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Jazz Soul Seven Release “Impressions Of Curtis Mayfield” On BFM Jazz | Mixture Of Sorts

Jazz Soul Seven Release “Impressions Of Curtis Mayfield” On BFM Jazz | Mixture Of Sorts | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Curtis Mayfield’s impact on artists of all persuasions is incalculable, and jazz musicians have long found much in his words and melodies to inspire new interpretations. Impressions of Curtis Mayfield is a new collection of a dozen re-imaginings of some of the late, great soul man’s most potent compositions, recorded by a collective of jazz aces calling themselves the Jazz Soul Seven: Terri Lyne Carrington-drums, Russ Ferrante-piano, the late Master Henry Gibson-percussion, Bob Hurst-bass, Wallace Roney-trumpet, Phil Upchurch-guitar, and Ernie Watts-saxophone. Each of these players is a giant in his or her own right, who brings to these timeless songs a lifetime of experience and knowledge. Produced by Brian Brinkerhoff, co-produced by Upchurch, and recorded by Andy Waterman at The Bakery in North Hollywood, California, Impressions of Curtis Mayfield forces a rethink of just how rich and durable is the catalog of Curtis Mayfield, who passed away in 1999, more than nine years after suffering a paralyzing accident that never stopped him from spreading his message.

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The Black Keys' Patrick Carney: 'Perfect music is boring'

The Black Keys' Patrick Carney: 'Perfect music is boring' | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Drummer says that people are 'losing an ear' for rougher art and claimed that too many artists were writing songs that sounded like they should be played in an elevator.

He said: Perfect music is boring music – that's the kind of stuff they play in an elevator. I think people are losing an ear for [raw music]. I think everybody has it but you've got to exercise it.
He went on to add: "When you turn on the radio it's all kind of perfectly sequenced, perfectly written, perfectly performed by machines...."

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Ethan Lipton’s ‘No Place to Go,’ at Joe’s Pub

Ethan Lipton’s ‘No Place to Go,’ at Joe’s Pub | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Ethan Lipton, a singer and songwriter, has written a musical ode to unemployment called “No Place to Go,” which opens at Joe’s Pub on Wednesday. Ethan Lipton, a wry singer-songwriter whose heavy-lidded affability and retro facial hair make him look like a doomed sidekick in a ’70s cop movie, grinned upon learning that one collaborator after another had independently used the word Everyman to describe him. “Here, and I thought I was fancy,” he said.

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Past, Present, Future: Spin Magazine | Music For Kids Who Can't Read Good: Real life is for March!

Past, Present, Future: Spin Magazine | Music For Kids Who Can't Read Good: Real life is for March! | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Music magazines, like most traditional journalism outlets, have struggled to find a footing in recent years. As we have seen on a larger scale with daily newspapers, established brands are trying to figure out their place in the conversation: Rolling Stone slimmed down and shifted their focus to encompass the overarching culture rather than just music, and Paste ceased print publication in August 2010 to focus on a purely digital role. In years past, music magazines acted as gatekeeper, presenting readers with the weekly/monthly/quarterly dispatch as distilled by the opinions of the staff. But the Internet has democratized the dissemination of information, meaning that most people find out about a band’s tour dates the same instant the editors of Rolling Stone do.

Which raises the question: do we even need a curator anymore?

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BBC - Music - Review of Esbjörn Svensson Trio - 301

BBC - Music - Review of Esbjörn Svensson Trio - 301 | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

This is no sweeping-up of studio off-cuts. This is one of e.s.t.’s greatest albums, and even arguably their ultimate work, in every sense of the word. It represents a colossal achievement, as they take their final bow. The 2007 material might be extremely varied in tone and approach, partly out of necessity, doubtless governed by the available recordings, but this circumstance works to the album’s advantage. It’s a summation of where the trio had been, and also of where these perpetually evolving players were heading next.

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Old music: Rickie Lee Jones – The Last Chance Texaco

Old music: Rickie Lee Jones – The Last Chance Texaco | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
A song that portrays the heart as a truck in need of service and repair – why didn't Bruce Springsteen think of this?
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The Late, Great Jean “Moebius” Giraud at the Amoeblog

The Late, Great Jean “Moebius” Giraud at the Amoeblog | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

French comics master Jean "Moebius" Giraud is dead. Here's an interview from last April and
a much longer one from a 1987 issue of The Comics Journal.

