Daniel Johnston, held van vele beautiful freaks in de popmuziek, is overleden aan een hartaanval. Dat nieuws bracht de lokale krant The Austin Chronicle woensdagavond na een bevestiging van zijn voormalige manager. De songwriter kampte zijn leven lang met gezondheidsproblemen.
Daniel Johnston (1961) was manisch depressief en pendelde tussen ouderlijk huis en inrichting. Thuis nam hij liedjes op met een Sanyo monorecorder (one track!), zingend achter zijn piano en keyboard. Tussen 1981 en 1985 verspreidde hij die liedjes lokaal op een stuk of vijftien cassettes, die hem langzaam een cultfollowing in thuisplaats Austin, Texas opleverden.
Zijn meest coherente verzamelingen, Yip/Jump Music en Hi, How Are You, beide uit 1983, werden eind jaren tachtig op lp en cd heruitgegeven. Die eerste reguliere releases lieten de rest van de wereld kennismaken met zijn afwisselend grappige, indringende, melancholische, goudeerlijke en soms ook ontluisterende liedjes, bevolkt door stripfiguren, geesten, monsters, demonen, muziekhelden (The Beatles!) en, godvrezend als de jonge Daniel was, God en de Duivel, die hem voortdurend op de hielen leek te zitten.
Hij was herkenbaar aan zijn onvaste hoge piepstem en bij tijd en wijle infantiele teksten (waar kom je toch vandaan, vraagt hij het kraanwater in Running Water), als een bang kind in het donker. En een kind, weten we allemaal, spreekt altijd de waarheid. En wat een groot songschrijftalent. Beste bewijs: culthits Casper The Friendly Ghost en Speeding Motorcycle van Yip/Jump Music.
Daniel Johnston mocht onder andere Kurt Cobain, The Flaming Lips, Eels, Beck, Wilco, Sonic Youth en Tom Waits onder zijn fans rekenen. (bron: OOR)
“Chinese Checkers” is poised to make bold moves up the singles chart ahead of the October 11 debut album release.
MEMPHIS (10 September 2019): The roots of The Justus Brothers date back forty years, in the birthplace of soul, blues and rock ‘n’ roll: Memphis. The musicians who comprise the band dropping the eponymous debut album on October 11 on the iconic Memphis International Records/Select-O-Hits labels met long ago in the sweaty blues and smoky jazz clubs on Beale Street. Together, they electrified Memphis churches with rousing musical sermons and tracked in fabled Memphis recording studios alongside an incomparable list of hall of famers, Grammy winners and chart-topping legends. Before they backed a galaxy of stars in sold-out arenas, the members of The Justus Brothers paid dues playing long hours, night after night, sharpening their chops and earning virtuosity while forming a brotherhood built upon rhythm and groove.
Guitarist Niko Lyras and The Justus Brothers produced the ten songs on their self-titled set, a balance of original tunes and choice covers given the full Memphis makeover. Already garnering playlist adds is their soul-powered jam session workout “Chinese Checkers,” a revival originally recorded by Memphis’s Booker T. & the M.G.’s. Several members of The Justus Brothers have ties to Booker T. & the M.G.’s, including drummer Steve Potts, who was a longtime member of the outfit.
The chemistry between the five “brothers” sizzles throughout the collection. Lyras, Potts and bassist Dave Smith have been playing together the longest. Thirty years ago, hornman Pat Register (tenor, alto and soprano sax and flute) and keyboardist Jason Clark completed the family.
“The Justus Brothers are direct descendants of the great Memphis soul fathers, having played with just about all of them, receiving their blessing and having the torch passed directly from them. For decades, we have been a not-so-well-kept secret ingredient on hundreds of R&B and blues-flavored records. Together, we finish each other’s musical phrases and know each other’s soul. We are brothers. Even with busy schedules, we have not stopped playing together live or in the studio through the years. And even though we’ve worked with many of the world’s best-known artists, we know that something magical happens organically whenever we interact with each other,” said Lyras.
The Justus Brothers stoke the fire by weaving Memphis history throughout the album. Opening with a Sting mashup of “Fragile” and “Fields of Gold,” Lyras explains, “From the time The Police pulled up at a small Memphis club with their amps in a station wagon, to the time they returned to play for 20,000 people, there has always been a Memphis connection. Sting sought out the raw soul sound of the Memphis Horns, who were longtime friends and collaborators of The Justus Brothers. In the early 90s, we were the opening act for Andy Summers’ Memphis shows. Combining two Sting classics into one seamless piece came naturally.”
Inspiration for the band’s crackling royal funk dance, “King Strut,” came during a Beale Street gig last summer after a power failure. Potts, who is widely considered the current king of the Memphis drum throne, kept the packed dancefloor filled all on his own in the dark for five minutes until the electricity was restored. “Steve never stopped grooving. As if we had rehearsed it, when the power came back, I went into an infectious funky riff and Dave jumped right into it on bass. Before long, Jason and Pat had made up a theme on top of that. The crowd responded to it instantly, as if they had known and danced to it for years.”
The mood downshifts to romance on “Miss L,” a shuffling, amorous jazz and blues song that Lyras wrote while playing a guitar serenade for his girl as the moon hovered over the Mississippi River. The tune is evident of The Justus Brothers’ commitment to melody and emotion, not just deep rhythmic pockets and all-night grooves.
The Justus Brother take great pride in their Memphis lineage. Lyras said, “Memphis musicians have always stood out for boldly fusing several styles to form a new, unique brand. That couldn’t be truer in our case.”
“The Justus Brothers” contains the following songs:
“Fragile Fields of Gold”
“Askin’ Ain’t Gettin’”
“I Keep Forgetting”
“Crazy” featuring Katrina Anderson
“Chinese Checkers” (radio remix)
For more information and to see some of the individual credits of The Justus Brothers, please visit http://bit.ly/2k5B12l.
Chicago bluesman Toronzo Cannon defies all expectations. The blistering guitarist, soulful vocalist, singular songwriter and city bus driver fuses his muscular, rock-inspired blues guitar playing with his original, keenly detailed slice-of-life songs, blazing his own blues trail. With the 2016 release of his Alligator Records debut, The Chicago Way, Cannon burst onto the international stage as one the most electrifying bluesmen to emerge from Chicago in decades. His live performances unfailingly earn him heaps of critical praise and hordes of wildly enthusiastic fans. Cannon has played major cities all over the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He recently performed for the first time in Japan, delighting and surprising audiences with one unforgettable gig after another. Now, with the release of The Preacher, The Politician Or The Pimp, Cannon builds upon the foundation he’s laid, creating and defining his vision of contemporary blues.
The Preacher, The Politician Or The Pimp features twelve Cannon originals, ranging from the burning social commentary of the title track to the wryly told, up-to-the-minute truths of Insurance to the trademark Cannon humor of Stop Me When I’m Lying and Ordinary Woman. He gets serious on the haunting The First 24, the Martin Luther King-inspired The Silence Of My Friends and on the moving final track, I’m Not Scared. Cannon’s blazing guitar and soul-baring vocals are front and center. His songwriting is inspired by his deep Chicago roots, the wisdom of his grandparents and his years of observing the public while driving a bus. His songs tell timeless stories of common experiences in uncommon ways.
"Deep, contemporary Chicago blues… razor-sharp guitar and compelling, forceful singing" –Chicago Tribune
"Cannon is at the front rank of Chicago bluesmen. He creates wide-screen modern arrangements for wry, thoughtful songs, molding an ensemble sound that’s both tempestuous and scrupulously controlled." –MOJO
Green Day, Fall Out Boy en Weezer, drie van ‘s werelds meest legendarische rockbands, kondigen aan dat ze voor het eerst samen op pad gaan met The Hella Mega Tour! De tournee wordt op 13 juni afgetrapt in Parijs en reist via Groningen door naar Antwerpen, waar de drie bands op 17 juni concerteren in het Sportpaleis! Tickets voor dat concert zijn beschikbaar vanaf vrijdag 20 september om 10u.
Om de aankondiging extra feestelijk te maken, brengen de drie bands elk ook een gloednieuwe single uit, die een voorbode is van hun respectievelijke nieuwe albums. Green Day’s “Father Of All…” is de titeltrack van hun dertiende studioalbum, dat op 7 februari verschijnt. “Dear Future Self (Hands Up)” van Fall Out Boy ft. Wyclef Jean verschijnt op de plaat ‘Greatest Hits: Believers Never Die – Volume Two’, uit op 15 november. Weezer’s nieuwe langspeler ‘Van Weezer’ ligt in mei in de rekken en geeft met “The End Of The Game” al een eerste single prijs.
