Patti Smith – SVA Theatre, New Yorker Festival

Last night we attended the New Yorker Festival to see Patti Smith interviewed by David Remnick (Magazine, Editor-In-Chief).

We lined up early at the School of Visual Arts Theater on West 23rd Street in the Chelsea section of New York City. We watched as Norman Lear, sporting his classic straw hat was assisted to his SUV (he was interviewed prior to Patti).

Our seats turned out fantastic as we ended up sitting fourth row center.

Patti Smith lovingly read us a chapter “Clock with No Hands” about her adventures with Fred Sonic Smith. It was her first public reading from M Train her latest book (out on 10/6/15).

The Guardian covered the event. I refer you to their synopsis here. I found it very representative of how we felt about the event.

The special surprise was when David Remnick stepped out of character and performed on electric guitar to back Patti Smith on “Because The Night”. Our favorite song :)


Have I doubt when I’m alone
Love is a ring, the telephone


Cradle to the Grave – Squeeze

The band, Squeeze released their first studio album in 17 years, Cradle to the Grave in the UK on October 2nd. According to The Guardian, the reaction the band is getting live is, “Play more new material!”. That is quite an acknowledgement for the songwriting duo of Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford. They have built an enviable reputation with their classic hits (Up The Junction, Tempted, and Black Coffee  in Bed just to name a few ditties).


The Zombies – Still Got That Hunger

Reunited, The Zombies are back with a U.S. tour underway and a new album, Still Got That Hunger that drops next Friday October 9th.  Still Got That Hunger features a new version of their 1965 single “I Want You Back Again” along with nine brand new songs!

A centerpiece of The Zombies tour is the performance of the superlative album, Odessey and Oracle in its entirety. I’ve seen The Zombies play pieces of this cult classic live in concert before but not with the four original members and a backing band.

Enthusiastic to see them live on Oct 13th, in Ridgefield, CT at The Ridgefield Playhouse. Hopefully I will be able to buy a couple of autographed recordings that night for my collection ;)

Fast Forward – Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson‘s latest album drops tomorrow October 2nd. Fast Forward features four sets of four songs recorded in four different cities New York, New Orleans, Berlin and Amsterdam each with different supporting musicians, including Bill Frissell, Regina Carter, members of Galactic and Zuco103, and the 14-year old singer Mitchell Sink (from the Broadway musical “Matilda.”) .

In addition to 14 new Jackson songs, the album features two covers (Television s See No Evil & the classic German song Good Bye Jonny. )


Jackson has called New York home for many years.  He recorded these tracks with Bill Frisell on guitar, Brian Blade on drums, his longtime bassist Graham Maby, and jazz violin star Regina Carter. Along with three originals including the album’s title track, these sessions also feature a cover of Television’s “See No Evil.”


Distinguished by the most diverse instrumentation of the four sessions, Jackson is joined on these songs by frequent collaborators Stefan Kruger and Stefan Schmid from the band Zuco 103, the Concertgebouw orchestra, and the project’s only guest vocalist, 14-year-old Mitchell Sink (from the cast of the Broadway musical “Matilda.”)


Berlin is Jackson’s second home, and he recorded here with two expatriate American musicians: acoustic bass master Greg Cohen (Tom Waits, Ornette Coleman, Bob Dylan) and Tindersticks drummer Earl Harvin. These sessions produced the album’s second cover, Jackson’s modern English take on the 1930s German ‘Kabarett’ song “Good Bye Jonny.”


Jackson traveled to one of his favorite cities, New Orleans, to record with an all-local cast including three members of the funk band Galactic – drummer Stanton Moore, bassist Robert Mercurio, and guitarist Jeff Raines – and a horn section led by saxophonist Donald Harrison.

‘Fast Forward’ tracklist (all songs written by Joe Jackson unless noted)

New York

1. Fast Forward

2. If It Wasn’t For You

3. See No Evil (Tom Verlaine)

4. Kings Of The City


5. A Little Smile

6. Far Away

7. So You Say

8. Poor Thing


9. Junkie Diva

10. If I Could See Your Face

11. The Blue Time

12. Good Bye Jonny (Peter Kreuder and Hans Fritz Beckmann)

New Orleans

13. Neon Rain

14. Satellite

15. Keep On Dreaming

16. Ode To Joy


One of the most superb voices in all of rock music.


