Much to the excitement of music enthusiasts worldwide, Folk-World music artist Marcus Corbett has released his highly anticipated debut album Strung Deep. Based between Marlborough and Oxford in the UK and Pune in India, and having gigged the length and breadth of the UK and on the western coast of India, Marcus has quietly been gaining an esteemed reputation for his esoteric, unique blend of Indian classical music and British folk.
At 60, New York City-based composer John Zorn is wiser, sure, but no less prolific, thoughtful and antagonistic than before. His oeuvre is fantastically wide, from cutthroat jazz improvisation and pummeling noise-rock to gorgeous chamber music and, believe it or not, a genuine Christmas album. The saxophonist also runs the prolific Tzadik label, which releases Zorn's many works — including his latest album,Dreamachines — and highlights a vast swath of avant-garde and experimental music.
I wore the cassette of The Cactus Al/bum out in my ride as a late teen. Still reeling from the onslaught of white boy rap by the Beastie Boys, I embraced 3rd Bass like they were my distant cousins. Serch’s high top fade and Chess King fashions appealed to me as I had yet to find myself, lost somewhere between The Bones Brigade, Surfer magazine and what I thought was South Jersey Hip Hop culture. I was obsessed with his NYC attitude and Prime Minister Pete Nice’s cane, pimp limp, and bravado, and I thought I could attain it by playing this record on repeat. Perhaps it was the dark beats, the Little Rascals samples, or the fact that 3rd Bass painted a very clear picture of the far away (but not so far away) culture of NYC that kept my curiosity peaked. Maybe it was the fact that I got a high top fade (and I mean Scoob Lover high top fade) that I thought Serch and I were kindred spirits. Side note: I am a white guy with no business or hair texture to have a high top fade. I used a lot of hair products to keep that thing up. Now the Beasties were my all time, and at the time, I had no idea of the war between the two that was going on behind the scenes at Def Jam. There is a reason why the Beasties kept going.
Former Count Basie Band saxophonist Frank Wess, 89 at the time of this 2011 recording, is in classic form throughout. Accompanied by pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Kenny Davis and drummer Winard Harper, he employs his tenor saxophone exclusively—no flute, no alto. He has a thick tone and articulates notes in a manner reminiscent of Ben Webster. This album is not a showcase for wringing harmonic variations out of the chord changes; it’s more about melodic improvisation and rhythm. Five of the performances are ballads, with “Blue Monk” and “Say It Isn’t So” completing the session. Wess plays Duke Ellington’s “All Too Soon” unaccompanied, and “Come Rain or Come Shine” and an original ballad titled “Pretty Lady” with Barron only. The duet performances demonstrate not only the pianist’s engaging solo abilities but also his skill at providing lively yet unobtrusive support.
Since his passing in May 2012, celebrated guitarist Doc Watson has been the subject of several tributes chronicling his numerous decades as a musician. One of the most recent is The Definitive Doc Watson, which has compiled thirty-four songs from Watson’s recordings for the Vanguard and Sugar Hill labels. The two-disc collection touches on everything Watson was known for – smooth vocals, bluesy touches, and of course, the guitar work that has inspired several generations of pickers from numerous genres.
In 1950, if you headed away from Boston's Symphony Hall on Massachusetts Ave. toward the South End, you'd encounter an archipelago of jazz clubs.
One of the best known Boston clubs before George Wein opened Storyville in 1954 was the Hi-Hat. Located where Columbus Ave. meets Massachusetts Ave., the Hi-Hat served barbecue and often hosted radio broadcasts featuring the performances of famed jazz artists. [Pictured above: A post card of Boston's Hi-Hat Club, which opened in 1937 and burned down in 1959]
Several of these remotes were recorded between May 26 and June 11, 1950 at the Hi-Hat with tenor saxophonist Lester Young and his band—Jesse Drakes (tp), Kenny Drew (p), Joe Shulman (b) and Connie Kay (d). These recordings are now available for the first time on Lester Young: Boston 1950 (Uptown) and the label's owner, Bob Sunenblick estimates they were made on June 4 and June 11, 1950, with two from February 1, 1953.
Gary Burton started out in 1960 with Hank Garland, combining jazz vibes with country guitar. Then he was in the thick of the bossa nova movement with Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto in 1964. In 1967 he released Duster, one of the first jazz-rock fusion albums and continued those explorations with Country Roads & Other Places (1968), Throb (1969) and Ring (1974). Through the '80s and '90s there were pairings with Chick Corea, Ahmad Jamal, Ralph Towner, Astor Piazzolla, Pat Metheny and others.
Michiko Kakutani's front-page New York Times piece on "I have a dream," an attempt to show the sources and aims of King's speech, entirely overlooks Marian Anderson's role, while giving spurious credit to Woody Guthrie.
This year, Sly & The Family Stone are set to release Higher!, a 4-disc collection of recording the band made during their peak years in the late ’60s and early ’70s. The collection includes mono mixes of classic Sly songs, live recordings, outtakes, and a number of unreleased tracks. In the September/October issue of Elmore Magazine, writer Charley Raiff called Higher “a testament to why Sly Stone’s music is still relevant today.” The set comes out on Tuesday, but eager fans can now hear some of what Higher has to offer.
Elmore: Saving American Music | Blues, Roots, Country, Jazz, Rock & Roll, Bluegrass, Folk
The Americana string band is set to be inducted as members into one of music’s most prestigious and long-running stage shows—the Grand Ole Opry.
From performing on street corners to headlining some of the biggest venues and festivals in the world, Old Crow Medicine Show have certainly come quite a long ways. Now, the Americana band is set to be inducted as members into one of music’s most prestigious and long-running stage shows—the Grand Ole Opry.
