Na de online editie in 2021 kijken we met het Brussels Jazz Festival in 2022 er weer naar uit om de jazzliefhebbers in Flagey te mogen verwelkomen. Tien dagen lang, van 13 januari tot en met 22 januari 2022, kan je komen genieten van jazz in al zijn vormen en van de facetten die het festival zo uniek maken: de buitengewone (inter)nationale line-up, de mooi gespreide programmatie die toelaat om álle concerten te kunnen meemaken, en het prachtige architecturale kader van het Flagey-gebouw.
Het festival wordt geopend met een nieuwe editie van Jazz Meets Symphonic in samenwerking met Brussels Philharmonic en De Bijloke in Gent, waarbij deze keer het beroemde Bill Frisell Trio (13.01) samen met het orkest op het podium van Studio 4 staat.
Het uitnodigen van deze grote namen uit de jazzwereld zet de toon van het festival, want doorheen het festival verwelkomen we tal van wereldbefaamde artiesten zoals Jakob Bro (20.01), Avishai Cohen (19.01) en Kamaal Williams (15.01). Tegelijkertijd zet het festival jaarlijks jong Brussels talent in de schijnwerpers in de vorm van een festivalresidentie. Dit jaar is het de beurt aan trompettist Jean-Paul Estiévenart. Als artiest in residentie krijgt hij carte blanche om niet minder dan drie gloednieuwe projecten voor te stellen aan het publiek.
Het Brussels Jazz Festival laat ons dit seizoen tal van veelbelovende vrouwelijke talenten ontdekken zoals Emma-Jay Thackray (15.01), Chelsea Carmichael (15.01), Lola Bonfanti (19.01), Muriel Grossmann (20.01), Tania Giannouli (21.01), DJ Laani van Brownswood Recordings (22.01). Daarnaast stellen tijdens het festival heel wat jonge artiesten naar jaarlijkse gewoonte hun nieuwe muziek of hun laatste albums voor. Te gast dit jaar zijn jonge Belgische groepen zoals De Beren Gieren (14.01), GingerblackGinger (14.01), Lara Rosseel Quintet (19.01), en enkele bijzondere artiesten verbonden aan het Aspen Label (16.01), maar ook verwelkomen we internationaal talent zoals Matthew Halsall (14.01) of Ill Considered (14.01) die hun nieuwste albums in première brengen.
Ook wanneer de muziek stopt gaat het festival verder. Tussen de concerten door kan het publiek genieten van een fototentoonstelling en van een aangepaste filmprogrammatie die de 100 verjaardag viert van de legendarische Toots Thielemans. Daarnaast zijn er jazzy activiteiten voor kinderen en sluiten de avonden zich al dansend af met feestelijke en sfeervolle muziek door DJ’s en jong jazztalent.
Artiest in residentie : Jean-Paul Estiévenart
Als artiest in residentie is het in 2022 de eer aan de Brusselse trompettist Jean-Paul Estiévenart om tijdens het Brussels Jazz Festival zijn verschillende nieuwe projecten voor te stellen. Voor het bijzonder originele project Triptiek (16.01) werkt hij samen met het klavierspeler Anthony Romaniuk en het barokensemble Il Gardellino onder leiding van Marcel Ponseele. Deze briljante muzikanten stellen een unieke muzikale triptiek voor dat een synthese is van de beroemde barokke muziek van Johann Sebastian Bach met hun eigen hedendaagse jazzstijlen.
Voor zijn tweede project, Deus Ex Machina (19.01), zoekt Jean-Paul Estiévenart de grenzen op van de experimentele en elektronische muziek. Hij omringt zich met Jozef Dumoulin en Bert Cools, twee vaste waarden uit de elektronische wereld, en ook met drummer Antoine Pierre en saxofonist Bo Van Der Werf voor een experimenteel project zonder grenzen.
Het derde project Jean-Paul Estiévenart International Quintet (21.01) vertegenwoordigt Estiévenart’s absolute dreamteam. Dit ideale team bestaat enerzijds uit twee Amerikaanse gevestigde waarden – saxofonist Chris Potter en Jeff Ballard op de drums – en anderzijds uit de briljante Belgische pianist Bram de Looze en de Nederlandse bassist Clemens van der Feen, twee muzikanten waarmee Estiévenart al jarenlang musiceert. Deze groep van internationaal gelauwerde musici stelt gloednieuwe muziek van Jean-Paul voor: lyrisch, krachtig en uniek.
Labels in de spotlight: het Belgisch label Aspen Edities en Brownswood Recordings met aandacht op de bruisende Zuid Afrikaanse jazzscene
Het Belgische Aspen Edities is een klein, onafhankelijk platenhuis van Ruben Machtelinckx en Niels Van Heertum dat zich op de kaart heeft gezet met prachtig vormgegeven releases. De muziek beweegt zich tussen jazz en improvisatie, hedendaags klassiek, pop- of folk-invloeden en elektronica. Tijdens deze brunchconcerten Focus on Aspen Label (16.01) worden enkele speciale gasten uitgenodigd voor niet minder dan drie concerten.
Er gaat daarnaast speciale aandacht uit naar Brownswood Recordings. Dit Londense label van Gilles Peterson brengt een vervolg uit op het album We out here waarop het de Londense jazzscene verzamelde. Deze keer stelt het label het compilatiealbum Indaba is voor, dat ons laat kennismaken met de bruisende Zuid-Afrikaanse jazzscene. Om dit album te vieren nodigt Flagey enkele boegbeelden van de jonge Zuid-Afrikaanse garde uit, zoals pianist Bokani Dyer (22.01) en Siyabonga Mthembu met The Brother Moves on (22.01) (ook gekend als frontman van Shabaka and The Ancestors). De jazz die ze brengen is verrassend, eclectisch en opwindend
In 2022 vieren we de 100ste verjaardag van onze Belgische jazzheld Toots Thielemans. We openen zijn jubileumjaar met een uitgebreide programmatie van films waarin Toots’ muziek meermaals aan bod zoals Midnight Cow Boy, L’homme aux yeux d’argent of Fried Green Tomatoes om er enkele te noemen. In samenwerking met Belpop en Sonuma zijn er daarnaast documentaires te ontdekken over Toots en we herdenken hem door de ogen van zijn goede vriend en jazzfotograaf Jos Knaepen aan de hand van een fototentoonstelling. Ook muzikaal vieren we zijn enorme muzikale nalatenschap samen met de Jazz Station Big Band en mondharmonicaspeler Grégoire Maret (18.01) voor wie Toots een mentor was.
