The healing light of Lisbeth Scott

I want to share with you an artist who I firmly believe to be blessed with the gift of healing through her music and voice. Her name is Lisbeth Scott. I have been fortunate to become a fan and recipient of Lisbeth’s healing light for the past five years now.

I first encountered Lisbeth’s vocals as a byproduct of listening to Paul Schwartz’s State of Grace II recording. My interest about Paul’s music originated from learning that Carlos Santana had collaborated with Paul Schwartz on the track, Curacion (Sunlight On Water). A beautiful song that opens magically as a bright light flower, then carries us across the water as we float upon its petals.

The song that fortified my faith and told me that Lisbeth Scott channels the singing voice of Mother Mary is entitled Fear Not. I am moved to tears whenever I hear this song as I visualize Mary comforting her son Jesus before he was crucified on the cross to save mankind. Lisbeth is truly blessed with the holy spirit as a compassionate person. These are the reasons why I believe Lisbeth was chosen to be the vocal coach for the movie, The Passion of the Christ 🙂

This leads us to Lisbeth Scott’s latest recording, Biomusique, the 10,000 steps which is due to be released next week on May 13th, 2008. A well crafted collaboration with Greg Ellis that will warm your psyche as it guides you along the path  of your inner pursuit.

I have been listening to the Biomusique music player solidly for more than a week now. It has brought many  waves of peace and harmony to my soul. This recording is a healing musical tapestry that slowly engulfs you with newfound depth and purpose. I urge you to give the music player on Biomusique’s web site a listen. The soothing sounds will embrace you like the essence of spring flowers as they embroider their fragrance across your heart.

Namaste’

Yours In Healing and Music, Ed 

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NIN the slip – Hey It’s Free!

It took me far too long to catch up with NIN, Nine Inch Nails. It had to do with time, inclination, false reservations, capacity, personal bandwidth and other aspects of the “grey matter” psyche that get in the path of great music being able to reach our hearts and ears.

The past two NIN recordings Ghosts I-IV and the latest recording, the slip are fascinating, soulful, introspective works of art that speak to the sensibility of the human spirit. I especially love the ambient sound of Ghosts I-IV.

I really appreciate Trent Reznor and NIN making the slip available for free download. Its exciting to receive their music direct and immediate, the download process is very streamlined, well managed and coordinated. I feel both trusted and privileged that NIN shares their music this way. There are various media forms of the spin available. I decided to get the Apple (M4A) Lossless edition and added it to my iTunes library on my MacBook Pro. The musical woven tapestry took residence in my psyche quickly by forming a strong connection via the unique sounds and electronics incorporated.

I like their wiki, the nine inch nails wiki

Explore the slip….

 

A Power Stronger Than Itself: The A.A.C.M. and Experimental Music

I can always count on the NY Times Music section to enlighten, inform and add to the depth of my passion for music. For those of you who have a prurient interest in the jazz form, or if you’d like to develop that interest I urge you to read this article, “Four Decades of Music That Redefined Free”. Also take a look at the article’s side bar which features a dozen vital Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) jazz works both past and present that are certain to redefine your musical horizon.

As some of you know I minored in music in college and I was fortunate enough to have some of the best music scholars from Wesleyan University expand my consciousness about jazz, blues and world music. The NY Times article by Nate Chinen highlights a note worthy achievement that my former music professors would be raving about. Its very cool that George Lewis’s book represents AACM and it’s four decades of avant-garde jazz and musical creative genius contributions.

“A Power Stronger Than Itself: The A.A.C.M. and Experimental Music,” is a vitally important book by the trombonist-composer-scholar George Lewis from the University of Chicago Press
I bought this book as the era it spans is the same time frame when I discovered free form jazz. I will follow up on this music posting with a more comprehensive review after I have read and digested this work.

Should you be inclined and be in the NY City area. A concert and discussion tied to the publication of “A Power Stronger Than Itself” will be held on May 9 at the Community Church of New York, 40 East 35th Street, Manhattan, contact The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) New York
 for more details.

