWax | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

By the fall of 1961, Ella Fitzgerald's recordings were sounding a bit processed and predictable. Throughout the late 1950s and into the very early '60s, the singer's studio sessions were becoming cookie-cutter—a Los Angeles studio and arrangements by Hollywood stalwarts Nelson Riddle, Billy May and Frank De Vol. But then in January 1962, Fitzgerald recorded one of her finest albums—Rhythm Is My Business (Verve), a session arranged by organist Bill Doggett and recorded in New York. [Photo above of Ella Fitzgerald in 1962 by Ian Wright]

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Mapping Our Music: Before 1960 | Torontoist

Mapping Our Music: Before 1960 | Torontoist | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Music isn't just sound—it also informs our sense of place. And so, a look at some of the places that have shaped Toronto's music.

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Cowboy Junkies - The Nomad Series - NOW Magazine

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Cowboy Junkies - The Nomad SeriesNOW MagazineBy Sarah Greene This five-disc box set marks the completion of a project that Canadian alt-country veterans the Cowboy Junkies embarked on in 2009: to release four connected albums in just 18 months.
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System of a Down's Serj Tankian Readies New Solo, Jazz ...

System of a Down's Serj Tankian Readies New Solo, Jazz ... | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Serj Tankian's day planner is getting plenty of ink these days. The veteran vocalist not only has a new solo album and another batch of shows with System of. “I’ve done a jazz record that we’re so far calling ‘Jazziz Christ.’ I was trying to figure out a way to piss off both the jazz purists and the religious right in the same title.” Tankian also says he shot everything he did last year with HD cameras mounted to his head for a point-of-view perception for the viewer. “We’re also kind of trying to figure out if we want to do a TV thing with that or a film,” explained the singer.

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Jazz Reviews: The Lost 1974 SessionsPeter Appleyard and the Jazz Giants - By Thomas Conrad — Jazz Articles

Jazz Reviews: The Lost 1974 SessionsPeter Appleyard and the Jazz Giants - By Thomas Conrad — Jazz Articles | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

What fun. We are in a recording studio in the middle of the night in Toronto in 1974. Vibraphonist Peter Appleyard has just played a concert at the Ontario Place Forum with fellow Benny Goodman sidemen Zoot Sims, Bobby Hackett, Urbie Green, Hank Jones, Slam Stewart and Mel Lewis. After the show, they all go to RCA Studios, order in some Chinese food and “a few bottles of wine,” and, between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m., lay down some tracks.

Everyone sounds sublimely mellow but still alert. The tapes have been in storage for 38 years. For this release, Appleyard left in the false starts, outtakes and studio banter. (“I’ll go first, you take two, then we jam it up.”) We are eavesdropping on a lost moment in time, rescued from the shadows of history.

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Jazz for Jesus: Selections from Duke Ellington's Sacred Concerts

Jazz for Jesus: Selections from Duke Ellington's Sacred Concerts | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
I'm not the first to bring folks attention to the small “c” catholicity of Jazz. Hopefully, I won't be the last. There may even be a big “C” version of it, which I will spotlight in future Music for Mondays posts over the next few weeks.
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