Des O'Connor died "peacefully in his sleep" in hospital a week after suffering a fall at home.
The telly legend has passed away aged 88 throwing the world of showbiz into mourning.
His death was confirmed today with the star's agent confirming Des passed away in hospital on Saturday.
The presenter suffered a fall at his home in Buckinghamshire a week earlier and had been admitted to hospital for treatment.
He was thought to be making a good recovery and was able to be visited by his family.
Des was said to have been in "great spirits" and was looking forward to being discharged, but took a turn for the worse on Saturday.
Bob Van Staeyen was al een tijdje ziek. Zijn toestand was de jongste tijd zó verslechterd dat hij enkele dagen geleden in het ziekenhuis is opgenomen. Daar overleed hij zaterdag, in aanwezigheid van zijn vrouw Annie.
Van Staeyen was sinds 1964 lid van De Strangers, de legendarische Antwerpse groep bekend van de nummers Antwaarpe, Schele Vanderlinden, Oh Mijnen Blauwe Geschelpte en Bij de Rijkswacht. Naast zanger was hij ook af en toe als acteur te zien op televisie. Behalve in de VTM-reeks De Strangorianen, had hij ook een belangrijke rol in de komische serie Benidorm waar hij Theo speelde.
Bij De Strangers is de verslagenheid immens. “We wisten dat het niet goed ging met Bob. Maar dat het zó snel ging gaan, had niemand zien aankomen", reageert Bobs collega Nest Adriaensen. “We zullen Bob herinneren als een toffe, rustige kerel. Een échte vriend ook. En een prima zanger. Bob had een wonderschone stem. Niet voor niets zong hij de solo in Antwaarpe.”Hoe moet het nu verder met De Strangers? “Nu Bob er niet meer is, is het einde verhaal, vrees ik. Er waren nog plannen om iets te doen voor onze 70ste verjaardag. Maar daar heeft niemand goesting in natuurlijk.” (bron HLN)
Country music singer Doug Supernaw died on Friday (Nov. 13) at his home in Texas after a longtime battle with cancer. He was 60 years old.
Supernaw was diagnosed in February 2019 with advanced stage IV lung and bladder cancer. After undergoing aggressive treatment, the cancer spread to his brain and spine. He was placed in hospice care last month.
The star was a mainstay in the country scene throughout the 1990s, known best for hits like “Reno,” “I Don’t Call Him Daddy” and “Not Enough Hours in the Night."
Following the unfortunate news of his passing, the country music community sent messages of mourning. "So sorry to hear of the passing of Doug Supernaw," singer Jeannie Seely said in a statement. "Although I didn't know him real well, he was always so friendly and nice when I did have the opportunity to be around him, and would like to have known him better. He was a great talent and very supportive of our Dottie West birthday bash. Thank you and RIP Doug."
Country rock band Exile added: “Doug was a great guy and a good entertainer, and a Texan no doubt! We extend our sympathies to his family and fans and the country music community."
"We have lost another member of the country music family," singer Linda Davis wrote in a statement. "Fellow Texan, Doug Supernaw was a very talented man and he leaves such great music and memories for his many friends and fans. My deepest condolences go to Doug's wife and family."
David Ball mirrored the sentiment, writing, “After moving to East Texas, we got to know him and his lovely wife Cissy over the last few years. Keeping the family in our prayers. 'Reno,' what a song!”
“Doug Supernaw was always such a welcomed sight when our paths would cross out on the road! I loved his big smile and warm heart!" Deborah Allen wrote. "He was super sweet to me and a super talent! Doug had a great love for country music and for all of his friends and fans! And the feelings were mutual in return. Doug Supernaw will be loved, missed and remembered forever by all who knew him.”
Alec Baillie died November 10, 2020. Alec grew up in Manhattan, New York, and attended the same high school as his future bandmate Scott "Stza" Sturgeon. No official cause of death has been released.
Baillie was an American bassist. In the early nineties, Baillie, Dunia Best, Jay Nugent, and Ara Babajian formed the third wave ska band, Agent 99. In 1998, three years after the band had split up, a compilation album, Little Pieces 1993–1995, was released. Baillie then formed a short-lived punk band called No Commercial Value with Stza. Baillie later joined Stza's band Choking Victim after the departure of original bassist Sascha Scatter and went on to play in Choking Victim from 1995 to 1997. Upon the dissolution of Choking Victim, Baillie went on to join a familiar lineup in Leftöver Crack. Its members include Stza and Ezra, both playing with Baillie in the now-defunct Choking Victim.
Sophia Morris has a very special piece of jewelry in honor of her father Stevie Wonder.
The Motown legend's daughter unveiled a gorgeous necklace she had specially designed and created which spells out the word "love" in braille.
"I wanted to do this for so long," said Sophia, who is currently developing a new charity for blind young people. "The vision was for it to be inspired by the work that I'm doing with children who are visibly impaired."
The piece, which features 12 vvs diamonds set in 14ct gold, was designed by jeweler Boodaddy Diamonds, who also took inspiration from a similar tattoo on Sophia's wrist.
"It is so creative," she gushed. "I also have a tattoo here but you know I figured let's do it double time."
Sophia is one of the nine children Wonder shares with five different women.
The Rhythm & Blues, Rock And Roll, and Songwriters Hall of Famer has been blind almost from birth; braille is a connection Sophia and her father share.
"Anyone can learn that language," she said. "And we should all have that universal love to just understand where people are and to meet them halfway, and to understand their experiences and to possibly even experience it themselves."
"And that's what I'm looking to do. To like bring people together through that."
“Why Can’t We Be Lovers”/”I’m Gonna Take My Time”
When it comes to enduring musical legacies, it’s always inspiring when the melodic, grooving evergreen apples drop so close to the tree. The son and namesake of legendary singer, songwriter and record producer Lamont Dozier – one third of the famed Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting and production team – Lamont Dozier, Jr. grew up a child of Motown, steeped in and influenced by gospel, jazz and old-school R&B and immersing in the magic and creative mentorship of the likes of Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and Diana Ross.
More than simply living up to the promise of his unique lineage, he has forged a unique path towards his musical destiny. Since his first live performance at the age of 15, the Detroit born and raised, Las Vegas based Lamont has developed an extraordinary, multi-faceted career as a bandleader, club headliner and creative force behind the scenes, clocking studio time and sharing stages with everyone from The Temptations and Aretha Franklin to contemporary urban jazz greats Dave Koz, Rick Braun, Gregg Karukas and Greg Manning, and working on show productions featuring Jennifer Hudson and Jay Leno.