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Lenny Bruce Legacy Reexamined

Lenny Bruce Legacy Reexamined | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Lenny Bruce the man who made comedy the frontline for free speech was famous for swearing and using racial and ethnic slurs on stage Off stage however his act was much cleaner Once when he was being harrassed by a detective who followed him to his...
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Ghana Highlife 78rpm Special

Ghana Highlife 78rpm Special | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

In January this year my working life gave me the all-too-brief pleasure of spending an afternoon digging for records in Accra, Ghana. . . .and so it is my pleasure this week to share some of these delicious discoveries – starting with early fifties highlife, and then migrating later this week to the more electric 70s. Ghana’s early highlife music is a captivating blend of local tradition embracing the roots of ragtime, swing, afro-cuban, rhumba, and calypso – with trap drums, bongos and the double bass providing a foundation for guitars and/or banks of brass.

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Dusty Groove America - Bo Diddley: Black Gladiator

Dusty Groove America - Bo Diddley: Black Gladiator | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

A wicked reinvention of the sound of Bo Diddley – a set that electrifies his groove even more than before – and takes him into the same mix of funk and blues that Muddy Waters and Howlin Wolf were exploring at the time! This album's right up there with the two Cadet/Chess classics by both of those artists – and is possibly even more messed-up too – with lots of jagged edges that push past the usual Bo Diddley groove – even though that classic sense of rhythm is still at the core to drive things along! 

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Andrew Bird's frog chorus

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How did mercurial musician Andrew Bird recover from a case of post-tour burn-out? " . . . I didn't really want to go home to Illinois," he says. "So I stopped on the west coast, on my way back from Asia, and rented a house in Venice Beach, rode my bike around and wrote a bunch of songs for the Muppet movie."

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Steve Martin Composing New Music for Shakespeare in the Park, Because He Can

Steve Martin Composing New Music for Shakespeare in the Park, Because He Can | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Steve Martin - who, when he is not writing, acting or tweeting, is also an accomplished banjo player - will write new music to be performed by a live bluegrass band for the Shakespeare in the Park production of "As You Like It."...
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Five From the Archive: Greensky Bluegrass

Five From the Archive: Greensky Bluegrass | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Greensky Bluegrass is a local Michigan band done good. Coming out of Kalamazoo, they hit a soft spot for me right away, since that’s where I (and some other GLONO folks) went to college.
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How Django Reinhardt Survived World War II » Sociological Images

How Django Reinhardt Survived World War II » Sociological Images | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

A recent post on Boing Boing discussed the newly discovered “rules for jazz performers during the Nazi occupation.” Jewish and Black people — two groups targeted by the Nazis — were also the primary innovators of jazz music. But Germans loved jazz! How to handle such a contradiction? Rules for playing jazz music: no “Jewishy gloomy lyrics,” no “Negroid excesses in tempo,” and no “hysterical rhythmic reverses characteristic of the barbarian races.”

It’s well worth a look, as is this post from 2010 explaining how many groups vilified by Nazis survived the Holocaust by playing jazz for Nazi soldiers…

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I have a favorite historical musician: Django Reinhardt.

 

Reinhardt was a Roma jazz musician. During World War II both Roma and jazz musicians were targeted by the Nazi regime. Over a million Roma were exterminated for presumed racial inferiority and jazz was believed to combine the worst of Blacks and Jews (i.e., “musical race defilement”). Just listening to a jazz record could get you sent to a concentration camp.

Reinhardt, however, enjoyed the most lucrative period of his career during the war, while living and playing openly among Nazi soldiers.

How?

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Gospel Meets Jazz, With Unpredictable Results : NPR

Two recent albums, from Don Byron's New Gospel Quintet and Charlie Haden and Hank Jones, offer contrasting perspectives on the intersection of two quintessentially American music styles.
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Old music: The Daily Flash – Jack of Diamonds

Old music: The Daily Flash – Jack of Diamonds | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

David Marsh: These 60s psych-rockers play a winning hand with their take on a traditional Texas gambling song...Buried among the military bands and trad jazz in my Dad's record collection were one or two gems, notably a number of Lonnie Donegan 78s, perhaps the best of which was his version of this old gambling folk song. It reached No 14 in the UK singles chart in 1957 and I was thrilled by Donegan's energetic performance, delivered at breakneck speed.