VRIJDAG 20 SEPTEMBER
€66,58 - €56,51 - €50,90
Special Guest: Aaron Dessner’s Big 37d03d Machine
Bon Iver-fans kruisen best 23 april aan in hun agenda. Dan komt de band rond Justin Vernon de nieuwe plaat ‘i,i’ live voorstellen in het Antwerpse Sportpaleis. Support Aaron Dessner's Big 37d03d Machine opent de avond met nieuwe muziek, gecreëerd en live gebracht in samenwerking met 37d03d vrienden. De ticketverkoop start vrijdag 13 september om 10u.
Justin Vernon noemt 'i,i' de meest volwassen plaat van Bon Iver. Het meest compleet, vrijgevig en eerlijk ook. Het album symboliseert de herfst en maakt zo een cyclus rond. Van de winter bij ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’ (2007), gevolgd door een turbulent lenteseizoen bij ‘Bon Iver, Bon Iver’ (2011) en een losgeslagen zomer bij ‘22, A Million’ (2016) tot nu de herfst. Een album met bijdragen van bijzonder veel artiesten en muzikanten. Onder meer James Blake, Aaron Dessner, Bruce Hornsby, Moses Sumney, en Channy Leaneagh zijn terug te vinden in de credits. De Vlaamse pers smaakte het wel. HUMO bekroonde de plaat met 5 sterren, Indiestyle.be met 4,5 ster en De Standaard met 3 sterren.
De nieuwe tournee wordt de meest ambitieuze tot nu toe. Bon Iver belooft hun indie folkrock met bijzonder veel gevoel van intimiteit en tal van sonische en visuele innovaties naar grote zalen te brengen. Hoe Bon Iver dat live voor elkaar krijgt in het Sportpaleis in 2020, zie je in de WeTransfer mini-documentary hier.
Meer over de Europese tour, de plaat en Bon Iver in het persbericht hier.
VRIJDAG 13 SEPTEMBER, 10:00
€55,26 - €48,55 - €40,70
(incl. servicekosten en mobiliteitsbijdrage)
ROBERTO FONSECA AWARD-WINNING CUBAN PIANIST AND COMPOSER ROBERTO FONSECA SHARES NEW SINGLE ‘AGGUA’ Clip out now ! (Album Yesun out 18/10)
Over the course of a glittering career spanning eight solo albums, numerous sold-out global tours, collaborations with some of music’s brightest stars and accolades including Grammy nominations and most recently, the prestigious Ordre des Arts Letters (Order of Arts and Letters) from the French Ministry of Culture, Roberto Fonseca – pianist, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and bandleader – has become a reference point.
A few heartbeats into Fonseca’s new feel good single, ‘Aggua’, and there’s no doubting its creator. All the signatures are present: the impeccable finger-work. The innate feel for melody. The classical chops, contemporary references and deep roots in the AfroCuban tradition. The spirited, flowing creativity, building tension here, subverting song structure there, offering freedom, variety, elation.
Pa la rumba vamos ya/Que yo quero quiero guarachar We are going to the rumba/We want to enjoy the party
“This tune felt very natural to write,” says Fonseca of ‘Aggua’, on which he plays grand piano, analogue keyboards and percussion and contributes intimate, bossa-nova style vocals. “I wanted to represent my Cuban roots with a tumbao” – the core rhythm that nourishes salsa, mambo and Latin jazz, and a word often used to describe the sensual way in which a woman walks – “and I wanted to shake up some stuff.”
‘Aggua’ was originally an instrumental that Fonseca and his trio, drummer Raul Herrera and double bassist Yandy Martínez Rodriguez, developed and refined in their twice-weekly shows at La Zorro y el Cuervo, Havana’s hippest jazz venue. When recording the single, he added voice – his own, with harmonies from Yipsi Li and famed bolero diva Mercedes Cortes – and percussive flourishes including the fierce grooves of conguero Adel González.
Then, since ‘Aggua’ is a rallying cry, an open invitation to join in, have fun, be free, a wealth of other sounds from Cuba were added to the mix: “We have a little mambo and rumba, some reggaeton and hip-hop,” says Fonseca. “I’m combining all these elements to make something tender but also powerful and spiritual. This song is calling people to a party so nice it will fill your soul completely.”
As the stunning accompanying video by director Joseph Ros make clear, this is a party so powerful it calls forth the orisha deities of the AfroCuban Santeria religion – in this instance, Yemaya, variously the mother of Fonseca’s designated warrior-deity, Chango, the protectress of children and the mother of the sea.
With ‘Aggua’, Fonseca offers a taste of his forthcoming ninth album, Yesun, a trio-based masterwork that blends genres, leaps boundaries, explores new territories. Boasting guests features by the likes of rapper/singer Danay Suarez reedsman Joe Lovano and trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf, Yesun follows 2017’s wildly popular ABUC, which traced the evolution of Cuban jazz and took it, pulsing, into the future. Or if you like, to Yesun. To now.
Box set featuring cover of the Police’s “Next to You” marks 25-year anniversary of britpop band’s debut I Should Coco
Three days after reuniting for the first time in 10 years at Glastonbury’s Pilton Party, Britpop veterans Supergrass announced a reunion tour and a career-spanning box set. The band also released a cover of the Police’s “Next to You,” the opening track to 1978’s Outlandos d’Amour.
Titled Supergrass: The Strange Ones 1994 – 2008, the release marks the 25-year anniversary of their britpop masterpiece I Should Coco and will be released on January 24th via BMG. The deluxe box set contains the band’s six albums on vinyl picture disc and CD, posters, badges, an expansive book and over six hours of unreleased material on 13 CDs — including B-sides, outtakes, demos and live tracks.
“I find the music industry quite exciting at the moment because it’s so new and embryonic in so many ways,” frontman Gaz Coombes told NME of the reunion. “It’s quite mad. Where the fuck is it going to go? I’m quite interested to be on that journey and see where it goes … we’re going to have a laugh and bring that Supergrass energy and joy into a slightly disturbed world.”
After playing a show at London’s Oslo Hackney on Monday, the band will embark on an 11-date trek through Europe before heading to North America for a show at the Wiltern in Los Angeles on April 1st and New York’s Brooklyn Steel on April 9th. “Everything aligned for us to make this happen for 2020,” drummer Dan Goffey said in a statement. “It was the first time that we collectively felt the buzz to get back in a room together and play the songs.”
Supergrass Tour Dates
February 4, 2020 — Paris, France @ Casino de Paris
February 5 — Brussels, Belgium @ Ancienne Belgique
February 7 — Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
February 14 — Dublin, Ireland – Olympia @ Theatre
February 17 — Belfast, Northern Ireland @ Ulster Hall
February 20 — Glasgow, Scotland @ Barrowland Ballroom
February 24 — Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England @ O2 Academy Newcastle
February 26 — Manchester, England @ O2 Victoria Warehouse
February 29 — Leeds, England @ O2 Academy Leeds
March 3 — Birmingham, England @ O2 Academy Birmingham
March 6 — London, England @ Alexandra Palace
April 1 — Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern
April 9 — Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
COUNTRY ICON RANDY TRAVIS TO BE HONORED WITH PRESTIGIOUS ASCAP FOUNDERS AWARD AT 2019 ASCAP COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS
Awards to be Held Monday, November 11 in Nashville
Amid a galaxy of country music stars gathered in downtown Nashville for its annual awards shows, industry VIPs will celebrate one of the brightest when Country Music Hall of Fame member Randy Travis receives the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award at the 57th annual American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Country Music Awards. The exclusive, invitation-only gala, which celebrates the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP’s most-performed country songs of 2018, takes place on Monday, November 11 and will include special guest performances to honor Travis.
“Randy Travis is the seminal country artist of a generation,” said ASCAP Chairman of the Board and President Paul Williams. “His meteoric rise to the top of the country charts was fueled by that unmistakable baritone and a talent for traditional country music that spoke to everyone. As a new artist, Randy garnered international attention at a time when such exposure for country artists was reserved for an iconic few. His music and devotion to classic country sounds are a cornerstone in the genre and it is an honor to present him with this year’s Founders Award.”
