Chick Corea & The Vigil

I was browsing Chick Corea‘s Web site earlier. What a perpetual fountain of music composition he contributes to the world of jazz. I must try to devote some listening time to better assimilate his vital body of work (which is 50+ years strong).

His week-long residency at Jazz at Lincoln Center and time in New York City recently proved to be an amazing coördinated feat. Culminating in three nights dedicated to Chick and his music. Chick is the only living artist to have an entire week dedicated to him for a week-long festival at Jazz at Lincoln Center in this way (other artists are John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker). On May 16, 17 and 18, Chick joined Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

The Chick Corea muse is morphing and it brings us an exciting collaborative, Chick Corea & The Vigil.  Featuring the bass phenom, Christian McBride. Creative force Marcus Gilmore on drums (carrying on the lineage of jazz from his grandfather, Roy Haynes). Saxes, flute, bass clarinet and innovation from Tim Garland. And a rising-sun (although from the west coast), guitarist Charles Altura.

Summer Tour – Connecticut Dates

Chick Corea & The Vigil will be making two appearances in Connecticut in early August. The first concert is scheduled for Saturday August 3rd at Infinity Music Hall.

The second appearance is an outside concert in Stamford, Ct as the last jazz act in the Jazz Up July Series. That event is scheduled for Wednesday August 7th at Columbus Park.

The Vigil

Music master Chick Corea reinvents himself again. With all new music and an all new band. Plus, fresh arrangements of Corea Classics. From sublime acoustic to brilliant electric

The Vigil also features guest appearances by Stanley Clarke and Ravi Coltrane.


Thankful To Jack White, Sound Saviour

Jack White @ Firefly Music Festival

The ethnomusicologist in me is thankful for the contributions from Jack White. I dub him Saviour of Music and Sound. He works quietly yet powerfully behind the scenes as champion of analog sound, concert venues (Detroit’s Masonic Temple, renamed the Jack White Temple)and now sound preservation.

Today I learned Jack White, ardent enthusiast of old recording methods, is sharing his resources to save actual old recordings. He contributed $200, 000 to the The National Recording Preservation Foundation. White is on the board of directors for the charity.

“He doesn’t take advantage of the speed and utility of digital methodology, and loves the warmth and immersive character of analog.”

Press Release

The gift means the foundation, based in Washington, D.C., can begin awarding grants and processing delicate old recordings, many of which are in perilous condition.

If you want to help preserve sound for future generations why not make a donation as I did today to the National Recording Preservation Foundation. They are the independent, nonprofit charitable corporation established by the U.S. Congress for the purpose of supporting archives, libraries, cultural institutions and others committed to preserving America’s radio, music and recorded sound heritage.

The foundation is the third element of the National Recording Preservation Act. The first two established a registry of important recordings, and created a board to decide which ones to prioritize saving.

In the music of our heart it’s all about preserving invaluable works of art heritage for the generations ahead to stimulate their knowledge and creativity.

Harry Nilsson – A New Book and the Complete Recordings Box Set

This is the way to explore the essence of Harry Nilsson. I’d love nothing better than to seal myself off from the world for a while and read about, listen to and immerse myself in the artistry and knowledge of Harry Nilsson.

Sony Legacy Recordings has been celebrating Harry Nilsson as the Artist of the Month for July 2013. Tomorrow they will make available his deluxe box set,  Nilsson – The RCA Albums Collection.

The RCA Albums Collection  presents the definitive 14 albums in Nilsson’s RCA Records U.S. discography, from his 1967 début Pandemonium Shadow Show (among whose high points are his takes on the Beatles’ “You Can’t Do That” and “She’s Leaving Home”) to his final album for the label in 1977, Knnillssonn.  Bonus material on those albums add up to 65 tracks, of which 26 are previously unreleased.  Adding to the box set’s historical provenance are three newly-compiled CDs, Nilsson Sessions 1967-1968Nilsson Sessions 1968-1971, and Nilsson Sessions 1971-1974, containing a total of 58 tracks, exactly half of which (29 tracks) are previously unreleased.

The 17 CDs contained in HARRY NILSSON – THE RCA ALBUMS COLLECTION are as follows:

  • CD 1: Pandemonium Shadow Show (1967)
  • CD 2: Aerial Ballet (1968)
  • CD 3: HARRY (1969)
  • CD 4: Nilsson Sings Newman (1970)
  • CD 5: The Point! (1971)
  • CD 6: Aerial Pandemonium Ballet (1971)
  • CD 7: Nilsson Schmilsson (1971)
  • CD 8: Son Of Schmilsson (1972)
  • CD 9: A Little Touch Of Schmilsson In The Night (1973)
  • CD 10: Pussy Cats (1974)
  • CD 11: Duit On MON Dei (1975)
  • CD 12: Sandman (1976)
  • CD 13:  . . . That’s The Way It Is (1976)
  • CD 14: KNNILLSSONN (1977)
  • CD 15: NILSSON Sessions 1967–1968
  • CD 16: NILSSON Sessions 1968–1971
  • CD 17: NILSSON Sessions 1971–1974

Nilsson Book

Nilsson: The Life of a Singer-Songwriter by Alyn Shipton.  Published by Oxford University Press, this is the first ever full-length biography of Nilsson, drawing on interviews with family, friends, and associates, plus material from Nilsson’s unfinished autobiography.

