31 de dez de 2014
25 de dez de 2014
Tony McPhee was part of the first generation of young British blues disciples influenced by Cyril Davies and his band Blues Incorporated.
Review by Bruce Eder
Now this is more like it -- Tony McPhee alone in his home studio with just his Yamaha FG180 on the first six tracks, doing whatever comes to mind. Mostly, as the title suggests, he plays some nimble slide guitar through some appropriately raspy-voiced renditions of "Reformed Man," "Mean Disposition," "Tell Me Baby," and the obviously autobiographical "Hooker & the Hogs." The other nine songs were cut solo by McPhee in concert during 1993, and he comes off even better there, his playing even more nimble and his singing far more expressive on songs like Son House's "Death Letter," Muddy Waters' "I Just Can't Be Satisfied," and Howlin' Wolf's "Down In the Bottom" and "No Place To Go," among others. The fidelity on the live stuff, cut with a Yamaha APX-6 in Vienna, is also excellent.
This is the definitive biography and discography of Tony McPhee, and the complete history of his legendary band The Groundhogs. Fully illustrated with several previously unpublished photographs, Eccentric Man is the authoritative account of one of the most important and influential British musicians of the last 50 years. A pioneer of rhythm and blues in the UK, McPhee learnt his craft in the 1960s backing major American blues artists (including John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed and Little Walter) during their British tours. McPhee was one of a small group of outstanding British guitarists that emerged during the formative years of rock music. He developed innovative and unique styles as a guitarist, but the factors that really set him apart were his technical knowledge of electronics, constant musical experimentation and groundbreaking recording and performing techniques. In the early 1970s Tony McPhee & The Groundhogs released two classic albums, Thank Christ For The Bomb and Split, that are acknowledged as milestones in the history of rock. At this time he was hailed as "the British Hendrix" and described by Sounds in 1974 as "the definitive rock guitarist". Today he is still recording and performing, and he is recognised as a major influence by numerous musicians, including Julian Cope, Captain Sensible, Karl Hyde, Stephen Malkmus, Mark E. Smith and the record producer Jack Endino.
UM FELIZ NATAL A TODOS
UM FELIZ NATAL A TODOS
às 10:44 AM
20 de dez de 2014
Joanne Shaw Taylor (born 1986, England) is a British blues guitarist and singer, who was discovered by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics at the age of 16. The British music publication, Blues Matters!, called Taylor "the new face of the blues".
"The Dirty Truth marks Joanne Shaw Taylor’s fourth studio release and second time working with producer Jim Gaines (the first being on her studio debut some five years ago) with the goal of tapping into some of what drove White Sugar. The record plays out like what we’ve come to expect from Taylor – a heady combination of not-quite-aggressive and not-quite-mellow – but this one sounds a little closer to home for Taylor. Her songs just sort of flow off of the record naturally, almost as though they’d always been out there somewhere and Taylor merely uncovered them and made them accessible.
“Natural” is a good term to describe The Dirty Truth and Joanne Shaw Taylor’s aesthetic in general. Everything Taylor does seems to have a certain inertia to it, as though one idea gives way to the next, and to the next, until The Dirty Truth is over and you’re reaching for the “repeat” button. Joanne Taylor says that she didn’t initially set out to be a singer, and that she had a lot of insecurity regarding her voice to overcome. Strangely enough, the most captivating part of Joanne Shaw Taylor’s sound is her rasped, soulful, and absolutely effortless vocal delivery. She sort of croons in a lower register, and it sounds as though it’s no more effort for Taylor than simply breathing. Maybe this is a major contributor to the natural sound of The Dirty Truth.
The blues scene has had its eyes on Joanna Shaw Taylor for a few years now, and with good reason. Her blues-gone-rock brand of music is incredibly cohesive, and Taylor does casually what most artists strive for."
às 10:33 AM
15 de dez de 2014
In 1976, the fortunes of Motown rebounded with six releases reaching the Top 10. Three of them reached #1, including Love Hangover by Diana Ross and Love Machine by The Miracles. It's probably fair to say that Disco gave Motown a new lease of life. This album is clearly a collection of tracks Motown felt fit the bill. My favourites here are Diana Ross (Love Hangover is an Anthem!) & Eddie Kendricks but The Supremes & The Originals are also fair tunes, if somewhat dated. Thelma Houston is a fine artist but Don't Leave Me This Way has been tainted with Hi-Energy success...