Brussels Jazz Festival | 13.01 > 22.01.22
20:15 - Bill Frisell Trio, Brussels Philharmonic & Alex Hanson (US)
22:30 - DJ set: Jazz & Freedom by DJ Pat from Brussels (BE)
12:30 - GingerBlackGinger (US/BE)
19:30 - De Beren Gieren (BE)
21:00 - Matthew Halsall (UK)
22:30 - Ill Considered (UK)
14:00 - Film : Anima Saturday : Dunderklumpen (SE)
19:30 - Emma-Jean Thackray (UK)
21:00 - Kamaal Williams (UK)
22:30 - Chelsea Carmichael (UK)
11:00 - Brunch concerts : Focus on Aspen Label (BE, NO)
18:00 - Jean-Paul Estiévenart, Marcel Ponseele & Il Gardellino feat. Anthony Romaniuk : Triptyque (BE)
20:15 - Grégoire Maret & Jazz Station Big Band (FR/BE)
14:30 - Jeunesses Musicales de Bruxelles : Lola Bonfanti (BE)
19:30 - Lara Rosseel Quintet (BE)
21:00 - Avishai Cohen & Yonathan Avishai (IL)
22:30 - Deus Ex Machina (BE)
19:30 - Muriel Grossmann Quartet (AT)
21:00 - Jakob Bro, Jorge Rossy & Arve Henriksen 'Uma Elmo' (DK)
22:30 - Timo Lassy & Teppo Mäkynen (FI)
12:30 - Schroothoop (BE)
19:30 - Tania Giannouli Trio (GR)
21:00 - Jean-Paul Estiévenart International Quintet (BE/US)
22:30 - Don Kapot (BE)
19:30 - Bokani Dyer + The Brother Moves On (ZA)
22:30 - DJ set: DJ Laani (UK)
do 13.01 - za 22.01
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Reizger yn Fryslân
Liedjes van Boudewijn de Groot in het Fries
Na de cd ‘Boudewijn de Groot yn it Frysk’ komt er twee jaar later – op 5 november - een nieuw album met daarop nog meer liedjes van Boudewijn de Groot in het Fries. Aan deze cd, die de titel Reizger yn Fryslân heeft gekregen, werkte Boudewijn de Groot dit keer ook zelf volop mee als producer, muzikant èn zanger. Cees de Wolff, de bedenker en uitvoerder van het project, is er ‘tige grutsk’ (erg trots) op.
Reizger yn Fryslân is gevuld met dertien door Cees de Wolff hertaalde liedjes uit het repertoire van Boudewijn de Groot. Bijzonder is dat de zanger intensief heeft meegewerkt aan het album. Sinds medio 2020 verbleef hij geregeld nabij de Key Studio’s in Akkrum waar de opnames en de mix voor de cd plaatsvonden.
‘Ik beloof’: duet Boudewijn de Groot en Grytz van ‘Avond’
Vooruitlopend op de release van het album, is vandaag de single Ik beloof uitgebracht. Boudewijn de Groot zingt deze samen met de Friese zangeres Grytz als de hertaling van zijn bekende nummer Avond. Het is een duet in het Nederlands en Fries. Ze zongen het vorig jaar voor de eerste keer samen in theater De Harmonie in Leeuwarden tijdens het laatste optreden in Friesland van ‘Vreemde Kostgangers’, de samenwerking van Boudewijn de Groot met Henny Vrienten en George Kooymans.
Op het album staan ook nummers als Malle Babbe, Jimmy en Skipper Prikkepoat. Over Jimmy, in de Friese uitvoering gezongen door Senna Black, zegt Boudewijn de Groot: ,,Stiekem vind ik haar zang in dit lied beter dan het origineel’’. Malle Babbe staat op deze CD als: “uitvoering zoals Lennaert ‘m bedoelde toen hij de tekst schreef, als een soort van mini-mini opera voor een vrouw”. Over de andere liedjes op het album zegt hij: ,,Sommige liedjes zijn zelfs beter dan het origineel, maar dat mag natuurlijk niemand weten.’’
De lifter: duet Boudewijn de Groot en Syb van der Ploeg
Boudewijn de Groot schreef afgelopen jaar samen met Syb van der Ploeg het nummer De Lifter - Cees de Wolff schreef mee aan de Friese tekst. Het is een voor beide zangers semi-autobiografisch nummer geworden. Dit tweetalige duet is opgenomen met De Kast en is als het veertiende nummer van de cd Reizger yn Fryslân toegevoegd.
Ruim vijf jaar geleden begon Cees de Wolff uit Heerenveen aan het project Boudewijn de Groot yn it Frysk. Boudewijn was aanvankelijk bang dat het gevoel en de sfeer van zijn liedjes geweld aangedaan zou worden door de Friese taal, met harde medeklinkers. Maar toen de cd met tien liedjes in november 2019 verscheen, bleek Boudewijn positief verrast over de uitvoeringen, de kwaliteit van de opnames en de zingbaarheid van de Friese taal. Belangstelling vanuit de theaterwereld spoorde Cees de Wolff aan om ook met andere nummers aan de slag te gaan. Boudewijn bood daarop zijn hulp aan en dat resulteerde in een samenwerking met als resultaat deze cd.
Reizger yn Fryslân is een album geworden waar de makers met heel veel plezier aan gewerkt hebben en trots op zijn. Vanaf 5 november is Reizger yn Fryslân als cd-album te bestellen
Here we are again for a quick intermediate addition of 10 bands to our line-up for Sjock 45 (which we are pretty sure to happen this time – third time’s the charm)…
But first, we would like to thank all of you that came out to our little ‘Sjock – Rebooting’ event last summer! It felt good to be there again, didn’t it?
Next summer, on July 8-9-10, we’ll have our ‘regular’ celebration of Rock’n’Roll again and we’re extremely happy to announce some more bands. Some were already announced in the past, some were not yet revealed AND after this we will still have 20(!) more bands to announce later on.
Enjoy following 10 names!
The Ragtime Rumours
Sean K. Preston
George Thorogood and the Destroyers
They will join our Sjock 45 bill with following, already announced bands:
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – Madness – Social Distortion – Hola Ghost – New Bomb Turks – Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons (play Motörhead) – Voodoo Swing – Vandoliers – The Jason Ringenberg Band – The Sadies – The Blasters – OSees – Agnostic Front – Equal Idiots – Pat Todd and the Rankoutsiders
Tickets are on sale through www.sjock.com
Those who already bought their Sjock 45 tickets in the course of 2019-2020, your tickets remain valid!
Op 10 december verschijnt Fela Kuti’s boxset edition #5
co-curated by Chris Martin & Femi Kuti!
During this challenging period, I’ve been gratified to learn that Fela’s music and videos have brought comfort to countless millions of people in every corner of our planet. In July 2020 alone, 304,000 unique visitors spent 102,000 hours visiting Fela's YouTube channel, the equivalent of 12 years in man hours! A further interesting statistic in this age of instant gratification is the average viewing/listening time of seven and a half minutes. More than twenty years since the Fela catalogue was first released globally - the (Afro)beat goes on.
Slowly but surely, new generations around the world become aware of his music and his sadly ever-relevant message. “Black Man’s Cry”, “Why Black Man Dey Suffer”, the clenched teeth of “Shuffering And Shmiling”, “Coffin For Head Of State”, “Vagabonds In Power”; all songs that could be anthems for the burgeoning Black Lives Matter movement which, this year, has ignited an outpouring of anger and moral outrage, echoing amongst people of conscience everywhere, after four centuries of barbaric treatment meted out to people of colour.
The release of this fifth collection of original albums coincides with a moment in time that promises radical change. Were Fela still with us he would, surely, have loudly proclaimed his support. Social reform movements such as ONE, Global Citizen, Avaaz and Black Lives Matter are followed by the millions of people who, by sheer weight of their numbers, are bringing about a watershed moment, affecting the hearts and minds of lawmakers and corporations alike.
The co-curators of this collection, Chris Martin and Femi are both vocal and active social reformers, bringing urgent attention to issues of poverty and injustice. Many thanks to them for their impeccable track choices and for explaining the manner in which they settled on these seven albums.
Willie C. Cobbs (July 15, 1932 – October 24, 2021) was born in Smale, Monroe County, Arkansas. Willie moved to Chicago in 1951, where he occasionally performed in local clubs with Little Walter, Eddie Boyd, and others. Willie served in the National Guard in the early 1950s and then returned to Chicago, recording a number of singles on such labels as Ruler, a subsidiary of J.O.B. Records. Willie's death was reported on his official Facebook account on October 25, 2021. He was 89.