Over the past handful of years, he contributed backing vocals to three hit albums by Koz (including Summer Horns II: From A to Z) and dynamic leads on keyboardist David Garfield’s arrangement of “What You Won’t Do for Love” (from the 2018 collection Jammin’ Outside the Box). These projects and others paved the way for Lamont’s emergence now as a recording artist in his own right. With an eye towards releasing his debut EP Introducing Lamont Dozier, Jr. later in 2020, he is dropping his first two highly anticipated singles which showcase the full range of his artistry as a singer, songwriter and producer.
Lamont celebrates his dad’s formidable legacy (and that of his uncle, Grammy winning engineer Reggie Dozier) with his sensual, passionate old school soul twist on “Why Can’t We Be Lovers,” a cult classic and UK R&B hit by Holland-Dozier (Lamont Sr. with Brian Holland) whose original version was released by the trio’s independent label Invictus Records in 1972. The track features a handful of top pop, soul and jazz musicians that Lamont Jr. has worked with since moving to L.A. in the mid-2000s, including Alex Al (bass), Kevin Flournoy (keyboards/producer), Darrell Crooks (guitar) Donald Barrett (drums) and Munyungo Jackson (percussion).
For his initial rollout, Lamont is pairing “Why Can’t We Be Lovers” with his original song, “I’m Gonna Take My Time,” a hip, dreamy and heartfelt contemporary R&B ballad about a guy who’s rushing home to his loved one “at the speed of sound,” promising to get there as soon as possible so he can slow back down and love her up. The track features Al (bass), Flournoy (keys), Jackson (percussion), Crooks (guitar) and Eric Valentine (drums), with backing vocals by Kevin Dorsey (who created the vocal arrangements) and Monet Owens, and additional ad libs by Anja Nissen, winner of Season 3 of “The Voice” Australia.
The two tracks Lamont plans to release later as part of the EP are the brass-fired, mid-tempo funked-up original love song “I’ll Be Here Waiting” and a lush re-imagining of Todd Rundgren’s1972 classic “Hello It’s Me,” whose sensual vibe harkens back to The Isley Brothers’ memorable version.
“Even with me getting started as an artist later in my career, it made sense to honor and pay tribute to the incredible bodies of work and musical trails that my dad and uncle blazed for me and so many others,” Lamont says. “Sharing the original song is my way of keeping the legacy of great soul music going, because I’ve always felt to be a true artist you have to bring great new music to the people. This dual single release pays homage to the music that predicated me while allowing me to get in the spirit of where soul and R&B are today.
“I come from a real gutsy soul man tradition, and both tracks were done purely old school, with no samples and all live with just a few overdubs,” he adds. “One very positive element of waiting until this point in my life to develop my solo artistry is that in this new era of streaming, independent artists have more creative control of their careers than they did back in my dad’s heyday and during the era when major labels ran everything. I’m confident that when music comes from the heart, it finds an audience – which in my case will be old soul heads and younger folks who appreciate authenticity in modern music.”
Lamont grew up singing in church choirs under the tutelage of his mother, musician, choir director and former Motown alumna Elizabeth Ann Dozier. He began developing his performance chops as part of the Detroit Council of the Arts program for young people, which put him under the tutelage of both popular jazz vocalists and professional local dancers. Beyond singing for local audiences, he made his initial splash singing a cover of the Holland-Dozier-Holland penned Four Tops hit “Standing the Shadows of Love” as a contest finalist on the syndicated radio show “Saturday Night Music Machine.” Launching his career in Detroit leading the soul-jazz band Déjà-Vu for three years and playing lead roles in musicals like “The Wiz,” Lamont developed his multitude of talents living in Atlanta in the 90s before finding a true home in the bustling music scene of Los Angeles.
After joining the reformed R&B group LTD and contributing six songs for an album project, he began sitting in and then headlining at the suburban L.A. R&B/jazz hotspot Café Cordiale, where he vibed for years with some of the area’s top session musicians and contemporary jazz artists. In addition to headlining the top jazz clubs Catalina Bar & Grill and Vibrato, Lamont later scored a two-year gig at the Beverly Hills Hotel with a band featuring bassists Leslie King, alternating drummers Donnell Spencer and Eric Valentine and guest musicians and future Billboard charting smooth jazz stars, guitarist Adam Hawley and keyboardist Greg Manning.
In addition to working with Stan Sargeant, appearing as a featured vocalist on the track “More” from the bassist’s 2014 album Connection, Lamont has also performed with the “WE CARE TRIBE,” a local group of singers and musicians that raises funds and calls to attention the crisis of homelessness in the Los Angeles area.
“I may be a fresh face to some, a familiar voice to others, but my main goal is to keep real music alive and thriving,” Lamont says. “Because of how and where I grew up, I have a unique orientation on what makes an artist – and I want to be one on the level of those like my dad whom I’ve admired my whole life. I want to keep that legacy going, and I am unapologetically a soul guy. I’m having a lot of fun because releasing songs nobody’s heard before is like birthing a baby, bringing special gifts to life that I hope can touch and bring joy and healing to people everywhere.”
Featuring Sonny Landreth, Joe Louis Walker, Chantel McGregor, King Solomon Hicks, Mike Dawes, Doug Kershaw and more!
Malcom John Rebennack, Jr. - better known as Dr. John, The Night Tripper - was a New Orleans icon. A purveyor of authentic popular music that mixed in blues, jazz, boogie-woogie, funk and soul to create one of the most potent musical concoctions this side of the Mississip. Dr. John earned numerous Grammy Awards over the course of his 6-decade career and, in 2011, he received the ultimate honor, being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and cementing his musical legacy for generations to come. Expectedly, the loss of this phenomenal artist, who passed away just last year, reverberated across the music world with significant force. Yet it also gave many artists and fans an opportunity to rediscover or discover for the first time, Dr. John’s mammoth catalog of albums.
Among the diverse flavors found in Dr. John’s albums is a rare spice from 1974 called Anytime, Anyplace that has become the savory base for a brand new musical gumbo as blues veterans such as Sonny Landreth and Joe Louis Walker along with newcomers Chantel McGregor, King Solomon Hicks and Mike Dawes as well as fellow New Orleans icon Doug Kershaw all join in for a multi-flavored masterpiece! Gumbo Blues takes the original tapes of Dr. John’s vocals recorded in 1974 and blends them with all-new musical backing tracks bursting with brilliant guitar work and subtle flourishes that will have Dr. John fans raving. Gumbo Blues will be available everywhere starting November 20 on digital, CD and vinyl!