A Special Motown Disco Album (1976)
01. Thelma Houston - Don't leave me this way
02. The Originals - Down to love town
03. Dynamic Superiors - Stay away
04. Jermaine Jackson - Let's be young tonight
05. Diana Ross - Love hangover
06. Eddie Kendricks - Goin' up in smoke
07. The Supremes - You're my driving wheel
08. Tata Vega - Full speed ahead
às 10:23 AM
10 de dez de 2014
Roberts was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and began playing guitar at the age of 8. By the time he was 15 he was playing professionally locally. In 1950 he moved to Los Angeles. There, with the assistance of Jack Marshall, he began playing with musicians including Bobby Troup, Chico Hamilton and Barney Kessel. In about 1956, Bobby Troup signed him to Verve Records as a solo artist. Around that time he decided to concentrate on recording, both as a solo artist and session musician, a direction he would continue until the early 1970s. Roberts played rhythm guitar, lead guitar, bass and mandolin, in the studio and for television and movie projects, including lead guitar on the theme from The Twilight Zone, as well as the classic guitar themes in The Munsters, Bonanza, The Brady Bunch, Green Acres, Get Smart, Batman, Beverly Hillbillies, Andy Griffith, Peter Gunn, Johnny Quest, Gidget, Mannix, Lost in Space, Dragnet, Wild Wild West, Mission Impossible, The Odd Couple, and rhythm guitar on the theme from I Dream of Jeannie.
Artists Roberts backed include Georgie Auld, Peggy Lee (Fever), Eddie Cochran (Sittin' in the Balcony), Bobby Day (Rockin Robin), Jody Reynolds (Endless Sleep), Shelley Fabares (Johnny Angel), Dean Martin (Houston), The Monkees, Roy Clark, Chet Atkins, and The Electric Prunes. In 1961, Roberts designed a signature guitar which was originally produced by Epiphone. The guitar was a modified Gibson ES-175 (Epiphone is owned by Gibson and during this period Epiphone guitars were manufactured in the same factory as Gibson guitars in Kalamazoo, Michigan), with a round sound hole and a single pickup. A redesigned version was later produced by Gibson. The Howard Roberts signature was borne by two other models made by Gibson: the Howard Roberts Custom and the Howard Roberts Fusion III. In 1963, Roberts recorded Color Him Funky and H.R. Is A Dirty Guitar Player, his first two albums after signing with Capitol. Produced by Jack Marshall, they both feature the same quartet with Roberts (guitar), Chuck Berghofer (bass), Earl Palmer (drums) and Paul Bryant alternating with Burkley Kendrix on organ. Both albums were released on a single CD under the title Dirty & Funky on Randy Bachman's label Guitarchives in 1998. In all, he recorded nine albums with Capitol before signing with ABC Records/Impulse! Records.
From the late 1960s, Roberts began to focus on teaching rather than recording. He traveled around the country giving guitar seminars, and wrote several instructional books. For some years he also wrote an acclaimed column called "Jazz Improvisation" for Guitar Player magazine. Roberts developed accelerated learning concepts and techniques, which led to the founding of Playback Music Publishing and the Guitar Institute of Technology. As a co-founder of GIT, now known as the Musicians Institute, Roberts' philosophy remains an integral part of the curriculum. Roberts died of prostate cancer in Seattle, Washington on June 28, 1992. His wife Patty, also active in musical education, continued in this field after his death. Howard inspired the opening of Roberts Music Institute in Seattle, Washington, which is currently owned by his son, Jay Roberts.
às 10:13 AM
5 de dez de 2014
Keef Hartley (Preston, Lancashire, 8 de março de 1944 - 26 de novembro de 2011) é um músico de rock e blues. Ficou famoso por liderar a banda "Keef Hartley Band". A carreira de Hartley começou como um substituto do baterista Ringo Starr para o Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, uma banda de Liverpool. Consequentemente ele tocou e gravou com o The Artwoods e, posteriormente, atingindo grande notabilidade como baterista de John Mayall, antes de formar a "The Keef Hartley Band", banda que combinava elementos do jazz, do blues e do rock and roll dentro de um som de jazz-rock parecido com o Blood, Sweat, and Tears e Chicago.
