Monthly Archives: July 2013

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.

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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

http://www.loc.gov/rr/record/nrpb/National%20Recording%20Preservation%20Foundation%20-%20Press%20Release%20July%2029%202013.pdf

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.

Credit:Corbis.com!

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.

Movie

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.

Song

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.

Computer World – Kraftwerk

My days and nights are filled with music and technology. I am a music journalist who is also an information technology instructor.

I have received electronic music vibrations since I awoke today. It’s the digital bits communicating to me in their binary structure. This has led me to explore the cerebral further the musique electronique sounds of Kraftwerk.

I have listened to Kraftwerk’s catalog of recordings since breakfast and have connected with the album, Computer World (1981). It is proving the perfect blend of  sonics for this digital music technologist. The album was released in 1981 the year I commenced my computer career as a programmer analyst in software development. Gotta love how that works together 😉

I have included several blog posts in the Related articles section (Thanks Zemanta) from WordPress bloggers who have captured the essence of Kraftwerk in their writings.

I’d love to see the Kraftwerk 3D concert live someday, perhaps in Germany 🙂

Blue Notes Records Embraces Jam Band Artists

ElvisQuestLove Blue Notes Records is the cornerstone of recording excellence. For seven decades Blue Note has produced award-winning jazz artists for global listening pleasure. Their advertising logo states: “The Finest in Jazz Since 1939”. I see a trend forming that Blue Note Records is investing directly in the jam band genre. Blue Note has signed Gov’t Mule and Robert Randolph and the Family Band to their roster of artists. They will also be releasing a collaboration between Elvis Costello and The Roots later this year. I view this as an encouraging milestone for jam band music and its loyal legion of fans. It is significant that jam band artists are roosting under the roof of venerable Blue Note Records. Jam band music like jazz is at the music of our heart an improvisational experience.

Blue Note Records Jam Band Artists

Robert Randolph and the Family Band

Last Tuesday, July 16th Blue Note released the latest studio album from Robert Randolph & The Family BandLickety Split features the group’s current lineup with Robert joined by Marcus Randolph, Danyel Morgan, Lenesha Randolph and Brett Haas. Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin) engineered the album, which also includes guest appearances from Trombone Shorty and Carlos Santana

Gov’t Mule

Gov’t Mule and will release Shout!, the group’s first studio album in four years on September 24. In an unprecedented twist and gift to their fans, a special bonus CD will also be included, which includes the 11 tracks from the album but in different versions with each one sung by a different world-class special guest and friend of the band. Elvis Costello and The Roots

Elvis Costello and The Roots announced that a collaborative album entitled Wise Up Ghost will be exclusively released by Blue Note Records on Tuesday, September 17, 2013. A small number of test pressings were distributed as white labels on Record Store Day on April 20 but the full release will follow later in the year. Most of the sessions took place in secret at Feliz Habitat Studios in the dead of night, while others were in plain sight at Costello’s Hookery Crookery Studios. Elvis described the record as “the shortest distance between here and there” and containing “both rhythm and what is read”. Ahmir says, “It’s a moody, brooding affair, cathartic rhythms and dissonant lullabies. I went stark and dark on the music, Elvis went HAM on some ole Ezra Pound shit.” It promises to be one of the most unexpected and surprising releases of 2013. Notice the cover art for Wise Up Ghost below. The image was inspired by the City Lights Pocket Poets Series, in homage to the cover of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl. The video pays tribute to the significance of vinyl, the turntable and bohemian poetic pentameter.

A Charity Concert for the Late Jon Lord

The Sunflower Jam is excited to announce that “Celebrating Jon Lord At The Royal Albert Hall” on April 4th 2014 will include performances by the Orion Orchestra – ‘the Orchestra of Rising Stars’ – and will be conducted by Paul Mann, a close friend and musical partner of Jon Lord.

Paul & Jon’s last project together was the recording of Jon Lord’s Concerto for Group and Orchestra in 2011-2012 with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Paul will conduct the Orion Orchestra, formed in 2005 by Toby Purser. Since then, the Orchestra has become recognised as one of the most dynamic orchestras for the cream of London’s music college students and graduates, with a repertoire stretching from the music of Azerbaijan to a concert and CD with Rick Wakeman (who of course, will also be performing at the concert).