Bob Weir, Blue Mountain

I am thrilled that Bob Weir will soon release a new solo album of original songs. The work is titled, ‘Blue Mountain‘ and will be available on September 30th.

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Bob Weir is a hard-working musician. His collaborative musical abilities ring profoundly in the Music of Our Heart.

 

The release will be his first album of entirely original material in thirty years. Producer Josh Kaufman partnered with Weir on the album, which features songwriting collaboration with Josh Ritter and performances from guitarists Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner and bassist Scott DevendorfThe album features twelve new songs that draw on Weir’s earlier experiences working on a ranch in Wyoming as a teenager. Weir will be performing in support of the album this fall on his “Campfire Tour.”

There will be at least one song co-written with John Perry Barlow who has been instrumental in Bob Weir’s cannon of music.

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Blue Mountain Tracklist:
01. Only a River
02. Cottonwood Lullaby
03. Gonesville
04. Lay My Lily Down
05. Gallop on the Run
06. Whatever Happened to Rose
07. What the Ghost Towns Know
08. Darkest Hour
09. Ki-Yi Bossie
10. Storm Country
11. Blue Mountain
12. One More River To CrossBob Weir 2016 Tour Dates:
10/07 – San Rafael, CA @ Marin County Civic Center
10/08 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
10/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
10/12 – Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre
10/14-15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
10/16 – Port Chester, NY @ The Capitol Theatre
10/19 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium

Mr. Robot

I took a new assignment to develop a training curriculum for cybersecurity professionals. I need to understand the psyche of successful threat hunters.  As luck would have it, I have a found a television show well suited to that task.

The show is called Mr. Robot. The series is in its second season on USA Network. The lead character ElliotAlderson, played by Rami Malek has become my study.

I am leveraging the extensive knowledge presented by Mr. Robot’s research team. Granted it’s a television show but I’ve been given a good look inside a security operations center along with the the tools of the trade on Elliot’s workstation.

The edgy music that underscores the production adds a powerful dimension to the experience. The Mac Quayle penetrating score is played entirely on electronic instruments. There is a strong allegiance to pioneering German groups like Can, Cluster and Tangerine Dream.

Tomutonttu Trarat Spaceship Stream

Interesting music will show up in my Inbox from time to time. Last night I received a promotional announcement from Leaving Records, a Los Angeles-based label run by musician Matthew David McQueen aka Matthewdavid and Jesselissa Moretti. The label began in 2009, focusing mainly on cassette releases. Not sure how they found me, must have been a mailing list I signed up for I guess?

Their unique label informed me about Tomutonttu Trarat Spaceship Stream. Since I am both a curious person and highly supportive of new music alternatives, I decided to investigate further. I must admit I was intrigued with the notion of a hand-painted cassette in the age of cloud digital bits. The music is also available in the cloud with Spotify and Sound Cloud representation for discovery purposes.

Tomutonttu is a multi-disciplinary artist and Leaving Records’ psychic music mentor Jan Anderzén from Finland. Head cosmonaut of musical spaceship Kemialliset Ystävät for the past twenty years, Tomutonttu is the name of Jan’s solo sonic explorations in Electro-Acoustic Elven/Faerie Groove Collage. Jan was commissioned by a classical music festival in his home town of Tampere Finland to write some new music, and “Trarat” is a collection of tracks recorded during this writing process.

I found the music challenging and different. Perhaps it wasn’t the most ideal sound for my 6:00 am cup of coffee. But I needed something to do while my business computer upgraded to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update😉

I listened to all 9 tracks, intrigued with Jan’s perspective of space classical musique electronique. The compositions grew on me. I smiled when I heard the track, Katukissan Puhe. I liked the rhythm it produced in my psyche.

MusicofOurHeart has a new influence to explore further this day via Finland and Los Angeles.

Like Devo says, “It’s a Beautiful World We Live In”.

Yale School of Music, Jazz Initiative

Academia provides an invaluable furtherance for musical study.

I am blessed to live a stone’s throw away from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Due to an anonymous gift to the Yale School of Music the legacy of jazz studies will continue to thrive and expand for everyone’s cultural benefit. Read more about the rejuvenation of jazz studies at Yale here.

Wayne Escoffery, Grammy Award-winning award saxophonist joins the illustrious ranks of influential jazz musicians like Christian McBride, bassist appointed artistic director of the Newport Jazz Festival and Jason Moran, pianist who is the artistic director at The Kennedy Center. Professor Escoffery will be teaching a jazz improvisation course and coaching the Yale Jazz Ensemble.

 

Later this year the Yale School of Music celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Ellington Jazz Series (2016-2017) commencing with a performance by Savion Glover on September 30 at Morse Recital Hall.

David Crosby, Lighthouse

David Crosby announces his new album Lighthouse, out October 21st on GroundUP Music/Verve Label Group. The very skilful record is an intimate, stripped-down set that highlights Crosby’s instantly recognizable voice, incisive songwriting, and incomparable guitar work. The palpable joy in the 9-song collection captures the iconic artist in an unexpected burst of inspiration. “To create brand new music that I’m excited about is a pearl beyond price,” says the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.