The Founders Award is one of ASCAP’s highest honors and is presented to songwriters and composers who have made pioneering contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators. Each recipient is a musical innovator who possesses a unique style of creative genius, which will enrich generations to come. Previous recipients include Rodney Crowell,George Strait, Alan Jackson, Ricky Skaggs, Jackson Brown, Garth Brooks, Emmylou Harris, Tom Petty and Neil Young, among others.
An ASCAP member for almost four decades, North Carolina-born Randy Travis is an unsuspecting trendsetter who influenced the future of country music. With more than 25 million albums sold, he has collected every major music award including seven Grammys, 11 Academy of Country Music Awards, 10 American Music Awards, eight Dove Awards, five Country Music Association awards and two People’s Choice Awards. Travis has racked up 22 No. 1 singles including signature hits like “On the Other Hand,” “Forever and Ever, Amen,” “Diggin’ Up Bones” and “I Told You So,” “Look Heart, No Hands,” and “Whisper My Name.”
By the early 90s, Travis was earning roles in major motion pictures and television series including multiple episodes of “Touched by An Angel.” By the turn of the century, he focused on gospel music, immediately scoring a No. 1 Christian and country hit, “Three Wooden Crosses.”
A member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1986, Travis was inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016 and has been honored with stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville. The Music of Randy Travis Tour begins on October 16 in Indianapolis, with guest vocalist James Dupré and Travis’s longtime touring band Steve Hinson, Dave Johnson, Lance Dary, Bill Cook, Joe Van Dyke and Herb Shucher, rejoining “Hoss,” as they affectionately call Travis, on the road for the first time since his stroke in 2013. Tickets can be purchased at randytravis.com/tour.
About Randy Travis
With lifetime sales in excess of 25 million, Randy Travis is one of the biggest multi-genre record sellers of all time and a recent inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame class of 2016. His honors include seven Grammy Awards, 11 Academy of Country Music statuettes, 10 American Music Awards, two People’s Choice awards, seven Music City News awards, eight Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association and five Country Music Association honors. In addition, three of his performances earned CMA Song of the Year honors: “On the Other Hand” (1986), “Forever and Ever Amen” (1987) and “Three Wooden Crosses” (2002). To date, he has 22 No. 1 singles, 31 Top-10 smashes and more than 40 appearances in feature films and television shows to his credit. Four of his albums are Gold Records. Four are Platinum. One has gone Double Platinum. One is Triple Platinum and another is Quintuple Platinum. In 2004, Randy was honored with his own star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is honored on the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, TN. He has been a member of the cast of the Grand Ole Opry since 1986. In 2017, Randy was honored with a wax figure at Madame Tussauds™ Nashville. Since his near fatal stroke in 2013, with the help of his wife Mary and rigorous physical therapy, Randy continues to make improvements in his speaking, walking, and yes, singing. With the help of author Ken Abraham, he released his critically-acclaimed memoir in 2019, Forever and Ever, Amen. For more information please visit RandyTravis.com.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP's mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world's best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business - from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With more than 720,000 members representing more than 11.5 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. Learn more and stay in touch at www.ascap.com, on Twitter and Instagram @ASCAP and on Facebook.
Shane Alexander was given his first guitar at the age of ten and there’s been no looking back. Quietly making a name for himself with an extensive touring history in the US and Europe (supporting acts such as Bon Iver and John Hiatt) and dozens of film and TV credits, he has also been working hard in the studio both producing and creating.
A Life Like Ours marks Alexander’s 7th studio album and his 2nd that has been self-produced out of his own Buddhaland Studios in Ventura County, CA. The new album, mixed by the Grammy-winning Brian Yaskulka, follows the critically acclaimed Bliss and once again draws together some of the finest musicians in the Los Angeles community. Returning from his previous release is Jesse Siebenberg (Lady Gaga, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real) on lap steel, guitar and percussion. The album also features Ted Russell Kamp (Shooter Jennings) on bass, LA-ace Carl Byron (Jim Lauderdale) on piano, accordion and keys and Austin Beede (Grateful Shred) on drums. The productions range from stirring solo acoustic pieces to lush full-band rockers.
Alexander is a self-confessed “shameless” guitar collector. “Much of the new record features a jumbo Guild acoustic from the 60’s that used to belong to Bruce Springsteen,” he divulged. “It’s a juju machine. The piano in my studio has been in my wife’s family for ages and it really shines in a classic way. At the end of ‘Nights in White Satin’ you can hear the piano’s hammers softly hitting the strings and Carl’s ticking watch, which adds a certain Floyd-ish element after such a dense track.”
In addition to writing, co-writing, and producing his own records, Alexander has been busy producing other acts at his studio including critics-darling Jenny Van West’s Happiness to Burn and Shelby Figueroa’s Highwire EP. For Van West’s record, Alexander enlisted Kamp on bass and Beede on drums and realized he wanted them for his own record. “Ted and Austin are just a powerhouse rhythm section.” Aside from “Nights”, which features the rhythm section from Alexander’s album, Bliss, Byron, Kamp and Beede are on all the full band tracks and together they have a slightly groovier, less heavy-handed feel than his last record.
Alexander, A long practicing Buddhist, allows for a certain vulnerability and spirituality to come through in his songs. “I’d written a lot of angry music in response to the current political state in America,” he explained. “I was fed up with the divisiveness. People are marketed specifically to pick sides, and all of the finger pointing isn’t healthy or necessary. Ultimately, I put a lot of music on the back burner because I didn’t want to contribute to the din of negativity. I ended up wanting to put more love and peace into what I made.”
Often upbeat, A Life Like Ours also deals with some harsh realities, including the suicide survivor’s song “Lost Road”—written for the family of a boy Shane went to high school with, and the anti-gun violence anthem “I’ll Be Here” (recently featured on ABC’s The Rookie), written within hours of and in response to the horrible Vegas mass shooting.
The title track is a sparse acoustic song recorded live that features Chris Pierce on harmonica. The song is a reflection on growing older and making peace with everything and everyone before we “return to where we came from and we’re just particles of stars.” “Fault Line” is a quiet folk song about keeping a relationship together through highs and lows and highlights guest artist Aubrey Richmond (Shooter Jennings) on fiddle. “Evermore” with its idyllic lyric about a parallel universe, ends the album on a note of hope.
Known for his pretty, evocative voice, moody melodies, and fingerstyle guitar chops, Alexander is also a storyteller in every sense of the word. “I’m always writing,” he confessed. “The real juicy inspiration comes from a mystical place that I don’t fully understand. I’ve learned not to think so much, just put pen to paper and see what comes out.”
Shane Alexander truly believes in the making of an album as an art form. “ I hope that my fans will listen to A Life Like Ours top to bottom to get my full intent. In this age of picking off songs digitally, I’m making this record on limited edition white vinyl for those who are into that sort of thing!”
For more information: https://www.shanealexandermusic.com/
Legendary rock band Angel are releasing their new album Risen on October 4th on Cleopatra Records. The album will have 17 solid tracks featuring 15 brand new songs written by original members Punky Meadows and Frank Dimino along with current member Danny Farrow and a remake of the classic track “Tower.” They describe the songs as very diverse ranging from Heavy to very Melodic with real strong hooks featuring many elements of the classic Angel sound. This album will appeal to all Angel fans of every era and previous albums.
“I am very proud of this album and Angel fans will LOVE it! It really kicks ass and is very diverse with songs that will satisfy every Angel fan and take you on a musical journey! The band played their asses off! Play it from top to bottom, you will not want to miss a beat.” - PUNKY MEADOWS
“This is an album that will take you on a journey to many different roads, all exciting. Enjoy it and play it loud!!!” - FRANK DIMINO
Along with Original members Punky Meadows, and Frank Dimino are Danny Farrow, Charlie Calv, Steve Ojane, and Billy Orrico.
Angel has released the first single from the album titled “Under The Gun” and it is getting an amazing reaction. Check it out here: https://youtu.be/hbWABtlIShU
Angel will be doing two record release dates on October 3rd at VAMP'd in Las Vegas and October 4th at The Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, CA. Where they will be performing a full set.
