Legendary AOR singer/songwriter (Emmy Award winning recording artist) and melodic rock icon STAN BUSH to release his 13th studio album, Change The World, on September 22nd via L.A. Records/Cargo Records worldwide.
The “Change the World” album also includes “Warrior”, featured in the Shadow Warrior 2 game. The title track “Change the World”, one of Stan Bush’s best songs contains a message of hope and unity. “Born to Win” and “Live Your Dream” are songs about winning and believing in yourself. “The Story of Love” is a power-ballad about how confusing love can be. Another amazing song is the closing track, “The Secret” which contains a powerful message of love. The all-time classic Stan Bush songs “The Touch” and “Dare” from “Transformers: The Movie” round out this masterpiece of an album. Look for Stan Bush to break through to a worldwide audience with this gem of an album!
The album was produced, engineered and mixed by Holger Fath at The Barn Studios, Moorpark, CA and mastered at Aftermaster Audio, Hollywood, CA.
Stan Bush - Lead vocals and backing vocals
Holger Fath - Guitars, Bass, Keyboards
Tom Walsh - Drums
World-class rock singer, Stan Bush is best known for his song “The Touch” featured in “Transformers: The Movie”. An anthem for Transformers fans around the world, “The Touch” was also featured in the movie “Boogie Nights”, on Chuck (NBC), and American Dad (Fox), The Goldbergs (ABC), Guitar Hero, and the Saints Row IV game. Stan Bush was inducted into the Transfomers Hall of Fame in 2014.
In 1997 Stan Bush won an Emmy Award for Best Original Song, "Til I Was Loved By You". Another of his songs "Capture the Dream" was featured in the 1996 Olympics. His tracks were used in two Jean-Claude Van Damme films: "Kickboxer", a major film sequel to the action adventure film, "Bloodsport." Stan Bush has written with many top songwriters like Jonathan Cain (Journey), Jim Vallance (Bryan Adams; Aerosmith), and Paul Stanley of Kiss. Stan Bush has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe.
Kevin Godley Begins PledgeMusic Campaign For New Solo Album “MUSCLE MEMORY” & Seeks Musical Collaborators
10cc/Godley & Creme legend Kevin Godley is starting a PledgeMusic campaign for his highly anticipated new solo album “MUSCLE MEMORY.” What makes this album special, along with being his very first solo album, is that it will be comprised of collaborations between Kevin and, as yet, a cast of unknown musicians submitting instrumental tracks that he can turn into songs.
Kevin Godley's PledgeMusic campaign will have digital, CD and LP versions of the album available plus other merchandise and live experiences in the form of a workshop, video shoot visit and listening party/Q&A.
View the project here: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/kevin-godley-muscle-memory
Write and record with me:
Recently something happened that eclipsed any songwriting techniques I'd learned in 10cc or Godley & Creme. Out of the blue, I was sent 2 recorded instrumental tracks with requests to write melodies and lyrics and turn them into songs. Both tracks came from people I'd never met and still haven’t.
We communicated by email and all I did was load their tracks into Garageband and react to them vocally. Experiencing this kind of remote collaboration and its results has been transformational for me, as I believe I've recorded 2 of my best ever songs and “MUSCLE MEMORY,” as I'm calling the album, will be about opening this collaborative door a lot wider.
It's my first time out fronting a record so it's exciting and daunting in equal measure but it's something I've wanted to do for a long time and with your help I intend to make it count. The idea is to work on 10 new tracks that inspire me and share the copyright 50/50 with each writer or co-writers. It's that simple.
Please send me your music:
That's any genre, any tempo, any mood, but please don’t send me anything too predictable! I thrive on unusual structures and sounds. Tracks must be original, instrumental recordings, ideally lasting between 3 and 5 mins and should be uploaded as stereo mixes to: [email protected]
Just to be really clear…submissions are open to anyone. That's new and emerging acts through to established musicians. I've already had interest from a few significant artists but my selection process will be totally democratic so I won't be revealing any names until I've listened to everyone and everything and begun to select my 10 collaborators.
The timeline of the release will depend on the submissions, but I plan to have the album released in the first half of 2018 and will be posting regular updates along the way to keep you informed of its progress.
Around the album's release I'll be opening the door for both creatives and fans to be a part of the album recording process, with live events taking place which you can Pledge to be a part of.
Thanks for reading!
Terms & Conditions for submissions:
- Each submission must be an original recording made by the submitter in a stereo WAV format and ideally be around 3-5 minutes long.
- All submissions must consist of 100% original content, composed by the submitter. No covers or samples are to be included.
- The submitter must have retained and own all rights associated with the composition and must have sole rights to the material submitted.
- Audio stems must be available.
- The submission must not have previously been published or included in any other published work.
- The submitter agrees that any submitted work may form the basis of a joint collaboration with KG.
- KG does not guarantee working with any particular party with regards to their submission, but in the instances that he does, the revised/reworked “Collaboration Composition” (CC) will become the joint property of both KG and the submitter.
- All publishing copyrights to Collaboration Content will be owned 50:50 between KG and the owner/submitter of the original material.
- Any publishing income derived from the publishing of or any use of the Collaboration Content, will be split 50:50 be-tween the parties.
- The submitter agrees to allow any and all collaborative compositions to be used by KG for the purpose of creating an audio track and/or album.
- The level of collaborative interaction between KG and collaborators will be down to KG’s discretion.
- All submissions must be made via WeTransfer.com to the email address [email protected] with your name and contact details in the message. Please do not approach KG directly.
Workshop: Join Kevin Godley part way through recording the album and add your own voices and sounds to some of the tracks. He will record you, demo his studio techniques and talk guests through the record’s progress. The evening will conclude with an informal Q&A session.
Video Shoot Visit: Visit the set or location during the shooting of a video for a key album track and maybe get the opportunity to appear on-camera as an extra.
Album Playback and Q&A: Attend an exclusive Album Playback with Kevin Godley to hear the finished record before anyone else and take part in an informal Q&A session about the recording of the new album. Date and location TBC.
Singer Johnny Rawls Boards the Soul-Blues Express on New CD, Waiting for the Train, Coming September 15
Catfood Records announces a September 15 release date for Waiting for the Train, the new CD from Blues Music Award-winning singer Johnny Rawls. Produced by multi-Grammy-winning producer Jim Gaines, Waiting for the Train was recorded at the Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas, with additional recording at Bessie Blue Studio in Stantonville, Tennessee. On the new disc, Rawls is backed by his long-standing recording unit, The Rays: Johnny McGhee – guitar; Bob Trenchard – bass; Richy Puga – drums; Dan Ferguson – keyboards; Andy Roman – alto/tenor sax; Mike Middleton – trumpet; Nick Flood – baritone/tenor sax; Joel Chavarria – trombone; with Jon Olazabal – percussion; and backing vocals by Janelle Thompson and Shakara Weston.