Check out the first two singles:
Pre-order the full album: https://cleorecs.com/store/?s=gumbo+blues&post_type=product
1. In The Night with Joe Louis Walker
2. Shoo Ra with Mike Dawes
3. Helpin’ Hand with Chantel McGregor
4. Woman Is The Root Of All Evil with Rafael Nasta
5. Just Like A Mirror with Buddy Whittington
6. Bald Head with Sonny Landreth
7. Cat And Mouse Game with Eli Cook
8. Mean Cheatin’ Woman with Doug Kershaw
9. She’s Just A Square with King Solomon Hicks
10. Tipitina with Matt Schofield
11. Danger Zone with Erja Lyytinen
TO BE RELEASED ON FEBRUARY 26, 2021 ON earMUSIC WITH PRE-ORDER STARTING TODAY
FIRST SONG “ROCK ‘N’ ROLL” OUT THIS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13
Alice Cooper announces the release of his brand new studio album “Detroit Stories” today, out on February 26, 2021 on earMUSIC. Fans will get a first taste of the upcoming album this Friday, November 13, when the first song “Rock ‘n’ Roll” will be available everywhere.
Named for the city that launched the original Alice Cooper group on the road to success, “Detroit Stories” follows last year’s “Breadcrumbs” EP as a modern-day homage to the toughest and craziest Rock n Roll scene there ever was.
In 1970, fledgling producer Bob Ezrin walked into a farmhouse on the outskirts of Detroit to work with the Alice Cooper band. Abandoning flower power Los Angeles, because they were the opposite of the hippie peace and love ideal,
Alice had brought his decidedly darker gang back to his birthplace to the legendary rock scene that gave birth to hard rock, garage rock, soul, funk, punk...and more.
Ezrin drilled the band for 10 hours a day to define their signature sound. Whenever they nailed a song, the inmates at the hospital for the criminally insane across the road cheered and thus the classic Alice Cooper sound was born.
"Detroit was Heavy Rock central then,” explains Alice, “You’d play the Eastown and it would be Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, the Stooges and the Who, for $4! The next weekend at the Grande it was MC5, Brownsville Station and Fleetwood Mac, or Savoy Brown or the Small Faces. You couldn’t be a soft-rock band or you’d get your ass kicked."
“Los Angeles had its sound with The Doors, Love and Buffalo Springfield,” he says, “San Francisco had the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. New York had The Rascals and The Velvet Underground. But Detroit was the birthplace of angry hard rock. After not fitting in anywhere in the US (musically or image wise) Detroit was the only place that recognized the Alice Cooper guitar driven, hard rock sound and our crazy stage show. Detroit was a haven for the outcasts. And when they found out I was born in East Detroit... we were home.”
50 years later Alice and Ezrin gathered some legendary Detroit musicians in a Detroit studio to record Detroit Stories, Alice Cooper’s new album that celebrates that spirit for a new era. If 2019’s “Breadcrumbs” EP laid down the trail to the city, Detroit Stories drives like a muscle car right down Woodward Ave.
"We recorded with Wayne Kramer (guitarist and writer from the MC5), Johnny “Bee” Badanjek (drums - from the legendary Detroit Wheels), Paul Randolph (legendary Detroit jazz and R&B bassist) as well as the Motor City Horns and other local musicians,” explains Ezrin, "We had musical ideas and encouragement from John Varvatos, the support of the folks at Shinola, and we recorded at Rustbelt Studios in Royal Oak. This was Made In Detroit for Detroit by Detroit denizens!”
Discover Detroit Stories as they were meant to be told.
“Detroit Stories” will be available on CD, CD+DVD Digipak, CD Box Set (including CD, Blu-ray, T-shirt, face mask, torch light and 3 stickers), and 2LP Gatefold on February 26th 2021 on earMUSIC.
The DVD and Blu-ray will show the incredible live performance “A Paranormal Evening At The Olympia Paris” for the first time on video. With the whole concert culture being shut down due to covid-19, Alice Cooper felt the need to share one of his latest shows with his fans as he cannot wait to get back on the road – better than ever.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE LOUIS ARMSTRONG EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION ANNONCES SECOND ROUND OF EMERGENCY FUNDS FOR NYC JAZZ MUSICIANS
Paul Simon, Diana Krall, GKV Foundation, Jeffrey Shafer and Other Individuals Joined Forces to Support Musicians
“I’ve lost all of my gigs; I need the money for survival.” – Grant Recipient
NEW YORK, NY -- After allocating $1 million in financial support to New York-area musicians who lost income due to coronavirus-related closures beginning in March, the Board of Directors of the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation (LAEF) today announced a second round of grants from The Louis Armstrong Emergency Fund for Jazz Musicians. Three hundred musicians are receiving $1,000 grants thanks to 27 generous contributors who donated between $50,000 and $500 and nearly 200 other individuals who joined forces with LAEF to assist freelance jazz musicians that worked with regularity in the five boroughs of New York City.
Among the donors are GKV Foundation, Simon Family Foundation, Diana Krall and Jeffrey Shafer. Other contributors represent jazz fans, music industry businesses, jazz journalists, producers and jazz musicians, including a saxophonist who received funds in April, but is now in the position to make a contribution, larger than the grant, to help fellow artists.
“I am extremely grateful that after we launched the initial fund, so many people stepped up to the plate to help jazz musicians survive during this extended pandemic. When clubs, concert halls and other venues across the city and around the world began to close in March, little did we know that eight months later we would still be facing these challenges,” said Wynton Marsalis, renowned trumpeter and President of LAEF. “I can’t thank Gary Knisely of GKV, Paul Simon, Diana Krall, Jeffrey Shafer and all of our donors enough. And, I urge everyone, who has the means, to join us in this fight for the well-being of jazz musicians. Let them know in a tangible way that you love and respect what they do for us and our culture.”
Highly acclaimed vocalist and pianist Diana Krall stated, “I am humbled to be able to offer my support to my fellow musicians during these challenging and unprecedented times. Throughout our careers, we all have experienced down times, but never have we faced venue closures and cancelled concerts in such a devastating way. My heart goes out to everyone.”