1. Angel Theme
2. Under the Gun
3. Shot of Your Love
4. Slow Down
5. Over My Head
7. We Were the Wild
9. (Punky's Couch Blues) Locked Cocked Ready to Rock
10. Turn Around
12. Our Revolution
13. Tell Me Why
14. Don't Want You to Go
15. Stand Up
16. My Sanctuary
17. Tower - Bonus Track
Drie jaar na zijn door pers en publiek gesmaakte terugkeer in het popcircuit met 'Stuck In The Status Quo’ heeft Stef Kamil Carlens zijn tweede soloalbum klaar.
Hij nam 'Making Sense Of ∞’ (Making Sense Of Infinity) op in z’n eigen Rabbit Field Studio in Hoboken en werkte de plaat daar ook volledig af.
De sound van het album echoot die van zijn voorganger, maar is ritmischer, bij momenten zelfs ronduit funky. De liefde voor percussie en een algemene focus op de textuur van de instrumenten typeren de vibe van Carlens’ solowerk. De arrangementen zijn fijn geweven structuren van analoge synthesizers, vintage orgeltjes, oude drummachines, akoestische en elektrische gitaren, met veel slidewerk en hier en daar de etnische fluiten en bariton sax van gastmuzikant Nathan Daems, die met z’n Black Flower recent een frisse wind deed waaien in het Jazzcircuit.
Ook de liveband is present op het album: Alma Auer speelt harp, en haar stem vormt, samen met die van Nel Ponsaers, een heldere tegenpool voor Carlens’ hese vocalen. Nicolas Rombouts op de contrabas, soms akoestisch, soms sterk vervormd, diep in het geluidsspectrum. Vaak neemt Carlens de drums zelf voor z’n rekening, maar op 4 van de 9 songs horen we nieuwkomer Maarten Moesen, die hier en daar ook piano en bas speelt.
Thematisch gaan de songs vele kanten uit. Sommige heel dicht bij hemzelf, zoals in 'Making Butter, Baking Bread', opgedragen aan z’n zoon, of 'Back On The Road’ waarin hij krachtig getuigt over de deugden van het onderweg zijn. In andere songs laat hij zich inspireren door documentaires of boeken. Zo is er bijvoorbeeld een ode aan de futurist Jacque Fresco, die zijn ganse leven werkte aan een gedetailleerd plan voor een betere wereld. Of een klaagzang voor de beroemde Generaal Smedley D. Butler, die op het einde van z’n carrière een vurig anti-oorlogsmanifest schreef.
Carlens werkte 2 jaar aan dit album. Hij bleef schaven tot de gelaagde arrangementen volledig in balans zaten. Bij elke luisterbeurt blijf je nieuwe details ontdekken. Je hoort tientallen instrumenten, maar toch klinkt het geheel transparant. En alhoewel hij graag experimenteert met onconventionele structuren, heeft het album een open en uitnodigende sound.
'Back On The Road’, een heerlijke, bluesy roadtrip die je meeneemt naar een stoffige, bloedhete woestijn, trapt het album indrukwekkend af en is meteen ook de nieuwe single die vanaf nu overal beschikbaar is.
Beluister 'Back On The Road’ hier: https://skc.lnk.to/backontheroad.
Het nieuwe album 'Making Sense Of ∞’ kan je hier voorbestellen: https://skc.lnk.to/makingsensof.
Samen met zijn band tourt Stef Kamil Carlens dit najaar door de Vlaamse zalen. Tickets zijn te koop via greenhousetalent.be.
Na zijn ‘Singularity Tour’ waarmee hij (onder meer in de AB in 2018) met uitverkochte dj-sets uitpakte, gaat Jon Hopkins komend voorjaar weer de baan op met de ‘Polarity Tour 2020’! Dat doet hij dit keer vergezeld van een ensemble van muzikanten. De Londenaar trapt af in Edinburgh, om vervolgens Parijs, Londen, Berlijn en ook… Brussel aan te doen! Zijn Belgische fans kunnen hem op 1 april aan het werk zien in het intieme Koninklijk Circus. Must-see!
Jon Hopkins is een muzikaal genie, en één van de meest gevestigde waarden in de hedendaagse electro-scene. Hij maakt een typische organische sound die steunt op bedwelmende bassen, en zoekt als klankentovenaar voortdurend de grenzen van zijn eigen creaties op. In 2013 werd hij genomineerd voor de prestigieuze Mercury Prize met zijn vierde plaat ‘Immunity’. Zijn bezwerende composities worden steeds verbluffender, en nemen de luisteraar mee op een magische en psychedelische trip. Hij ging in de leer bij Brian Eno en werkte samen met de allergrootsten, waaronder David Lynch, King Creosote, Four Tet en de betreurde Jóhann Jóhannsson. In 2018 leverde zijn vijfde worp ‘Singularity’ hem een Grammy-nominatie op voor ‘Best Dance/Electronic Album’. Voor volgend jaar broedt Hopkins op een Europese tounee waarvoor hij zich laat omringen door een grote piano en een kleine groep bevriende muzikanten; Leo Abrahams (producer, gitaar), Emma Smith (arrangementen, viool) en Laura Moody (cello). Dat wordt een niet te missen hoogtepunt!
VRIJDAG 13 SEPTEMBER, 11U
37,06 EURO - 32,70 EURO
Artist, author, producer and raconteur Ronnie Wood returns to his greatest love, music, with the release of his new album Ronnie Wood with His Wild Five - Mad Lad: A Live Tribute to Chuck Berry.
Released by BMG on 15 November, the 11-track album was recorded live at Wimborne’s Tivoli Theatre last year and is a loving nod to one of Ronnie’s musical heroes, Chuck Berry. The album features guest appearances from singer Imelda May and pianist Ben Waters. Featuring tracks including Tribute to Chuck Berry written by Wood and Worried Life Blues written by Maceo Merriweather, and with the album artwork hand-painted by Ronnie himself, Mad Lad will be available digitally, on CD, on heavyweight vinyl, deluxe box set (CD, LP and 12x12 artcard of the album artwork) and in a super deluxe limited-edition box set (including CD, LP, 12x12 art print, signed and numbered set list and T-Shirt).
The album will be the first in a trilogy to be recorded by Wood and the band in the coming years, each paying tribute to Ronnie’s musical heroes. Ronnie chose Chuck Berry for the first album as he has been a lifelong fan, has toured with him and also, to honour his sad passing just over two years ago.
The album is released as Ronnie is due to be honoured at the London Film Festival (12th October) with the premiere of the Mike Figgis directed Somebody Up There Likes Me, an in-depth documentary about Ronnie’s life and careers both in the Rolling Stones and in the art studio. The film will be released in early 2020.
1. Tribute to Chuck Berry
2. Talking About You
3. Mad Lad
4. Wee Wee Hours Feat Imelda May
5. Almost Grown Feat Imelda May
6. Back In The USA
7. Blue Feeling
8. Worried Life Blues
9. Little Queenie
10. Rock ‘N’ Roll Music Feat Imelda May
11. Johnny B Goode
‘Tim’ van Wim De Craene verschijnt op 14 september, exact 29 jaar na het overlijden van de zanger, voor het eerst als single
'Tim' is vanaf zaterdag 14 september - exact 29 jaar na het overlijden van de zanger - verkrijgbaar als 7inch vinyl single.
Voor de allereerste keer verschijnt ‘Tim’ van Wim De Craene als single op een gelimiteerde vinyl 7inch. De klassieker is één van de meest geliefde Nederlandstalige nummers ooit. ‘Tim’ scoort elk jaar erg hoog in De Lage Landenlijst maar werd nooit eerder als aparte single uitgebracht. Doorheen de
jaren ging ‘Tim’ een eigen leven leiden en verwierf het nummer vooral na de dood van de zanger een iconische status.
De reden waarom de album track ‘Tim’ in de jaren 70 nooit een single release kende, moeten we volgens producer Jean Blaute zoeken in het feit dat het nummer destijds te lang werd bevonden voor de radio.
De toenmalige platenfirma profileerde De Craene ook eerder als een albumartiest en had weinig interesse om ‘Tim’ als single uit te brengen.
Daar komt nu verandering in. BLP records brengt ‘Tim’ op 14 september (exact 29 jaar na het overlijden van Wim De Craene) uit als een gelimiteerde 7inch single in een oplage van 500 stuks.
200 exemplaren op gekleurd vinyl en 300 exemplaren op zwart vinyl.