Waiting for the Train features six originals (five co-written by Rawls and one by labelmate James Armstrong and Bob Trenchard), with Johnny adding his own distinctive vocal stamp on songs previously recorded by Wilson Pickett (“I’m in Love”), Bob Dylan (“I Shall Be Released”), Tyrone Davis (“Turning Point”) and Syl Johnson (“We Did It”).
Some background on the players on Waiting for the Train: Jon Olazabal, the percussionist, is a member of popular Southern California band The Dirty Heads, who’ve hit it big headlining festivals and touring coast-to-coast. Background singers Janelle Thompson and Shakara Weston are members of the Neo Soul group S4TG. Johnny McGhee was an L.A. - Motown session player before joining LTD. Richy Puga, Dan Ferguson, Andy Roman and Bob Trenchard have been together since the group Kay Kay and Rays started 20 years ago. Johnny Rawls is traveling to Europe three times in 2017 and still playing 150 dates a year. His last CD, Tiger in a Cage, reached #1 on the Living Blues Radio Chart and remained at #1 for 14 weeks on the Roots Music Soul Blues Chart. It also made the Downbeat Magazine Critic's Best of the Year Poll list, just as his two previous albums did.
About Johnny Rawls
Born in the southern Mississippi town of Columbia, and raised in Purvis and Gulfport, Johnny Rawls - while still in high school - was already backing such stars as Z.Z. Hill, Little Johnny Taylor, Joe Tex and The Sweet Inspirations when they toured in his area. In his early 20s, Rawls was hired by the legendary deep soul singer, O.V. Wright, as his band director. After Wright died in 1979, Rawls kept the band together and toured for several years with Little Johnny Taylor and others.
By 1985, Johnny Rawls was touring as a solo artist and had made his first solo recording. In 1994, he recorded the widely acclaimed album, Down to Earth, with L.C. Luckett on the Rooster Blues label. After a second Rooster Blues album with Luckett, Rawls recorded a number of albums for JSP before starting his own label. Rawls first met Catfood Records president Bob Trenchard in 1997 and the two have worked on a number of projects together since then, culminating when he released his first album for the label, No Boundaries, in 2005
Rawls garnered previous Blues Music Award nominations for his albums Heart and Soul in 2007, and Red Cadillac in 2009. Both Red Cadillac and Ace of Spades were nominated for Album of the Year by Living Blues and his last six albums have all charted top ten on blues charts with Red Cadillac reaching #1 on the Living Blues Radio Play Chart. Ace of Spades hit the #4 spot, remaining in the top 20 for three months.
Johnny’s 2012 CD, Soul Survivor, garnered him two more Blues Music Award nominations and followed Memphis Still Got Soul (2011), which received three. He’s been nominated numerous times in both the Soul Blues Male Artist and Soul Blues Album categories by The Blues Foundation, and his Ace of Spades CD won the BMA in 2010 as “Soul Blues Album of the Year. In 2014, he was voted Living Blues magazine’s “Male Blues Artist of the Year” and three of his albums have won the Living Blues “Critics' Choice Southern Soul Album of the Year.”
Johnny Rawls photo: http://www.markpuccimedia.com/Johnny-Rawls-by-Dusty-Blues.jpg
For more information, visit www.catfoodrecords.com and www.johnnyrawlsblues.com.
Release Date for New CD from The Original Blues Brothers Band featuring Steve Cropper & “Blue Lou” Marini,
Severn Records announces an October 6 release date for The Last Shade of Blue Before Black, the new album from the legendary Original Blues Brothers Band, featuring guitarist Steve Cropper and sax player “Blue Lou” Marini, with special guests Eddie Floyd, Joe Louis Walker, Paul Shaffer, Dr. John, Matt “Guitar” Murphy and Joe Morton.
“Had anyone told me in 1978 that in 2017 I would still be traveling around the world and playing with the Blues Brothers’ Band, I would have said they were out of their minds,” says “Blue Lou” Marini. “But, amazingly here we are with a new CD and still playing all over the world. This album is a true labor of love and I’m so proud of the organic way it came about. We really wanted to honor our history and to include some of our favorite musicians that we’ve worked with and loved over the years. We have the legends, Eddie Floyd and Dr. John, plus our original band leader, Paul Shaffer and the great bluesman Joe Louis Walker.
“We also have Tom ‘Bones’ Malone playing and arranging, and cameos from Matt ‘Guitar’ Murphy and Joe Morton, a star from our second movie. We are also thrilled to have former members David Spinozza on guitar, Birch Johnson on trombone, and my steady sub, Baron Raymonde on alto sax.”
The Last Shade of Blue Before Black was produced by Lou Marini, Steve Cropper and The Original Blues Brothers Band and recorded at IWII Studios in Hoboken, NJ, by Jay Messina.
“We wanted to present some new original material and do some tunes that hearkened to our past,” declares Marini. “This is a live CD, with everyone recording at once, mostly first or second takes and live vocals and solos. The only overdubs were some baritone sax parts and a few minor fixes. We were blessed with a fantastic studio that suited us so well, IIWII in Hoboken, New Jersey, and the world’s greatest engineer and friend to all, Jay Messina.
Essentially begun as a one-time musical skit that debuted on NBC-TV’s Saturday Night Live” in 1978 and fronted by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as Jake and Elwood Blues, the band became an overnight sensation, spawning numerous TV appearances, hit albums, two blockbuster movies and global touring.
“I think the power and joy of this great band that has been playing together for so many years is evident,” states Marini. “We love each other and love making music together. Everyone played their asses off on this CD and none more so than our wonderful bassist, Eric Udel. Eric died tragically in September from a fall here in NYC. He was a great musician and a sunny, funny man whom we all loved. We dedicate this album to him as well as our other fallen and still greatly missed brothers, Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn” and Alan ‘Mr. Fabulous’ Rubin.
“I’ve often said that the OBBB is the world’s greatest part-time job because of you, our fans. We’ve gotten to see the world and enjoy it in your company. We’ve eaten and drank with you, especially the latter, and you have treated us like kings. Enjoy this music and for God’s sake, PLAY IT LOUD!”
The Original Blues Brothers Band are: Steve “The Colonel” Cropper - guitar; John “Smokin’ John” Tropea – guitar; Eric “The Red” Udel – bass; Lee “Funkytime” Finkelstein – drums; Leon “The Lion” Pendarvis – organ; Rusty “Cloudmeister” Cloud - clavinet, Wurlitzer, piano and organ; Steve “Catfish” Howard – trumpet; Larry “Trombonious” Farrell – trombone; Lou “Blue Lou” Marini – saxophones; Bobby “Sweet Soul” Harden – vocals; Tommy “Pipes” McDonnell - vocals and harmonica; and Rob “The Honeydripper” Paparozzi - vocals and harmonica.
