Chill Out (Things Gonna Change) – John Lee Hooker, Carlos Santana and Chester Thompson

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John Lee Hooker – Chill Out 1995 (Photo credit: oddsock)

I love this video and the vibe it generates. “Chill Out” with Carlos Santana, Chester Thompson and the late, great bluesman, John Lee Hooker.

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Crowder – Neon Steeple

Neon Steeple is a soulful début album from Crowder, an artist who possesses an insightful depth that conveys heartfelt meanings directly to the listener.

I’ve listened to Neon Steeple tonight on Spotify marvelling at the feelings that it ignites inside the music of our heart. Being a religious person of devout faith I am comforted by the warmth Crowder resonates inside my being.

The album is more like an in-depth look at the soul – the humanity, the redemption and the regenerated. – Ryan Barbee of Jesusfreakhideout.com

Enchant yourself with a listen to Crowder’s Neon Steeple. You’ll be pleasantly surprised and blessed all at the same time. Oh and don’t forget to clap along 😉

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PonoMusic Progress Update

The PonoMusic Team updated Kickstarter backers (I’m proud to be included in that number) with news about strategic partnerships and product engineering progress.

PonoMusic is making great progress on the development of the new and improved PonoPlayer (the one you pledged for), as well as the on-line store, the content delivery system, and the desktop media center application.

1. Desktop Media Software

JRiver (www.jriver.com) will provide a Pono-branded version of their world-class desktop media center software. This software will be similar to the iTunes® desktop app in that it will allow you to manage your music, create playlists, sync your music to your PonoPlayer, access the PonoMusic store, buy & download music to your desktop, do player firmware updates, etc.

2. PonoMusic Store

PonoMusic will partner with CloudCraze (www.cloudcraze.com), an eCommerce platform that runs natively on the salesforce1® platform. The PonoMusic Store will be hosted through a partnership with SalesForce.com. PonoMusic will establish a world-class social music store. PonoMusic expects to have their PonoPlayer pre-order store (for post-Kickstarter pre-orders of PonoPlayers and some accessories) up and running in mid-to-late June. Kickstarter supporters will receive notification of automatically created user accounts at that time.

3. Content Delivery

PonoMusic is days away from finalizing a partnership with a world-class content delivery partner who has great expertise in the content management and quality management issues.

Work has also begun the initiative with major music labels to have the PonoMusic store on-line with a very large, relevant and interesting content catalog by October.

Bruce Botnick has joined the PonoMusic leadership team. He is a legendary audio engineer and record producer known for his work with the Doors, Love, Buffalo Springfield, the Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye, and many other artists. Bruce is responsible for establishing the PonoMusic content strategy and ensuring that they will provide the highest quality version of each recording sold in their music store.

Bruce’s graphic below captures the state of modern recording today and depicts his motivation for joining Pono to help us save music from the lossy formats such as MP3.

4. Headphones,

The PonoMusic Team is working on several offerings that they are very excited about. Their goal is to make it as easy as possible for you to experience the flawless sound from Pono soundtracks, and do so at an affordable price. They also will be testing headphones from many of the major manufacturers and posting their recommendations on their site in a few months.

 
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Concert Review: Santana and Rod Stewart, Mohegan Sun, May 25, 2014

The last time I saw Santana live was during their co-headliner tour with the Allman Bros. in July of 2012. The band’s trend of co-headlining East Coast concerts continues this year with Santana teaming up with Rod Stewart.

I go way back in concert with each of these legendary artists. I first caught Rod Stewart as lead vocalist with the Jeff Beck Group at the Fillmore East on July 3, 1969. I then saw Santana for the first time live the following year, November 14, 1970 at the Capitol Theatre in Portchester, New York. What’s interesting about both artists is that there was a significant gap in time before I saw either of them again. I re engaged with Santana in August of 2002 (a 32 year gap). I have since seen Santana perform live an extra 19 times (21 Santana concerts in 44 years, 20 of those shows in the past 12 years). I had not seen Rod Stewart perform in 45 years. So let’s do the time warp again 😉

The concert was billed as The Voice, The Guitar and The Songs, Rod Stewart, Santana. The Santana band was the opening act. It’s important to note that this is not the Santana Corazon Tour. If you look at the Santana.com Website you will notice that the Santana Tour dates reflect two different tours, the dates with Rod Stewart and the Corazon Tour.


GALAXY DANCE INTRO
1. TOUSSAINT L’OUVERTURE
2. HOPE YOUR FEELING BETTER
3. BLACK MAGIC WOMAN / GYPSY QUEEN
4. OYE COMO VA
5. MARIA MARIA
6. FOO FOO
7. *CORAZON ESPINADO-(CINDY & BENNY SOLO)
8. JINGO
9. SACALO
10. SAJA/ RIGHT ON/ UMI SAYS
11. SMOOTH/ DAME TU AMOR

*W/ CINDY BLACKMAN-SANTANA

 

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Miles Davis On His 88th Birthday

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Forever Miles Davis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We are students of Miles. Miles Davis, mentor would have been 88 years old this day, Monday May 26, 2014. What a true Memorial Day it is for jazz fans everywhere!