Op de B-kant van ‘Tim’ staat ‘Rozane’, een ander tijdloze klassieker van Wim De Craene. Beide nummers zijn geschreven door De Craene. Jean Blaute was destijds verantwoordelijk voor de productie en de arrangementen.
In november 2019 komen de eerste 3 albums van Wim De Craene opnieuw uit op LP.
In het najaar van 2020 volgt een concertreeks die hulde brengt aan het repertoire van de in 1990 overleden zanger.
De speeldata worden later gecommuniceerd.
De vinyl single 'Tim' is vanaf zaterdag 14 september te koop.
Pre-order en meer info via de website en facebookpagina van platenfirma BLP Records:
23.04.2020 – KURSAAL OOSTENDE
EXCLUSIEF CONCERT VOOR BELGIË!
Tijdens hun meermaals bekroonde carrière verkocht Clannad meer dan 15 miljoen verkochte albums wereldwijd. Ze wonnen een Grammy, een Billboard Music en een BAFTA award en eindigen hun carrière niet enkel met een anderhalf jaar durende wereldtournee, maar ook met een nieuwe Anthology ‘In a Lifetime’ die op 13 maart 2020 verschijnt bij BMG. De groep doet op 23 april 2020 Kursaal Oostende aan. Tickets voor de wereldtournee gaan in verkoop op vrijdag 13 september om 9 uur via www.ticketmaster.be.
De wereldtournee start in het Verenigd Koninkrijk en brengt hen onder meer naar The London Palladium op St. Patricks Day. De hele tournee brengt Clannad naar Australië, Noord-Amerika, Japan en Zuid-Oost Azië. Op 23 april neemt de groep afscheid van de Belgische fans.
De legendarische familieband, gevormd door de ‘Brennan-clan’ die ook Enya en Moya Brennan voortbracht, behoort onbetwistbaar tot het erfgoed van de Ierse muziek. Grote songs als de film-soundtrack ‘Harry’s Game’ en ‘I will find you’, staan in ieders geheugen gegrift. Net als ‘In A Lifetime’, dat de band in 1985 maakte met Bono van U2 en dat direct een wereldwijde hit werd. Het repertoire van Clannad heeft een onnavolgbare kracht en veelzijdigheid. Elementen van folk, folk rock, traditionele Ierse ballades en new age komen samen in een unieke blend. Een sound die je meesleept in de woestheid en melancholie van het landschap van Donegal, waar Clannad zijn roots heeft. Clannad maakt muziek met tijdloze power en schoonheid, wat blijkt uit de grote populariteit die Clannad geniet in het jaar waarin de band zijn vijftigste verjaardag viert.
Tickets: 45/40/35/30 euro – verkrijgbaar vanaf vrijdag 13 september om 9 uur via www.kursaaloostende.be
Dallas, Texas Artist Carolyn Lee Jones Releases Her Fourth Offering Close Your Eyes
Close Your Eyes is Carolyn Lee Jones’ 4th studio album since joining the ranks (in 2008) with other world-class jazz vocalists. This album is a collection of songs about new love, lost love, forever love and perhaps a little something in between!
Now celebrating over ten years as a full time vocalist-leader, Carolyn Lee Jones burst on to the jazz scene in November 2008. This is Jones’ “second act” after a long and successful career, traveling the world as a Buyer, for luxury retailers. She always wanted to sing professionally and has proven that you can do anything if you really want it !
Since launching her music career, Carolyn has recorded and released three studio albums, her first in 2008, Bon Appetit, featuring the late Bob Dorough. This was followed by; The Performer in 2013, In A Long White Room in 2016 and now her newest and fourth release, CLOSE YOUR EYES. From Jazz Times to Amazon the reviewers have stated that Jones’ sound is sensual, intimate and silky. In 2017 she was honored as Cabaret Artist of The Year by Dallas’ premier arts organization, the Sammons Center For The Arts, where she performs frequently.
Home based in Dallas, Texas she entertains with her musicians as Carolyn Lee Jones & Fresh Vintage Jazz Ensemble. Her eclectic repertoire of classic jazz standards, retro pop tunes with a jazz twist or experiencing her intimate cabaret-jazz shows, she embraces the music with, style, sophistication and panache!
Jones worked with three of her close musical partners, Brad Williams, Sergio Pamies & Dave Pierce, for the arrangements on this album.From soft, sultry and sexy, to joyous and upbeat or just tongue-in-cheek honest, this album says it all about the condition of love. Listen to each song as Carolyn Lee Jones puts her personal stamp on each of them! “I wanted my fourth album to reflect
where I am now in my musical journey and to sing taking what I’ve loved about each song and making them my own with a fresh point of view.”
PLAYERS AND INSTRUMENTS:
Carolyn Lee Jones vocals
Brad Williams piano 1-3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11,12; synthesizer 12; hammond 8; arranged 1-3, 6, 9, 11
Sergio Pamies piano, arranged, produced 4,10; piano, produced 7
Jonathan Fisher upright bass 1-3, 6
Young Heo upright bass 4, 7, 10
Jeffry Eckels upright bass 8, 9, 11
Jeff Plant electric bass 5-12
Andrew Griffith drums 1-3, 6
Dennis Durick drums 5
Lupe Barerra drums 4, 7, 10
Matt Young drums 8, 11
Arno Lucas percussion 5
Todd Parsnow electric guitar 3, 6
Joe Lee electric guitar 5, 8
Pepe Valdez acoustic guitar 4, 7
Tony Baker trombone 3, 6
Dave Pierce trombone 5, 8; arranged 5, 7, 8, 12
Pete Clagett trumpet 8, 11
Daniel Pardo flutes 4, 7
Dave Monsch tenor & bari saxaphone 5, 8; tenor 11
TRACKS AND TIMES:
01 CLOSE YOUR EYES 4:23
02 NO MOON AT ALL 3:24
03 I WAS A FOOL 4:51
04 THE NEARNESS OF YOU 3:44
05 THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC 3:45
06 LOVE AFTER MIDNIGHT 3:15
07 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF OF YOU 4:17
08 WHEN I FOUND YOU 3:25
09 CONFESSION 2:09
10 MY FOOLISH HEART 4:12
11 ALL NIGHT LONG 3:56
12 I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU 4:35
The video directed by “The Shape of Water” producer J. Miles Dale premieres this Friday on Vevo and YouTube.
TORONTO (4 September 2019): It’s the quirkiest song on Monkey House’s new album, “Friday,” and the genre-blurring band pulled out a big gun to tell the story visually. The Academy Award-winning producer of “The Shape of Water,” J. Miles Dale, a huge Monkey House fan, directed the idiosyncratic “Shotgun” video. They’ll pull the trigger on the premiere this Friday on Vevo and YouTube (http://vevo.ly/tE969H).
Most of “Friday” serves a cosmopolitan cocktail of sophisticated R&B, contemporary jazz progressions and funk-rock grooves penned with a nighttime vibe from an outsider’s perspective that Monkey House songwriter Don Breithaupt describes as someone “who is way down the rabbit hole.” But Breithaupt shifts gears on “Shotgun,” unadulteratedly indulging his fancy for pop and lightening the lyrical theme to someone crushing at first sight. The bouncy rhythm and vibrant hook offer a playful taste of fading summer, calling for a colorful video treatment. Getting Dale to direct the clip was an unexpected and very welcome circumstance. Monkey House coproducer and ALMA Records chief Peter Cardinali goes way back with Dale. Knowing that he’s a fan, Cardinali invited the Oscar winner into the studio as the band tracked horns for “Friday.” Dale hung out for hours and when he heard Cardinali express the desire to shoot a video for “Shotgun,” he offered to direct.
“(Dale directing) is one of those wonderful things that falls into your lap. His fanship is genuine. He recently came to our debut live gig. Before we went on stage, he said to me, ‘If you forget the lyrics, look over at me. I’ll be singing right along,’” recalled Breithaupt, who produced the last two Monkey House albums with Cardinali.
The video was lensed in Toronto at Pinewood Studios, a world-class facility. “Miles called in his A team – lighting, cinematography, wardrobe, makeup, gaffers, etc. – that happened to be available. It was a massive crew. We had no idea the scale of what Miles was putting together until we showed up on the set. Initially, we thought the crew was there for a different shoot. Then we realized this big production was for us. That was kind of cool. But even then, the magic of what Miles captured on film is the spirit and energy of the song, which is pretty self-evident,” said Breithaupt.
