Monthly Archives: February 2016

Ninth Anniversary with WordPress!

I’m very proud blogging with WordPress these past 9 years. What a victory for open source computing and freedom of expression. Did you know that one out of every four Web sites in the world today runs on WordPress?

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Born to Be Blue – Ethan Hawke

Spring 2016 offers jazz fans some great choices for famous trumpet player movies. I reported earlier on the Miles Davis biopic, Miles Ahead, starring Don Cheadle which opens April 1st in limited theaters (NY/LA). I am invited to attend the advance screening earlier in New York City as an IndieGoGo contributor but I have a schedule conflict that night darn it all.

I was just informed by the 92nd Street Y that Ethan Hawke will be appearing there with his new film about Chet Baker,¬†Born to Be Blue¬†on March 17th. He will conduct an interview after the screening. How cool is that ūüėČ

Reel Pieces with Annette Insdorf: Preview of “Born to Be Blue” and Conversation with Ethan Hawke

Date: Thu, Mar 17, 2016, 8 pm

Location: Lexington Avenue at 92nd St

Venue: Kaufmann Concert Hall

Price: from $32.00

Ethan Hawke stars as Chet Baker in this remarkably creative reimagining of the legendary jazz trumpeter’s struggle to overcome his drug addiction and stage a comeback.

Props To Metallica, Our Record Store Day 2016 Ambassador

This is HUGE! I am excited to share with my readers that Metallica has been chosen as Record Store Day 2016 Ambassador. Record Store Day 2016 will take place on Saturday April 16, 2016. 

For Record Store Day 2016, Metallica’s official release will be a special live CD, Libert√©, Egalit√©, Fraternit√©, Metallica!¬†– Live at Le Bataclan. Paris, France – June 11th, 2003, a live concert recording from the Paris theatre that became the focus of the world in November 2015.

Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica! РLive at Le Bataclan. Paris, France РJune 11th, 2003 Track List:

1. “The Four Horsemen”
2. “Leper Messiah”
3. “No Remorse”
4. “Fade to Black”
5. “Frantic”
6. “Ride the Lightning”
7. “Blackened”
8. “Seek and Destroy”
9. “Damage, Inc.”

The Metallica specialty release allows the charitable donation of its proceeds to go to the Fondation de France’s Give For France Charity. This all fits into a larger theme for Record Store Day 2016 underscoring the relationship between U.S. record stores and our French counterparts, between Record Store Day and Disquaire Day, and between music/arts loving human beings in the United States, France and the World!



Metallica also discusses in the RSD 2016 video the upcoming deluxe reissues of their first two albums, Kill ‘Em All and Ride the Lightning, which feature previously unreleased demos, full live concerts and more. Those reissues will ¬†drop the day before, April 15th.

Lots to look forward to about Record Store Day 2016. Additional details to follow. Heavy Metal and Vinyl Lovers Unite!

Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder is Pure Delight

Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder

Featuring: Joe Doria (Hammond B3), Farko Dusomov (Bass), John Fricke (Trumpet), Danny Godinez (Guitars), and Michael Shrieve (Drums)

Label: Colorburst Soundfield, Total Length: 54:34

Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder is a delightful instrumental album . It grabs your attention immediately with the fast paced opening track, “Pop¬†Raladrao”.

Michael Shrieve

Spellbinder’s cohesive experimental latin jazz forms a symbiotic relationship with the listener. Your musical tastebuds will acquire abundant sensory pleasure. Then be prepared to be transported to an expansive audio gallery.

Joe Doria
Danny Godinez






I enjoy the democratic balance each musician contributes as they take their logical turn weaving a well-constructed audio tapestry.

The band echoes the ¬†Miles Davis Electric period at times (“Bridge The Gap”). I hear strong references to¬†Stuff (“I Don’t Believe You”)¬†a¬†New York City-based jazz-funk band active in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

But make no mistake about how Spellbinder has branded its own unique sound. We had the good fortune six years ago to witness Spellbinder live at a club, ToST in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. I was impressed that night with how tight and rhythmic the band played. The maturity that Spellbinder evidences since is well-established throughout the eleven tracks.

