Monthly Archives: February 2017

Welcome to the Jazzless Age: Change in New York Times coverage spells trouble for a scene

Nate Chinen joined WBGO as the Director of Editorial Content at the start of 2017. In addition to overseeing a range of coverage at WBGO.org, he works closely with programs including Jazz Night in America and The Checkout, and contributes to a range of jazz programming on NPR.

Ben Ratliff is a part-time faculty instructor at NYU.

What changes in music coverage at The New York Times mean for jazz

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Gregg Allman – Southern Blood

When I think of the blues I hear the trademark sound of Gregg Allman’s voice swirling with a Hammond B3 Organ and Leslie speakers.

I was curious about the origin of Gregg’s love of the blues. During an interview in Keyboard Magazine in 2011, Gregg spoke about the first exposure he and his brother Duane experienced with blues music.

“We used to listen to this radio station called WLAC, which broadcasted from Gallatin, Tennessee. There was this DJ called “Big John R.” He’d play Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, Lightnin’ Hopkins, all of ’em. That was really our first taste of the blues. We listened to that show religiously.”

The blues giants had a powerful imprint on Gregg’s career. I am grateful for The Allman Brothers exposing me to the rich heritage of the Southern blues.

I was curious about what Gregg Allman has been up to since The Allman Brothers retired at the end of 2014.  Happily, there will be a new Gregg Allman studio album, Southern Blood available on March 29th.

Southern Blood produced by Don Was and due to be released on Rounder Records. Join the Gregg Allman mailing list to learn more information. Preorders for CD and vinyl editions are available on the Gregg Allman Store now.

Asia – Symfonia: Live in Bulgaria 2013

Progressive rock has been decimated  by the deaths of Keith Emerson, Greg Lake, and John Wetton within the last year. Prog Rock Magazine will be featuring a cover story about John Wetton’s music and life in their next issue.

Asia has released a three-disc live set, Symfonia: Live in Bulgaria 2013 which serves as their memorial to late singer John Wetton.

It was recorded in the Plovdiv Roman Theatre at the Sounds of the Ages festival four years ago and marks one of guitarist Sam Coulson’s first appearances with Asia after he replaced founding member Steve Howe. “The band never sounded better,” Wetton later said of the performance.

Asia, ‘Symfonia: Live in Bulgaria 2013′ Track Listing
“Sole Survivor”
“Time Again”
“Face On The Bridge”
“My Own Time”
“Holy War”
“An Extraordinary Life”
“Days Like These”
“Open Your Eyes”
“Only Time will Tell”
“Don’t Cry”
“Heroine”
“The Smile Has Left Your Eyes”
“Wildest Dreams”
“Heat of the Moment”

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Days of Future Passed in its 50th Year

Many of the artists who are essential to my DNA music fabric will be celebrating 50th anniversaries this year. The Moody Blues announced last week that they are embarking on a Days Of Future Passed, 50th Anniversary Tour. The U.S. Tour commences on June 3rd and runs through July 23rd. They will be performing their iconic album live onstage in its entirety for the first time.

The Moody Blues forged a unique direction with the Days Of….second album. I love the risks they took incorporating a symphony with their sound. They achieved cross-over to classical, especially with the album art.  I can’t decide if this album represents psychedelic or progressive rock as a genre.

In Search of a Lost Chord is definitely psychedelic rock with the song about Timothy Leary, “Legend of a Mind” and the Moody’s experiment with LSD. The album cover represents an acid trip.

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I think I’ll spend Saturday listening to The Moody Blues on Apple Music through the SONOS Play One to overcome the dreary day.

Prog Magazine – Jethro Tull Issue

Excellent issue this month about Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull. Jethro Tull disbanded in 2012. Jethro Tull will celebrate a 50th-anniversary at the end of January 2018. Ian Anderson is working on a studio Jethro Tull recording that will mark that moment in rock history.

I have been trying to learn more about what happened between Ian Anderson and lead guitarist Martin Barre. Prog Magazine covers that story in depth in this issue.

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I have been a Jethro Tull fan since 1968, starting with the first recording, This Was. I purchased Jethro Tull recordings steadily until 1980 when I hit marginal utility with the 13th studio album. Tull stopped clicking for me. I took a hiatus until 2002 when Ian Anderson began doing his Rubbing Elbows tours. I resumed seeing Jethro Tull live in concert on the 40th-anniversary tour in 2008 and again with the  Thick as a Brick 2 tour as a free concert.

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I look forward to the 50th-anniversary celebration of Jethro Tull. Prog Magazine has been instrumental in rekindling my interest in the Jethro Tull and Ian Anderson 80’s era discography. I especially like the recordings The Broadsword and the Beast and Crest of a Knave.

 

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Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on February 12, 2017. The CBS network will broadcast the show live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The most prestigious party associated with the event is the Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala. The festivities take place tonight, Saturday, February, 11 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

This year’s guests will include Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Ringo Starr, Metallica, Pharrell Williams, John Legend, Michael Keaton, Jane Fonda, Nile Rogers, Mary J. Blige, Britney Spears, Neil Young, Brian Grazer, Larry King, Andrea Day and Wiz Khalifa.

Clive Davis’s influence has been felt for 50 years in the music industry. He will be honored with a documentary, Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives which opens the 16th Annual Tribeca Film Festival, at Radio City Music Hall on April 19, 2017. After the screening, an all-star music concert will take place featuring performances by Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson and Earth, Wind & Fire. (to name a few)

The documentary is based on Clive Davis’s 2013 bestselling autobiography:

I admire Clive Davis who was President of Columbia-CBS Group in the heyday (1967-1973) at Big Black Rock on 52nd Street in New York City. This was a significant period that expanded my rock music appreciation.

An early pop signing of his was the British folk-rock musician Donovan, who enjoyed a string of successful hit singles and albums released in the U.S. on the Epic Records label.

Clive Davis went on to further success by founding Arista Records in 1975 by signing Patti Smith, Barry Manilow, and after Whitney Houston.

He’s 84 and still a pivotal force in the recording industry as Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music Entertainment.