Willie was an American blues singer, harmonica player, and songwriter. He is best known for his song "You Don't Love Me". Willie first recorded his composition "You Don't Love Me" in 1960 for Mojo Records, a record label in Memphis, Tennessee, owned by Billy Lee Riley. The recording was leased to Vee-Jay Records for release. The song was similar to Bo Diddley's 1955 song "She's Fine, She's Mine" and came close to entering the charts until Vee-Jay slowed its promotion when questions were raised about its authorship. Cover versions have been recorded by various artists, including the Allman Brothers Band; Grateful Dead; Richie Kotzen; Kaleidoscope; Quicksilver Messenger Service; John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers; Junior Wells; Magic Sam; and Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper, and Stephen Stills on their 1968 album Super Session. Another interpretation was the rocksteady rendition by Dawn Penn, entitled "You Don't Love Me (No, No, No)", first recorded in 1967 but a global hit when re-recorded in 1994.
Willie continued to record regularly and later released singles for various labels. In direct response to James Brown's message of "Say It Loud – I'm Black and I'm Proud" (1968), Willie wryly observed that Brown was a millionaire by that point, as Willie retort was "Sing It Low - I'm Black and I'm Poor". Willie returned to Arkansas in the 1970s and continued to perform and record for local labels, as well as running several nightclubs in Arkansas and Mississippi through the 1970s and 1980s. Willie went on to release the album Hey Little Girl for the Wilco label in 1986. He performed at the King Biscuit Blues Festival and the Chicago Blues Festival, and appeared in the 1991 film Mississippi Masala performing the songs "Angel from Heaven" and "Sad Feelin'".
After that, Willie made several more appearances in movies and television shows, including the 1992 TV movie Memphis with Cybill Shepherd. In 1994 Willie signed with the Rooster Blues label, who released his album Down to Earth in 1994. In 1999, he released the album Pay or Do 11 Months and 29 Days on his own label, followed the next year by Jukin', produced by Willie Mitchell and featuring the Hi Rhythm Section. Willie's last recordings were issued in 2019 on the album Butler Boy Blues.
Legendary singer and writer with the R&B Funk Band Lakeside, William Shelby has died on October, 26, 2021. William was a member of the R&B Funk Band The Original Lakeside known for their hit, Fantastic Voyage. He was one of the group of songwriter, musicians responsible for several hit recordings on the record label, SOLAR RECORDS.
Some of the notable hits songs William wrote includes; ‘And the beat goes on’ and ‘It’s a love thang’ by The Whispers, ‘Second time around’ by Shalamar, ‘I just begun to love you’ by Dynasty and many more. A very talented, funny human being and great brother friend. Love ya man. Enjoy your day. Blessings, Tre’sure.
In a recording career that spans nearly three decades, saxophonist Dave Koz has racked up an astoundingly impressive array of honors and achievements: nine GRAMMY® nominations, 11 No. 1 albums on Billboard’s Current Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, numerous world tours, 13 sold-out Dave Koz & Friends At Sea cruises, performances for multiple U.S. presidents, a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and appearances on a multitude of television shows, including Good Morning America, The View, The Tonight Show, Entertainment Tonight and more. A Platinum-selling artist, Koz is also known as a humanitarian, entrepreneur, radio host and instrumental music advocate.
A New Day is his 20th album as an artist and first collection of original material in 10 years. Conceived and recorded completely under the umbrella of Covid, this album’s purpose is to give the listener a ‘musical hug’, hopefully providing a sense of comfort and good feeling amidst the intense backdrop of the pandemic we are all experiencing globally. With a roster of very special guests, all of whom recorded their parts virtually, this album's release date was October 9, 2020… 30 years and one day after the release of Dave’s debut album.
The new single "The Closer We Get" is co-written by Darren Rahn and Dave Koz. It's the follow-up to #1 Billboard hits "Side By Side" and "Dr. Norm".
“Always front and center is the music. It's humbling, this many years in such a fickle business, to still have a career, still be able to go out and tour and make records. Music has been such a blessing to me, and we need it more than ever today." - Dave Koz
The European-reared American artist drops a diverse EP as a calling card for the US market.
“I know it’s different. I know I sound different. I’m not scared of that. Maybe you’ll like me; maybe you won’t. But I’m a singer-songwriter of soul music; I’m a child of jazz and this is what I have to propose.”
That’s China Moses speaking about her digital EP, “China Moses & The Vibe Tribe,” which recently dropped on MPS Records (via Edel Germany/Bob Frank Entertainment in North America). She recorded the set after four years of touring Europe and Asia with The Vibe Tribe - saxophonist Luigi Grasso, keyboardist & pianist Joe Armon Jones, pianist & organist Ashley Henry, bassist Neil Charles and drummer Marijus Aleksa - with the intention of showcasing the band’s exuberant live energy. Her goal for the four-track EP is loftier: to introduce her diverse sound to the US market while paving the way for her next album, which will be released next year.
The first two singles from the EP, “Nicotine” and “Put It On The Line,” originally appeared on Moses’ 2017 album, “Nightintales,” and appear on the EP in completely different versions that were recorded live with the five multicultural members of The Vibe Tribe.
Born in Los Angeles, Moses moved to Paris when she was seven and has lived abroad ever since. She was a teenager when her first recording was released yet she has never been comprehensively promoted in the US. Known as a progressive soul singer, Moses considers herself to be “French with an American passport,” thus her perspective, experience and music are indeed different. Each song on the EP - three of which she wrote with the fourth song being a reinvention of Janis Joplin’s “Move Over” - is essentially a different genre. The EP draws upon Moses’ Black American cultural and musical background. It goes from swanky late-night blues to intense afro beat-tinged R&B to a soulful deep funk-rock energy to a four-on-the-floor house remix by Charles, who is also a household name in the UK’s electronica music scene under the monikers Ben Marc and N400.
“Coming back to the States, what I have had to explain is that I sound Black American when I speak and I look Black American, but I have a very different life experience. I have fewer limits on what my music can or should be. I think my music has that freedom. It’s a freedom that my mom (legendary jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater) and my ancestors have fought for. I would not be able to make the music I make today if I was raised in the States. It’s unfortunate but true. My music wouldn’t sound the same,” said Moses who hosts two radio shows, Made in China on TSF Jazz in France and Late Night China Moses on Jazz FM in the United Kingdom.
Also released recently was the third video from the EP, “Move Over,” which is another black-and-white clip from Brazilian director Adriano Vannini lensed during Moses’ years of touring with The Vibe Tribe (https://youtu.be/pbe5kNruMno).
Writing and recording musical amalgams rooted in Black America - jazz, R&B, soul, funk and blues – Moses seeks to find her place “back home,” a process that began with the release of the EP. Part of her musical homecoming means that Moses is recording her next album in the US with co-producer Troy Miller (Gregory Porter) and is co-writing the songs with keyboardist-singer-songwriter Oli Rockberger. GRAMMY nominated trumpeter Theo Croker is crafting the horn arrangements for the collection that will tentatively be titled “Nigra Prismo,” Black Prism in Esperanto, a universal utopic language, an apropos choice given Moses’ desire to redefine what a singer-songwriter can be.
“Black Prism’ is basically what I am, and the album is a kaleidoscope of Black American music. I’m really trying to bend the notion of what a modern-day singer-songwriter is and can look like and be and the wide realm of music that you can do. I think that’s the reason I constantly do songs that are ‘different genres,’ but part of the same world,” said Moses, who is poised to be the next jazz and soul singer from Europe to create a splash in the US.