Grant recipients have cited an overwhelming need for financial support. Musicians, who have not just lost work in New York, but also international tours, have reported that the funds will be used to help pay mortgage/rent, buy food, maintain health insurance, assist with elderly parents, and in general, to support themselves and their families. As one musician frankly stated, “I’ve lost all of my gigs; I need the money for survival.”
Individuals and organizations that would like to contribute to the fund can still do so on the LAEF website at www.louisarmstrongfoundation.org. Those wishing to join LAEF in this effort in a more substantive way as a collaborator should email [email protected].
Founded by Louis and Lucille Armstrong in 1969, the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation funds organizations supporting jazz musicians, educators, and students. In the last 10 years alone, the organization has given over $8 million to these various groups.
About Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong, iconic trumpeter and singer, is the foundation of jazz and of American musical virtuosity in the 20th Century. His earliest recordings taught musicians how to improvise and sing jazz, blues, the American Popular Song and all styles of American vernacular music. His discoveries gave listeners around the world a new way to experience music, and his way of “being natural” in public created another understanding of what it meant to be human. Pops, his nickname which was also the name he called everyone, was a man of the people and all walks of life were given a seat of welcome at his and Lucille’s table. In addition to his legendary artistry, he established this foundation to ensure that future generations would be taught to play and appreciate the art of jazz. From 1943 to the end of his life, Mr. Armstrong was a resident of Corona, Queens, where he enjoyed traveling across the New York boroughs performing and listening to music.
For more information, visit louisarmstrongfoundation.org.
Punk Rock Icons THE VIBRATORS Reunite With Guitar Slinging Legend CHRIS SPEDDING On New Album MARS CASINO!
The year is 1976 and the latest craze to hit the British night club scene is a small smattering of bands blasting what became known as punk rock music, a sound so energetic that it literally got audiences springing up and down rhythmically in time with the music, i.e. pogo dancing. Two burgeoning artists from that scene, a quartet of pioneering rabble rousers calling themselves The Vibrators and a seasoned guitarist renowned as both a studio and live sideman, Chris Spedding, came together to celebrate this new dance craze, recording and releasing “Pogo Dancing” as a single. Thus began a lifelong friendship of mutual respect that continues to this day in the form of a brand new studio album, Mars Casino!
This album reunites the original Vibrators line-up of Knox on vocals and guitar, John Ellis on guitar, Pat Collier on bass and Eddie on drums with Spedding not only playing on each track but also co-producing the album with Pat Collier and the band. Combined, this collective has roughly 200 years of punk and rock experience between them and it shows! Just check out the title lead-off track “Mars Casino,” which has been released in advance of the album. From the opening notes, it’s clear these rock vets know their way around a tune, and still musically click and fit together as well as they did in 1976.
Mars Casino the album will be released November 20 on both digipak CD and a special limited-edition PINK vinyl!
1. Mars Casino
2. Jesus Stole My Little Dog
3. Garbage Can
4. Turn The Pages
5. Big Black Sea
6. Woman 3.2
7. Follow Your Destiny
8. Love Me Forever
9. Made In Heaven
10. Platinum Dress
11. Passing Of Days
12. Paper Tiger
13. This Is The Way
Celebrities and philanthropists are joining forces to honor our Nurse Heroes with an all-star concert to be broadcast worldwide on Thanksgiving, Thursday November 26, 2020. The event will feature artists including Black Eyed Peas, Andrea Bocelli, Céline Dion, Gloria Estefan, Emily Estefan, David Foster, Katharine McPhee Foster, Josh Groban, Carole King, Maluma, Leslie Odom Jr., Pitbull, Allen Stone, Gloria, Emily and Emilio Estefan, the Wailers, Stevie Wonder, host Whoopi Goldberg and special appearances by Billy Crystal, Oprah Winfrey.
The concert will provide funds for programs including scholarships for nurses and their children. It is produced by Emilio Estefan, who says, “I’ve had the privilege of producing some very special concerts but the response from celebrities for Nurse Heroes has been extraordinary, combined they have over 450 million fans following them on social media.
“Together we can change the future – with this concert we will help NurseHeroes.org fund programs including scholarships for nurses and their children.
Taylor Swift will also be lending her support with a donation of a collectible edition “Folklore” guitar signed by her to be auctioned for the benefit of the Nurse Heroes Foundation.
The event is co-produced by Times Square Live Media and Grammy nominee Shelly G. Berg of The Frost School of Music’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra as Musical Director. A talented choir of 50 nurses from Northwell Health will also perform as an ensemble with featured celebrities.
[Dox Records / Membran]
includes the single
THE SPICE OF LIFE
audio (single edit)
In 2015 a string of inspirational encounters led Matt Bianco founder and singer Mark Reilly to combine forces with Amsterdam based jazz pioneers New Cool Collective for a collaboration that resulted in an album entitled ‘The Things You Love’. Reilly subsequently released another successful Matt Bianco album in 2017 entitled ‘Gravity’ and toured around the world to promote it.
Fast forward to early 2020, and both parties found themselves recording together again in Amsterdam, adding the South American cumbia and other new sounds to their joint fascination with Latin, jazz, soul and R&B. “Although I attended some rehearsals in Amsterdam to work on arrangements of song ideas NCC had put together, I deliberately didn’t present many song ideas myself. For me it would be an interesting challenge as the essence of collaboration is that creatively you arrive at a piece of work you wouldn’t have thought of if you had written everything yourself,” explains Mark Reilly.
The coronavirus pandemic struck in the middle of the sessions, resulting in further recordings having to be made from a distance. Continues Reilly: “It was quite daunting at first when NCC sent me ten backing tracks from their live recording sessions to work on in my studio in the UK, but I soon got into it, sending rough mixes back to them for comments as the tunes became complete with melodies, vocals, lyrics and sometimes rearrangements of the tracks.”
After a period of intense online collaboration, the album took shape. “I started doing the mixes and sending them over to NCC for comments and after making a series of adjustments back and forth we arrived with an album we were all really excited about,” Reilly recalls. The result is ‘High Anxiety’, a record that sees both parties taking a giant step forward from their first project together and one that ranges from brisk uptempo numbers such as the title track to the mysterious cumbia-influenced ‘When the Ghosts Come Out to Play’.
Co-founded in 1983 by vocalist Mark Reilly, Matt Bianco made their album debut with the worldwide sensation ‘Whose Side Are You On’ (1984), a record with a totally new fresh sound that re-introduced jazz into the UK charts.
