Keeping Time, Milt Hinton, Westport Arts Center

The Westport Arts Center continues its fine tradition of honoring Jazz in the Arts with The Judge, an exhibit of 40 of bassist Milt  Hinton’s timeless black and white photographs through February 28, 2010.

My wife and I attended the rare screening of Keeping Time, The Life Music & Photographs of Milt Hinton a Jazz humanitarian and someone we are pleased to add to the music of our heart. 🙂

It was a heartfelt documentary, a true labor of love.We loved watching the film unfold, learning how caring souls Milt and Mona Hinton could be to all they encountered. It was so cool to see Milt Hinton’s joy whenever he played. He slapped the bass with such rhapsody, I marvelled at his intensity and rhythm. His interaction with many Jazz superstars, such as Cab Calloway, Quincy Jones, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Billie Holiday, just to name a few, added such a warm dimension to the personalities of Jazz we all know and love. His camera lens shared with us many intimate backstage moments, which we felt privileged to witness.

Milt Hinton was a humble man and a supportive soul, who would give you the shirt off his back. He was tireless in his efforts to promote Jazz music and future musicians. We especially loved hearing Brian Torff”s personal story of meeting Milt Hinton. Milt Hinton befriended Brian and aided his career by helping him get on Cleo Laine’s tour.

Our compliments to the two producers, David Berger and Holly Maxon who held a question and answer session after the film. David and Holly are also responsible for the Milt Hinton Web site, which I urge you to navigate to learn more about The Judge.

I have an additional post about Westport Arts Center and Jazz on my other blog here.

It was a pleasure to meet Brian Torff and Nancy Heller, Executive Director this afternoon. My wife and I felt very welcomed by our hosts.

The Westport Arts Center with Brian Torff as Artistic Director of Jazz and Danielle Cavanna as Director of Education have helped greatly to increase our knowledge of Jazz and Art. We love what WAC is accomplishing and look forward to Jazz-Rock Fusion on May 2nd. 🙂

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Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney Together, Y Not

Y Not is the title of Ringo Starr’s new recording which will be released on January 12th, 2010. Ringo has chosen to self-produce Y Not. I am excited that Ringo has taken direct control of his artistic freedom and direction.

How on earth did Starr finally locate the absolutely perfect producer to work with him? “Well, I looked in the mirror,” Ringo says with a smile. “And I was looking real groovy that day.”

The first single “Walk With You” features Paul McCartney singing with Ringo. It will bring a wonderful chill to your senses when you hear them together. Paul McCartney also plays bass on “Peace Dream”.

How cool is this!!!!!!

“Walk With You” is available as a digital download from CD Universe as an MP3 file and can also be purchased on iTunes 😉

According to Ringo Starr,  Starr said McCartney is “gen-i-us” for the way he laid down his vocal track on “Walk With You,” which is described as a “moving, even spiritual meditation about the lasting power of friendship.”

“Paul was doing the Grammys, so he came over to the house and was playing bass on ‘Peace Dream’. So I played him this other track and Paul … went to the mike and he just invented that part where he follows on my vocal. That was all Paul McCartney, and there could be nothing better…. He just makes it bigger and he makes it fuller,” Starr said.

The album,Y Not also features special guest performances by Joe Walsh, Dave Stewart, Benmont Tench, Don Was, Joss Stone, Ben Harper, Glen Ballard and many others.

Peace and Love, Ringo