You don't need a voice to communicate heartbreak when you can play the trumpet like Miles Davis in his pomp... He's a touchstone in jazz conversation, a cornerstone in jazz collections, and this 1954 gemstone is just one dazzling example of his genius. If you're new to Miles Davis, welcome to a better world. If, on the other hand, you're well versed in his work you may well chorus that singing his praises is about as daring as claiming the Beatles were a nifty combo. Well, quite. But that's no reason not to riff on this beautiful noise.
This is written by a good friend of mine in L.A. who researched it for years. The reviews have been superlative and I’m very much looking forward to finally reading this myself after having heard about the ongoing process for ages. Don’t sleep!
Eight years is a long time between recordings, but that’s how long it has been since jam grass favorites Leftover Salmon dropped a new album. But that will be remedied May 22 when Aquatic Hitchhiker is released on Los Records.
Has the V&A's new show captured British design from 1948 to now? In 1948, still reeling from the war, Britain steeled itself and cobbled together the first Olympic games of the postwar era. The London Olympics were known as the "austerity games", and yet proved a triumph of resourcefulness. It's with this moment that the Victoria & Albert museum begins its new survey exhibition, British Design 1948–2012 – an irresistible conceit, as London counts down to its second Olympics.
Julien's Auctions is proud to present Property From The Estate of Les Paul. Les Paul not only revolutionized the sound of the electric guitar, but also the technology behind modern day sound recording. Les Paul pioneered innovative techniques with sound-on-sound recording and commissioned the first 8-track tape recorder, which would become the core technology behind multitrack recording still used today. highlights from the sale include:
1968 Prototype Gibson Les Paul Custom Recording Model
1951 Fender Nocaster serial number 1751
Early 1940s Epiphone Zephyr serial number 7133– Klunker #3
For fans of modern leftfield soul, the news that Quantic – aka producer Will Holland – and British singer Alice Russell were collaborating on a new album comes like manna from heaven. The two go back some time – Russell lent her soulful, cosmopolitan voice to some of Holland’s earliest recordings, back in the early 00s – but their careers have blossomed since. Holland has further investigated the possibilities of ensemble play, while Russell has been collaborating with the likes of TM Juke, Mr Scruff and David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, contributing a track to their Imelda Marcos-themed Here Lies Love project.
Arcade Fire's charity and activist work for Haiti has already included a massive fundraising campaign, matched holiday donations, a lecture at University of Texas, and published newspaper articles, among other efforts. The band has now posted a video montage of footage from two trips to Haiti, in March 2011 and February 2012. The video, shot by members of the band along with Bec Rollins from the organization Partners in Health, includes footage from their visits to various PIH sites across the country. It pictures beaches, animals, musical performances, parades, and lots of adorable children. The video also includes some singing from Ti Zwazo, a gardener at Partners in Health who opened for Arcade Fire at their performance last year in Cange, Haiti.
he Dutch Jazz Archive, part of the Muziek Centrum Nederland ( MCN) has released a new album in its series Jazz at the Concertgebouw. This series contains live concerts, as produced and recorded by Lou Van Rees, a Dutch impresario, who organized his tour very much like Norman Grantz's JATP.
The informative liner notes by jazz journalist Bert Vuijsje, give, as always, detailed information about the concert that took place at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw the 27th of September, 1958. A group of US musicians, now all legends in jazz, but in those days already the creme de la creme of the US jazz scene, were touring Europe and were scheduled for two concerts in the Netherlands: at the Kurhaus in Scheveningen, the beach resort near The Hague and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
I really like The Low Anthem. I saw them in concert a few years back, they were terrific, ethereal, just marvelous. This is one of the best songs released in the last couple of years. When we made our lists of the best songs in 2011 I just had not paid enough attention, this clearly belong in the top 5.
BBC said: “It sounds like Bob Dylan singing lead vocal for The Arcade Fire” (or something like that), and it really does! They also said: If the Low Anthem doesn’t release it as a single they’re mad.
Led by veteran drummer and composer Patrick Forgas, the Forgas Band Phenomena plays jazz fusion with a capital "F". Drawing inspirations from classic fusion units like the Mahavishnu Orchestra and progressive rock outfits like Magma, the group creates an exciting and cohesive sound that is potent and complex, but avoids the bombastic label that is often applied to fusion music.