NEW COOL COLLECTIVE
The Dutch ensemble formed in 1993 and have an impressive discography that encompasses an array of different sounds and collaborations. Whoever and whatever they play with, NCC’s brilliant, dynamic, endlessly swinging music machine always makes a huge impact.
Blueszanger Oscar Benton is zondagavond in zijn woning in IJmuiden op 71-jarige leeftijd aan een hartstilstand overleden. Dat heeft zijn management gemeld. De muzikant brak eind jaren zestig door met zijn Oscar Benton Blues Band. De in Haarlem geboren zanger werd met zijn Blues Band in 1968 tweede bij het Loosdrecht Jazzconcours. Dat leverde hem een platencontract op. Tussen 1972 en 1974 scoorde Benton twee hits in de Veronica Top 40. In duet met zangeres Monica Verschoor had hij in 1972 twee singles die in de hitlijsten terechtkwamen, namelijk 'All I Ever Need Is You' en 'Everybody's Telling Me'. In 1974 volgde 'Roll On Sweet Mississippi', een single die in de Tipparade bleef steken. Na enkele jaren bij Jack Jersey te hebben gezongen, had Benton begin jaren tachtig internationaal succes. In 1981 gebruikte acteur Alain Delon Bentons acht jaar eerder opgenomen nummer 'Bensonhurst Blues' prominent in zijn eerste zelf geregisseerde speelfilm 'Pour la Peau d’un Flic'. In december 1981 stond de single op de eerste plaats van de Franse hitlijst. Het leverde Benton een gouden plaat op. Toen zich geen commerciële opvolger voor de hit aandiende, haalde Benton zijn oude band weer bij elkaar en keerde hij terug naar het bluescircuit, totdat gezondheidsproblemen hem rond de eeuwwisseling parten gingen spelen. Het afgelopen decennium werd hij vooral in Oost-Europa herontdekt. Voor Nederland stond in 2021 een comeback-tournee gepland. Het heeft helaas niet zo mogen zijn. Oscar Benton ruste in vrede.
Met dank aan Leo Weijers.
Alle concerten met publiek worden tot eind 2020 opgeschort. Ticketkopers ontvangen een persoonlijke e-mail met meer informatie.
“Cultuur staat in het hart van de samenleving, dus we moeten solidair in de inspanning van de zorg zijn", aldus onze directeur Mike Naert. Op deze manier hopen we een steentje te kunnen bijdragen in het onder controle krijgen van COVID-19. "We begrijpen dat volksgezondheid primeert en dat er bijgevolg een gigantische inspanning geleverd dient te worden om de zorg op een draaglijk niveau te belasten. Laat ons meewerken en hopen dat we snel in minder woelig water zitten en terug kunnen opstarten."
Stay safe & take care. Namens het hele team van Het Depot.
Cuba lost one of her sons yesterday who changed Cuban music forever. Cándido de Guerra Camero died in NYC on November 7, 2020. He was 99 years old. Prior to Cándido only one congo drum was played at a time, and he changed that playing three congas with different tuning.
His influence on music over the past 79 years is striking. Diario Las Americas summarized his early years as follows: Born in the Havana neighborhood of El Cerro on April 22, 1921, Cándido began playing the bongo at age 4, made his professional debut at age 14 and settled in the United States at 25. He was quickly hired by the pianist Billy Taylor, later by the trumpeter and composer Dizzy Gillespie, he was a soloist in Stan Kenton's big band, and he traveled successfully through prestigious music venues in the country accompanied by his guiro and introducing the use of three congas across the United States. One of his last albums was, The Master, from 2014.
Cándido Camero, moved from Cuba to New York City in the 1940s and avoided the censorship visited on other artists who fled the dictatorship of the Castro brothers. He would play with many of them such as Israel Cachao López, Mario Bauzá and Arsenio Rodriguez, who had all suffered the wrath of the communist dictatorship. Along with other artists such as Celia Cruz and Olga Guillot.
Cándido also had a great influence on another great percussionist and Cuban, born in Havana, Ramón "Mongo" Santamaría Rodríguez. They were also bandmates.
De Amerikaanse singer-songwriter, muziekproducer en auteur Len Barry (die eigenlijk Leonard Borisoff heette), is op 78-jarige leeftijd overleden. Barry begon zijn muzikale carrière tijdens zijn militaire diensttijd als zanger van een band van The United States Coast Guard in Cape May (New Jersey). Na zijn ontslag bij het leger ging hij terug naar zijn geboortestad Philadelphia, waar hij leadzanger werd van de popband The Dovells. Met deze band scoorde Barry in 1961 een millionseller met de single 'Bristol Stomp'. Vanaf 1964 begon Barry met het publiceren van soloplaten. De eerste twee verschenen bij Cameo Records. In 1965 kreeg hij bij Decca Records een tweejarig contract en kon daar al met zijn eerste single het eerste succes in zijn solocarrière boeken. De single 'Lip Sync' stond vier weken lang genoteerd in de Amerikaanse Billboard Hot 100 en bereikte de 84e plaats van die lijst. Met de opvolger '1-2-3' als tweede Decca-single lukte het Barry om de tweede plaats van de Billboard Hot 100 te bereiken. Van die single werden meer dan een miljoen exemplaren verkocht, goed voor een Gouden Plaat. '1-2-3' was ook een internationale hit. Singles als 'Like A Baby', 'Somewhere', 'It's That Time Of The Year' en 'I Struck It Rich' werden ook hits in Amerika. In 1967 stapte Barry over naar RCA Victor, maar had daar geen succes. Vanaf 1968 publiceerde Barry platen bij Amy Records, Scepter Records en Buddah Records. Zijn laatste single verscheen in maart 1973 bij Paramount Records. Barry werkte als songwriter veelvuldig samen met John Edora en Bobby Eli, onder andere voor Chubby Checker. Daarnaast was hij mede verantwoordelijk voor de hit 'Keem-O-Sabe' van de studioband The Electric Indian. In de loop van de jaren zeventig trok Barry zich terug uit de muziek. Hij zag een nieuwe uitdaging in het schrijven van boeken en ging romans, draaiboeken en comics te schrijven. Len Barry ruste in vrede!
Met dank aan Leo Weijers.