Dale said, “The way this came together was fated. Unbeknownst to anyone, I was pretty much the #1 Monkey House fan out there. When I realized my old friend, Peter Cardinali, was producing their records, I asked to come into the studio to hang, listen, and meet Don (Breithaupt) and the band. When Peter told me he wanted to do a video for ‘Shotgun,’ I volunteered on the spot. Would not have missed the chance!”
Monkey House’s fifth album, “Friday” debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes chart in Canada, Norway and several other territories, No. 4 in the United States and No. 5 on the pop charts in Germany when it dropped on July 26. The album also entered the Billboard chart at No. 11.
With Breithaupt handling piano, keyboards, organ, and lead and backing vocals, the core band that has been together for 25 years consists of guitarist Justin Abedin, drummer and percussionist Mark Kelso and bassist Pat Kilbride. Supplementing the sound is a horn section consisting of trumpeters William Sperandei and Tony Carlucci, alto saxophonist Vern Dorge, tenor saxophonist John Johnson and trombonist William Carn; along with percussionist Art Avalos and background vocalist Lucy Woodward.
“We opted to use a small horn section on this album because I wanted it to feel more like a jazz gig, something more spare,” said Breithaupt. “After playing together for 25 years, now that I know my core band members so well, I can write things specific for each player. For instance, take the bassline on ‘10,000 Hours.’ Picturing Pat, I knew he’d be amazing on it. I tend to be very specific like that when I write. I then live with the bass, drum, guitar and keyboard tracks for a while before doing vocals and adding horns and percussion.”
Among the noteworthy guests on “Friday” is legendary Grammy winners Manhattan Transfer who ply their trademark voices to illumine “The Jazz Life.” Snarky Puppy guitarist Mark Lettieri shreds in the solo spotlight on the album opener, “10,000 Hours.” Drew Zingg (Boz Scaggs) delivers a timely guitar solo on “Nine O’clock Friday.” Michael Leonhart (Steely Dan) is featured blowing a regal muted trumpet throughout the amorous ode to New York City, adding warmth to “Island Off The Coast Of America.”
For more information, please visit http://www.almarecords.com/artists/monkey-house/.
The first single, “Vibin’ Out,” written and produced by hitmaker Darren Rahn, goes for playlist adds on September 9. Album drops October 4.
LOS ANGELES (3 September 2019): It’s common. You go to school and prepare for a certain career path, but somehow the focus shifts. Years can go by before you realize that you have veered off course. R&B-jazz saxophonist Dante’ caught himself drifting and after some soul searching, realized that his joy would be found in music as a recording artist. He assembled an experience crew of proven producers, songwriters and musicians to help him craft “Mint,” his debut album that drops October 4.
Dante’ is a Berklee College of Music graduate who was featured on rapper J. Cole’s 2011 heralded first album, “Cole World: The Sideline Story.” As an entrepreneur, he created Dante’ Neck Straps, handcrafted performance straps used by sax stars Dave Koz, Paul Taylor, Jackiem Joyner, Marcus Anderson, Walter Beasley, Mike Phillips, Joe Lavano and others. There were other successful business ventures outside of music that Dante’ spearheaded, but his spirit wasn’t fulfilled. After introspection, he felt that what would satiate his artistic expression would be making records as an artist.
“I’m constantly tangled up in multiple projects. One day I said to myself, ‘What do I really want to do? What will bring me the most joy?’ The answer was music. Instead of dropping everything and start chasing gigs, I decided to create a record and put myself out to the world through music,” said Dante’, who plays soprano sax throughout “Mint” with the exceptions being an alto sax on two songs: “Kansai Groove” and “Before We Begin.”
He knew his first single had to be “something fun to get people moving,” introducing his sound – a fusion of contemporary jazz, soul, funk and pop – with the help of an established hitmaker. Dante’ tapped fellow saxophonist and chart-topping artist-producer-songwriter Darren Rahn to craft “Vibin’ Out,” which goes for playlist adds on September 9.
Dante’ co-wrote all of the original songs for “Mint,” writing half the tunes with Grammy and Emmy nominee Rex Salas (Janet Jackson, Vanessa Williams, Boyz II Men). “I owe a lot to Rex because he gave me my first shot and believed in me when no one else did.”
The melodies and rhythms on the session were played by an accomplished crew consisting of guitarists Darrell Crooks and Allen Hinds; keyboardists and programmers Rahn, Greg Manning and Daniel “Doc Junya” Hargrove; bassists Anthony Crawford, Nate Kearney and Mel Brown; and drummers Eric Valentine, Tarell Martin and Nate Barns. Dante’ produced “Mint” with Manning, who co-wrote and plays piano on the Japanese tinged, New Jack Swing cut “Kansai Groove.”
The album’s lone cover is Daniel Caesar and H.E.R.’s “Best Part,” which Dante’ re-envisions as an atmospheric instrumental.
“I would say the best part of doing this record is the fact that I got to learn a lot about the process to the point where I could help someone else make a record. I’m a jack of all trades and I learn very quickly. Add to that the fact that I had access to some of the best talent in the business, which made everything possible. Watching and learning how they do what they do was priceless,” said the Los Angeles-based Dante’.
“Lately, I have been trying to focus on fewer things and doing them well instead for doing lots of things and overlooking fine details. With ‘Mint,’ I really focused and made sure I had the right people on my team to execute every component of the record. It was a lot of trial and error, but in the end, I came out with a project that I am very proud of.”
“Mint” contains the following songs:
“Take It Slow”
“Before We Begin”
“The Wish (Acoustic)”
For more information, please visit https://dantesax.com.
A true musical citizen of the world, French born, NYC based vocalist Chloe Perrier has one goal every time she and her French Heart Jazz Band take the stage at clubs throughout Manhattan - to make people happy and transport them away from the chaos and stress of life in the modern world. Drawing from such influences as Josephine Baker, Ella Fitzgerald and Blossom Dearie, the singer uses her velvety voice, spellbinding style and charming accent to transform any room she plays into a realm harkening back to the golden age of jazz.
Holding court onstage these past three years at venues as Club Bonafide, Cornelia Street Café and the McKittrick Hotel, Chloe and her “dream team” of musicians dive deep into a repertoire of French “chansons” and American jazz standards from the jazz age, taking their audiences on a journey back in time for a soul transportive experience she playfully describes as “Gatsby in Paris.” The idea sparked in 2016, when the Consulate General of France invited her to put together a “Gatsby themed soirée” to celebrate the 90th anniversary of its residence on Fifth Avenue. Chloe eventually built an entire show around the concept.
Now, with her new album Petite Fleur, released and distributed worldwide by the independent label Jazzheads, Chloe brings her alluring Parisian charm beyond the Big Apple for the first time. The October 22nd drop of the album will be celebrated with a party and performance at The Cutting Room, and prior to that, the album's lead single “Comes Love” and its music video -- created by Chloe and Los Angeles based cinematographer Jesse Green -- will premiere on September 13th. Simultaneously, Chloe and the French Heart Jazz Band will be performing at the Sunset-Sunside jazz club in Paris.
Before moving to New York from Paris six years ago to develop her career as a singer and actress, Chloe had already visited the city, working on an arts-related documentary. While she was gathering footage of the daily lives of New York based artists, she met guitarist Akira Ishiguro, who later introduced her to drummer Rodrigo Recabarren: the chemistry was immediate and she launched her first trio – which ultimately evolved into the French Heart Jazz band, when upright bassist Jim Robertson was added to the band.
Petite Fleur features soulful, lyrical and swinging performances by the original quartet, joined memorably for this project by special guests clarinetist Jon Hunt and - adding touches of magical retro-romance – violinist Caroline Bugala. The 12-track collection was produced by Chloe and recorded at the Samurai Hotel Recording Studio in Queens by Grammy-winning sound engineer Max Ross from System Two.