The Last Shade of Blue Before Black Track Listing and Additional Credits
1. Baby, What You Want Me To Do - Music & lyrics by Jimmy Reed (Conrad Music/The Seeds of Reed Music, BMI) Arranged by Lou Marini Bobby, Tommy and Rob-vocals, John Tropea-guitar solo, Rob Paparozzi-harp, Tom Malone-trumpet, Baron Raymonde-alto sax
2. Cherry Street - Music & lyrics by Delbert McClinton, Kevin McKendree & Gary Nicholson (East Folks Music, BMI/ASCAP). Arranged by Lou Marini Tommy “Pipes’ McDonnell-lead vocal, Birch Johnson-trombone, Baron Raymonde-alto sax & solo
3. On a Saturday Night - Music & lyrics by Eddie Floyd & Steve Cropper (Irving Music, BMI) Arranged by Tom Malone Eddie Floyd-lead vocal, Tom Malone-baritone sax
4. Itch and Scratch - Music & lyrics by Ronald Hayes & Toby King (Gulf Coast Music LLC) Arranged by Lou Marini and The Original Blues Brothers Band Bobby “Sweet Soul” Harden-lead vocal, Rob, Tommy & Rusty-background vocals, Baron Raymonde-alto sax
5. Don’t Go No Further - Music & lyrics by Willie Dixon (Hoochie Coochie Music, BMI) Horn arr. by Lou Marini, rhythm arr. by The Original Blues Brothers Band Joe Louis Walker-lead vocal, Rob Paparozzi-chromatic harp, Tommy McDonnell harp solo, Steve Howard-trumpet solo, Matt “Guitar” Murphy-guitar solo
6. You Left the Water Running - Music & lyrics by Dan Penn, Rick Hall & Oscar Franks (Screen Gems-EMI Music, Inc., BMI.) Arranged by Tom Malone Bobby “Sweet Soul” Harden-lead vocal, Tommy, Rob & Lou-background vocals, Lou Marini-tenor sax solo, Tom Malone-baritone sax, David Spinozza-acoustic guitar
7. Don’t Forget About James Brown - Music & lyrics by Eddie Floyd (Irving Music, BMI) Arranged by Leon Pendarvis Eddie Floyd & Tommy “Pipes” McDonnell-lead vocals, Baron Raymonde-alto sax, Tom Malone-baritone sax, Larry Farrell-trombone solo
8. Sex Machine - Music & lyrics by James Brown, Bobby Byrd & Ronald Lenhoff (Dynatone Publishing Co., BMI.) Arranged by Paul Shaffer & Tom Malone Paul “The Shiv” Shaffer-lead vocal and piano solo, David Spinozza-guitar, Tom Malone-trumpet
9. Your Feet’s Too Big - Music by Fred Fisher, lyrics by Ada Benson with extra lyrics by Fats Waller (Morley Music Co/Sony ATV Tunes LLC, ASCAP) Arranged by Lou Marini and The Original Blues Brothers Band Rob Paparozzi-lead vocal & bass harmonica, Rusty Cloud-piano solo, Lou Marini-clarinet
10. 21st Century Baby - Music & lyrics by Rob Paparozzi (Robodripper Tunes, SESAC) Arranged by John Tropea Rob Paparozzi-lead vocal, Baron Raymonde-alto sax, Tom Malone-trumpet & baritone sax
11. Blues in My Feet - Music & lyrics by Rusty Cloud (Stousefouse Music, BMI) Rusty Cloud-lead vocal, Tom Malone-baritone sax, Rob Paparozzi-harp solo
12. Qualified - Music & lyrics by Jessie Hill & Malcom Rebennack (Warner-Tamerlane Publishing OBO Skull Music, ASCAP) Arranged by Lou Marini Dr. John “The Nite Tripper”-lead vocal and piano, Bobby, Tommy, Rob & Rusty -background vocals, Birch Johnson-trombone, Baron Raymonde-alto sax, Lou Marini-baritone sax & tenor sax solo
13. I Got My Mojo Working - Music and lyrics by Preston Foster (ARC Music/Dare Music, Inc., BMI) Arranged by Lou Marini Rob Paparozzi, Bobby Harden, Joe Morton & Tommy McDonnell-lead vocals, The Original Blues Brothers Band-background vocals, Rusty Cloud-organ solo, Tom Malone-trumpet
14. The Last Shade of Blue Before Black - Music & lyrics by Lou Marini (Hip Pickles Music ASCAP) Arranged by Lou Marini and The Original Blues Brothers Band Lou Marini-lead vocal, Bobby, Tommy, Rob & Rusty-background vocals, John Tropea-guitar solo, Lou Marini-tenor sax solo
Visit www.originalbluesbropthersband.squarespace.com and www.severnrecords.com; plus facebook.com/theoriginalbluesbrothersband
Rounder Records has announced the release date for Gregg Allman's final studio album. Southern Blood arrives everywhere on Friday, September 8th. NPR already premiered the album's first song, "My Only True Friend".
Hear “My Only True Friend” HERE.
Southern Blood is now available for pre-order. A special and unique part of the deluxe package and the first run of the vinyl will be the inclusion of a painting that Allman and his daughter Layla commissioned from visual artist Vincent Castiglia. The beautiful portrait Castiglia painted was made with Gregg's actual blood in the paint. The process served as inspiration for the album title.
Southern Blood serves as a remarkable final testament from an artist whose contributions have truly shaped rock & roll throughout the past four decades. Allman's first all-new recording since 2011's GRAMMY® Award-nominated solo landmark, Low Country Blues, the album is among the most uniquely personal of the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's career, an emotionally expansive collection of songs written by friends and favorite artists including Jackson Browne, Willie Dixon, Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter, Lowell George and Spooner Oldham & Dan Penn, meant to serve as a salutary farewell to his legion of devoted fans and admirers. Allman collaborated on his closing project with manager and dear friend Michael Lehman and GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Don Was, a longtime acquaintance and staunch supporter committed to helping the rock icon actualize his very specific aspirations.
A further key to Allman's vision for Southern Blood was his decision to record at the world-renowned FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL. Alongside its own fabled history, the legendary studio occupied a momentous place in Allman's personal back pages.
ABOUT GREGG ALLMAN
Gregg Allman was undoubtedly among rock and roll's greatest and most significant artists, his soul-fired and still utterly distinctive voice one of the defining sounds in all of American music. From his founding role in the one and only Allman Brothers Band to his long and storied solo career, Allman consistently proved himself to be an iconic singer/songwriter and exceptional practitioner of the American blues tradition. Allman accrued a remarkable list of honors over his five decade career, including the ABB's 1995 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award at the 54th Annual GRAMMY® Awards. Allman detailed his brilliant career in 2012's acclaimed memoir, My Cross To Bear. Now available in both hardcover and paperback, the New York Times bestseller chronicles an astonishing life and creative journey burdened by unimaginable loss, alcohol and drug addiction, told with clear-eyed wisdom and sharp hindsight.