"Tired of Talkin'," Latest Album from Award-winning Bluesman Steve Strongman, Gets a Reissue January 15, 2021
Award-winning bluesman Steve Strongman has joined forces with Canada’s Linus Entertainment in a multi-faceted deal that sees the Hamilton-based company globally representing his music publishing catalog and the distribution of his sound recording catalog, as well as future recordings and songwriting.
This deal includes being signed to Stony Plain Records, and Steve Strongman’s 2019 release, Tired of Talkin’ is now benefitting from a global reissue with the promotional attention this album deserves. As an established Canadian artist building awareness across the US, Strongman has been earning rave reviews as an emerging talent on the scene. Beyond Strongman’s skills as a songwriter, guitarist and front man is his ability to engage his audience and deliver an outstanding performance at every live show.
Recorded in Hamilton, Ontario, and Nashville, Tired of Talkin’ is Strongman’s 7th studio recording, and is destined to further establish the guitar slinger’s reputation as one of the most exciting artists on the International Blues scene. Strongman’s impressive resume includes stints opening for guitar legends B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Johnny Winter. The performer’s breakthrough 2012 release, A Natural Fact, was hailed as a standout, earning Maple Blues Awards for Recording, Songwriter, and Guitarist of the Year as well as a 2013 Juno Award (Canada’s Grammy) for Blues Recording of the Year.
Tired of Talkin’, available on both CD and vinyl formats, is chock-full of maximum blues, headlined by Strongman’s massive vocals and muscular guitar licks (he also plays acoustic guitar, dobro and harmonica), and backed by a sympathetic band that includes Dave King - drums, backing vocals; Colin Lapsley - bass, backing vocals (Hamilton sessions);
Jesse O'Brien - piano; Pat Sansone - keyboards, piano, acoustic guitar tracks (Nashville sessions); Audley Freed - electric guitar (Nashville sessions); James Haggerty - bass (Nashville sessions); with additional background vocals by Ella and Scarlett Strongman.
The title track opens the album in killer form, with a blistering attack that rocks the blues right out of the speakers. Tired of Talkin’ showcases 11 original songs that highlight Strongman’s compositional skills, as well as a beautifully-soulful version of the Al Green classic, “Let’s Stay Together,” that closes the album in grand fashion.
Steve Strongman has been delighting audiences around the world with his take on the blues for decades, liberally applying swampy swagger and sweetness to shuffles, ballads, and four-on-the-floor chuggers alike. Now seven albums deep, Strongman is already well-known as a solo artist within the blues community.
A new album from Strongman is in the works and will be released alongside his back catalog on the Linus affiliated roots and blues label, Stony Plain Records.
We are so excited to announce
"A Bossa Nova Christmas: The Definitive Edition"
Out November 13th on our store! (Pre orders available)
Thank you so much for all of your support! We appreciate you so much and want to offer you an additional 10% discount code on top of the sale price for a total of 20% off for being such a great fan! Your code is "BossaNovaChristmas". Use this code on our store (www.bossabynova.com/store) at checkout for the physical CD release of our new album (no digital purchase discount)! The code is only good from now until November 20th, so be sure to get the discount while it lasts!
We have much more coming in the next couple of months, so stay tuned for more announcements!
New Album: Straight To You: Live
Released: 27th November 2020
The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band will be releasing their first ever live concert video this winter. 'Straight To You: Live' will be released on 27th November via Provogue. It will be released on DVD+CD, Blu-Ray+CD, 2LP red transparent vinyl and digitally. KWS surprised his fans with a new live video for the song “Diamonds & Gold”
Talking about the song KWS says: "Diamonds & Gold is one of my favorite songs from our 2017 release “Lay It On Down”. To me it has all the right elements. A thick groove, hooky guitar riffs and chorus, the horns... everything comes together to create a song that makes you feel good with a bit of humor in the lyrics".
The calls have been coming for a long time explains Shepherd. "People have been asking us to do a live concert video forever, for decades," he explains. "We've been working so much focussing on studio recordings. But I've been hearing the call from the fans for many years now," and, as live music has come to a standstill, the band wanted to give the fans a taste once again of that experience and this blistering set shows them in full force.
Their only other live output, the ’Live! In Chicago’ album was released a decade ago and got itself a Grammy nomination along the way, but this time around for 2020, you get to watch the band in its full glory as well as listen. In the last 10 years the multi-platinum selling Shepherd has gone from strength to strength, winning countless awards, releasing four studio albums and touring the world over several times - from Brazil to Europe, India to Canada and US to Australia and beyond.
'The Traveler' was released in May last year, giving the band their 8th US Billboard Blues #1 album, when they hit the road. The 'Traveler World Tour' was interrupted when the Covid-19 pandemic broke, and the world came to a standstill. This show took place at the famous Leverkusen Jazzstage for the iconic German TV show, Rockpalast on 25th November 2019.
The seven-piece band took the stage and immediately launched into their most-recent hit-single 'Woman Like You,' with the honey-soaked powerhouse voice of Noah Hunt blasting "I ain't looking for a one time girl" backed by the fiery fretwork of Shepherd. It's the first of four songs taken from the latest studio album, "'Woman Like You' is the perfect opening song for the show,“ Shepherd says. “You come out swinging, it sets the mood for the entire show. It's like, we're there to rock, and we mean business."
KAI STRAUSS is an exceptionally talented blues player and singer, crossing any imaginable border with his versatile yet authentic approach of the blues. He listens to and learns from the masters but while their specific styles may be recognized in Kai's performances he incorporates them into his own sound.
First as an anchor man in Memo Gonzalez' Bluescasters and the last decade in his own right Kai Strauss has garnered loads of praise from music fans, music critics, industry professionals and blues organisations alike, winning numerous German Blues Awards along the way.
His previous albums have been best sellers in the European blues community and have been lauded with great reviews all over Europe. We did not believe it possible but now are convinced that Kai Strauss and his fabulous band have delivered yet a better album than anything they relased to date.
After 25 years on the scene Kai Strauss is no longer “just another guitar player from Europe”.
First as musical mastermind in Memo Gonzalez’ Bluescasters and later under his own name, Kai has built himself a reputation of a purveyor of authentic blues traditions. He gets his inspirations from all the great players and does not restrict himself to just one type of blues.
His versatility does not get in the way from consistency in style and quality. And after receiving many awards for his previous releases we dare say that “In My Prime” is yet another step up in his already impressive body of work.
He pays tribute to his musical heroes, mostly from the 70’s giving his own twist to their characteristics and with his ever soul filled voice.
