Monthly Archives: January 2013

Buddy Guy and Junior Wells – Don’t Be Messin with No Kid ;)

Blues at it’s finest – Buddy Guy and Junior Wells

“A classic, some of the best blues Chicago has to offer” – Cuscuna, Michael, (October 15, 1970), Rolling Stone Magazine

“We went together like ham and eggs”, said Buddy Guy. A vital 20 year blues partnership.

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The Oxford American, Southern Music Issue 2012, Louisiana

I happened upon the Southern music 2012 issue of Oxford American at Barnes & Noble yesterday. I first blogged about their annual Southern music issue last year which covered Mississippi. The Winter 2012 issue is dedicated to the music and culture of the sovereign state of Louisiana.

I have visited New Orléans, Louisiana on multiple occasions in the past 30+ years. I love the rich heritage of jazz found there. My favorite time in New Orléans was in the early 80’s. I spent an evening spellbound sitting at the foot of jazz in the heart of the French Quarter at Preservation Hall, 726 St. Peter Street.

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I sat on a dusty old sofa cushion witnessing the Kid Thomas Band perform traditional jazz dance band music for a diverse international audience. The people around me were from Europe, Japan, Canada and the USA. They were very friendly musicians who went about their craft with precision and grace. I purchased the “Kid” Thomas Valentine LP after the show to evidence my appreciation for their performance.

I am eager to delve deeper into this quality music magazine which is certain to increase my ever-increasing knowledge about Louisiana’s role in American roots music.

A Visual Compendium of Guitars – Pop Chart Labs

Digital print continues to advance visual interpretation with eye appealing content. Direct from Brooklyn, NY, the music capital of the world we find an exceptional catalog of 64 famed guitars, A Visual Compendium of Guitars. This distinctive publication is a limited-edition print from Brooklyn’s Pop Chart Lab that illustrates some of rock’s most iconic guitars in beautifully articulated illustrations.

Each print is signed by the artists and numbered from a first printing of 500.

Using 100 lb. archival recycled stock certified by The Forest Stewardship Council, this poster is pressed on an offset lithographic press with vegetable-based inks in Flatlands, Brooklyn.

Eric Burdon – NYC Appearances, His New Recording Drops Tomorrow

This is an exciting time for Eric Burdon fans. Eric Burdon‘s solo album, ‘Til Your River Runs Dry on ABCKO drops tomorrow 1/29. Burdon’s new album coincides with the 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ANIMALS!


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Publicity from Team Eric commences with Eric Burdon’s appearance on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show which can be seen starting at 12:35 a.m. EST. Eric Burdon and his band will be performing with The Roots. MusicOfOurHeart will follow-up on this blog with the anticipated video clip of that performance when its published.

If you are in the New York City area tomorrow you can pick up a copy and see Eric in person at the J&R Records in-store “free” performance and signing! Click here for details and to RSVP.

1) Water
2) Memorial Day
3) Devil And Jesus
4) Wait
5) Old Habits Die Hard
6) Bo Diddley Special
7) In The Ground
8) 27 Forever
9) River Is Rising
10) Medicine Man
11) Invitation To The White House
12) Before You Accuse Me

The 29th International Blues Challenge 2013 – Memphis, Tennessee

The blues is alive and working its unique magic. Very soon the streets and clubs on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee will be showcasing blues artists vying for coveted awards in the 29th International Blues Challenge.

Mr. Wayne Shorter – Composer and Saxophonist

Mr. Wayne Shorter as Carlos Santana lovingly calls him turns 80 years young this year on August 25th. I awoke this morning thinking about his brilliant legacy of jazz compositions and performances.

It’s going to be a rewarding year for us with Mr. Wayne Shorter.  I want to share two recent announcements about his career that I am truly excited about. The common chord struck in these events sounded by The Wayne Shorter Quartet.

1) Newport Jazz Festival 2013

Wayne Shorter's 80th Birthday Celebration

Wayne Shorter will be honored at the 59th annual Newport Jazz Festival this year on Saturday August 3rd. There will be an 80th birthday celebration for him. Wayne Shorter will appear with his stunning quartet that includes Danilo Perez (pianist), John Pattituci (bassist),  and Brian Blade (drummer). There will also be guest stars and friends playing which includes his close friend Herbie Hancock.

2) The Wayne Shorter Quartet – Without A Net

The Wayne Shorter Quartet recording Without A Net was first brought to my attention by the NPR Jazz blog, A Blog Supreme.  It is highlighted that consensus will prove Without A Net as top of the 15 jazz albums to look out for in 2013. We are getting closer to the actual drop date of that recording, February 5th. I hope you feel the electricity for the eminent release of Without A Net.