Drawn from favorites among the band’s ever-expanding repertoire, Petite Fleur includes two of French songwriter Charles Trenet's greatest hits, “Menilmontant” and “Que reste-t-il de nos amours”; a tribute to American jazz vocalist Helen Merrill’s seductive and whimsical “Lorsque tu m’embrasses (Just Squeeze Me)”; George Shearing's Ella Fitzgerald popularized sexy swinger “Lullaby of Birdland”; the sensual “J’ai deux amours” originally written for Josephine Baker in 1930; an unexpected high energy take on Edith Piaf's classic “La Vie En Rose”; the briskly paced “Je voudrais en savoir d’avantage” made famous by 1930s bandleader Ray Ventura, which lends itself to Chloe’s quick, rhythmic phrasing; and of course, the “hidden” title track “Petite Fleur,” by the great Sidney Bechet, recorded by Chloe in honor of her grandfather's favorite song.
The album’s tracks in English include a classic of the Django Reinhardt repertoire, the spirited call and response tune “Coquette”; “Guilty,” one of Al Bowlly's signature songs, previously included in the soundtrack of popular French film Amélie; and the bolero-mambo classic “Sway,” given a touch of international class and sass via Chloe’s French accent.
“What I love about this period from the 1920s to the ‘40s is that the music is really happy, and it brings people great joy when I sing it,” says the singer. “This is an atmosphere I love to communicate to my audiences. Coeur de Francaise, my first album that I recorded in France before moving to New York, was more romantic and melancholic, based on songs from the 60s through the 90s. Petite Fleur is about love and its sound is decidedly more joyful and upbeat."
“The times we live in are pretty dark,” she adds, “and I like the opportunity to take people away from their problems and help them stay positive, even if just for an hour. People tell me at the end of the show that they feel like they’re in Paris in the 30s. The challenge is to keep those who have seen the show multiple times engaged, so I am always YouTube hopping or buying old vinyls in search of unique jazz standards and French chansons from that era."
Born in the French Alps, Chloe started ballet dancing and playing the violin at a young age. At age ten she moved to Paris where she started acting and singing, and by age thirteen she was already working professionally in the entertainment industry. After a well-received first concert at “Le Reservoir” -- thrown together on a dare, after a bet with famous actor and comedian Mouss Diouf -- she began focusing on music, studying vocal jazz with Sara Lazarus as well as composition and piano with Joe Makholm for three years at the Bill Evans Piano Academy in Paris. During this time, Chloe started to compose her first songs. Furthering her education, Chloe participated in various workshops with prominent French and American musicians.
After years of performing in France and releasing her successful first album, she decided “to follow her dream and dive into the wonderful world of NYC Jazz." "Barely speaking English, I moved to the Big Apple with my artist visa and my microphone. During my time here, I’ve been able to meet and work with wonderful musicians from all around the world including my dream team, which I call my brothers from another mother. After playing all over the city that doesn’t sleep, I created a new band with them called the French Heart Jazz Band.”
Nowadays Chloe performs with these and other musicians in different formats, from duet to septet, in several locations and clubs both in Paris and in NYC -- at the Zinc Bar, The Iridium, Feinstein's/54 Below, Winter Cabaret festival, Summer Cabaret Festival, Vintage Train Swing Festival, Why Not jazz club, Cornelia Street Cafe, Club Bonafide,The Manderley and Gallow Green at The Mc Kittrick Hotel (Home of the famous show Sleep No More), The Top of the Standard, The Plaza, Lotte New York Palace, The Beekman Hotel, the Flatiron Room and Fine & Rare and more. The singer has also performed live on radio and TV shows like “Jazzbox” on Radio Aligre, “La bande Passante” on RFI, Bastille TV, and “Telematin” France 2.
“As a little girl growing up in France,” Chloe says, “I fell in love with music and I was listening to old records of Claude Nougaro, Serge Gainsbourg and the musical for kids ‘Emilie Jolie’ all the time. All these years later, it’s a wonderful pleasure to sing for people and provide a type of musical therapy for others the way my favorite music has always been an uplifting and healing force in my life. Club Bonafide where I have a residency and other clubs has been a wonderful ‘laboratory’ for me and my band to try out new material and develop arrangements and a repertoire that helps lift everybody’s mood. Together, we capture a vintage feeling with a modern twist – and were able to take that into the studio and, with Max Ross’ help, make some real magic!”
Listen here the first track : This Train
On October 18 2019, Joe Bonamassa will release ‘Live at the Sydney Opera House’ on CD and 2LP via Provogue Records, and digitally via J&R Adventures.
Fans and critics alike have been asking the big question of two-time GRAMMY-nominated blues king Joe Bonamassa – “Will there be a new album in 2019?”
That question is answered with the announcement of ‘Live At The Sydney Opera House’, a brand new live album from “arguably the world’s biggest blues guitarist” (Guitar World) featuring 10 recordings from his 2016 performance at one of the world’s most legendary venues. This includes previously unreleased versions of tracks from his coveted No. 1 album ‘Blues of Desperation’.
The vinyl includes an exclusive bonus track: “Livin’ Easy”, not available on the CD.
The double vinyl includes a code for a complimentary MP3 download of the album.
As always, we’ll add a free poster to every pre-order!
As a UNESCO Heritage Monument The Sydney Opera House sits alongside the Great Pyramids Of Egypt, the Great Wall Of China and the Taj Mahal. For those that have the honor to play a venue as sacred as the Opera House, they bring their absolute best to the stage. Bonamassa is no exception to the rule, always rising to the challenge and bringing his A-game, so the praised musician brought with him a band composed of some of today’s best musicians and singers to support him in delivering a masterful concert to be cherished for years to come. This stellar band includes Late Night with David Letterman’s Anton Fig (percussion), Nashville recording legend Michael Rhodes (bass guitar), Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and member of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Reese Wynans (keyboards), Paulie Cerra (sax), and Lee Thornburg (trumpet), with Mahalia Barnes, Juanita Tippins, and Gary Pinto on backing vocals.
He was musical royalty in Detroit, and played a role in some of the biggest soul music hits of the 70s. Tonight we are sad to inform SoulTrackers of the death of the great producer, engineer and songwriter, Clay McMurray.
McMurray first made waves in 1967 when he teamed with local singer Spyder Turner to create a fun and humorous take on Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” that had Turner singing the song while doing impressions of such notables as Smokey Robinson, Jackie Wilson and David Ruffin. The song became a smash hit and Turner’s signature song, shooting into the upper ranks of both the R&B and Pop charts.
Four years later, McMurray would help create a classic, producing Gladys Knight’s first #1 Motown hit, the McMurray, Pam Sawyer and Gloria Jones composition “If I Were Your Woman,” a song that has become an all-timer, and that has been remade several times – but none as great as the original.
Over the following years, McMurray worked with virtually all the great Motown acts, from The Four Tops to The Spinners to The Supremes. He then followed fellow Motown producer Norman Whitfield and worked on the monster movie soundtrack for Car Wash.
Clay McMurray continued to be a force in Detroit music for years after national fame faded, and he helped groom multiple generations of artists, with the years of wisdom and experience he obtained. He will be missed.
Vijf jaar na zijn laatste worp ‘Interlude’ is Jamie Cullum eindelijk terug! Zijn achtste studioalbum heet ‘Taller’ (met een vleugje zelfspot), en ligt sinds juni in de rekken. De plaat is een hommage aan zijn roots en past helemaal bij Jamie’s unieke, gepassioneerde en melodieuze stijl. Na een prachtconcert op Gent Jazz Festival deze zomer, keert Cullum in 2020 terug naar ons land voor een zaalconcert. Afspraak op 27 april in het Koninklijk Circus in Brussel!
De hypergetalenteerde singer-songwriter wint wereldwijd al twee decennia lang zieltjes met intense ballades tussen jazz en pop. Als tiener verdient hij zijn sporen in de Parijse jazzclubs. Hij tekent vervolgens bij Universal en oogst in 2003 zijn eerste successen met het grandioze ‘Twentysomething’. De jonge Engelsman breekt in eigen land alle verkoopsrecords met een jazzplaat en hijst zich tussen de grote namen binnen het genre. De rest van de wereld gaat met eenzelfde enthousiasme overstag. Jamie Cullum is een uitzonderlijk zanger en waagt zich met verve aan de meest onwaarschijnlijke covers. Hij combineert als geen ander zijn brede muzikale smaak met zijn grote liefde voor jazzstandaarden. Met meer dan 10 miljoen verkochte albums wereldwijd is hij vandaag niet weg te denken uit de muziekwereld, en ook zijn collabs liegen er niet om: van Pharrell Williams over Herbie Hancock tot Kendrick Lamar. Niet te missen!