As Otis Grand put it:
“You can't actually label Strauss as Just another European and separate him out from American artists - he is too good for that. In fact, he's just about the last of musicians still jumping the authentic Blues with inspired fine blues guitar improvisation firmly grounded in that old Chicago-bred music that we all love. In choosing his songs or the appropriate intros, he shows the killer instinct that the old masters like Magic Sam had. Strauss is so good it's scary.”
01 Going To London
02 In My Prime
03 Guest In The House Of The Blues
04 Keep Your Happy Home
05 You’re Killing My Love
06 Down On Bended Knee
07 Wold Crisis Blues
08 Betting My Life On The Blues
09 Put That Bottle Down
10 A Day Late And A Dollar Short
11 Wait A Minute Baby
Going To London
In My Prime
Guest In The House Of The Blues
World Crisis Blues
Betting My Life On The Blues
You're Killing My Love
Wait A Minute Baby
A Day Late And A Dollar Short
I am Oak kondigt nieuw album ‘Odd Seeds’ aan met release van single ‘Furrows’
‘Odd Seeds’ wordt uitgebracht op 18 december als gelimiteerde dubbel LP en cassette tape
Utrechtse singer-songwriter Thijs Kuijken, spil van de Utrechtse altfolkformatie I Am Oak, brengt nieuw album ‘Odd Seeds’ uit in december. Het is het prachtige resultaat van Kuijken die zijn dagen thuis doorbracht vanwege COVID-19 in maart en april van dit jaar. Een verzameling van 26 nummers, waarvan de meeste unieke en nieuwe versies van bestaande nummers zijn, en een nieuwe genaamd ‘That’s That’. Het album wordt op 18 december uitgebracht, op een gelimiteerde dubbel LP en op cassette tape. Om de aanstaande release te vieren wordt vandaag single ‘Furrows’ uitgebracht.
‘Furrows’ is nu overal online verkrijgbaar, pre-order ‘Odd Seeds’ in de Snowstar Records webshop.
Thijs Kuijken staat bekend als een artiest die liever verkent dan onthult. Die denkwijze komt ook fraai tot uiting in zijn muziek: slepend van karakter en zich overleverend aan het moment, zijn stemgeluid aangenaam laverend tussen klank en poëzie. Kuijken kan gevoelens en gedachten prachtig omzetten in beschouwingen van natuurfenomenen en landschappen.
Door de jaren heen is het repertoire van I Am Oak, beginnend met het debuut album ‘On Claws’ uit 2010, uitgegroeid tot een volwaardige collectie van zes studio albums, een live album, twee EP’s en een aantal op zichzelf staande singles tussendoor. Na de release van album ‘Osmosis’ in de herfst van vorig jaar zou 2020 het jaar zijn van tours door Europa en trips naar verschillende continenten, totdat een zekere pandemie ervoor zorgde dat alle plannen voor 2020 van tafel geveegd moesten werden.
Thijs Kuijken moest zijn tijd, net als ieder ander, verplicht thuis doorbrengen. Dit maakte hem echter niet minder productief: “Tijdens de quarantaineperiode van maart 2020 heb ik een video opgenomen waarin ik een van mijn nummers live speelde, om op internet te delen in plaats van een echte live show. Dit veranderde al snel in een dagelijkse oefening van 50 dagen, resulterend in 50 opgenomen nummers” Aldus Thijs Kuijken zelf. Wat deze 50 nummers extra speciaal maakte, is dat de meeste unieke en nieuwe versies van bestaande nummers waren. Er waren zelfs enkele nummers die hij nog nooit eerder live had gespeeld.
'Odd Seeds' is een selectie van 26 van deze 50 nummers, die allemaal herinterpretaties zijn van nummers uit de I Am Oak catalogus, variërend van vóór het debuutalbum tot het meest recente album 'Osmosis'. Allemaal op hun eigen manier bijzonder. Er is zelfs een nieuw nummer genaamd ‘That’s That’.
‘Furrows’ is nu beschikbaar op Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, iTunes en Bandcamp. Pre-order ‘Odd Seeds’ kan in de Snowstar Records webshop.
Bekijk de video van ‘Furrows’ hier:
De Britse toetsenist, gitarist en zanger Ken Hensley is op 75-jarige leeftijd thuis, in het gezelschap van zijn vrouw Monica, overleden. De in Londen geboren Kenneth Hensley werd wereldberoemd met de band Uriah Heep. Hensley werd regelmatig in één adem genoemd met Rick Wakeman en Keith Emerson als 'Keyboard Wizards', in de jaren zeventig de vernieuwers van het gebruik van keyboards in rock. Hensley groeide op in Hertfordshire en leerde op jonge leeftijd piano- en gitaarspelen. Zijn eerste optreden was in Stevenage in september 1960. Daarna speelde hij vervolgens in The Blue Notes, Ken & The Cousins en Kit & The Saracens. In 1963 werd deze laatste band omgedoopt tot The Jimmy Brown Sound. Twee jaar later richtte Hensley The Gods op, met onder anderen Mick Taylor, Greg Lake, John Glascock, Paul Newton en Lee Kerslake. The Gods brachten twee albums uit voordat het restant van de band met Cliff Bennett ging spelen en de naam wijzigde in Toe Fat. Kort daarna werd Hensley door Paul Newton gevraagd voor Spice, een Londense band die verder door het leven ging als Uriah Heep. Hij speelde bij Heep vooral Hammondorgel (B3), slidegitaar en akoestische gitaar. Daarnaast zong hij enkele solo's, waaronder de internationale hit 'Lady In Black'. Dertien studioalbums (waaronder 'Look At Yourself', 'Demons And Wizards', 'The Magicians Birthday' en 'Return To Fantasy') en een aantal hits ('Easy Livin'', 'July Morning', 'Stealin', 'Gypsy', 'Free Me, 'Return To Fantasy'.) later verliet Hensley Uriah Heep in 1981. Hierna hield hij zich met een flink aantal andere projecten bezig. In 2001 speelde Hensley nog één keer samen met zijn oude band Uriah Heep tijdens de 'Magician's Birthday Party'. Ook oud-Uriah Heep-zanger John Lawton was aanwezig. Van deze unieke avond is een dvd verschenen. Ken Hensley ruste in vrede!
Met dank aan Leo Weijers.