Farko Dosumov

If you love jazz-fusion or any form of experimental jazz you owe it yourself to add ¬†Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder¬†to your collection.

John Fricke







  1. Pop Raladrao
  2. One
  3. Renewal
  4. Darkside
  5. Deliverance
  6. Trilioini
  7. 1902
  8. I Don’t Believe You
  9. Grump
  10. Market
  11. Bridge The Gap

Larry Young In Paris: The ORTF Recordings

Resonance Records, in partnership with the National Audiovisual Institute (INA) of France, is pleased to announce the release of Larry Young In Paris/The ORTF Recordings. Presenting groundbreaking performances by jazz organist and pianist, Larry Young, these studio and live recordings from 1964 and 1965 made for French Radio and never before issued on record will be released on March 11, 2016 in deluxe 2-CD and limited edition 2-LP sets.

Track Listing
Disc One:

  • Trane of Thought (6:46)
  • Talkin¬í About JC (14:53)
  • Mean To Me (4:12)
  • La Valse Grise (16:09)
  • Discoth√®que (10:43)

Disc Two:

  • Luny Tune (4:36)
  • Beyond All Limits (7:36)
  • Black Nile (13:59)
  • Zoltan (20:31)
  • Larry¬ís Blues (6:13)

Producer Zev Feldman notes, “It¬ís particularly exciting because none of this music has ever been heard before except on its initial broadcast in France five decades ago. I think that¬ís something to celebrate and a call for us all ¬Ė as we often do with the archival recordings we at Resonance Records uncover ¬Ė to revisit and discuss this legendary artist¬ís legacy.”¬†

Major Release Highlights

  • First release of all previously unreleased Larry Young recordings in nearly 40 years.
  • Featuring the iconic jazz organist Larry Young with Woody Shaw (trumpet), Nathan Davis (saxophone), Billy Brooks (drums) & others.
  • Endorsed by the estate of Larry Young.
  • Extensive liner notes with essays and interviews by John McLaughlin, Dr. Lonnie Smith, John Medeski, Bill Laswell, Nathan Davis, Andre Francis, producer Zev Feldman, Larry Young III & Woody Shaw III.
  • Includes rare and previously unreleased photos from the Francis Wolff, Jean-Pierre Leloir and INA archives.
  • Tracks include an over 20-minute version of ¬ďZoltan,¬Ē ¬ďBeyond All Limits¬Ē from the classicUnity album, as well as other mid-1960¬ís songs including ¬ďTalkin¬í About J.C.¬Ē and ¬ďLuny Tune.¬Ē¬†

Larry Young’s son, Larry Young III, writes in his essay included in the album book, “In the decades since his death, more and more people have discovered the magnitude of his contribution to all of the genres of music in which he was a creative and trailblazing force. My father truly lit a fire, which is still burning, although he has been gone for almost four decades. His music is still relevant and fresh.”

Intel INMUSIC and the House of Gaga

The music technologist inside me is thrilled to see Intel entering into a multi-year partnership with The Recording Academy. The use of 3D Facial Projection Technique at the beginning of Lady Gaga’s tribute to David Bowie was innovative and compelling to experience.

Intel and the House of Gaga, have I believe, begun a mutual journey of expanding the vision of how technology will revolutionize live music. I envision greater collaborative efforts in the future which is what music needs to reach that next dimension of appreciation.

Bravo, Intel, House of Gaga and The Recording Academy, you have founded the new formula of creative, innovative excellence. We can’t wait to experience what you have in store for us next and beyond.

The Hendrix Flat Opens

“Well I never been to England
But I kinda like the Beatles
Songwriter: Hoyt Axton Song Lyrics: Never Been To Spain

We long to visit London, England one day. Tourist attractions associated with The Beatles and the British Invasion are high on our list. A destination to include on the itinerary would be the flat Jimi Hendrix and his then girlfriend, Kathy Etchingham rented at 23 Brook Street, Mayfair.