A "Keef Hartley Band" tocou no famoso Festival de Woodstock em 1969 e lançou quatro álbuns famosos, incluindo o Halfbreed e o The Battle of North West Six. Em novembro de 1974, a UK music magazine (revista britânica de música), NME, afirmou que Hartley, que esteve inativo por longos anos, desde o fim de sua banda, no começo de 1972, formara uma nova banda chamada Dog Soldier. Eles gravam um álbum homônimo em 1975. Em 2007, Hartley lançou uma autobiografia, "Halfbreed (A Rock and Roll Journey That Happened Against All The Odds)". Hartley escreveu sobre a sua vida, citando o seu crescimento em Preston, e falando também sobre a sua carreira como baterista e líder de banda. No livro fala também da aparição da "Keef Hartley Band" no famoso Festival de Woodstock em 1969. Hartley morreu em 26 de Novembro de 2011, no Royal Preston Hospital, aos 67 anos.
às 10:00 AM
30 de nov de 2014
Tony McPhee (born Anthony Charles McPhee, 23 March 1944, at Redlands House, near Humberston, Lincolnshire) is an English blues guitarist, and founder of The Groundhogs. The Groundhogs backed Champion Jack Dupree and John Lee Hooker on UK concerts in the mid-1960s, evolving into a blues-rock trio that produced three UK Top 10 hits in the UK Albums Chart in the early 1970s. McPhee has also released many solo acoustic blues records, as well as duets with Jo Ann Kelly. He is often credited as 'Tony (TS) McPhee'.
He was dubbed TS by the producer Mike Vernon in the mid-1960s. Apart from the Groundhogs, McPhee has played with Herbal Mixture, the John Dummer Band, Hapshash and the Coloured Coat, Tony McPhee's Terraplane, Tony McPhee's Turbo, the Tony McPhee Band and Current 93. In 2009 McPhee suffered a stroke which affected his speech and ability to sing. The definitive biography & discography of Tony McPhee was published in 2012. Eccentric Man: A Biography & Discography of Tony (TS) McPhee by Paul Freestone.
às 9:52 AM
25 de nov de 2014
Bruce Katz (born August 19, 1952) is an American musician, playing piano, organ and bass guitar. From 1996 - 2010, he was on the faculty at the Berklee College of Music in Boston as an associate professor.
"He can play jazz, blues, Bach, anything. Man, he's a heavy!"
- Gregg Allman
"This man is as good as it gets. One of the greatest keyboard artists I've ever heard."
- John Hammond
às 3:26 PM
20 de nov de 2014
Mais um discaço deixado por Jon Lord!
02. All Right Now
03. Let's Work Together
04. Little Queenie
05. Call Me The Breeze
06. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
07. Miss You
08. Honky Tonk Woman
09. Gimme Some Lovin'
10. Born Under A Bad Sign
11. Smoke On The Water
12. Instant Karma
Jon Lord (ex-Deep Purple): Hammond organ, piano
Steve Balsamo (The Storys): lead vocals
Micky Moody (ex-Whitesnake): guitar, lead vocals on tracks 3 and 5
Joe Brown : guitar, lead vocals on tracks 4 and 6
Nick Fyffe (ex-Jamiroquai): bass
Steve White (ex-Style Council, The Who etc., now Trio Valore): drums
Sam Brown : backing vocals
Aitch McRobbie (David Gilmour's backing singer): backing vocals
às 3:18 PM
15 de nov de 2014
Mais um grande músico foi convocado para tocar na Orquestra dos Deuses...
Jack Bruce (Bishopbriggs, 14 de maio de 1943 — Suffolk, 25 de outubro de 2014) foi um baixista, cantor e compositor britânico. Ele começou sua carreira tocando com a banda de Graham Bond no começo dos anos 60. O grupo fazia versões de variados estilos musicais, desde o bebop ao rhythm and blues, passando pelo blues. Entre seus integrantes estava Ginger Baker. Ele tocou com John Mayall e com o Manfred Mann antes de iniciar sua contribuição mais célebre, como baixista, no power trio Cream. Ele desenvolveu a maioria das músicas da banda, juntamente com o compositor Pete Brown. Depois do Cream terminar, Jack tocou com inúmeros músicos e colaborou com grandes nomes do jazz como Carla Bley e participou do Frank Zappa & The Mothers. Ele continuou gravando durante os anos 90 e no começo do ano 2000 passou a sofrer problemas de saúde. Em 2003 foi diagnosticado com câncer no fígado e em setembro do mesmo ano passou por um transplante quase fatal, depois de seu organismo rejeitar o novo órgão.