On February 1, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Quartet will perform four compositions by Shorter alongside works by Beethoven and Ives at Carnegie Hall.

Without A Net is a 9-track musical thrill ride that consists of live recordings from the Wayne Shorter Quartet’s European tour in late 2011, the one exception being the 23-minute tone poem “Pegasus” which features the quartet with The Imani Winds recorded at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. The album features six new Shorter compositions, as well as new versions of his tunes “Orbits” (from Miles DavisMiles Smiles album) and “Plaza Real” (from the Weather Report album Procession). The quartet also reinvents the title song from the 1933 musical film Flying Down To Rio, which film buffs know as the first on-screen pairing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

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Howlin’ Wolf (Chester Arthur Burnett)

Buddy Guy‘s audio biography, Why I Left Home: My Story is enhancing my understanding about key blues practitioners. I enjoy hearing Buddy Guy share his personal memories about The Mud (Muddy Waters), B.B. King, Willie Dixon and Howlin’ Wolf. Each day I listen to more chapters then I look up the blues artists Buddy speaks with reverence.

Buddy Guy wrote these words about Howlin’ Wolf  for Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists List.

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He was so exciting to be on a show with. Wolf was a big man, but he could really move. It was like when the Chicago Bears had that player the Refrigerator. People think football players can’t move when they’re that big. And people expected the Wolf, because he was such a big guy, to just sit in a chair and belt it out. No, man, he had all that action. He had everything you wanted to see. He’d crawl around, jump around. His fists were as big as a car tire. And he would ball that fist up. When I started getting calls to come and play on some cuts behind him, I’d think, “Oh, shit, I better play right.” I’d heard he was mean. I was told that. But, you know, I never had a cross word with the man the whole time, right up to when he passed away.

Source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/100-greatest-artists-of-all-time-19691231/howlin-wolf-20110420#ixzz2J1spOfbF 

The Things That I Used To Do – Guitar Slim

I am listening to Buddy Guy‘s biography, “Why I Left Home: My Story”. He talks about his early influences, highlighting Guitar Slim (Eddie Jones) with deep reverence and respect.  I was fascinated to learn that Buddy Guy loved his recording, “The Things I Used To Do” so much that he played it every day for two years straight. Surprisingly I had never heard this Guitar Slim recording before so I used the Google search engine to get more information about why “The Things I Used To Do” had such a powerful impact on Buddy Guy.

It was one of the biggest hits in the Specialty Record label’s history and stayed on the rhythm and blues charts for 42 weeks.[4] The song held at #1 for six weeks, and was the best-selling R&B record of the year (1953), selling more than a million copies.[2]

I gave “The Things I Used To Do” by Guitar Slim himself a couple of listens. I liked what I heard in this 12 bar blues standard but I wasn’t bowled over by it. Maybe I had the wrong expectations about this song, so I kept listening and interpreting.

I then decided to listen to it through Buddy Guy’s performances and it took a stronger hold with me.

I had no idea so many musicians had recorded a cover version of Guitar Slim’s bestseller. Such artists as Richie Havens, John Mayer, and Stevie Ray Vaughn just to name a few.

I especially liked that Jimmie Vaughn and Gary Clark Jr. joined together to do “The Things That I Used To Do” as a heartfelt tribute for Buddy Guy at The Kennedy Center Honors recently.

Rudresh Mahanthappa – Gamak

sampleWe love being patrons of the arts. Our proximity to Yale University and the cultural scene in New Haven, Ct. has a deep appeal for us.

The Yale School of Music Concert Series is featuring for the 40th year, the Ellington Jazz Series.

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We are planning to attend the Rudresh Mahanthappa‘s Gamak concert on February 22nd at Morse Recital Hall. I have been very interested in catching Rudresh live for some time now.  I had given thought to going into NY City to see him play. We’re glad he’s appearing so close by next month.

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Gamak is Rudresh Mahanthappa’s next recording which drops on January 29th. You can stream it in its entirety on NPR Music First Listen until then.

Gamak, coming from the South Indian term for melodic ornamentation gamaka, signifies universal sense of how one can approach melody as both composer and improviser. The music put forth incorporates Western forms of jazz, progressive rock, heavy metal, country, American folk, go-go, and ambient while simultaneously engaging the rich traditions of Indian, Chinese, African, and Indonesian music. The end result is music that defies category, music that very much fits with the times in which we live.

Rudresh has regrouped with longtime partners and friends François Moutin and Dan Weiss with whom he has not recorded since the 2006 release codebook. As fellow members of Jack DeJohnette’s band, he’s been privileged to develop a wonderful musical relationship with the ever-inventive David Fiuczynski. Most of this music was written with him in mind and he breathes new life into the sound of Rudresh’s new quartet.