TRACKLISTING ‘SOUTHERN BLOOD’
1. My Only True Friend
2. Once I Was
3. Going Going Gone
4. Black Muddy River
5. I Love the Life I Live
7. Blind Bats and Swamp Rats
8. Out of Left Field
9. Love Like Kerosene
10. Song for Adam feat. Jackson Browne
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The musical career of The Incomparable Joe Thomas spans over seven decades. During that time, he performed throughout the world, gaining notoriety, acclaim and adoration internationally.
Joseph Samuel Thomas was born to Frank Thomas and Sarah Pryor Thomas on May 31, 1933 in Newark, New Jersey. Born with extraordinary musical talents, Joe was blessed by God with the gifts of the spoken and written word.
After witnessing his older brother Frank play musical instruments, Joe realized one of his many callings in life. He learned how to play alto and soprano saxophone, trombone, flute and piano organically, by eye and by ear. He taught himself how to write music. At fifteen, with his older brother’s guidance, he began to play professionally in small local clubs. He met the fabulous James Moody, who was playing with the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band. Moody told Joe to pursue his craft and Joe did just that, going on to play with some of the world’s most iconic jazz legends.
A three-year stint in the United States Army interrupted his career. Wounded in combat in the Korean War, Joe was awarded the Purple Heart in honor of his service to this country. Returning to his purpose and passion in the United States, Joe helped form a group called “The Rhoda Scott Trio.” Along with Rhoda and Joe, drummer Bill Elliott was featured in that group. The group stayed together for three years, making two albums together.
Joe then formed his own group and made nine albums. He was featured on the flute and saxophone. He appears on several other albums including some of Jimmy McGriff’s. Two of his albums have been re- issued as CD’s: “Plato’s Retreat” and “Masada.” His entire catalog of exemplary work will be released for the Joe Thomas Legacy.
To many musicians and artists, Joe was affectionately known as “The Ebony Godfather.”
Joe performed at venues all over the world, including the prestigious Blue Note, Birdland, The Key Club, Carlos One, The Cave, Count Basie’s, La Détente, Smalls Paradise, and multiple cruise lines. Joe was one of the “All-Stars” invited to play at the Pythodd Club in Rochester, New Yorkand at Pine Grill Buffalo, New York reunions. Other notables who performed at these jazz festivals were: Charles Erland, Hank Crawford, Jimmy McGriff, Nat Adderly, Houston Person, Etta Jones, and many others. Joe performed with the legendary Carrie Smith, blues and gospel singer on three jazz festival cruises.
The funeral services are
Sat, August 5, 217 1pm
Woody Funeral Home
163 Oakwood Ave,
City of Orange, NJ 07050
For further information, please contact:
THE JOE THOMAS LEGACY
Elissa Gabrielle of Elissa Gabrielle Entertainment
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Ancienne Belgique, Brussel
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De excentrieke broers Ron en Russel van Sparks hebben een nieuw nummer uitgebracht als eerbetoon aan één van de grootste Franse zangeressen uit de geschiedenis. 'Edith Piaf (Said It Better than Me)’ is de derde single uit hun langverwachte nieuw album 'Hippopotamus’ dat ze op 16 september komen voorstellen in de AB.
"Like all great Sparks songs, the brothers deliver their sermon standing atop a mountain of grandiose orchestration, investing its undepleted energy with a joyousness that has come to define its work across 45 years.” LA Times
Eerder brachten ze de single 'What The Hell is This Time?’ uit ' - "een vaak gebruikte zin wanneer mensen luisteren naar een nieuwe Sparks-song", volgens bandlid Ron Mael.
De broers Ron en Russel Mael vormen de harde kern van Sparks, een band die sinds de jaren 70 bezig is met een frisse mix van glamrock, synthpop en dance. Sparks heeft grotendeels zijn bekendheid te danken aan de lp 'Kimono My House’ en de wereldhit 'This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us’. Ze hebben al samengewerkt met onder andere Telex, Les Rita Mitsouko en recent nog Franz Ferdinand met wie ze twee jaar geleden in een uitverkochte Ancienne Belgique stonden.
Op 16 september komt Sparks opnieuw naar de AB met de Hippopotamus Tour.
Tickets via greenhousetalent.be.
(Press photo provided by Greenhouse Talent)
50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF ROLLING STONES’ THEIR SATANIC MAJESTIES REQUEST COMING SEPTEMBER 22 FROM ABKCO
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones album Their Satanic Majesties Request, ABKCO Music is releasing a limited edition deluxe double vinyl/double hybrid Super Audio CD (compatible with all CD players) package on September 22. The set contains both the stereo and mono versions of every song, all newly remastered by Bob Ludwig. Their Satanic Majesties Request 50th Anniversary will include Michael Cooper’s original 3-D lenticular cover photograph, featuring the band in peak psychedelic regalia.
Originally released in December of 1967, Their Satanic Majesties Request is the first self-produced album in the Stones’ vast catalog. Experimental in nature, it was such a departure from the band’s rhythm & blues roots that it threw critics for a loop. Initially derided by Rolling Stone Magazine for being “too infused with the pretentions of their musical inferiors” (namely the Beatles), the record was simultaneously lauded by DownBeat with a five star review declaring the album “a revolutionary event in modern pop music.”* Over the ensuing decades, it has proven to be a highly influential body of work; generations of bands have covered Satanic songs, from punk legends The Damned, Bad Brains, and Redd Kross, to hard rockers KISS and Monster Magnet, as well as indie taste makers Cibo Matto and Arcade Fire. Music from the album can be heard in Wes Anderson’s directorial debut Bottle Rocket.
The title was derived from a pun based on the inside of British passports at the time which read, “Her Britannic Majesties Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Requests and Requires . . .” Their Satanic Majesties Request was recorded in pieces between February and October of 1967. It was a tumultuous period for the Rolling Stones – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones were arrested for drug possession, with Jones spending three weeks in a nursing home. Stones’ original manager/producer Andrew Loog Oldham quit halfway through recording sessions, leaving the band to finish the album on their own. A chaotic spring European tour that involved a riot in Poland also interrupted work flow. Very rarely were all five members in the studio at the same time but despite these impediments, Charlie Watts recalled, “The sessions were a lot of fun because you could do anything. It was so druggy—acid and all that.”
Grammy award winning music historian Rob Bowman writes in the liner notes for the new set, “Their Satanic Majesties Request should be recognized as an important stepping stone in the Rolling Stones’ development from an r&b-inspired band to the inventors of modern rock for the 1970s.” Falling between Between the Buttons and Beggars Banquet, it was the first of their albums to have identical tracklists in the U.S. and UK. Satanic Majesties’ ten tunes are saturated with studio effects, non-traditional instruments such as mellotron and theremin, ambient sounds created using oscillators, string arrangements by John Paul Jones (who went on to help establish Led Zeppelin the following year) and more percussive devices than can be named. “Citadel” foreshadowed the direction towards straight-forward rock the Stones would take, while “2000 Light Years From Home” and “She’s a Rainbow” (a minor hit in the U.S.) capture the band in all its psychedelic glory at that moment in time. They remain the only two songs from the album the band has ever played live. “Sing This All Together,” its looser reprise “Sing This All Together (See What Happens),” “Gomper” and “On With the Show” transition from traditional song structure to free form freakout – a trademark of that era, also heard on records by the Mothers of Invention and Pink Floyd.