Shipton outlines Nilsson’s fatherless childhood in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, through his teenage years in Los Angeles where he found his legs as a singer-songwriter, ultimately winding up at the epicenter of the music revolution that engulfed the world in the late 1960s.

God Bless Your Soul, JJ Cale

It was sad to learn about the death of legendary singer, songwriter, and guitarist, JJ Cale yesterday.

He brought us some great music and served as a major influence to musicians and fans alike.

“Of all the players I ever heard, it’s gotta be Hendrix and JJ Cale
who are the best electric guitar players” – Neil Young

God Bless Your Soul JJ Cale, the music of our heart goes out to your memory and your family during their time of need.

Naturally (J. J. Cale album)
Naturally (J. J. Cale album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The Band – Live at the Academy Of Music 1971

In the day Howard Stein was a rock promoter in the New York metro market. He booked shows I saw at The Capitol Theater in Portchester, NY. You can find that information here on my blog.

He also booked shows at the Academy of Music in Manhattan a venue I never got to witness.  It just so happens a historic series of concerts by The Band at the Academy of Music (featuring a surprise appearance on New Years by Bob Dylan) is due to be released as a box set or double CD (your choice) on September 17.!

For the first time, all four of the concerts’ multi-track recordings have been revisited for Live At The Academy Of Music 1971, a new 4CD+DVD collection to be released September 17 by Capitol/UMe. The expansive new collection features new stereo and 5.1 Surround mixes, including 19 previously unreleased performances and newly discovered footage of two songs filmed by Howard Alk and Murray Lerner. Live At The Academy Of Music 1971 takes a deep dive into The Band’s historic shows for a definitive document of the pioneering group’s stage prowess at the apex of their career. On the same date, the collection’s first two discs will also be released as a 2CD set.

Live At The Academy Of Music 1971 is presented in a deluxe, 48-page hardbound book with previously unseen photos, a reproduction of Rolling Stone’s original Rock Of Ages review by magazine co-founder Ralph J. Gleason, an essay by The Band’s Robbie Robertson, and appreciations of The Band and the set’s recordings by Mumford & Sons and Jim James of My Morning Jacket. The collection’s first two discs feature performances of every song played over the course of the four concerts, and the New Year’s Eve soundboard mix on discs 3 and 4 puts the listener in the room for that entire legendary night: Uncut, unedited, taken straight from the master recordings and presented in full for the first time. The set’s DVD presents the tracks from discs 1 and 2 in 5.1 Surround, plus Alk and Lerner’s filmed performances of “King Harvest (Has Surely Come)” and “The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show.”

Santana & McLaughlin – Invitation To Illumination, Live At Montreux

I am psyched to report that the Santana &  McLaughlin, Invitation To Illumination, Live At Montreux 2011 concert will soon be available on DVD. The release date for this video product is August 18, 2013.

This was an historic and spiritual collaboration from two guitarists who deeply respect each other. Their 40+ year friendship has yielded spectacular recorded music that bathes the soul in illuminated light.

The evening was a showcase of supreme musical virtuosity and spirituality and typified the approach of these two great artists. It is certainly a performance not to be missed.

Here is a YouTube video of the selection, “A Life Divine” from their classic 1973 album, Love, Devotion and Surrender to whet your appetite until the full DVD is available.

This recording also features the late Claude Nobs, founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival, playing harmonica on the final track.

I always hoped that the Live At Montreux DVD series from Eagle Rock Entertainment would get around to releasing this special concert. Rest assured I am ordering this item as this was a concert I wanted to travel to Montreux, Switzerland attend.


Donovan and Atlantis, The Lost Continent

Atlantis, the Lost Continent
Atlantis, the Lost Continent (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have long held a fascination about the plausibility of the ancient culture known as Atlantis. Whether or not Atlantis ever existed has been the subject of two thousand years of debate.


My first awareness of Atlantic the lost civilization occurred when I was nine years old in 1961. I attended a Saturday matinee at The Palace Theater in South Norwalk, Ct. where I saw a entrancing film, Atlantis, the Lost ContinentThe famous producer/director George Pal created a spectacle adventure tale about the forces of evil that destroyed great Atlantis. The images of that movie, especially the end of Atlantis being claimed by the ocean stayed vividly in my mind for decades.


My interest in the lost continent was reawakened when I heard Donovan‘s song in 1969, “Atlantis”  on his Barabajagl album.

Atlantis (song)
Atlantis (song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

National Geographic Special Finding Atlantis

The long lost city of Atlantis is now said to be found in southern Spain. National Geographic claims that the city was destroyed in a tsunami thousands of years ago and resides now in the flat mud grounds of Donana. The researchers studied a site just above Cadiz where a photo of satellite showed a suspected submerged city which was surveyed with radar technology, satellite map and digital imagery during the period of 2009 and 2010.