BOB MARLEY LIMITED-EDITION LP SERIES, PRESSED AT TUFF GONG INTERNATIONAL IN JAMAICA TO BE RELEASED DECEMBER 11
VINYL HALF-SPEED MASTERS SERIES AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 20
COMPLETE ISLAND RECORDINGS CD BOX SET AVAILABLE DECEMBER 4
oday, UMe and Tuff Gong announce three new and exclusive limited-edition collector series coming later this year.
On December 11, twelve limited-edition Bob Marley vinyl LP's, each numbered and pressed exclusively at the legendary Tuff Gong International headquarters in Kingston, Jamaica, will be available, featuring nine original studio albums and two original live albums, plus the world's best-selling reggae album, Legend, all including a highly-desirable Tuff Gong stamp. Additionally, Catch A Fire, originally recorded by The Wailers in Jamaica and eventually released with overdubs and a mix overseen by Island founder Chris Blackwell at the label's London headquarters, will be available in its original Jamaica-recorded version, with two extra tracks from the sessions and some tracks with longer fades. Produced entirely by Bob Marley & the Wailers and mixed by longtime Marley associate Errol Brown, this Jamaican version will be on vinyl for the first time.
The limited-edition albums were pressed at Tuff Gong's newly refurbished vinyl pressing plant, which re-opened in summer 2020 and will have an annual capacity of 250,000 units. Each album was mastered by Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters in Los Angeles. To view the full list of the limited-edition Jamaican LPs, click HERE.
On November 20, the twelve titles will also be available on premium half-speed mastered vinyl. This specialist artisan process results in a more detailed representation of the original sound source cuts, with a far superior high-frequency (treble) response, and richer and fuller low to middle frequencies. All tracks were mastered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios in London. To view the full list of the half-speed master LPs, click HERE.
On December 4, the long-awaited CD version of the iconic Complete Island Recordings LP box, which includes all nine Bob Marley & The Wailers studio albums recorded for Island Records, plus two live albums, Live! and Babylon By Bus, will be released. The Complete Island Recordings CD boxset will include the 11 albums packaged in CD wallets, housed in a brushed silver clamshell box that simulates the larger hinged lighter from the LP set. To view the full list of the Complete Island CDs, click HERE.
Lastly, Eagle Records and the Bob Marley Estate recently announced the release of Uprising Live, in celebration of Bob Marley 75. Uprising Live will be available for the first time on vinyl, with black vinyl 3LP and highly-collectible, limited-edition colored vinyl 3LP.
In this digital era, Bob Marley remains one of the most followed posthumous artists on social media, and MARLEY75 will serve to bring his music and message to the digital foreground, reaching new audiences and perspectives with innovative content and groundbreaking technology. Special live events, exclusive digital content, recordings, exhibitions, plus rare and unearthed treasures will also be revealed throughout the year. Bob Marley's music continues to inspire generation upon generation, as his legacy lives on through his message of love, justice, and unity, a sentiment needed more than ever in 2020. In conjunction with Tuff Gong and UMe, a division of the Universal Music Group, the Marley family will continue to ensure the highest quality, integrity, and care is taken to honor Bob's legacy and to celebrate one of the 20th century's most important and influential figures.
Additional information on MARLEY75 events will be revealed soon.
Tenor saxist JEFF ELLWOOD Teams w/PASQUA, LaBARBERA, SHEPPARD and OLES for his debut "The Sounds Around the House"
We are thrilled to present this exceptional debut by tenor saxophonist JEFF ELLWOOD – “THE SOUNDS AROUND THE HOUSE,” co-produced by piano great Alan Pasqua. The band comprises Los Angeles’ top jazz talent with Alan Pasqua, Joe LaBarbera, Bob Sheppard and Darek Oles. Coming November 30, 2020.
Known as a consummate improviser with a compelling approach to the tenor saxophone, JEFF ELLWOOD has earned the respect and admiration of the heavyweights in the Southern California jazz community. Pianist Alan Pasqua has said that Ellwood “is one of my favorite tenor saxophonists on the planet," while Grammy-winning pianist Bill Cunliffe says that Ellwood “is his own man who always brings a fresh perspective to any project." Although Ellwood appears on at least a dozen CDs and has performed on stage with Tony Bennett, James Moody, Joe Zawinal, Randy Brecker, Christian McBride, and Stevie Wonder, to name just a few, he had never released an album as a leader despite the urging from fellow musicians and fans. It took a promise to a dying friend for Ellwood to release THE SOUNDS AROUND THE HOUSE, his debut CD. The compositions are all of recent provenance by contemporary composers except for the title track, “The Sounds Around the House,” by Alec Wilder. Ellwood gathered some of the top West Coast jazz players for this album, and the level of musicianship on THE SOUNDS AROUND THE HOUSE is first class. Each of the players is a world renowned leader in his own right. It is a level of musical excellence that befits a debut CD for a jazz artist as creative and inventive as Ellwood.
JEFF ELLWOOD tenor sax
ALAN PASQUA piano
DAREK OLES bass
JOE LABARBERA drums
BOB SHEPPARD tenor sax (4)
Produced by Alan Pasqua and Jeff Ellwood
1. U-R 7:19
2. AGRODOLCE 6:11
3. OLD SCHOOL BLUES 4:03
4. PROVENCE 7:55
5. THE SOUNDS AROUND THE HOUSE 7:16
6. KING HENRY 6:55
7. BARCELONA 5:16
8. THE HONEYMOON 5:28
9. FOR ROGER 6:58
There are box sets and then there are BOX SETS. John Mayall’s The First Generation set sits firmly in the latter category, being substantial both in the artifacts contained within and the superb music it encompasses.
It is the first time a set of this size has been released documenting Mayall’s early years and not only does it have all the albums from his much-lauded formative career but it also has unreleased tracks aplenty. Featuring Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, Harvey Mandel, Blue Mitchell, Jon Mark, and many more superlative musicians, this mammoth package contains 35 CDs in all, plus a beautiful hardback book and much more.
Not for nothing did John Mayall earn the moniker “Godfather of the British Blues.” For a short but compelling time in the ‘60s and ‘70s he recognized raw talent when he saw it, he took it in, he nurtured it and everyone thrived and benefited as the result. Many of the best musicians of the period passed through the hallowed ranks of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, and all are on show here in a stunning set crammed with musical highlights. Put together with John’s full co-operation, the full list of contents is as follows:
This boxed set is limited to 5,000 copies worldwide and will be released on January 29th, 2021 on the Madfish label through Snapper Music.