International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert – April 30th, 2015

If you missed the live event like I did earlier, watch the on demand concert here —> http://live.jazzday.com

Jazz On.

Jazz means respecting the dignity of every woman and man.

The 2015 All-Star Global Concert will feature a cast of internationally renowned jazz artists including pianists John Beasley (Music Director), A Bu, Eliane Elias, Antonio Faraò, Isfar Sarabski and Herbie Hancock; trumpeters Till Brönner, Avishai Cohen, Hugh Masekela and Claudio Roditi; vocalists Dee Dee Bridgewater, Al Jarreau, Annie Lennox, Rudy Pérez and Dianne Reeves; saxophonists Igor Butman, Femi Kuti, Guillaume Perret and Wayne Shorter; bassists James Genus, Marcus Miller and Ben Williams; guitarist Lee Ritenour; drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, percussionist Mino Cinelu, harmonica player Grégoire Maret, and oud player Dhafer Youssef.

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Classic Quadrophenia

Pete Townsend has that unique talent to reinvent himself with his music. Imagine you write, score and deliver two major rock operas in your life. That is an amazing feat. The evolution of Quadrophenia into “Classic Quadrophenia” adds dimensionality and superb texture. For the last three years Townshend has worked closely with his partner Rachel Fuller on brand new arrangements for orchestra, soloists and choir. The results add a greater meaning to our existence through love, sea and life’s epic journey.

Classic Quadrophenia will be released by the esteemed classical label Deutsche Grammophon. It features the London Oriana Choir and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The world premiere will take place on July 5th, 2015, at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Would love to attend that event.

Here is the first taste of the bountiful summer harvest, “Love Reign O’er Me”. British tenor Alfie Boe is stellar as lead vocalist!

WordPress 4.2 “Powell”

The high degree of usability WordPress provides in their blogging and content management system validates their global success. WordPress is a premier example of Open Source triumphant. WordPress was used by more than 23.3% of the top 10 million websites as of January 2015.[6]

The WordPress design/development team is constantly improving how efficiently their technology allows us to express and commuincate our thoughts with readers. The rapid constant delivery of invaluable features in WordPress versions increases the excitement for me as a music technologist/journalist. It is my favorite community in the Web to participate with and benefit from.

Each new version of WordPress is named after a famous jazz musician. I love to anticipate who that featured musician will be each successive release. WordPress 4.2, “Powell” is named after jazz pianist Bud Powell, a leading figure in the development of bebop. Powell was also a composer, and he “greatly extended the range of jazz harmony.”[1]

Rickie Lee Jones – More About “The Other Side of Desire”

Its been great getting updated by Rickie Lee Jones about her next recording, “The Other Side of Desire” on PledgeMusic. As a devout music fan I love being in the loop during the artistic process.

Rickie Lee just shared with us “pledgers” the cover image and the track listing. Don’t you just dig that photograph 😉

By the way it’s not to late to pledge.

Track Listing

1. Jimmy Choos
2. Valtz de Mon Pere (Lovers’ Oath)
3. J’ai Connais Pas
4. Blinded By The Hunt
5. Infinity
6. I Wasn’t Here
7. Christmas in New Orleans
8. Haunted
9. Feet On The Ground
10. Juliette
11. Finale; (A Spider In The Circus Of The Falling Star)

So Rickie Lee. More teaser tracks please 🙂

Santana IV Reunion Update

It’s been an exciting month plus for the original members of Santana and longtime Santana fans.

Texas – March 19

The Santana IV Reunion “Live” commences in stages. Gregg Rolie joins Santana in Corpus Christie, Texas on March 19th. It serves as a dress rehearsal for the Santana Mexico concerts to follow.

Gregg and Carlos
Photo Copyright Libby Fabro

Mexico – March 

Santana reunion efforts began to further gel when Gregg goes on to perform with Carlos and the Band in Monterrey, MX, Cumbre Tajin Festival and at two special co-headline events with Journey in Guadalajara and Mexico City.

Videos of Gregg Rolie sitting in with Santana performing “Black Magic Woman” begin to surface on YouTube.

Things really get exciting when the original Santana nucleus expands when Journey and Santana co-headline. We see Neal Schon playing guitar with Carlos Santana set against the rhythmic backdrop of the Santana band.

Neal Schon has been the motivator pushing for the Santana reunion. I am thankful that he has been instrumental in driving Santana IV to that goal.

Neal, Gregg and Carlos Santana do the dynamic tracks from Santana III, “Batuka/No One To Depend On”, “Everybody’s Everything”. How cool is that?

Copyright Chad Tasky

The stage is set for completing the Santana IV recording in Las Vegas the next month. Can you say supercharged? I knew that you could 😉

The Santana Three
Photo Copyright Libby Fabro

Las Vegas – April 2015

The Santana IV Reunion scene shifts to Las Vegas, Nevada. The composition and recording of the final three tracks for the Santana IV recording enters high gear. The Santana IV recording team and studio musicians assemble at Odds On Records and Studios (Audio Mix House) in Henderson, Nevada. Michael Shrieve and Michael Carabello join Neal, Gregg and Carlos to put down the last tracks for Santana IV. They are joined by Benny Rietveld on bass and Karl Perazzo on percussion. Jim Reitzel, Head Engineer at Tarpan Studios mans the boards, coordinating the sounds Santana IV seeks to make. Jim has worked actively with Santana over the years. He becomes the glue to bond Santana IV together. I wonder if he will also be chiefly responsible for the mixing that follows next?

Photo courtesy of Benny Rietveld via Facebook
Copyright Chad Tasky

Neal Schon has been vocal about Santana IV touring live at some point in the future. Can wait to see Santana IV live!

I wonder what record label Santana IV will be released and distributed by. Who has the rights? SONY, Arista, or Starfish?

My hat is off to Santana IV!

Copyright Chad Tasky

Good things come to those who wait!

Special Mention

We are fortunate to have the camera team of Libby Fabro and Chad Tasky documenting the events. I think Libby Fabro is a photographer for Team Santana. Chad Tasky is a San Francisco based photographer and filmmaker. Chad was a drum tech for Santana for a time. Props to both photographers for being our inside image sources for Santana IV. Your respective photos are superb.

Music Pulitzer Prize 2015 Awarded To Julia Wolfe For Anthracite Fields

© Peter Serling

Julia Wolfe, a composer associated with the new-music collective Bang on a Can was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for music for Anthracite Fields. The Pulitzer jury described the piece as “a powerful oratorio for chorus and sextet evoking Pennsylvania coal-mining life around the turn of the 20th century.” The hour-long work was commissioned by the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, which gave the world première, along with the Bang on a Can All-Stars, April 26, 2014 in Philadelphia.

The recording of Anthracite Fields is planned to be released in September.

Photo by Derek V. Smythe