Miles from India

I literally stumbled upon this monumental collaboration, Miles from India.  As a lark I picked up a copy of All About Jazz – New York the newspaper yesterday and on the inside cover is a full page ad for the Miles from India concert at Town Hall, May 9, 2008. It really caught my eye thankfully for I have had my heart and mind opened to some fantastic music.

The cross collaboration of combining world class musicians from India with members of various Miles Davis bands over the years is an exciting project that really works. The 12 recordings cover the electric and be-bop phases of Miles Davis’s career.

I downloaded Miles from India from Zune and have been playing it avidly ever since. The musicians you will hear and groove along with are just phenomenal.  I am taken with the musicianship of Pete Cosey, Mike Stern, Benny Rietveld, Lenny White and John McLaughlin for starters. The musicians from India are impressing the heck out of me. Ravi Chary on sitar, plays such a transformational style on the track All Blues. 

I’m including a video from YouTube that Benny Rietveld mentioned to me. It gives you a sense of the joy and improvisation this recording generated.

Here is a review of Miles from India from Pop Matters.

Expand your consciousness with Miles from India, you won’t regret a single note 🙂

Live Your Light, Edje


Eric Burdon at the Meriden Daffodil Festival

I have always wanted to see Eric Burdon perform. His music with the Animals, then later on with Sky Pilot, War, Spill the Wine and his latest recording Soul of a Man are amongst my favorite musical memories.

The past few years the Meriden Daffodil Festival has become a treasure trove of live music from the 60s. I have seen The Turtles, John Sebastian play there. Its a great place to get close to the artists.

Eric Burdon and the Animals set was a lively chorus of music. Eric’s voice was in top form.

He is an exciting bluesman. The Animals hits went over well with the crowd as we sang and danced along, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, We Gotta Get Out of This Place, It’s My Life and the perennial classic House of the Rising Sun (1964).

What I really liked about Eric Burdon’s live performance were the songs from the Soul of a Man CD.

The song, Kingsize Jones took on a strong, immediate presence. The title track epitomized what Eric Burdon emotes the best, how a man’s soul feels and expresses. Soul of a Man is a great expression.

I really loved when Eric switched into blues mode with Boom, Boom by John Lee Hooker and the song he did about his early memories of seeing Memphis Slim at 17.

The band is very tight, professional, Red Young on keyboards, Paula O’Rourke on bass and several other excellent musicians.

All in all a great afternoon of music.

Jazz Fusion In Abundance Throughout 2008

For those who enjoy the jazz fusion sounds of John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Return to Forever and such notable jazz side musicians in their own right, as Christian McBride (bass), Kenny Garrett (sax) and Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), the harvest of music you will reap in 2008 will be very abundant. Allow me to lay out the vines of this tree so you can pluck the fruits you desire.

The first artist I’d like to mention is John McLaughlin, a prominent electric guitarist and world musician, a leader in the genre of jazz-world-fusion. John is releasing a pair of recordings interrelated , Floating Point on CD  

and a video of the 5 day recording session itself, entitled, Meeting of the Minds on DVD.

John McLaughlin’s point of intersection with Chick Corea is a band that he and the side musicians mentioned above will be playing together in for Peace, probably later on this year (fall/winter 08 anticipated due to each person’s existing schedules and committments), Five Peace Band. An exciting collaboration to put it mildly.

Chick Corea is also part of the reformed and touring Return to Forever ensemble. They are embarking upon a world tour that will reintroduce this jazz fusion engine to a new audience of listeners.

So all and all an exciting time for jazz fusion in 2008. Keep an eye and ear out for these artists as their tour and recording plans gel. We will all benefit from their synergy and direction.