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Barry Avrich's new documentary about late Montreal jazz legend Oscar Peterson harkens back to the era of black and white television but seeks to situate the legacy of the great Canadian pianist firmly in the present.
"There's no needle in the arm, there's no huge bouts of alcoholism. This was just an extraordinary musician who, as he says in the beginning of the film: 'I came to play,'" said the filmmaker on CBC Montreal’s Let’s Go.
"There can be a great story about an artist without the drama," said Avrich.
Avrich describes Oscar Peterson: Black + White as a "docu-concert". It blends archival footage and previous performances with live recordings of contemporary musicians interpreting Peterson's work, which Avrich shot in February.
He says the film came together at breakneck speed, the same way Peterson's fingers moved across the keys of a piano.
"I made this documentary in almost seven months," Avrich said. "And his music pace and the way he played almost dictated the pace of how quickly I seemed to move in making the film."
The producer, director and filmmaker says while pandemic restrictions presented some challenges, they also freed up some bigger names for feature interviews.
"I was lucky that during COVID these stars weren't touring yet," said Avrich.
"Herbie Hancock, Ramsey Lewis and Jon Batiste … Billy Joel, we reached out to [him on a Friday] and he said, 'Sure! How about Tuesday?"
Avrich lives in Toronto but was born and raised in Montreal. He says he fell in love with Peterson's music while sifting through his parents' record collection as a child.
"I kind of discovered these albums in the basement, in this teak cabinet that my parents had," he said.
"My friends were listening to Boston, Styx, Dire Straits and Supertramp ... I loved that, too, but jazz was a different journey."
Another important element of Avrich's film is the history of racial injustice and the impact segregation in the United States had on Peterson as a Black man travelling to perform south of the border.
When the documentary premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) earlier this month, Canadian gospel and blues singer Jackie Richardson was on hand to sing Hymn to Freedom, Peterson's ode to the civil rights' movement of the 1960's.
"[Hymn to Freedom] was Oscar's composition about experiencing racial prejudice and discrimination touring in the United States," said Avrich, "and I wanted that song in the film to show that things really haven't changed."
Ultimately though, Avrich says the documentary is an expression of love.
"It's a love letter to Oscar, a love letter to my mom and a love letter to Montreal," he said.
"You can see so much of Montreal in the beginning of this film... as Oscar sort of evolves before he leaves Montreal, and that, to me, is my roots."
AMIGO THE DEVIL - EUROPE 2022 - UK / EUROPEAN TOUR BY DARK AMERICANA STAR ANNOUNCED FOR MARCH & APRIL
Currently in the middle of a US tour to promote his 2021 album ‘Born Against’, Dark Americana star Amigo The Devil (aka Danny Kiranos) has just announced a set of UK, Irish and mainland European dates for March/April 2022, with tickets available for sale from today (22nd October). It is the first opportunity for fans on this side of the pond to witness the Devil with all the best tunes in the flesh since the start of the global pandemic, with the tour actually commencing two years to the day since his last European trek ended.
The full itinerary is as follows (UK and Irish dates in bold):
04.03.22 COLOGNE (DE) Art Theatre
05.03.22 HAMBURG (DE) Nochtspeicher
07.02.22 STOCKHOLM (SE) Debaser
08.03.22 OSLO (NO) Blå
09.03.22 COPENHAGEN (DK) Hotel Cecil
10.03.22 BERLIN (DE) Badehaus
12.03.22 WARSAW (PL) Chmury
13.03.22 PRAGUE (CZ) Café V Lese
14.03.22 VIENNA (AT) Chelsea
17.03.22 BUDAPEST (HU) Durer-Kert
18.03.22 ZAGREB (HR) Culture Factory
19.03.22 MILAN (IT) Rock’N’Roll
21.03.22 BERN (CH) ISC Club
22.03.22 MUNICH (DE) Hansa 39
23.03.22 ANTWERP (BE) Trix
24.03.22 UTRECHT (NL) Helling
26.03.22 AMSTERDAM (NL) Melkweg
28.03.22 BRIGHTON (GB) Green Door Store
29.03.22 LONDON (GB) Omeara
31.03.22 BRISTOL (GB) Exchange
01.04.22 MANCHESTER (GB) Night & Day
02.04.22 LEEDS (GB) The Key Club
04.04.22 CORK (IE) Winthrop Avenue
05.04.22 DUBLIN (IE) Grand Social
06.04.22 BELFAST (GB) Ulster Sports Club
08.04.22 NEWCASTLE (GB) Cluny 2
09.04.22 GLASGOW (GB) Attic
tickets available from: amigothedevil.com/tour
LP / CD / digital
“His debut was a starkly beautiful tapestry on which genres were seemingly picked from a tombola and emotions torn from the depths. He remains angular and brilliant here, whether on the haunted-house funk of ‘Murder At The Bingo Hall’ or the jarring ‘Quiet As A Rat’
“Darkly romantic, hauntingly melodic and flecked with effective experimental embellishments, it stakes an early birthright for the year’s best-of lists, reinforcing the adage that the devil truly does have all the best tunes”
FOLK RADIO UK
“A highly accomplished and skilfully arranged collection”
“Rarely does an album contain so much soul, emotion and mastery of the art of storytelling, conveyed through such warmth, passion and sincerity, but this one has it in spades”
LOUDER THAN WAR
“Innermost thoughts spill out of extremely powerful, compelling and challenging songs”
Renowned for his macabre storytelling, ‘Born Against’ sees Kiranos expand his repertoire with romantic, philosophical and emotional narratives without sacrificing the genre-bending style that had already garnered him reams of praise and a passionate following. Harnessing some of the world music he grew up on, with additional inspiration from master storytellers such as Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen and contemporaries like Fiona Apple and Father John Misty, his latest songs are vivid, cinematic tales of flawed protagonists on the edge, desperately clinging to some sense of stability while following their heart’s chosen path.
Assisted by producer Beau Bedford (The Texas Gentlemen) at the Modern Electric Sound Recorders studio in Dallas, 'Born Against' is full of beautifully haunting melodies surrounded by avant-garde soundscapes built with crashes, clashes, stomps, clicks and clangs, resulting in songs that have satisfied existing fans and attracted new listeners. The album is the follow up to 'Everything Is Fine’, the 2018 debut by ATD/Kiranos, which crossed musical boundaries by connecting with fans of rock, folk, Americana, country, metal and beyond. It contained the likes of ‘Hungover In Jonestown’, ‘If I’m Crazy’ and the classic ‘Cocaine And Abel’, which showed Kiranos to be an unflinching raconteur and emotive singer whose material has resonated with a devoted and growing fanbase worldwide.
The Great Belgian Songbook lanceert 'Amsterdam' (Kris De Bruyne) en eert nog vijf Belgische artiesten met 'The Autumn Sessions'
(Kris De Bruyne)
de nieuwe single is nu uit
de nieuwe EP 'The Autumn Sessions' volgt op 1 nov (Allerheiligen) en eert
zes 'overleden' Belgische artiesten: Kris De Bruyne / Louis Neefs / Gorki / Pierre Rapsat Telex / Bobbejaan Schoepen
De mooiste nummers uit het nationale erfgoed. Op een verrassende manier omgebouwd door vijf topmuzikanten. Gebracht met schwung, lef, enthousiasme en humor.