Offered as a single just before the album’s release, “In Another Land” is the only song in the Rolling Stones canon both written and sung by Bill Wyman, who took advantage of the fact that he was the lone member who showed up to the studio one day. The Small Faces happened to be recording next door, so Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane were invited to contribute backing vocals, with Marriott also providing 12-string acoustic guitar. With Brian Jones on mellotron, Stones cohort Nicky Hopkins on harpsichord and Charlie Watts on drums, Mick and Keith laid down backing vocals, making it a complete Stones affair.
Michael Cooper, who had created the immaculate art for the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band earlier in 1967, was hired by the Stones to make something equally striking for the cover of Their Satanic Majesties Request. All four Beatles’ likenesses can be seen popping out of flowers, surrounding a photograph of Charlie, Keith, Mick, Brian and Bill in technicolor garb. Cooper used a rare 3-D camera, employing lenticular technology – when the cover is tilted, the image changes, and every member except for wizard-hatted Mick appear to be moving their heads. Reproduction of the lenticular cover proved costly, and it was eliminated from many subsequent pressings of the album, being replaced by a still image. Their Satanic Majesties Request 50th Anniversary restores the original lenticular art, and the discs are housed in a bespoke fold out album limited edition numbered package with a 20 page book including more of Michael Cooper’s photos from the original session, expanding on what the record-buying public saw in 1967.
Their Satanic Majesties Request was originally mixed in both stereo and mono, as was standard practice in 1967. The limited edition 50th anniversary edition will include the entire album on 180 gram vinyl in stereo, another 180 gram vinyl record in mono, and two hybrid Super Audio CDs (one in stereo and one in mono). Each of these discs includes the entire musical content in both Super Audio CD (SACD) as well as standard CD, providing for complete backward and forward hardware compatibility. The discs will play flawlessly on any SACD compatible or standard CD player. In an SACD player, the laser pick-up automatically reads the SACD layer in Direct Stream Digital (DSD) format, while a standard CD player’s laser pick-up will automatically read through the SACD layer to the CD layer in Pulse Code Modulation (PCM) format. Recently remastered by eleven time Grammy winner Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios, the SACD audio is the exact product of his work.
Award winner will make the live performance premiere of "Swing 42" with Grammy-winning pianist Roger Kellaway on Tuesday night.
LAGUNA BEACH (1 August 2017): Jazz trumpeter Ilya Serov has been cooped up in the recording studio all summer working on his second album, but Tuesday night in Laguna Beach, he's going to take a break to make the live performance debut of the first single, "Swing 42," featuring the dapper swingman dueting with Grammy winner and Oscar-nominated pianist Roger Kellaway. Accompanied by his 10-piece big band, Serov will be joined by Kellaway on stage at the Pageant of the Masters 2017.
Brandishing a fresh whimsical arrangement by Tom Kubis, Serov's snappy muted trumpet reading of Django Reinhardt's "Swing 42" is a frisky and fun summer frolic bolstered by Kellaway's fanciful piano flourishes and a four-chair horn section.
"'Swing 42' is one of my favorite of Django's tunes. It has such positive energy. I really like the music of that era and I had been compelled to do a rendition of this tune for a while. I am glad we finally did it. It was so much fun and of course it was such an honor and a pleasure to work with an award-winning legend, pianist Roger Kellaway, who is a featured guest on the
track. His brilliant play brought so much to the sound," said Serov, a classically-trained musician from St. Petersburg, Russia who resides in Los Angeles.
At Tuesday evening's performance, Kellaway will introduce Serov as part of the Rising Stars series in which "world-famous musicians and music aficionados introduce their favorite up and coming performers." The two musicians first formed a bond after meeting a few years ago, which led to the collaboration for Serov's sophomore outing.
"I was fortunate to have met Roger several years ago and was featured on a couple of songs during one of his shows. It was an unbelievable experience for me and very encouraging. We stayed in touch and I am proud to call Roger and his lovely wife, Jorjana, my friends. I feel blessed to have been able to work with him and honored to have him play on my album," said Serov, who also teamed with Kellaway to lense a video for "Swing 42" (<http://bit.ly/2v7F2XB> http://bit.ly/2v7F2XB).
Last month, Serov appeared on SiriusXM's The Dave Koz Lounge to talk about "Swing 42" as well as the album in progress, which will consist of standards and tunes from the Great American Songbook. Serov is producing.
A trumpeter and debonair vocalist, Serov released his debut album, "September in the Rain," in late 2013. A year later, he was named Best New Artist at the Hollywood International Music Awards. Although the new session consists of big band, swing and straight-ahead jazz, Serov is also an imaginative alchemist who experiments with contemporary jazz, R&B, pop and world music nuances. For more information, please visit www.IlyaSerov.com.
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"Palestine Blues," the new album from Lew Jetton & 61 South is a personally poignant and sometimes brutal memoir of a 10 year period in Jetton's life which included struggles with alcohol, drugs, depression, joblessness, frustration and a spiritual tug of war.
Lew Jetton says, “Palestine is the community in which I live but it's also a place of historic significance for being sacred, while at the same time, a place of conflict. That's kind of where I have been for years. I know a lot of blues is happy and uplifting. This is not. I'm OK with that. I wanted it to be real blues, in the emotional sense, and that's what 'Palestine Blues' is.”
"Palestine Blues" is pure emotion. Recorded 3 piece, for the most part, with just Lew on guitar, with bass and drums, so the essence of the songs could show through. No posing. Just the raw feeling, so you really can feel the frustration, the helplessness, the anger, the sadness, that are a way of life for so many today.
LABEL: Coffee Street Records RELEASE: August 7, 2017 WEBSITE: www.61South.com
Palestine Blues, the new album from Lew Jetton & 61 South is a personally poignant and sometimes brutal memoir of a 10 year period in Jetton's life which included struggles with alcohol, drugs, depression, joblessness, frustration and a spiritual tug of war.
“Palestine is the community in which I live but it's also a place of historic significance for being sacred, while at the same time, a place of conflict. That's kind of where I have been for years. I know a lot of blues is happy and uplifting.
This is not. I'm OK with that. I wanted it to be real blues, in the emotional sense and that's what Palestine Blues is.” Lew Jetton Palestine Blues is pure emotion. Recorded 3 piece for the most part with just Lew on guitar, with bass and drums, so the essence of the songs could show through.