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It is right and just that Miles Davis should have a street named after him in New York City on his 88th Birthday. After all he lived and created his extemporaneous genius at 312 West 77th Street. From this day forward we will know this street as Miles Davis Way.

The digital music technologist in me honored Miles legacy today by listening to various Miles Davis full album recordings in HQ via YouTube over the InterWeb.

The technology configuration I streamed Miles music through:

1. The Google Chromecast* USB attached to the back of a Sony HDTV 61″ LCD display. The television screen displayed the various covers and other images which is cool. (*Aided and abetted by the Google Chrome Browser extension on a MacBook Pro I7 with Mac OS/X 10.9.3)

2. I also connected to Optimum Cablevision Internet via a NetGear 802.11ac Wireless Router. Chromecast was then secured over that Wireless Access Point (WAP)

3. The sound was represented by a Sony Blu-Ray Home Theater 7.1 Surround Sound system.

It sounded fantastic!

 

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Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

Yesterday I wrote about the Super Duper Alice Cooper rockumentary. Today’s post is a companion reference about Alice Cooper’s manager, Shep Gordon and yes they are both in each of these documentary films. 😉

I was reading about Mike Myers (Austin Powers, SNL fame) curious to know what was going on with him when I learned about his latest project, a documentary called, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep GordonI Googled to find out more about, Mike Meyers, the film and its subject Shep Gordon. It turns out Mike Myers and Shep Gordon are long time friends and this documentary is a labor of mutual respect.

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According to IMDb:

In his directorial début, Mike Myers documents the astounding career of Hollywood insider, the loveable Shep Gordon, who fell into music management by chance after moving to LA straight out of college, and befriending Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix. Shep managed rock stars such as Pink Floyd, Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass and Alice Cooper, and later went on to manage chefs such as Emeril Lagasse, ushering in the era of celebrity chefs on television. Stuffed with fantastic archive footage the film traces Shep’s transformation from the 1970’s hedonist to today’s practicing Buddhist yearning for a family of his own.

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon will be available in cinemas on July 18th. Cool!

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Super Duper Alice Cooper

 Super Duper Alice Cooper” is the story of Vincent Furnier, a preacher’s son who struck fear into the hearts of parents everywhere as Alice Cooper, the most outrageous rock star of his generation.

This unique “doc opera, ” a dizzying blend of documentary archive footage, animation and rock opera goes from the early days of Alice as the frontman for a leading edge rock band in the sixties through the hazy decadence of global celebrity in the seventies and on to his comeback as the glam metal godfather in the eighties.

This is the tale of Alice and Vincent battling for each other’s souls. 

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Blue Note Jazz Festival, June 1-30, 2014, NYC

What I like about living 90 minutes out from New York City is the constant deluge of great music and entertainment events scheduled throughout the year that I can possibly take advantage of attending. If money and time were non-issues I’d love for us to witness more music performances per year.

 

I have been noticing more NY City regular scheduled week and month long events beginning with the Winter Jazz Fest in January, continuing with the month long Red Bull Music Academy Festival in  May and next:

The Blue Note Jazz Festival returns June 1-30, 2014, for the fourth year, with over 150 premier artists at more than 15 venues throughout New York City.

Featuring: Aretha Franklin, Bobby McFerrin & Questlove, Michael McDonald, Reggie Watts, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Michael Bolton, José James, André Previn & Christian McBride, Ramsey Lewis With Philip Bailey, Marcus Miller, Sérgio Mendes, Monty Alexander, Gato Barbieri, Danilo Pérez-John Patitucci-Brian Blade Trio, and many more.

The Blue Note Jazz Festival helps to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Blue Note Records.

 

 

 

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Jack White On The Cover of the Rolling Stone

Jack White continues to receive strong publicity for his next album, Lazaretto which drops on June 10th. He appears on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine which will be available on newsstands and as a digital magazine for the iPad on Friday May 23rd.

I am interested in gaining an insider’s glimpse into the private world and psyche of one our best innovative, creative music minds. I complement Rolling Stone Magazine’s contributing editor Jonah Weiner for orchestrating what portends to be an illuminating view of Jack White and his world.

For those of you who feel similar I encourage you to read the RS Web article, “Jack White’s Private World: Inside Rolling Stone’s New Issue”.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/jack-whites-private-world-inside-rolling-stones-new-issue-20140521#ixzz32PH0A5BO
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