Jo Hermans was er de jongste jaren steeds bij als er geschiedenis geschreven werd op Pukkelpop. In 2016 speelt hij mee met Hammondkoning André Brasseur. In 2018 voert Hermans de Kempenzonen uit Tielen aan die Willy Sommers naar grote hoogten stuwen. Prille dertiger Jo Hermans is a) een geweldig muzikant en b) een durver. Zijn trompet en bugel zijn te horen van Balthazar tot Raymond van het Groenewoud en van Clouseau tot DAAN. De Kempenzoon is een supertalent van wie het beste aan het komen is. Hij is ook een man met een plan. Of met vele plannen tegelijkertijd. The Great Belgian Songbook is het allermooiste. Het is een variant op het Great American Songbook, de fameuze collectie van Amerikaanse standards uit de dagen voor de opkomst van rock-’n-roll.
Hermans bezegelt een aantal Belpoptoppers als nationaal erfgoed. Het zijn naoorlogse, bekende en minder bekende nummers met een verhaal en een
bijzondere dynamiek. Klassiekers, vergeten schatten en verrassingen. De selectie gebeurde in overleg met Jan Delvaux (Belpop Bonanza).
De liedjes werden gedemonteerd en op een originele en verrassende manier weer in mekaar gepuzzeld. ‘La chanson des vieux amants’ van Jacques Brel krijgt de funk van Quincy Jones, ‘Martine’ van Louis Neefs swingt enkele versnellingen hoger en Somebody that I used to know’ van Gotye wordt hedendaags klassiek.
De live uitvoering is bijzonder. Instrumentaal. Met bugel/trompet, drums, toetsen en cello. Gebracht door een zestiger, twee veertigers en twee jonge dertigers. Marc Bonne (60) mocht op zijn veertiende al op tournee met Alain Chamfort. De jonge wonderdrummer werd een instituut met een indrukwekkende erelijst. Jean-François Assy (42) speelde cello bij Alain Bashung, Yann Tiersen en DAAN. Pianist David Thomaere (30) geldt als een Groot Talent. Remko Khüne begon piano te spelen op zijn achtste en speelde oa bij Hooverphonic, Milow, Bart Peeters en K’s Choice.
The Great Belgian Songbook is GEEN coverband. En ook GEEN didactische oefening. En al zeker GEEN gegoochel met notenbalken. Het is een concert dat mensen laat dansen en lachen. Dat ontroert en voor opwinding zorgt. Met de trompet van Jo Hermans als wegwijzer en geheim wapen. Denk aan het orkest van Kyteman. Of wat Miles Davis met ‘Time after time’ van Cindy Lauper deed.
Trailer Autumn Sessions
Wat kan u verwachten? Een concert dat mensen laat (mee)zingen, dansen en lachen, met de trompet van Jo Hermans als wegwijzer.
1 NOV: Rijkevorsel - De Singer
2 NOV: Tielen - OC Tielen
20 NOV: Mortsel - Schouwburg Mark Liebrecht
15 JAN : Alsemberg-Beersel - De Meent
3 FEB : Aarschot - Het Gasthuis
18 FEB: Mol - Schouwburg Rex
19 FEB : Herzele - De Steenoven (uitverkocht)
24 FEB : Eeklo - Loods Nijverheidskaai
12 MRT: Zandvliet - De Schelde (tickets binnenkort verkrijgbaar)
12 MEI : Heist-op-den-Berg - Zwaneberg
Tangerine Records is thrilled to announce Sides of Ray a vinyl collection that illustrates the many musical “sides” of Ray by focusing each album side on some of the broader genre categories he visited most.
Ray Charles is both one of the most iconic artists of all time as well as one of the hardest to define by genre. At the beginning of his career, he was dubbed the Genius of Soul for boldly combining traditional R&B with Gospel music and giving birth to Soul music. Yet this momentous musical accomplishment was just the beginning of a five-decade career in which he uniquely succeeded in virtually every genre. Ray’s unique mastery of music allowed him to continue to explore all forms of music, freely floating between jazz, blues, pop, rock, soul and country while continuing to combine them in new, unprecedented ways.
The first side focuses on Soul music. Of course, Ray put a little bit of soul in everything he did. But these songs and performances were a part of the bedrock of Soul, defining the genre that Ray Charles, more than any other artists, was responsible for creating.
The second side centers on Jazz & Blues, which are as fundamental to Ray’s music as they are to American popular music. In this set, as in everything Ray sang, one can clearly feel the emotions that can only be brought on by life’s heartbreaks and hard times.
The third side highlights another of Ray’s remarkable achievements, the dramatic expansion of country music. In this set, while every song is a country song, you’ll hear elements of jazz, blues, soul, gospel, and pop. Not only did Ray defy racial and musical boundaries with his unprecedented move into country music, but he also elevated it to the world stage, creating the first ever world-wide pop hit with a country song, “I Can’t Stop Loving You”.
The last side, Pop Classics, is a bit harder to define. First, nearly everything that Ray Charles sang was a classic. And popular music changes with the times. If you consider “pop” as recordings that are universal in their appeal and that don’t sit neatly within another genre, then these songs fit the bill.
SIDE ONE - SOUL
Ray Charles’s recordings are major landmarks in American culture. By combining Gospel with Rhythm & Blues, Charles pioneered soul music and his ground-breaking move into Country music during the heart of the Civil Rights Movement, broke racial barriers while elevating Country music to world-wide popularity for the very first time. Ray Charles uniquely succeeded in recording and blending virtually every genre of music including soul, R&B, jazz, blue country, rock and pop in unique and unprecedented ways which is why Frank Sinatra dubbed him the only “True Genius” in music. This visionary singer, songwriter, pianist and composer brought his expansive musical vision to a worldwide audience and forever changed the face of American Music.
Charles’ staggering achievements over a 58-year career include 17 GRAMMY Awards, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a Lifetime Achievement and the President’s Merit Award, the Presidential Medal for the Arts, France’s Legion of Honor, the Kennedy Center Honors, the NAACP Image Awards’ “Hall of Fame Award,” and numerous other music Halls of Fame, including those for Jazz and Rhythm & Blues, all testament to his enormous influence. In 2019, he was honored by the Grand Ole Opry with An Opry Salute to Ray Charles, which was broadcast across PBS stations.
Ray Charles on the Web:
Website - Facebook - Instagram
Saxophonist/songwriter Von Stupart hails from Harlem and The Bronx, New York and was strongly influenced by the Jazz and R&B music he grew up listening to.
His first introduction to music was by his father who played trumpet with the likes of Jazz drummer Max Roach and trombonist Melba Liston. Von started playing trumpet at the age of twelve. He picked up the clarinet in High School and later switched to the alto saxophone. In addition to studying music in school he also studied with top notch Jazz musicians at the Jazz Mobile program in Harlem. Von’s early influences were Hank Crawford and Grover Washington, Jr. He’s currently inspired by Najee, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, Elan Trotman, Richard Elliot and Dave Koz, to name a few.
Von Stupart's primary instrument is the tenor saxophone, but he also plays alto and soprano. Von has a smooth and silky sound with a Jazz and R&B feel.
Von's new single "Boogie Down" is co-written by Von Stupart and Adam Hawley.
Saxophonist Eldon “T” Jones is one of Portland’s best saxophone players of jazz, gospel, and soul music. He began his music career by founding the N Touch band that played around Portland in the ’90s. He mentored and launched several of those musicians into long and fruitful music careers. Eldon continues to move hearts through his profoundly genuine playing at music festivals and premier jazz venues.
Eldon released “T’s Jam” as a single on October 25, 2021, and he’s elated to share it with the world because it captures the essence of his joyous personhood and musicality. Mixed by industry Midas Darren Rahn and promoted by Gorov Music Marketing, it’s a funky smooth jazz tune with a kick. The gospel organ lays the foundation before the band spirals into an all-out jam!