Exactly thirty five years ago born in the New Orleans neighborhood of Treme, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band revolutionized the New Orleans brass band by incorporating funk and bebop into the traditional style. Anchored by original members Roger Lewis, Kevin Harris, Gregory Davis, Efrem Towns and Kirk Joseph, the band has signed with Savoy Jazz who will help celebrate their auspicious anniversary with the release of "TWENTY DOZEN"—an all new eleven track album which will be released on May 1st. Produced by Scott Billington at The Music Shed in New Orleans, the album showcases the Dirty Dozen Brass Band's quintessential sound mixed with a heady Caribbean flavor. The band will embark on a series of tour dates including a three night BAM residency in Brooklyn with Dr. John and a triumphant series of shows in their native New Orleans culminating in a very special album release/35th anniversary reunion concert at the Temple on April 28th and a featured slot at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 3rd.
When it comes to making jazz fun and accessible without pandering, few people do it better than drummer and composer Matt Wilson. Accompanied by his Arts & Crafts group, consisting of: Terell Stafford trumpet, Gary Versace on piano, organ and accordion and Martin Wind on bass. Together they make for a swinging band that has its roots in the progressive hard-bop of the mid 1960's but plays with a thoroughly modern sensibility.
Originally published in the Guardian on 28 March 1977: The late Jim Reeves has become the object of a growing - often macabre - hero worshipThe Jim Reeves Fan Club will hold its annual convention at Harrogate next week to pay homage to the memory...
We can quibble, but baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan never made a bad recording. Some LPs certainly were better than others, but Mulligan really wasn't capable of delivering a lazy, corner-cutting job. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that Mulligan is one of the greatest jazz recording artists of the post-war period in terms of longevity, productivity, consistency and sheer influence. There's no filler with Mulligan, just swinging, melodic soul.
'The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and California Country' opens at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and other pioneers of West Coast country music are getting a much-deserved salute in Nashville with an expansive new exhibition at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Recognition of this scope -- especially in the country music capital -- was unthinkable during the 1950s and '60s when the snappy and rebellious style known as "the Bakersfield Sound" was in its heyday.
That sound, marked by a youthful, maverick spirit, was an important alternative to music coming out of Nashville at the time, which was growing sonically lush and thematically adult-focused.
Modern country music, rock & roll and R&B are the progeny of early twentieth century hillbilly music and the blues. The central role of the guitar in those earlier genres helped to drive the instrument to unprecedented heights of popularity in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. But nearly a century before the first recordings of blues and hillbilly guitarists, the instrument already had seized the imagination of American musicians. Sparked by the popularity of several Spanish and Italian virtuosos, a craze for the six-string “Spanish” guitar swept Europe in the 1810s and reached America around 1830. Over the course of the nineteenth century, the instrument became an integral part of new styles of distinctively American music. By the turn of the twentieth century, almost all the elements were in place for the chain reaction that would propel the guitar to a nearly unassailable position as the dominant instrument of American popular music.
There have been record digging movies such as Deep Crates, Beat Kingz among others. Doug Pray took it further back in the day and defined the DJ/ record digger in the movie Scratch. There is another documentary that maybe you don’t know about. The Diggers Union 1200 put out a documentary called Red Beans and Rice: A Record Collecting Documentary, which is quite interesting. Told from a collectors perspective, this hour long documentary “tells of the world of record collecting as seen through the eyes of the collectors themselves. Listen as they share there thoughts on the subject of vinyl digging as you enter the realm of the last true culture where music is key and collecting is a part of life.” Really great stuff.
'We were having big disagreements.The lead singer had to finish the vocals on his own'...We'd been doing a lot of "psychedelic soul". The singles won Grammies and sold well, but people kept asking when we were going to go back to classic ballads. We mentioned this to the songwriter and producer Norman Whitfield and he gave us Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me), with lyrics by Barrett Strong.
We spoke with 20 musicians about where they went to college, what they majored in and how they put those educations to use. See how members of OK Go, Suckers, The Mynabirds and other acts remember their post-secondary education.
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