Photo: Alamy


The Handel House Trust unveiled the Hendrix Flat this past week on February 10th.  It allows fans to witness the rooms where the greatest rock instrumentalist in history conducted his famous jam sessions and, most excitingly, to view highlights from his varied music collection.

What I find fascinating is that the Hendrix Flat was right next door to the Handel house where the classic composer George Frideric Handel lived for 36 years. The synergy of music purveyors Handel and Hendrix in the same building is total kharma.

Credit: Handel House Trust

The restored flat comes complete with Hendrix‚Äôs old Epiphone FT79 acoustic guitar, which he used to devise his epic cover of Bob Dylan‚Äôs ‚ÄėAll Along the Watchtower‚Äô.

Credit: Michael Bowles/Handel & Hendrix in London

Hendrix’s Vinyl Collection

Examining the timeframe when Jimi Hendrix resided with Kathy Etchingham in 1968 it was in-between the albums, Axis Bold As Love and Electric Ladyland. 


The Vinyl Factor wrote an article about the vinyl records that Jimi Hendrix listened to while he was living at the flat,¬†EXPLORE JIMI HENDRIX‚ÄôS RECORD COLLECTION IN LONDON.¬†Jimi Hendrix’s personal record collection included records from sitar guru Ravi Shankar and French music concr√®te pioneer Pierre Henry, psychedelic outfit Red Crayola and a copy of Handel‚Äôs Messiah performed by the English Chamber Orchestra.


For Jimi Hendrix, 23 Brook Street was the doorstep to the London music scene of the late 60s. His flat was a short stroll from legendary venues like the Marquee, the Speakeasy and The Scotch of St James and he would spend many evenings wandering from club to club looking for a chance to play.

Photography: Barrie Wentzell

Momentum Builds for the Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman Project

Momentum builds for Yes fans as news circulates on Facebook Fan Pages and discussion forums about the eventuality of an ARW music project which features Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman and Trevor Rabin.

Courtesy of Janet Lynne Mocarsky

As a Yes fan, this is the nucleus I am most eager to assimilate. Call me a purist but I prefer Jon Anderson’s signature vocals set against a richly laden progressive rock backdrop.

Unofficial logo, fan design (Creds to Ben Metcalf, Winston Arntz)

All three artists have shared tidbits about the ARW project through their Websites. There will be a brand new ARW studio album later this year. A U.S. tour projected to begin in October (U.K./Europe, February/March 2017). An announcement about the tour logistics and hopefully more published soon.

Rick Wakeman: The Myths & Legends Of King Arthur 2016

It’s an honor to offer¬†financial assistance to progressive rock composer/keyboardist, Rick Wakeman‘s initiative. He just launched a crowd-funding project on PledgeMusic, “The Myths & Legends Of King Arthur 2016”.

‚ÄúI have always had in mind re-recording and performing an extended version of King Arthur as it has only ever been performed three times in the UK. I am delighted to now have the opportunity to do this and especially so with the help of the fans and my campaign on PledgeMusic‚Ķ‚Ķand if all goes well, maybe one day put it back on ice! In the meantime, I‚Äôm Iooking forward to the premi√®re performance at the O2 in London on June 19th as part of the Stone Free Festival.‚ÄĚ
Rick Wakeman

The new recordings will be free of the studio limitations and single disc duration of the original and the new record will be a double album as it was originally intended to be.
There will also be new artwork by Roger Dean and the album will be available on a 2 x CD format, limited edition 2 X 12″ LP, and high¬†resolution quality digital download, this new recording includes all the original music and also five new pieces of music all in the style of the original recording.

By ordering your copy of this new recording of The Myths & Legends Of King Arthur on PledgeMusic, you’ll also gain access to recording updates, bonus content, video clips and much more.