In 2015, Eldon contributed the song “Love Will Find a Way” to the Bespeak Love collaboration, which reached #1 on the UK Soul Chart and received airplay on smooth jazz stations worldwide. World Arts Foundation recognized Eldon’s music as a blessing to the community with a Lifetime Achievement Award at their Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute in 2017. In 2018, the original N Touch members took the Alberta Rose Theatre stage for the sold-out crowd to relive an era. Eldon performed the music of his idol, Grover Washington, Jr. at PDX Jazz Festival in 2019 and took the show on the road to Bend, Oregon for three sold-out Jazz at the Oxford concerts in 2020.
Carol Albert began her new radio single "Fire & Water" this Summer when she and Roberto Vally started a collaboration and writing project. Roberto sent a groove to work from, Carol started with several different melodies on piano and synthesizer parts in her home studio and the project grew into a successful online collaboration of the song.
The word Firewater immediately came to Carol's mind and grew into "Fire & Water" representing mixed elements of fire & passion in the breakdown section and water & the graceful ease of life in the intro and interim sections. The mixture of these elements make this a fun, unique, easily flowing tune.
Carol plays pianos, keys, and programmed the synthesizer parts while Roberto added his unique bass style with Curtis McCain bringing his mixture of latin percussion instruments and Andrew Neu helping out on the saxophone and flute.
The result is a unique, exotic soundscape!
LEE ROGERS : photo by Ken Haddock
from the EP
digital release date
“It’s good to have Lee back. Who would have thought that such a wild man could age like wine? I have never heard him sounding better”
Recording throughout 2021 for a forthcoming long-awaited second album (due out in spring 2022), Northern Irish singer-songwriter Lee Rogers has taken a handful of his more deviant and sinister new songs - plus a surprise cover version - and grouped them together for a digital and 10” vinyl EP entitled ‘Dark Notions’, the former of which is set for release on 29th October. An opening salvo is available from today in the form of the insistent dark blues groove of ‘Hellbound’.
“I don’t like the idea of songs sitting silently on hard drives. These ones were written to be heard and I kind of like that they don’t fit with anything else other than back to back together on their own EP,” explains Rogers.
Just announced as the support to compatriot and long time fan Foy Vance on his mainland European and US tours in April and May 2022, he continues: “It has been a whirlwind 18 months getting back in the saddle and finally releasing music again after so much time away. For this EP I wanted to hark back a bit to the excitement of holding a piece of music in your hands, reading sleeve notes, taking in the artwork and looking at something other than your phone while listening. There’s so much missing from the whole experience these days. I still love the ritual of pulling a CD case open, or putting the needle arm onto a record on the turntable, and I really think the contents of this EP lend themselves perfectly to that.”
‘Dark Notions’ is produced by Gareth Dunlop, another Northern Irish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. It was recorded in Dunlop’s studio in Belfast and mixed by Grammy winning engineer Alastair McMillan.
Hailing from Carrickfergus, just north of Belfast, Rogers spent his formative years growing up under the dark cloud of the troubles. His musical inspiration was drawn from classic voices such as Bill Withers, Marc Cohn and Tom Waits, who appeared as bright colours in a musical palette that transported him far away from the often-grim surroundings closer to home. Rogers’ own voice and sound pulls from the vast well of timeless Americana, underpinned by autobiographical writings about his life.
Having signed a record deal and released debut album ‘Drawing Clocks’ in 2006, Rogers suddenly withdrew from music, turning his creativity towards tattooing and opening his own studio in County Antrim in 2008. He subsequently became a multi- award winning tattooist, and only made a return to the recording studio in 2020. The label that originally signed him reached out and they picked up were they had left off all those years before. Gaining the admiration of old and new listeners alike with a set of singles that received airplay on both the BBC and RTE (Ireland), it has paved the way for his brand new collection of twisted tales.
Drawing on the skills of his recently ended day-job, Rogers himself has created the distinctive artwork for the EP and its associated single releases. He adds: “My work as a tattooist flows over into my music quite a lot. I was lucky to have lifted a few awards over those years and earned the respect of my peers. I had lots of fun with plenty of good memories and food for writing. There are design sheets that you find in tattoo studios called ‘Flash Sheets’; skin coloured paper, old looking, with 5 or 6 designs on them and minimum colour palette that a customer can choose a design from before committing to it being in their skin forever. The thought came to me to create a design for each of the songs on the EP, so I sat down and started drawing. That ‘Flash Sheet’ idea became the cover art for ‘Dark Notions’. It was a relief to know I could still draw old school style tattoo art!”
2 Further On Up The Road
3 Citizen General
4 Stayin’ Alive
5 Blood In Blood Out
6 Ashes And Bones
Michael Walker didn’t come from a lineage of musicians. But his love for the electric guitar has allowed him to embrace the riveting sounds of Blues and Smooth Jazz. Born in Newport, Arkansas. Michael was hooked on the guitar by listening to his grandmother’s old Blues records, notably the great B.B. King.
His first visual exposure to the guitar came by watching musician Roy Clark stroke the strings every week on the country variety show, “Hee Haw.” His awe of Clark confirmed his desire to play the guitar. When Michael was nearly 12 years old, his dad bought his son an electric guitar.
A novice guitar player in town, Mr. Vault, became his instructor. Eventually, Michael’s dad allowed him to play with more established players in local clubs. Michael contends this experience allowed him to gain exposure in playing in a real band. Michael now has three CD's under his belt ....."A Smoother You "released in 2013 and DayLight released in 2018 ...Michael released his Third CD " My Journey " July 30, 2021.
Karlton Jones is an international multi-talented Smooth Jazz and Gospel recording artist. His music is often described as a passionate, inspiring, and soulful blend of multiple genres.
The Answer, is Karlton’s most recent highly anticipated single that is predicted to shake up the Smooth Jazz charts! The song is a fusion of Karlton’s soprano saxophone played with an afro dancehall track that was produced by Big H and mixed/mastered by Dale “Rambro” Ramsey.
Karlton has had several successful singles such as Supahero, I Believe, and Inside of Me, that reached the Billboard most added charts. He has also had success on the Mediabase charts and Smooth Jazz Network chats. In addition, Karlton’s most recent notable appearance was when he walked the red carpet at the 2020 Grammy awards ceremony in Los Angeles, CA.
Born and raised in North Carolina, Karlton is often inspired by his wife and three kids to make music. Karlton hopes his music encourages the listener to seek God and recognize He is the answer to all our problems.
Violinist Brooke Alford is releasing her new single SHINE, which will be included on her highly anticipated fifth CD release in 2022. SHINE is the celebration of overcoming the dark challenges of life by illuminating, fearlessly.
“2020 by far was the toughest year of my life. The challenges I experienced were catalysts that exposed the darkest side of my life end of myself. I had to change in order to truly live in my purpose and on the level that is desired. Diamonds are made in the darkness under extreme pressure and extreme environmental conditions. Their beauty and essence are undeniable. It’s time to shine bright just like a diamond”, says the Atlanta-based artist.
From the transition of her beloved Father, The Late Vernon Alford Jr. from cancer, her Father’s brother Michael Alford from health complications in 2020, to the unexpected passing of her dear God Father William Smith in February 2021, Brooke realized these challenging moments had to occur in order to resurrect the light within her.
Brooke was inspired to transform from the inside-out for the greater. Her new enlightened path of purpose, well-being, and determination to walk a stronger walk in honor of the transcendent loved ones is the inspiration behind SHINE.