Christmas 2015 will see the release of a double CD of Greg Lake’s first self-titled solo album from 1981 and his second solo album Manoeuvres from 1983. This 2 CD set will include four bonus tracks which were previously only available on the “From the Underground Vol. 2” release, along with an extensive booklet.

This is a great and easy way to buy both of Greg Lake’s studio albums and all the rarities connected to these albums in one place. This title will be released on 27th November 2015 and can be preordered from Amazon here:

Also set for release on the same date will be Greg Lake and Geoff Downes’ Ride the Tiger project, which is a collection of six songs (plus one alternate version), recorded in late 1989 – early 1990, which have never been released together before. Four of the songs appeared on “From the Underground” and “From the Beginning: The Greg Lake Anthology” but this set includes the previously unreleased Street War and Affairs of the Heart – both of which ELP fans will recognise.

This release includes all new artwork and has the full approval of both Greg Lake and Geoff Downes.

This title will also be released on 27th November 2015 and can be pre-ordered from Amazon here:

Google Chromecast 2.0

As some of you know I am a technical instructor. Google is a constant focus of discussion in the classes I teach.

I have been very content with Google Chromecast 1.0 since 2013. It has brought an immediacy by connecting the Web dimensionality of video and cloud music to my home entertainment network.

Google announced yesterday two new Chromecast devices for home entertainment networks.  Google Chromecast 2.0 brings us a new video device and a new separate audio device solely for audio streaming. For a combined price of $70 it is a no-brainer upgrade. Now I don’t have to purchase that Sonos Wireless speaker and I get 5GHz (802.11ac Wireless) inside the Chromecast video dongle.

Google Chromecast 2 and Chromecast Audio

Content Discovery

There is also a new Google Chromecast App that adds a very seamless Chromecast programming experience. Watch out now Apple TV interface you’re on notice.

The Chromecast App Fast Play feature along with a 5GHz Chromecast video device speeds up loading time like you won’t believe.

You can watch the Google Chromecast App announcement here

I am excited to play with these two new Chromecast toys next week!

John Scofield – Past Present

“This record is past and present,” John Scofield says, “on different levels. First of all, this is this group that played together in the past and here we are in the present. That’s one thing. We’re still here. We come from the past, but we’re in the present. Also, jazz music–and all good music–has roots in the past. What is the past and what is the present? I start to think that time has less meaning as I get older. There is a Faulkner quote about that (from Requiem for a Nun), that ‘the past is never dead. It’s not even past.’”

A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters


On December 9th, 1964, John Coltrane and his classic quartet (Elvin JonesJimmy Garrison and McCoy Tyner) went into the legendary Van Gelder Studio in New Jersey and recorded A Love Supreme–the four-part suite that has influenced musicians and reached generations of fans far beyond the jazz world. Far less known is the fact that Coltrane, his classic quartet and two additional musicians–the legendary saxophonist Archie Shepp and second bassist, Dr. Art Davis–returned to the studio the next day to cut the opening part of the suite again. Until now, the complete picture of what happened on those two days, including all takes, overdubs, and even studio chatter, has been unavailable.

That will change on November 6th when Verve Music Group proudly releases A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of this seminal recording. It will include this alternate version, taken from reels from the personal collection of John Coltrane and originally recorded in incredible sonic detail by Rudy Van Gelder, along with revised notes and detailed information on these amazing lost sessions.

A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters will be available in two formats: a 2-CD set, including the original best-selling album, along with unreleased mono “reference” versions of two tracks, owned by Coltrane himself, and seven unreleased performances from the two sessions. A 32-page booklet features an extensive essay by Ashley Kahn, noted producer, instructor and author of A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane’s Signature Album, rare photographs from the sessions and all of Coltrane’s surviving musical sketches and written elements for the groundbreaking, four-part suite, including the words that would become the poem, “A Love Supreme.”

A 3-CD “Super Deluxe Edition” of A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters adds what is currently the only documented live recording of the album, a spirited, impromptu performance from the Festival Mondial du Jazz Antibes in July 1965, which had been previously available on a 2002 edition of the album. This 3-CD set is presented in a larger format that includes additional information about the live material and a personal introduction by Carlos Santana.

Ashley Kahn writes in the essay to A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters: “Fifty years after its release, voices that speak of divine light and supreme love have trouble being heard. Lines that divide people run deep. At odds with itself, the world lacks the spirit to ascend and is needful once again of a spiritual recharger like A Love Supreme. The sound and message of John Coltrane remain more relevant than ever.”