No posing. Just the raw feeling, so you really can feel the frustration, the helplessness, the anger, the sadness, that are a way of life for so many today.
1. Will I Go To Hell (4:11)
2. Oh My My (3:04)
3. For the Pain (4:27)
4. Mexico (5:09)
5. Sold Us Out (3:45)
6. Drinking Again (4:03)
7. Don't Need No Devil (4:10)
8. Christ Have Mercy (3:53)
9. Drama (2:49)
10. BoutTime (2:32)
All songs written by Robert Lewis Jetton (BMI, Brooks
Chapel Music) Copyright 2017, All Rights Reserved
What They're Saying...
“Very original. Very dark. Think Gary Clark Jr meets Townes Van Zandt. Maybe the most REAL blues I've heard in a long time, because it deals with real life and real problems so many of us are facing today. Not a bunch of superficial BS. It's about real pain. The problems the working families and working poor are dealing with. This one tells it straight “in your face.”
Luke Williams, WKYQ
“I've played him on my shows in the past, but this CD takes it up another explosive notch!! “ Cap'n Barney,
MAYFLOWER HILL BLUES, WMHB
LEW JETTON Vocals, Guitar
ERIK EICHOLTZ Drums
OTIS WALKER Bass
J.D. WILKES Harmonica (1,5)
*Produced by Lew Jetton, Engineered, mixed and mastered
by Heath Glisson
*Recorded, mixed and mastered at Coffee Street Recording
Studios, Paducah, KY
“A powerful collection combining creative original lyrics and instrumentation with traditional and contemporary blues themes.....gets better every time I play it!” Brion Foster, KYRS
Palestine Blues follows on the heels of Lew Jetton & 61 South's 2016 release Rain, which spent more than 6 months of the Roots Music Report's Contemporary Blues Chart, receiving extensive airplay worldwide and finishing #36 in their year end list of all the Top 200 releases.
foto's ©: met toestemming van FRANK ROSZAK Promotions
Photo Credit: Janis Wilkins
CONTINUES YEAR-LONG CELEBRATION THIS FALL WITH NORTH AMERICAN TOUR FOR CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED HUDSON PROJECT & LIMITED EDITION PRODUCT RELEASES
Celebrating his historic 75th birthday on August 9, 2017, music legend Jack DeJohnette will continue year-long birthday festivities with extensive touring, limited edition product releases, and more.
The multi-GRAMMY® winner and NEA Jazz Master will embark on a 18-city North American Fall tour with HUDSON, a collective group he co-leads with three of the world's top instrumentalists: Larry Grenadier, John Medeski and John Scofield. Touring in support of their commercially acclaimed eponymous album, which charted #1 and has remained in the Top 3 positions on Billboard's Jazz charts every week since its June 9 release on Motéma Music, Hudson is scheduled to close out the 2017 Newport Jazz Festival on Sunday, August 6. The group will tour extensively throughout October, including stops in New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C.. The album, which captures the atmosphere and beauty of the Hudson Valley region while celebrating the iconic music that has emerged from it, has received critical recognition from outlets such as NPR Music, Pitchfork, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, PEOPLE.com, and more.
DeJohnette's longtime product endorsers will commemorate the landmark birthday as well. Sonor Drums has "gifted" DeJohnette a new drum set to commemorate his 75 years. On August 21st, Sabian, DeJohnette's cymbal endorser since 1989, will release "Jack DeJohnette Shimmering '75' Ride," 75 numbered 22" limited edition ride cymbals that will come with a certification of authenticity. Vic Firth, DeJohnette's drum stick endorser since 1990, has also released special "Jack DeJohnette 75" drum sticks, exclusively available through DeJohnette's website.
"Celebrating 75 years on earth is just another day for me to continue to create and move the music forward," reflects DeJohnette. "The outpouring of love and respect at times can be overwhelming, and reminds me how grateful I am for all of the places the music has taken me, friendships and collaborations formed and the joy that life has given me".
In addition to Hudson and limited edition product releases, DeJohnette's recent recording collaborations include Paul Simon, Bruce Hornsby (for a new Spike Lee movie), and Anouar Brahem. DeJohnette will also make special appearances this fall with various projects in Woodstock, NY (Drum and Boogie Festival with David Sancious and Luisito Quintero), San Francisco (Miner Auditorium with his group featuring Ravi Coltrane and Matthew Garrison) and Chicago (Chicago Symphony Orchestra with John Scofield and Larry Goldings).
JACK DEJOHNETTE @ 75
In a career that spans six decades and includes collaborations with some of the most iconic figures in modern jazz, NEA Jazz Master and GRAMMY® Award winner Jack DeJohnette has established an unchallenged reputation as one of the greatest drummers in the history of the genre. The list of creative associations throughout his career is lengthy and diverse: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Keith Jarrett, Charles Lloyd, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Chet Baker, George Benson, Stanley Turrentine, Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, Joe Henderson, Freddy Hubbard, Betty Carter and so many more. Along the way, he has developed a versatility that allows room for hard bop, R&B, world music, avant-garde, and just about every other style to emerge in the past half-century through his iconic groups such as Compost, New Directions, Special Edition and The Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, Matt Garrison Trio. Named as one of the 100 Greatest Drummers of All Time by Rolling Stone, his recording output has spanned decades on iconic record labels such as ECM (DeJohnette is the most recorded musician in the label's history), Milestone, Prestige, MCA Impulse! and more.
Upcoming Hudson North American Tour
August 6 - Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, RI
September 2 - Detroit Jazz Festival, Detroit, MI
October 4 - Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Poughkeepsie, NY
October 6-7 - Rose Theater @ Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY
October 8 - Berklee Performing Arts Center, Boston, MA
October 10 - The Hamilton, Washington, D.C.
October 11 - The Ardmore Music Hall, Ardmore, PA
October 12 - Xavier University Jazz Series, Cincinnati, OH
October 14 - Sheldon Arts Center, St. Louis, MO
October 15 - Yardley Hall, Overland Park, KS
October 17 - Jack Singer Concert Hall, Calgary, AB
October 18 - Chan Centre For The Performing Arts, Vancouver, BC
October 19 - Moore Theater, Seattle, WA
October 21 - Mondavi Center, Davis, CA
October 22 - The Green Music Center, Rohnert Park, CA
October 23 - Newmark Theater, Portland, OR
October 25 - Piper Theatre, Mesa, AZ
October 26 - KIMo Theater, Albuquerque, NM
Additional Jack DeJohnette Tour Dates
September 9 - Drum and Boogie Festival Woodstock, New York (w/ David Sancious & Luisito Quintero)
September 24 - Miner Auditorium, San Francisco, CA (w/ Ravi Coltrane and Matthew Garrison)
November 17 - Chicago Symphony, Chicago, IL (w/ John Scofield & Larry Goldings)
For more information on Jack DeJohnette, visit jackdejohnette.com
For Jack DeJohnette's electronic press kit, visit montunoecards.com/jack
For more information on Hudson and Motéma Music, visit motema.com
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"DEAR FRIEND": JAZZ FUSION KEYBOARDIST PATRICK BRADLEY HONORS TANGIBLE AND "INTANGIBLE" INFLUENCES ON HIS FOURTH ALBUM DUE AUGUST 25
ALISO VIEJO (31 July 2017): The spiritually-minded jazz fusion keyboardist Patrick Bradley doesn't need a special occasion like marking his tenth anniversary as a recording artist to acknowledge his inspirations both tangible and divine. However, "Dear Friend," the first single from his forthcoming fourth album, "Intangible," due August 25, does just that, slated to arrive ten years after the release of his first solo set. Written with the album's producer, Jeff Lorber, "Dear Friend" pays respectful homage to the seminal musicians who influence and inform Bradley’s contemporary jazz, rock, fusion and R&B mashups released on the Patrick's Song Factory label.