Produced by Fayetteville, NC‘s finest, George Freeman (Pianist), Brooke and George called on an all star lineup of musicians including Sean Michael Ray (bass), Anthony Roberts (Drums), Adam Smith (Lead Guitar) to bring a fresh, uplifting, and funky groove to the track.
"DISCOVER" is the new record by ZUCCHERO "SUGAR" FORNACIARI, out on November 19th (Polydor / Universal Music Italia).
"DISCOVER" is the first cover album of Zucchero’s career, who, for the occasion, stripped and restyled in his own iconic view, Italian and international music masterpieces.
Anticipating the release of the project will be the single "Follow you follow me", an engaging reinterpretation of one of the first great worldwide Genesis’ hits, on radio from Friday October 22nd.
“DISCOVER” unites Zucchero’s two musical souls of: the best Italian melodic tradition and the deepest Afro-American roots. Also important are the collaborations with BONO in "Canta la Vita" (Italian version with Italian written lyrics by Zucchero of Bono's song "Let Your Love Be Known"), with ELISA in "Luce (Tramonti a Nord Est)", a song by 2001 written with the artist by Fornaciari, and with MAHMOOD in “Natural Blues”, Moby's version of Vera Hall's song “Trouble So hard”. Intense and exciting is the song " Ho visto Nina volare ", in which Zucchero chooses to virtually duet with FABRIZIO DE ANDRÉ.
The standard version of “DISCOVER”, featuring 13 tracks, will be released in CD, DOUBLE LP and DIGITAL format.
A BOX VERSION of the project will also be released and features: 1 CD Deluxe, with the 13 tracks of the standard version + 5 bonus tracks, 1 white DOUBLE LP and 1 special blue colored VINYL 10” containing the 5 bonus tracks.
Tracklisting of the standard version:
1. Amore adesso (No Time for Love Like Now)
2. Canta la vita (Let Your Love Be Known) con BONO
3. The scientist
4. Wicked game
5.Luce (Tramonti a Nord Est) feat ELISA
6. Follow you follow me
7. Natural blues feat MAHMOOD
8. Fiore di maggio
10. Con te partirò
11. High flyin’ bird
12.Ho visto Nina volare feat FABRIZIO DE ANDRÉ
13. Lost boys calling
5 bonus tracks of the exclusive box version:
1.Old Town Road
3. Lotus Flower feat HOTEI
4. Silent Night
5. Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime feat BEN ZUCKER
de nieuwe single is nu uit (full EP volgt feb 2022)
frisse Nederlandstalige synthpop met melancholische zangharmonieën voor fans van Eefje De Visser, Bazart, Froukje, Laïs & Aafke Romeijn
Dorien Staljanssens startte in 2012 oorspronkelijk solo en liet zich af en toe begeleiden door verschillende muzikanten. In die periode ontmoette ze Muriel Boulanger op een muziekstage. Na enkele repetities werd snel duidelijk dat ze een sterke muzikale klik hadden, maar ze voelden dat er nog een element ontbrak. Na een lange zoektocht en vele audities later kwamen ze terecht bij Anne Van Steenwinkel, het plaatje voelde compleet.
Deze drie vrouwen staan samen op het podium sinds 2015 en gaven sindsdien meer dan 100 concerten - in elke Vlaamse provincie. Op verschillende podia, gaande van festivals en concertzalen tot intieme huiskamers (Vooruit, Het Depot, Gentse Feesten, Dranouter Festival, Leffingeleuren, Brielpoort, Cactus e.a.).
Enkele jaren geleden werd drummer Jonathan Callens - die ervaring heeft in meerdere folkbands - ook ingelijfd. Eind 2020 begon COZIN aan hun nieuwe muzikale avontuur met gitarist-producer Jonas Detavernier. Sindsdien staat de groep als vijftal op de planken.
Tot voor kort was COZINs muziek eerder akoestisch van aard en Engelstalig, maar vanaf 2021 stellen ze de nieuwe reeks nummers voor waar ze enkele drastische muzikale wendingen maken. De laatste maanden was alles zo dicht bij eigen huis, waardoor het plots veel relevanter leek om in het Nederlands te zingen.
De lege culturele dagen zorgden voor een experiment met elektronica, waarvan je het resultaat kon horen in de vorige single 'Tussen Licht en Donker'. Met aan de knoppen Frederik Segers (Absynthe Minded, Sioen, Fulco, Black Flower, STADT, Eva De Roovere etc).
De vijfkoppige Gentse band COZIN, ondertussen bestaande uit drie vrouwen en twee mannen, stelt hun nieuwe single 'Smelt' voor. Niet alleen muzikaal, maar ook qua performance zetten ze met deze song de toon voor hun nieuwe set van Nederlandstalige synthpop. De drie stemmen zingen het verhaal van een onmogelijke liefde, de zoete verleiding die in de lucht hangt en die de wereld op z'n kop zet. We horen een intrigerend instrumentarium van viool, piano, elektrische gitaar, synthesizer en bas, dat de bezwerende zangharmonieën omarmt.
In de videoclip zien we een referentie aan het verhaal van de verboden vrucht, hoe deze als een rode lap voor de ogen van een stier, het hoofdpersonage buiten zichzelf brengt. Er ontstaat een toreadorendans, een spel van aantrekken en afstoten.
Smelt werd geschreven door Dorien Staljanssens en Muriel Boulanger. De muziek kwam tot stand in samenwerking met de beloftevolle producers Jonas Detavernier, tevens gitarist van COZIN, en Nicolas Delépine. De videoclip werd gerealiseerd samen met de jonge makers Jonas Bossuyt (regie) en Liese Lattrez (camera & montage).
Deze tweede single (die terug te vinden is in de wekelijkse felbegeerde Spotify-playlist New Music Friday) zal op de nieuwe EP staan welke live wordt voorgesteld op 18 februari n de Gentse Minardschouwburg.
"Contagious" is an up-tempo R&B/Funk groove with a touch of jazz and full of energy with a danceable flow featuring UK Producer Nigel Lowis on guitars. This groove is reminiscent of the old school funk bands such as Zapp, Lakeside & The Barkays. A head bobbin' "feel good" groove sure to feed your musical soul.
Artist Name: Ty Causey
Song Title: "Contagious"
Record Label: Tyvonn Records
Official Full Album Release Date: November 12th, 2021
Jay Black, lead singer for the 1960s pop group Jay and the Americans, has died at the age of 82. The band announced the singer's death in a statement posted to Facebook on Saturday.
"Today, we mourn the passing of David Blatt a/k/a Jay Black and we acknowledge the great successes we had with him both as a partner and as a lead singer," the band wrote. "We shared both wonderful and very contentious times, and much like an ex-wife, we are so proud of the beautiful children we created. We'll always remember The Voice." Bandmate and the Americans vocalist Sandy Deanne told The Associated Press that Black, born David Blatt, died on Friday due to complications from pneumonia.
Black was commonly known in the 1960s as "The Voice" for his crooning, doo wop-inspired vocals. He was the second singer for Jay and the Americans, replacing Jay Traynor, changing his stage name to Jay to match the group. His last name, Blatt, was changed to Black by mistake. "I was on the Mike Douglas show," he told The Forward in 2014. "One day, Mike asked me what my last name was and I mumbled Blatt, but he heard Black. He said, 'Black?' I said yes, a little lie. But everyone loved the name. Mike Douglas died without knowing he named me."