Lighthouse features a rare economy of sound, filled primarily by Crosby’s voice and guitars, and Michael League of Snarky Puppy’s skillful production. There’s a sparse, unvarnished quality to the tracks that allows the songs breathing room and for the full emotional weight of the lyrics to emerge, unencumbered by extraneous instrumentation.

On album opener, “Things We Do For Love,” written for his wife of nearly 40-years Jan, Crosby’s vocals show a poetic tenderness. On “Paint You A Picture,” a cinematic tale of romantic regret co-written with Marc Cohn (“Walking In Memphis”), they are filled with remorseful resignation. The longtime social activist lands his political punches as he bitingly condemns the craven politicians who send other people’s children to war on “Somebody Other Than You,” and compassionately reminds us that we are all the same on “Look In Their Eyes,” a poignant tale about immigration inspired by the Syrian refugee crisis.

Listen to “Things We Do For Love” here.

Jim Marshall: Jazz Festival

Published by Reel Art Press

Edited by Amelia Davis, Tony Nourmand. Introduction by Nat Hentoff. Foreword by President Bill Clinton. Designed by Graham Marsh.

Jim Marshall is known as the defining father of music photography and his intimate photographs of the greats of rock & roll, country, folk, blues and jazz are legendary. Renowned for his extraordinary access and ability to capture the perfect moment, his influence is second to none. In 2014, Marshall became the only photographer ever to be honored by the Grammys with a Trustees Award for his life’s work.

Published here for the first time ever are Marshall’s jazz festival photographs from the 1960s, which capture the crowd, the performances and unguarded moments with jazz icons such as Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Ray Charles and many more.

Over 95% of the material in this breathtaking volume has never been seen before. Marshall’s remarkable photographs of the festivals at Newport and Monterey immortalize the unique energy and soul of these celebrations of jazz. Complete access to Marshall’s vast archive has been granted for this book. It includes a foreword by President Bill Clinton and an introduction by renowned jazz writer Nat Hentoff, and is designed by art director Graham Marsh (The Cover Art of Blue Note Records, Hollywood and the Ivy Look). This is the first in a series of books to be published by Reel Art Press in collaboration with the Jim Marshall Archive.

Jim Marshall (1936–2010) was born in Chicago. While still in high school, he purchased his first camera and began documenting musicians and artists in San Francisco. Over a 50-year career he created hundreds of legendary images that came into public consciousness through magazine features, more than 500 album covers and six books: Monterey Pop, Not Fade Away, Proof, Jazz, Trust and Pocket Cash.

From Thelonious Monk to John Coltrane, Miles Davis to Nina Simone, Jim Marshall’s defining photographs of the 1960s jazz scene

Steven Wilson Remixes

I am very thankful that we have an artist with such instinctual technological skills who brings us these fantastic high-resolution progressive rock remixes. Steven Wilson embodies the true spirit of progressive rock. His genius is our joy.

When I think about how much trust Yes, Robert Fripp of King Crimson, Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull place in his innate abilities it makes me proud to own and promote these recordings. As Jon Anderson has sung, “Your temple is the harmony, You feel the sacred ground”  (from To Be Alive.) 

The latest remix is Tales From Topographic Oceans the fifth in a series of expanded Yes (official) classics, released in 3CD/Blu-Ray and 2CD/2DVDA configurations. The album has been remixed in both stereo and 5.1 surround sound from the original multi-track tapes, and approved by Yes.

2 CDs feature the new mix of the original album, an unedited / extended version of Dance of the Dawn (side one), and 5 newly created “single” edits focussing on the song sections of the extended pieces. A third CD available only with the blu-ray edition features a complete alternate version of the album using live tracks and studio run throughs. Of these “High The Memory” (a studio run-through of side 2), and “Ritual” (live in Zurich, April 1974) are previously unreleased.

The Blu-Ray and DVDAs feature the original stereo mix, and the new stereo and 5.1 mixes in high resolution. The blu-ray additionally contains the extended Dance of the Dawn in stereo & 5.1 surround sound, the 5 edits, instrumental mixes, the alternate versions, and other bonus material, all in high resolution.

You can pre-order this item on Headphone Dust here.

Thank you Steven Wilson, you bring such life and resonance to my Progressive Rock music library.

National Blues Museum – St. Louis, Missouri

I am thankful for the CBS Sunday Morning television show. It constantly increases my awareness of the performance arts and other subjects.

This morning I learned about my new music pilgrimage stop, The National Blues Museum based in St. Louis, Missouri. Adding this invaluable place to my bucket list.

Heart – Beautiful Broken

These ladies so rock! Pumped to have Heart‘s 16th album, Beautiful Broken which dropped yesterday. Totally cool that James Hetfield of Metallica helps drive the title track.

Kudos to co-producers Nancy Wilson and Heart bassist Dan Rothchild love the gritty sound.

My favorite track after the first listen is “Heaven”.

 

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