VRIJDAG 13 SEPTEMBER, 10U
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Jerry Leger has a thing for ghosts. The Toronto singer/songwriter confirmed it a couple of years ago when he went on a personal journey to explore many of Ontario’s largely unknown ghost towns, having been inspired by the writings of historian Ron Brown. Leger has immortalized one of those towns, Burchell Lake, on his new album Time Out For Tomorrow, containing 10 portraits of the impermanence of life, love, or simply catching a glimpse of a shooting star.
Yet, other ghosts reside much deeper in Leger’s songs. Whether they’re the voices of Roy Orbison, Lou Reed, Gene Clark, Rick Danko or Ronnie Lane, they naturally complement the universal truths at the core of Jerry Leger’s music, along with his undying faith in rock ‘n roll as a way for all people to find common ground.
Time Out For Tomorrow continues Leger’s run of consistently high output and displays the finely honed artistic vision that has been evident since 2005 when, at age 19, he released the first of nine studio albums, along with three more with his side projects The Del-Fi’s and The Bop-Fi’s. It’s added up to a body of work that was recently celebrated with the European-only compilation Too Broke To Die, aimed at Leger’s growing fan base in Britain and the EU.
Most of those listeners didn’t discover Leger until his 2014 album Early Riser, his first with Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies handling production duties, as well as the first to be released on the Junkies’ label, Latent Recordings. The combination of Timmins’ capture-the-moment production aesthetic and the Rolling Thunder-esque chemistry of Leger’s longtime band The Situation (plus a few special guests) now appears unbeatable. And although Time Out For Tomorrow may not be as expansive as Leger’s previous Timmins-produced effort, the acclaimed 2017 double album Nonsense And Heartache, its more concentrated dose of everything Leger does best is just as potent.
“I got the name for the album from an early ‘60s dime store collection of science fiction short stories a friend gave me,” he explains. “Everything around me seems like science fiction these days, and the phrase ‘Time Out For Tomorrow’ fit these songs and my mood in one way or another.”
In keeping with his love of all things vintage, Leger is a voracious vinyl collector and notes that when recording Time Out For Tomorrow, the two albums he was listening to most often were Lou Reed’s Coney Island Baby, and Nick Lowe’s The Impossible Bird. He says their influence had more to do with the overall sound he wanted to project rather than any specific musical or lyrical content.
“Coney Island Baby was the first solo Lou Reed record I heard, probably around age 14, and I’ve always loved it,” he says. “The production just glides along and really puts the focus on the words. My song ‘Justine’ on this record benefited from that the most.
“I got into Nick Lowe through Elvis Costello, and with The Impossible Bird, there's a real brightness to that album—the sound just makes me feel good when I hear it. It's the same feeling as when I throw on an old Everly Brothers record like ‘Cathy's Clown.’ It gets me out of a depression every time, even though it has depressing lyrics! I wanted Time Out For Tomorrow to have that same kind of open arms sound to it while still presenting lyrics about the human condition for better or worse. I think my song ‘I Would’ is one Nick Lowe might dig.”
Indeed, other songwriters of Lowe’s caliber, such as Ron Sexsmith, and outlets such as Rolling Stone, PopMatters and the Toronto Star have sung Leger’s praises. He’s also shared stages with The Sadies, Justin Townes Earle, Deer Tick, Dawes, and others, along with making his debut at Holland’s Take Root Festival in 2018 alongside Neko Case, Kurt Vile, Father John Misty, Shakey Graves and Alejandro Escovedo.
Canada may be known more these days for punching above its weight in the global pop music field, but its long and storied tradition of singer/songwriters refuses to die. Jerry Leger is carrying that torch, and if there’s any further proof needed that he’s at the vanguard, just listen to Time Out For Tomorrow.
Wallis Bird, een nieuw album op 27 september - nieuwe single / clip "Life is long" nu uit . 15/10 staat ze live in Het Depot (Leuven).
Nieuwe single ‘LIFE IS LONG’ komt vandaag uit
15 Oktober - Concert @Depot Leuven
Wallis Bird een naam die veel jonge muzikanten opvoeren als invloed. De Ierse muzikante, die nu in Londen woont, heeft al snel haar stempel gedrukt op de muziekwereld. Traditionele folk mengt ze met blues, funk en eigenzinnige rock en haar live shows laten niemand onberoerd achter.
Op 27 september brengt ze haar 6e Studo album "Woman" uit, maar vandaag
verschijnt haar nieuwe singe 'Life is Long'
“Soul Slamming” - Parade Magazine, USA
“Wallis Bird is back and in her power” - Today FM, Ireland
“Great composition, meaty subject, heavy song”- Refinery29, USA
Wallis Bird releases ‘Life Is Long’, her fourth single taken from the upcoming album “Woman”.
Listen to ‘Life Is Long’ here https://ffm.to/_woman
‘Life Is Long’, dat gaat over herinneringen aan een familieweekend in West-Ierland die getuigen van een essentiële carpe diem mindset: “Life is long/ But the time is short.”
‘Life Is Long’ is an anthemic recollection of a family weekend in West Ireland which encompasses a vital carpe diem mindset – “Life is long / But the time is short.'' In ‘Life Is Long’, Wallis has captured a significant moment in time, and offers it as a gift to her parents. A weekend of laughing, eating and good company sees Wallis sentimental about her parents; noting how fortunate she is to have the relationship they have. The song even begins with a recording of her parents from that very trip.
Over het album Woman
Vraag je Wallis Bird wat er volgens haar allemaal veranderd is sinds ze in 2016 haar laatste album Home uitbracht, dan krijg je een hele lijst. “Wel, de wereld is enorm veranderd,” zo begint ze, “en ik ook. De #MeToo-beweging, ‘Repeal The 8th’, huwelijksgelijkheid in Australië, ‘Black Lives Matter’, Trump, Brexit, de opkomst van het racisme, de dood van heel wat muziekiconen, de milieucrisis … En,” voegt ze er dan wat bitter aan toe, “Ik ben nu 36, dus ik ben officieel een vrouw …!”
Dit opmerkelijk gepolijste en tegelijk emotioneel rauwe album –geschreven en zo goed als volledig ingespeeld door Bird, samen met haar trouwe partner Marcus Wüst als coproducer – is Birds transparante poging om haar stem te verheffen tegen onrechtvaardigheid en om met gedurfde en botte bekentenissen te reageren op apathie. “Net zoals de meeste artiesten heb ik waarschijnlijk soms mijn verantwoordelijkheden ontlopen om geen slapende honden wakker te maken,” vertrouwt ze ons toe. “Maar ik heb besloten dat het tijd was om daar verandering in te brengen.”
Deze gewaagde samenvatting van de roots van Bird als songwriter en haar passie voor onder andere soul is elf nummers lang maar 37 minuten kort: gericht, krachtig en boordevol waarheden en frivoliteit. Het opmerkelijkste is dat deze plaat benadrukt dat onze levens onontkoombaar met elkaar verstrengeld zijn.
Luister - Ecoutez- Listen here - the previous single: : Salve, save me !
Ian Siegal zal weinig toelichting behoeven. De meervoudig UK Blues Awards winnaar wordt o.a. door MOJO magazine “the cleverest writer and most magnetic Blues Performer in the UK” genoemd. Je zou hem echter tekort doen een bluesman te noemen aangezien hij de americana paden bewandelt en meerdere genres vertolkt. Siegal heeft regelmatig in Nederland opgetreden. Meestal met band, waarmee hij o.a. tot het hoofdpodium van het North Sea Jazz Festival reikte, maar nu staat hij aan de vooravond van een vijftal solo optredens. Ook solo weet hij altijd indruk te maken. Binnenkort is de entertainer pur sang, die ook een uitstekende storyteller is, op de volgende plekken te zien en horen.
14 sep Bergen op Zoom – Vestzaktheater i.h.k.v. Popmonument
15 sep Tilburg – Paradox
24 sep Utrecht – TivoliVredenburg (support: Ripoff Raskolnikov)
26 sep Venlo – De Maaspoort (support: Ripoff Raskolnikov)
28 sep Maastricht - Muziekgieterij
In Utrecht en Venlo zal zijn muziekvriend, de getalenteerde singer songwriter Ripoff Raskolnikov de support verzorgen. Beiden maken zij ook deel uit van Braindogs, de band die op 6 december a.s. Tom Waits zal eren in de Q-Factory, Amsterdam.