"My intent was to honor the influence and significant impact that late musicians have on me musically such as keyboardist giants Keith Emerson, Richard Wright, George Duke, Joe Sample and Jon Lord. Bass players Chris Squire and Jaco Pastorius and guitarist Alan Holdsworth have a major influence on my approach to arrangements and melodies. Their influences are woven throughout my musical experiences, abilities and styles," said Bradley, who wrote and arranged the ten songs that comprise "Intangible" with Lorber. "The tune also celebrates friendship of all kinds - whether it is the intimate friendship between a spouse or lover, a trusted best friend, a mentor, your family pet or the friendship expressed through songs of faith."
"Intangible" is the third outing for Bradley and Lorber, the latter of whom is a keyboardist widely recognized as one of the forefathers of jazz fusion, thus an element of mentorship is evident in their ongoing creative friendship. "Jeff and I work very well together. Coming into the studio, I had about 18 songs to work with for this project and we selected ten. Collaborating with Jeff always draws out new dimensions and makes me dig deeper."
One of the dimensions that Bradley developed under the tutelage of Lorber was to cultivate the ability and the confidence to communicate as a trilingual keyboardist: piano, Hammond B3 organ and Moog synthesizer. Bradley's nimble finger work dispenses harmonies in equal measures of power and grace, poignant and propulsive, riveting and rousing, and cerebral and accessible. His multi-voiced keyboard approach makes an individual track seem as if it is helmed by more than one protagonist with each unique keyboard instrument providing a different perspective on the melodies. In addition to the heavy usage of the Hammond B3 along with frequent spacy Moog forays, Bradley's distinctive brand also consists of deep-pocketed grooves constructed by live instrumentation from a core unit of prominent musicians - guitarists Adam Hawley and Michael Thompson, bassist Jimmy Haslip, drummer Gary Novak and Lorber on synth bass, guitar and additional keyboards. A handful of cuts are bolstered by the brawn and bravura of David Mann's horns. Paul Jackson Jr. cranks out a gale force of electric guitar riffs on "Tail Wind" while Andrew Carney's trumpet thrives animatedly while exploring "Newport Coast."
There is another essential element to Bradley's recordings that have been present ever since he issued his debut album, "Come Rain or Shine," a decade ago. "Music and creativity and whatever talents we each have are a gift from God. Love, faith, hope and even music are all intangible, hence the new album title. Much of our universe is intangible yet we spend the majority of our time seeking the physical and temporal things. I always want to encourage people to look beyond the physical universe and turn our hearts towards God," said the Southern California native who balances his creative output with a corporate profile by serving as president of the Southern Pacific Region at Whole Foods Market.
Bradley's singles regularly hit the Billboard chart, but he was especially encouraged by the success and growing support he received for his previous album, 2014's "Can You Hear Me." "It gave me a new drive to write, play and collaborate with a newfound zeal and energy, revealing where I am at musically at this time. All music has a piece of the artist within their songs. I find with each new project, I feel the need and responsibility to dig deeper and in a sense, be truer to the musician I am and inspire to be."
For more information, please visit www.PatrickBradleyMusic.com.
"Intangible" contains the following songs:
"Find the Way"
"Winds of Change"
"Out of Bounds"
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British rock legends UFO offer up their first ever covers album paying homage to a dozen of their personal favorites! “The Salentino Cuts” includes several unexpected choices such as Mad Seasons's “River Of Deceit,” John Mellencamp's “Paper In Fire,” and Bill Withers' “Ain't No Sunshine” alongside more traditional but nonetheless thrilling versions such as The Yardbirds' “Heartful Of Soul,” ZZ Top's “Just Got Paid” and lots more!
UFO's current line-up features original members Phil Mogg on vocals and Andy Parker on drums. Keyboardist/guitarist Paul Raymond joined the band in 1976. Lead guitarist Vinnie Moore has been a permanent member of the group since 2003, and American bassist Rob De Luca joined the fold in 2012.
Vinnie says, “Making this covers record was a blast for me. I thoroughly enjoyed putting a little of my own spin on these tunes that I grew up with. I played ZZ Top and Robin Trower songs about a gazzilion times onstage over the years. it was great to actually get to record some of my old faves.”
UFO's “The Salentino Cuts” will be released on September 29th and will be available on both CD & 2 limited vinyl pressings, one splatter vinyl and one white vinyl!
1. Heartful Of Soul
2. Break On Through (To The Other Side)
3. River Of Deceit
4. The Pusher
5. Paper In Fire
6. Rock Candy
7. Mississippi Queen
8. Ain't No Sunshine
10. Too Rolling Stoned
11. Just Got Paid
12. It's My Life
In September & October, the band will be embarking on a monster tour of North America with fellow classic rockers Saxon!
UFO European tour dates:
August 11 - Leyendas del Rock Festival XII - Villena - Spain
August 13 - Alcatraz Open Air- Kortrijk - Belgium
September 7 - Germany - Dortmund - Musiktheater Piano
September 8 - Holland - Eindhoven - Cityrock Festival
September 9 - Holland - Leeuwarden - Cityrock Festival
September 10 - France - Raismes - Raismes Fest
September 12 - England - Southampton - The Brook
September 14 - England - Dorking - Dorking Halls
September 15 - England - Holmfirth - Picturedrome
September 16 - England - Northampton - Roadmender
UFO & SAXON US Tour Dates - Round 2:
September 22 - Newton, NJ - Newton Theater
September 23 - Huntington, NY - Paramount Theater
September 24 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage
September 26 - Philadelphia, PA - Theater Of The Living Arts
September 28 - Plymouth, NH - Flying Monkey
September 29 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
September 30 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theater
October 1 - Portland, ME - Aura
October 3 - Toronto, ON - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
October 4 - Montreal, QU - Corona Theatre
October 6 - Flint, MI - Machine Shop
October 7 - Traverse City, MI - Ground Zero
October 8 - Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall
October 9 - Akron, OH - Tangier Cabaret Room
October 11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Jergels
October 12 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogarts
October 13 - Merrillville, IN - Star Plaza
October 14 - Indianapolis, IN - The Egyptian
UFO was formed in London in 1969. They became a transitional group between early hard rock and heavy metal and the new wave of British heavy metal. Over a career spanning 48 years, UFO has released 22 studio albums, 14 live recordings and 16 compilation albums. They achieved success with several albums and singles in the UK and US Top 40 charts, and have sold over 10 million records worldwide. UFO is considered one of the classic hard rock acts, and have influenced many notable rock bands. The band was ranked number 84 on VH1's “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.”