"Em 25 de outubro de 2014 foi anunciado que Jack havia falecido aos 71 anos por conta de uma doença no fígado. É com grande tristeza que nós, a família de Jack, anunciamos a morte de nosso querido Jack: o marido, o pai, o avô e a lenda. O mundo da música será um lugar mais pobre sem ele, mas ele vive em sua música e eternamente em seus corações", escreveu sua família no site do músico. Ele faleceu em seu domicílio em Suffolk, cercado por sua família. Jack Bruce e sua mulher Magrit tiveram três filhos.
às 3:12 PM
10 de nov de 2014
Jean Jacques Kravetz is a french multi-instrumentalist (piano, keyboard, sax) and fruitful composer who spent his whole career in Germany. He first made a name in the Hamburg musical scene. In relative discretion he published a solo effort simply called Kravetz (1972). In this solo excursion he was accompanied by the famous Udo Lindenberg on drums. Musically, the album is a pleasant combination between heavy fuzzy organs and krauty improvisations. Kravetz is mostly known for being the keyboardist of Frumpy, Kin Ping Meh and Atlantis. Today he is recognised as one of the great pioneers of German rock. ”
- Jean-Jacques Kravetz - organ, piano, percussion, synthesizer, arranger, producer
- Thomas Kretzschmer - guitar
- Carl-G. Stephan - bass
- Udo Lindenberg - drums, percussion, vocals
- Roger Hook - 12-string guitar (01,04)
- Inga Rumpf - female vocals (01)
- Thomas Kukuck - engineer, co-producer
às 9:35 AM
5 de nov de 2014
This is a nice Vee-Jay collection with representative cuts from Pee Wee Crayton, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed, Lightnin' Hopkins, Billy Boy Arnold, Memphis Slim and a stray track from Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry. The big ticket for collectors on this one, however, is the inexplicable bonus of a previously unissued Eddie Taylor number, "Leave This Neighborhood," reason enough for hardcore fans to want to add this one to the collection.
às 5:47 PM
30 de out de 2014
Ray Charles (Albany, 23 de Setembro de 1930 – Los Angeles, 10 de Junho de 2004) foi um pianista, pioneiro e cantor de música soul, blues, jazz que ajudou a definir o seu formato ainda no fim dos anos 50, além de um inovador intérprete de R&B. Seu nome de batismo, Ray Charles Robinson, foi encurtado para Ray Charles quando entrou na indústria do entretenimento para não ser confundido com o famoso boxeador Sugar Ray Robinson. Considerado um dos maiores gênios da música negra norte-americana, Ray Charles também foi um dos responsáveis pela introdução de ritmo gospel nas músicas de R&B. Foi eleito pela Rolling Stone o 2º maior cantor de todos os tempos e 10º maior artista da música de todos os tempos.
Há 10 anos, a música perdia o grande ídolo Ray Charles. Para marcar a data, o box triplo King of Cool reúne 78 faixas do "Gênio" americano. Entre as escolhidas, clássicos como "I've got a woman", "Hit the road Jack" e "Early in the morning".
às 5:42 PM
25 de out de 2014
Grande álbum do multi-instrumentista Shawn Lee com a Ping Pong Orchestra. “World Of Funk” trata-se de uma viagem por todos os continentes com o funk como tema principal. O cara aproveitou e meteu a mão na massa em diversos instrumentos, digamos, exóticos: ektar, balaphone, tanpura, kalimba, vibraphone, xylophone, charango, bouzouki e muitos outros. Pra dar ainda mais credibilidade as diversas sonoridades, cercou-se de nomes como o brasileiro Curumim, Chhom Nimol (Dengue Fever), a cantora egípcia Natacha Atlas, além companheiros como Clutchy Hopkins e Elliot Bergman (NOMO).
às 5:29 PM