Together Jay and the Americans recorded major hits including "Come a Little Bit Closer," "Only in America," "Cara Mia," all featuring Black's honeyed vibrato. Beyond his signature voice, Black was often known as much for his sense of humor on and off-stage. "The first clubs we played," Black told The New York Times in 1994, "if you were good, they let you live. But I had this special talent. I could make people laugh."
After the group disbanded in 1973, Black would go on to pursue a solo career, and continued to perform until 2017. He had to give up performing under the Jay and the Americans band name when he was taken to bankruptcy court in 2006, leaving the group free to reform with a new singer, but he was free to perform under the name Jay Black. "That's my legacy," he said in 2006. "It's what I leave behind when I'm gone."
The musician, who was a member of the R&B group Switch, is said to have died at a hospital on Thursday after years of suffering kidney and liver failure, TMZ reports.
DeBarge’s daughter Marina also revealed that her father had battled Covid earlier this year. She spoke to him last the night before he died.
News of his death was confirmed by Tommy’s sister Etterline ‘Bunny’ DeBarge, who shared video of the late star playing the guitar, with the caption: ‘Tommy has gained his wings.
'Rest peacefully in Heaven, Dearest Thomas DeBarge.’
She added: ‘Prayers for my family we lost Tommy! He has gone to be with the Lord!’
DeBarge had reportedly been in hospital for a few weeks and died on Thursday.
The R&B star rose to fame in the 1970s alongside his bandmates as part of the group Switch, who were best known for songs like There’ll Never Be, I Call Your Name and Love Over & Over Again.
Other members of the band included Gregory Williams, Phillip Ingram, Eddie Fluellen and Jody Sims. The singer was a founding member alongside his brother Bobby.
Tommy and Bobby eventually left Switch in order to mentor their family members in DeBarge, which became known for hits like I Like It, Time Will Reveal and A Dream. DeBarge is regarded as one of the greatest R&B groups of all time.
Their self-titled debut album, released in 1978, included “There’ll Never Be,” which hit number 36 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was their only top 40 hit.
When Tommy and Bobby left, the remaining band members added new singers to the line-up and continued to record music.
Bobby died of Aids-related complications at the age of 39 in 1995.
Switch are known to have influenced groups such as Tony! Toni! Tone! and Mint Condition.
BLUES ROCK STAR JOE BONAMASSA ANNOUNCES HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW STUDIO ALBUM ‘TIME CLOCKS’ TO BE RELEASED OCT 29
BONAMASSA SOARS BEYOND EXPECTATIONS WITH PROLIFIC NEW RECORD AS ONE OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY’S MOST REVERED STORYTELLERS SHARING HIS LIFE ON THE ROAD
NEW SINGLE “THE HEART THAT NEVER WAITS”; AN INSTANT BLUES ROCK CLASSIC PACKED EAR TO EAR WITH GENIUS GUITAR PLAYING AND POETIC LYRICS OF HEARTBREAK WARFARE
The album, which was recorded in New York City, takes Joe back to his early roots and rediscovers him at a newfound peak with an unparalleled Blues Rock prowess. Known as the man in the suit, loved by many as the ultimate guitar hero, and cited by critics as “the world’s biggest blues guitarist” (Guitar World), somehow the music mastermind has found yet another layer of immense new artistry to share with his fans. Recently Bonamassa dropped hints of the new album with his reeling anthem “Notches”, and with today’s exciting news, he’s revealed the Blues heavy single “The Heart That Never Waits”, another instant classic that takes a tale of heartbreak and turns it around into an undeniable showstopper meant for the stadiums. “I’ll be moving’ on” he sings compassionately with an air of independence, in a voice that’s only gotten better with time – a rarity for an artist with such longevity in their career. As one of today’s most consistent, in-demand touring acts, it appears that the road has been long and winding, but as time will tell on ‘Time Clocks’, the rough edges have molded his craft into gold. ‘Time Clocks’ follows Joe’s most recent live album, “Now Serving: Royal Tea Live From The Ryman” and his latest studio release Royal Tea, marking his 24th #1 record on the Billboard Blues chart.
‘Time Clocks’ is a collection that sheds new light on Joe’s life as a journeyman, constantly creating and always on the run. As “Notches” and “The Heart That Never Waits” would suggest, this album shows that even though Joe chose the road less traveled, it’s led him to success in the end. And he’s not backing down any time soon. A bit older in years, but wiser in knowledge earned, his new sound has a raw and vital flavor, combined with a resolute skill that can only be gained through years of perseverance and unyielding dedication. ‘Time Clocks’ follows Joe on his never ceasing evolution as he continues to forge ahead, bending genres, breaking down walls and defying the odds of the music industry.
For recording the new studio album, Bonamassa hit the studio with longtime collaborators Kevin Shirley as producer and manager/business partner Roy Weisman as executive producer. Recorded in New York City at Germano Studios/The Hit Factory the band includes Steve Mackey (bass), Lachy Doley (piano), Bunna Lawrie (didgeridoo), Bobby Summerfield (percussion), and Late Night with David Letterman's Anton Fig (drums and percussion), along with Mahalia Barnes, Juanita Tippins, and Prinnie Stevens on backing vocals. The album was mixed by Bob Clearmountain (Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Toto, Bon Jovi) and the fantastic artwork on this album was created by famous graphic artist Hugh Syme (Rush, Aerosmith, Whitesnake).
Looking back on recording during COVID-19 and the original intention behind the album, he reflects, “Twenty years ago, I recorded a record of covers that eventually was called ‘Blues Deluxe.’ It was recorded at Bobby Nathan's studio in Manhattan. It captured an energy and purpose that always stuck with me as an artist. I lived in New York City at the time and times were pretty tough. My weekly routine was a combination of hustling sessions, gigs, and opportunities that seemed few and far between. I was hungry. Literally and figuratively. The music business is tough, very tough. Especially back in those days when major labels pulled all the strings and, in my case, all the punches. I subsisted on a basic diet of peanut butter and jelly and ramen noodles, purchased at the bodega on the corner of 83rd and Columbus Avenue.
Once a week I would buy a ‘Win for Life’ lottery ticket. ‘Literally my ticket out of this hideous business,’ I thought to myself at the time. My love for the guitar and music was just too strong to give up. Cut to 2019 and I find myself back in New York and inspired by the city again. My living conditions had changed dramatically in the subsequent 20 years, but the energy that makes New York City great still remained.
In February 2021, we found ourselves at Germano Studios, cutting music as a trio (but not trio music) and having to invent ways of making records when your lifelong producer is stuck in Australia due to travel restrictions. Kevin Shirley came up with a way of linking continents and consoles to where we had literally zero latency. Add Steve Mackey and Anton Fig to the mix, a few masks and curse words and we have the ‘New York Record’ aka ‘Time Clocks’.”
Now, with an even bolder energy than ever before, Bonamassa holds the power of controlling both his artistry and his business in both hands. With 24 #1 albums, yearly sold-out tours worldwide and custom annual cruises, he’s a hard act to beat. Joe knows his worth, and albeit humble, he plans to continue to beat the odds and exceed the expectations of naysayers. ‘Time Clocks’ is a testament to his credentials and a toast to his longtime fans. It’s Joe Bonamassa at his finest, ready to rock.
In releasing new music that’s destined for the loudspeakers, Joe is elated to get back to the stage. Recently completing a summer tour on the US West Coast, he’ll be back on tour for the fall season with shows across the rest of the country before taking the stage at sea for his sold out Keeping The Blues Alive At Sea VII cruise, sailing from Miami, FL to Ocho Rios, Jamaica on February 21-25, 2022, by way of the Norwegian Pearl. For tickets and full tour dates, visit https://jbonamassa.com/tour-dates/.