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Hij kwam op 14 juli al digitaal uit, maar vanaf vrijdag is Coldplay’s nieuwe EP ‘Kaleidoscope’ ook beschikbaar op CD en LP. De EP werd geproducet door Rik Simpson en Daniel Green, samen met Bill Rahko en bevat hun laatste single ‘Miracles (Someone Special)’, alsook het nummer ‘A L I E N S’ en een nieuwe live versie van ‘Something Just Like This’ met de Chainsmokers, die werd opgenomen in Tokio in April. De EP is Coldplay’s eerste werk na hun vorige plaat, ‘A Head Full Of Dreams ’, waarvan meer dan 5 miljoen exemplaren over de toonbank gingen. De vier nieuwe nummers werden opgenomen in hun on-the-road studio tijdens de A Head Full Of Dreams Tour die eind vorige maand ook in Brussel passeerde en waar wereldwijd meer dan 4,6 miljoen tickets van verkocht werden.
promo photo: Warner Music
Met ‘Dark Matter’ brengt Randy Newman zijn eerste soloalbum in negen jaar tijd uit, na ‘Harps and Angels’ uit 2008. Het album werd opgenomen in Los Angeles, met als producers Newmans trouwe medewerkers Mitchell Froom, Lenny Waronker, en David Boucher. Op ‘Dark Matter’ vind je het nummer ‘Putin’ terug, dat vorig jaar al digitaal uitkwam, aangevuld met 8 andere tracks die hij schreef over de gebroeders Kennedy, Sonny Boy Williamson, wetenschap vs. religie, liefde en verlies, en meer.
Randy Newman over het album: “I’m proud of the record,” Newman continues. “I think it’s entertaining—I hope it’s entertaining—and that’s eighty percent of what I try to do. Also, I’m doing something different than I’ve ever done before. It’s a step forward for me. And considering how long I’ve been doing this, I’m kinda proud of that.”
photo credits : © Johan Kaethoven
EPICA kan een nieuw wapenfeit op zijn toch al omvangrijke palmares bijschrijven. Zojuist is deze Nederlandse symfonische metalband uit meer dan 650 deelnemers uitgeroepen tot winnaar van de muzikale wedstrijd Metropole Orkest met…, die door het Metropole Orkest zelf eerder dit jaar werd geïnitieerd. Het doel: bewijzen dat dit internationaal gerenommeerde orkest (o.a. winnaar van 3 Grammy Awards) alle muziekstijlen kan spelen én met veel plezier samenwerkt met nieuw en gevestigd talent uit Nederland.
Het is overigens niet voor het eerst dat EPICA met een symfonie-orkest gaat samenwerken. In maart 2013 gaf de band ter viering van zijn tienjarig jubileum voor 5000 bezoekers een spectaculair en uniek drie uur durend concert met een 70-koppig Hongaars koor & orkest in een uitverkocht Klokgebouw in Eindhoven.
‘Metropole Orkest met…’
Op 31 januari 2017 startte op de website www.mo.nl de campagne Metropole Orkest met…. Tot vandaag 12.00 uur kon het Nederlandse nationale publiek meebeslissen over welke Nederlandse artiest uiteindelijk een track op gaat nemen met het orkest. Meer dan 650 zangers, rappers, producers, instrumentalisten en bands werden aangedragen en ruim 67.000 keer werd de stemknop ingedrukt. De vijftig artiesten met de meeste stemmen eindigden in een shortlist waarop tijdens een nieuwe (tweede) ronde tot vandaag opnieuw gestemd kon worden. EPICA voerde deze Top-50 van meet af aan en blijkt nu dus de overtuigende winnaar te zijn.
De komende tijd zullen het Metropole Orkest en EPICA samen de perfecte track uitkiezen, het nummer arrangeren voor orkest om vervolgens over een paar maanden de studio in Hilversum in te duiken om het nummer te vereeuwigen.
De geschiedenis en carrière van EPICA laten zich het best omschrijven als een spannend jongensboek. De symfonische metalband rondom mezzo-sopraan Simone Simons groeide in vijftien jaar tijd uit tot een even populaire als gerespecteerde act van internationaal formaat met wereldwijd honderd duizenden trouwe fans (op Facebook 2.2 miljoen fans). Op 1 september brengt EPICA zijn gloednieuwe 6-track EP The Solace System uit, waarvan de gelijknamige titelsong sinds vorige maand op YouTube staat. Zie voor EPICA’s track record de bij dit persbericht bijgevoegde fact sheet.
Nederlandse clubshows 2017:
-20-10-17 Hedon Zwolle
-21-10-17 Patronaat Haarlem
-22-10-17 Doornroosje Nijmegen
Over het Metropole Orkest
Denk je aan een orkest, dan denk je aan klassiek. Maar dat speelt het Metropole Orkest (MO) niet. Wel jazz, pop, soul, funk, cabaret, musicals, filmmuziek en wereldmuziek. Van nu en van langer geleden. Het grootste professionele pop- en jazzorkest ter wereld deelde het podium met grootheden als Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Pat Metheny, Brian Eno, Herbie Hancock, The Basement Jaxx en Bono. Het orkest speelt ook met hedendaagse talenten als Caro Emerald, Laura Mvula, Robert Glasper, Within Temptation, Woodkid, Snarky Puppy, The Opposites en Gregory Porter. Samen met de jonge Britse chef-dirigent Jules Buckley zoekt het MO de randen op van de hedendaagse symfonische pop en jazz en is het gek op spektakel en op experimenten.
Het MO produceerde in de afgelopen 70 jaar meer dan 150 albums en werkte mee aan duizenden radio- en tv-uitzendingen. Dat betekent dat er jaarlijks meer dan 600 arrangementen gemaakt worden in de diverse genres. In de afgelopen jaren won het orkest onder meer drie Grammy’s en kreeg 17 Grammy nominaties. Ondanks de muzikale diversiteit heeft het MO een onmiskenbare sound, stijl en identiteit. Het Metropole Orkest doet alles wat mensen kan raken. Dat is tenslotte de essentie van muziek.
* Wedstrijd Metropole Orkest met…: https://www.mo.nl/met/
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* EPICA website: www.EPICA.nl
* Metropole Orkest website: https://www.mo.nl/
* Metropole Orkest Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/metropole.orchestra