Though the group has performed on the show frequently over the years, including a stint in the early 2000s where they entertained the crowds between shows, the inducution will mark their official place in Opry history.
A puzzling and intriguing challenge from an Egyptian cab driver in New Orleans inspires an impulse purchase of an alluring album in a used CD store. The album inspires a search for a difficult to find instrument, which in turn takes a jazz player to a radically different approach.
This unlikely turn of events ultimately led jazz guitarist Brian Prunkato switch gears, obsessively learn as much about Arabic music as he possibly can, and begin down two paths: a geographical path that would take him from New Orleans to Brooklyn, Ramallah, and beyond, and a musical path from jazz to Arabic music and back again.
Despite the city's economic woes, a free jazz festival still offers a wealth of great music
On the closing night of the 34th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival, Marcus Belgrave made an observation that went something like this: Even though the Motor City is financially bankrupt, it’s wealthy in an artistic way due to the music it continues to produce.
The city’s elected officials might have bristled at the trumpeter’s blunt choice of words, but this wasn’t merely one of his off-hand comments, delivered in a rasp that’s almost as engaging as his horn work. If visitors judged the city simply by what they saw and heard over the Labor Day weekend, the Motor City could be viewed as doing quite well.
The band's 13-disc 'Sound System' boxset will be released later this month. The comprehensive collection of the band's music will be released later this month (September) and features remastered versions of all their studio albums. Speaking to The Telegraph about his reasons for deciding to present the punk band's back catalogue in this fashion, Jones explained that it is in keeping with the way people now tend to consume TV series in bulk.
"It was just an opportunity to do something now," Jones said, "to represent the music. I like the idea of the ideas carrying on somehow – like Che Guevara's. It's also a restoration, because the tapes would've rotted soon. So it's just the recorded works, presented as best possible – no different from the complete series ofKojak or Breaking Bad. That's how everyone buys things these days, isn't it?"
A new lineup veered uneasily between the exquisite and the pleasantly soporific, writes Robin Denselow. Vancouver-based trio the Be Good Tanyas specialise in matching delicate harmony vocals with acoustic guitars and banjo, and in reworking anything from gospel and blues to old rock classics and their own material. Their formula involves classy musicianship and a freewheeling approach to the songs, and it has brought them deserved success. It was no surprise the Chapel was packed. But on this showing, they veered uneasily between the exquisite and the pleasantly soporific.
Listen to the re-issue in its entirety before its release on Sept. 10.
Athens, Ga. band Drive By Truckers may be in the studio at work on their 14th full-length album,but fortunately fans won’t have to wait until its 2014 release to support the Southern rock band. Their third full-length, Alabama Ass Whuppin’, is set for re-issue later this month and will be available on vinyl for the first time ever. The release will also include new artwork by Wes Freed and was newly remastered by Greg Calbi from the original master tapes.
“Every time we’d return home to Athens, we’d play a show and our friend and producer Earl Hicks would record us on his mobile recorder,” said Hood of the original recording process. “David Barbe mixed it and we called it Alabama Ass Whuppin’.”
A new study has found that listening to music is good for your heart.
The report, which was delivered at the European Society of Cardiology's annual congress in Amsterdam, showed that music aided the recovery of patients with heart disease, and some cardiologists have also said that everyone can help their heart health by listening to music, reports the Telegraph.
The trial saw 74 people with cardiac disease put into three groups. Two groups took exercise classes for three weeks with one group also asked to listen to any music of their choosing for half an hour a day. A third and final group did not take part in any exercise, but simply listened to music. The group who listened to music and exercised improved their exercise capacity by 39 per cent and also showed significant, positive changes in heart function.
All About Jazz is celebrating Larry Goldings' birthday today!
With his signature Hammond organ style and versatility on many keyboards, Boston native Larry Goldings has traversed not only the wide spectrum of jazz where he is perhaps best known, but also the worlds of funk, pop, and electronic/alternative music.
Bob Dylan's 1970 album Self Portrait was so derided upon its initial release thatRolling Stone critic Greil Marcus opened his review with a simple question: "What is this shit?" Now, 43 years later, Rolling Stone is revisiting the time period aroundSelf Portait — and some of Dylan's most misunderstood music ever — with a cover story by Mikal Gilmore probing why Dylan burned down his career at the peak of his fame to save himself.
The Madison World Music Festival revealed the lineup for the 2013 edition of the festival. The free event takes place in Madison (Wisconsin) at both the Terrace (Memorial Union) and Willy Street venues.
Case confronts inner turmoil and gives in to grief on her sixth album. Let us know what you think of this exclusive stream. On her last album, Middle Cyclone, Neko Case sung about creatures snuffling, frogs and tornadoes, the beauty of ancient nature and our inner animals. Her Attenborough-inspired artistry won her two Grammy nominations in 2009 as well as thrusting her into the glare of the mainstream. So will the singer's sixth album continue the wave of acclaim, given that it's largely about loneliness and death? The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You charts the internal minefield of childhood, love, and loss by way of power pop, classic rock, folk and Motown. The album emerges from a three-year period Case describes as full of "grief and mourning," in the wake of the deaths of many close to her.
Guitarist Will Bernard presents a fine album of soulful modern jazz in the company of John Ellis on tenor saxophone and bass clarinet, Rudy Royston on drums and Brian Charette on organ. “Sweet Spot” has an upbeat tempo with nice saxophone and snappy drumming. Ellis’ sound is tightly wound and a bit gritty, perfect for this setting. Solos for organ and guitar are featured before everyone comes together to end the tune in a hard driving motion.