 

Jack of Diamonds has a long history. The lyrics may date from the American civil war and the tune from even earlier, and there are numerous versions, including recordings by Blind Lemon Jefferson, John Lee Hooker, Waylon Jennings, Fairport Convention – using an adaptation by Bob Dylan – and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. My favourite, though, has to be this comprehensive 1966 deconstruction by the Daily Flash, a Seattle quartet who moved to California and managed to rub shoulders with various big names (they were signed by the manager of Buffalo Springfield) without ever quite finding success themselves – although they did appear in a totally barking episode of The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.

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Bay Area's local radio thriving

Bay Area's local radio thriving | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
What's good on Bay Area radio? Here are a few, by no means comprehensive, highlights. Radio Sausalito 1610 AM, Sausalito What started as a little neighborhood jazz station about a decade ago grew so big it was forced...
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Blue Yodel #20 – Ask Mr. Blue Grass Smarty Pants : Bluegrass Today

Blue Yodel #20 – Ask Mr. Blue Grass Smarty Pants : Bluegrass Today | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

This month’s guest artist is the rajah of the resophonic guitar, Rob Ickes. At an early age, Rob was kidnapped by pirates who left him on an island off the coast of California with nothing but a Dobro and a year’s supply of fish tacos. When the pirates returned, he could play Monkey Let the Hogs Out on the Dobro in 12 keys, but had only eaten half a taco. Rob credits this time for establishing his signature growl on the instrument, which sounds a lot like “Arrrrrrrrrr…”

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Exclusive Stream: Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo Makes His Solo Debut | Music News | Rolling Stone

Exclusive Stream: Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo Makes His Solo Debut | Music News | Rolling Stone | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Preview the guitarist's folky 'Between the Times and the Tides'... Lee Ranaldo has spent the past three decades building a body of work that includes his work as a member of Sonic Youth and a variety of experimental side projects, but Between the Times and the Tides marks the guitarist's first album as a solo singer-songwriter. "Over the summer I pulled out a bunch of my acoustic guitars and was just fooling around, and a whole bunch of songs just started generating, just kind of out of nowhere," Ranaldo told Rolling Stone last year. "What was refreshing about this was just to see all these songs sprout and actually kind of follow each other down this road and actually get completed."

 

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Paul Weller - Sonik Kicks

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An emotional, experimental ride, Weller’s 11th solo LP is brilliant stuff. Thirty years ago, Paul Weller was number one. The Jam's A Town Called Malice spent three weeks at the top of the charts, its Motown bassline bustling, its finger clicks rustling. Watch its video now, and the 23-year-old at the middle of it has hardly changed in some ways. His Woking vowels are still 'ow's-yer-father; the haircut's still cockatoo-daft. But he sings a line in its first verse that's practically become his motto: "Stop apologising for the things you've never done, because time is short and life is cruel, and it's up to us to change."

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The 13 Best Hitchcock Films

The 13 Best Hitchcock Films | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Today is National Alfred Hitchcock Day, so to pay tribute to the legendary master of suspense, we're revisiting 13 of his finest pictures.
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The Wicked Pickett – The Life and Times of Wilson Pickett

The Wicked Pickett – The Life and Times of Wilson Pickett | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
I got a quick shout from Simon over at Demus Productions, who hepped me to this dynamite Wilson Picket program airing over on BBC2 on Monday March 12th at 22:00 GMT.
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Seize the Time: Pat Thomas, Black Power, and Listen, Whitey!

Seize the Time: Pat Thomas, Black Power, and Listen, Whitey! | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
As author Pat Thomas puts it, “Every revolution needs a soundtrack!” And in the late-'60s/early-'70s, the soundtrack and the revolution were often one in the same. In hs new book, Listen, Whitey!
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White Rabbits - Milk Famous

White Rabbits - Milk Famous | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

A smart, retronic record for anyone who wanted The King of Limbs to be more sing-along. --In our current rock rotation right now--

The city that never sleeps has finally been caught napping. Brooklyn, once the driving force of 21st century alt-pop, appears to have caught up with the 80s revival four years too late. Hence recent albums from Chairlift and School of Seven Bells that couldn’t be more in debt to Fleetwood Mac’s Tango in the Night if they were full of samples of skirts being flapped around a farmstead, and this third album from leftfield rockers White Rabbit, formerly berated for their adherence to stolid indie formulae on their Britt Daniel-from-Spoon-produced second album It’s Frightening. Ironically, it’s the Rabbits that achieve here what dozens of wannabe Weidlins have failed to pull off: making the neon decade sound like the future.

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NEWS: Download AP’s “100 Bands You Need To Know” mixtape for free

In conjunction with our annual 100 Bands You Need To Know issue (Buy your copy here!
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