 

Miles from India

I literally stumbled upon this monumental collaboration, Miles from India.  As a lark I picked up a copy of All About Jazz – New York the newspaper yesterday and on the inside cover is a full page ad for the Miles from India concert at Town Hall, May 9, 2008. It really caught my eye thankfully for I have had my heart and mind opened to some fantastic music.

The cross collaboration of combining world class musicians from India with members of various Miles Davis bands over the years is an exciting project that really works. The 12 recordings cover the electric and be-bop phases of Miles Davis’s career.

I downloaded Miles from India from Zune and have been playing it avidly ever since. The musicians you will hear and groove along with are just phenomenal.  I am taken with the musicianship of Pete Cosey, Mike Stern, Benny Rietveld, Lenny White and John McLaughlin for starters. The musicians from India are impressing the heck out of me. Ravi Chary on sitar, plays such a transformational style on the track All Blues. 

I’m including a video from YouTube that Benny Rietveld mentioned to me. It gives you a sense of the joy and improvisation this recording generated.

Here is a review of Miles from India from Pop Matters.

Expand your consciousness with Miles from India, you won’t regret a single note 🙂

Live Your Light, Edje

Eric Burdon at the Meriden Daffodil Festival

I have always wanted to see Eric Burdon perform. His music with the Animals, then later on with Sky Pilot, War, Spill the Wine and his latest recording Soul of a Man are amongst my favorite musical memories.

The past few years the Meriden Daffodil Festival has become a treasure trove of live music from the 60s. I have seen The Turtles, John Sebastian play there. Its a great place to get close to the artists.

Eric Burdon and the Animals set was a lively chorus of music. Eric’s voice was in top form.

He is an exciting bluesman. The Animals hits went over well with the crowd as we sang and danced along, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, We Gotta Get Out of This Place, It’s My Life and the perennial classic House of the Rising Sun (1964).

What I really liked about Eric Burdon’s live performance were the songs from the Soul of a Man CD.

The song, Kingsize Jones took on a strong, immediate presence. The title track epitomized what Eric Burdon emotes the best, how a man’s soul feels and expresses. Soul of a Man is a great expression.

I really loved when Eric switched into blues mode with Boom, Boom by John Lee Hooker and the song he did about his early memories of seeing Memphis Slim at 17.

The band is very tight, professional, Red Young on keyboards, Paula O’Rourke on bass and several other excellent musicians.

All in all a great afternoon of music.

Jazz Fusion In Abundance Throughout 2008

For those who enjoy the jazz fusion sounds of John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Return to Forever and such notable jazz side musicians in their own right, as Christian McBride (bass), Kenny Garrett (sax) and Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), the harvest of music you will reap in 2008 will be very abundant. Allow me to lay out the vines of this tree so you can pluck the fruits you desire.

The first artist I’d like to mention is John McLaughlin, a prominent electric guitarist and world musician, a leader in the genre of jazz-world-fusion. John is releasing a pair of recordings interrelated , Floating Point on CD  

and a video of the 5 day recording session itself, entitled, Meeting of the Minds on DVD.

John McLaughlin’s point of intersection with Chick Corea is a band that he and the side musicians mentioned above will be playing together in for Peace, probably later on this year (fall/winter 08 anticipated due to each person’s existing schedules and committments), Five Peace Band. An exciting collaboration to put it mildly.

Chick Corea is also part of the reformed and touring Return to Forever ensemble. They are embarking upon a world tour that will reintroduce this jazz fusion engine to a new audience of listeners.

So all and all an exciting time for jazz fusion in 2008. Keep an eye and ear out for these artists as their tour and recording plans gel. We will all benefit from their synergy and direction.

Herbie Hancock – River: The Joni Letters, Reviewed

 Herbie Hancock

River: The Joni Letters

Verve B0009791-02

Produced and arranged by Larry Klein and Herbie Hancock (Piano), with Wayne Shorter (Soprano and Tenor Saxophone), Dave Holland (Bass), Vinnie Colaiuta (Drums), Lionel Loueke (Guitar)

Herbie Hancock continues with the tradition of classic collaborations that he orchestrated with Possibilities (2005) and Gershwin’s World (1998). This time out Herbie’s effort is titled River: The Joni Letters. River is a choreographed tribute to Joni Mitchell’s songs as letters of rich jazz visual montages.

River: The Joni Letters is ten smartly chosen tracks, six vocal tracks with stellar vocalists and four instrumental interludes. Interspersing instrumentals with the six main vocal tracks is a stroke of genius. It’s like eating your way through to the rich layers of creamy filling found in a multilayered cake. The first two instrumentals are “Both Sides Now” and “Sweet Bird”; done as new improvisations. We are also treated to two classic jazz numbers, “Solitude” (Edgar De Lange-Duke Ellington-Irving Mills) and “Nefertiti” Miles Davis (Wayne Shorter).

“Nefertiti”is written and performed by premier saxophonist Wayne Shorter. Shorter’s saxophone accents takes the recording to a higher plane. When I was researching the significance of including the composition “Nefertiti”, I learned it was originally performed by the second and last Miles Davis Quintet. “Nefertiti” had a significant influence on Joni Mitchell’s Hejira album which clearly established her jazz singer\songwriter potential. Therein lies the intersection point.

Norah Jones opens the River recording with the tune, “Court and Sparkriding in on the wings of Herbie Hancock’s piano accompaniment. Norah Jones is ideally suited to begin this musical journey with her present state leadership role in contemporary jazz. Ms. Jones swirls soft, eloquent vocals like clouds in a scenic painting as Herbie’s playing moves her along the sky. The duo is sweetly accented by Wayne Shorter’s signature phrasing on tenor saxophone. His saxophone ignites the spark for Norah and Herbie’s whimsical jazzy courtship.

Tina Turner greets us with her sultry voice accenting the song “Edith and the Kingpin”, from Joni Mitchell’s The Hissing of Summer Lawns. The listener is immediately drawn into a cinematic tale of romantic intrigue. One can visualize the coat draped over the shoulders of the big man as he enters the club. Immediately we intermingle with this underworld societies’ captivation with a powerful man and his women. Tina’s warm and soothing sisterly vocals narrate the sensual dance as it weaves the story in front of our very eyes.

One by one they bring

His renegade stories to her

His crimes and his glories to her

In challenge they look on

Women he has taken grow old too soon

He tilts their tired faces

Gently to the spoon

“River” the title track is performed by Corrine Bailey Rae as her voice possesses the sound of soft snow falling outside your window. One would swear that Corrine Bailey Rae and the musicians playing along have done this song many evenings together in a posh nightclub for regular clientele. They fit together harmoniously with a relaxed, familiar sound.

Joni Mitchell, appears next as if on cue, with the saga, “Tea Leaf Prophecy” from Chalk Mark in a Rainstorm. Here we have a song about the World War II era replete with the self-reflective consciousness of a woman who states repeatedly, “she says she’s leaving but she don’t go”. How many of us in this life have made that same claim about wanting to escape from our own meager existences?

Bossa Nova starlet Luciana Souza performs “Amelia” a song about Amelia Earhart. Her vocal stylizing is hip, which embellishes this song with a warmth, color and ambience. http://jonimitchell.com/musician/song.cfm?id=Amelia

Leonard Cohen folk music, poet laureate, (I’m reading his book of poems and essays, Book of Longing right now) ends the recording with his reading of “The Jungle Line”. His gravely narrative voice resonates throughout this song in a unique bohemia like poetic reading. I find it very appropriate that Herbie Hancock and Leonard Cohen chose this song about Henri Rousseau, the French painter. http://jonimitchell.com/research/g_entry.cfm?id=35

Joni Mitchell is a painter first, a musician second. Her rich tapestries of artistic song enrapture us completely as Herbie Hancock accents Joni’s jazz letters perfectly.