Rigmor Gustafsson & Radio String Quartet Vienna – Calling You (2010)

FrontCover1At first sight this collaboration between two of ACT’s established artists seems an unlikely alliance.
Swedish singer Gustafsson has released a series of albums for the label, all the titles ending with the word “You” so in effect I guess this is her record. Gustafsson is an assured and soulful singer schooled in jazz but with an innate feel for the rhythms of popular song ( her album “Close To You” is a celebration of the music of Dionne Warwick). She is also a more than useful songwriter and wrote the bulk of the material on her 2007 release “Alone With You.”

radio.string.quartet.vienna won great critical acclaim when they first burst onto the scene in 2007 with their album “Celebrating The Mahavishnu Orchestra”. Their ingenious arrangements of the music of John McLaughlin proved remarkably successful both artistically and commercially and in 2008 the group released their second album “Radiotree”, a collaboration with Austrian accordionist and bandoneon player Klaus Paier. This time the focus was largely on original material composed either by Paier or by members of the quartet.

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On “Calling You” the material is a mix of inspired covers from both the jazz and pop songbooks plus a smattering of original material from both Gustafsson and members of the quartet. The quartet’s line up remains unchanged with Johannes Dickbauer and leader Bernie Mallinger on violins, Cynthia Liao on viola and the extraordinary Asja Valcic on cello. RSQV break pretty much all the rules for a string quartet, playing pizzicato almost as much as arco and generating an incredible rhythmic drive, much of this due to Valcic in the proverbial engine room. The level of technical skill displayed by the players is astonishing and their arrangements, shared between Mallinger and Dickbauer, are always adventurous and colourful. No wonder the press release states that the group have “totally redefined the string quartet genre”. What is amazing is the ease with which the quartet dovetail with the voice of Gustafsson to produce something unique. It all sounds perfectly natural and what might have been a musical disaster area is, in fact, a huge success.

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The ensemble commence with a wistful,slowed down version of Paul Simon’s “Still Crazy After All These Years”. The quartet complement Gustafsson’s voice superbly and shine in a spectral instrumental middle passage. The imaginative arrangement and Gustafsson’s delivery bring out the pathos in Simon’s lyrics. It’s a stunning version of the song.

RSQV know how to have fun as well as how to emote. The jazz standard “Makin’ Whoopee”, a tune Gustafsson has covered previously, gets the playful treatment complete with buzzing strings and scat vocals.

Gustafsson’s own “Goodbye For Now” could be a jazz standard and features the singer at her most flirtatious. There’s even the sound of whistling (Gustafsson presumably) over the sound of massed pizzicato strings.

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It’s back to the serious approach for Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s “I Don’t Know What To Do With Myself”. Gustafsson’s yearning vocal brings out the sense of loneliness expressed in the lyrics.
The brooding string arrangement complements her perfectly and in it’s way this is just as radical an interpretation of the tune as that of the White Stripes.

By way of contrast Valcic’s “Fancy Nancy” is a joyous romp with Gustafsson camping it up above furiously sawing strings. It’s a bit throwaway but great fun.

The ensemble like to mix moods and styles and no two tunes follow the same pattern. Their version of Stevie Wonder’s “If It’s Magic” is achingly beautiful, Gustafsson’s pure vocal augmented by an unusually “straight” string arrangement. Immediately afterwards Richard Bona and John Legend’s “Please Don’t Stop” marks a return to the playful, flirtatious approach complete with finger snaps.

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Gustafsson’s album notes state that the group merely picked songs that meant a lot to them regardless of genre and classification. However they do seem to have a particular affinity for the works of Bacharach and David. A remarkable reworking of “Close To You” imbues the song with an ethereal sense of wonder, it’s fragile and vaguely Bjork-ish in spirit if not in delivery.

Johannes Dickbauer’s writing contribution is the haunting “Wherever We Go” beautifully delivered by Gustafsson above Dickbauer’s own arrangement.

Joni Mitchell’s “The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines” with music by Charles Mingus is an altogether more challenging piece of work. Gustafsson’s virtuoso vocal performance and Mallinger’s grainy, sometimes dissonant arrangement are hugely effective on the album’s most extreme piece of work.

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Bob Telson’s much covered title track from the 1987 movie “Bagdad Cafe” also works supremely well. Gustafsson’s singing and Mallinger’s arrangement conjure up the emptiness of the desert highways referenced in the song’s lyrics. I’m not familiar with the other covers by the likes of Celine Dion and George Michael but I’d imagine they pale in comparison to this.

“Nothing’s Better Than Love” is Gustafsson’s second writing credit. She deploys semi spoken hipster vocals and the playing by the quartet is typically sparky but it’s not one of the record’s most memorable cuts.

Given that the bulk of the songs covered on the album are the work of Americans Gustafsson redresses the balance with the closing item, a beautiful rendition of the traditional Swedish folk tune “Ack Varmland Du Skona”. Gustafsson sings in her native tongue, it’s a nice touch from a vocalist who has made herself so much at home in the American idiom.

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When RSQV took their Mahavishnu project on the road they won fulsome praise for the quality of their live performances. Together with Gustafsson they are currently touring the music of “Calling You” around Europe and it’s likely that further plaudits will be forthcoming. Listening to the album it’s apparent that this combination of voice and instruments should make for a hugely impressive live show.

The album itself is a highly impressive piece of work and as I’ve intimated it should work very well live. Whether it’s the kind of album that will remain a regular favourite after the initial sense of admiration/novelty has worn off I’m not yet certain but there’s no doubt that the singing and playing is of the highest order. (by Ian Mann)

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Personnel:
Rigmor Gustafsson (vocals)
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Johannes Dickbauer (violin)
Cynthia Liao (cello)
Bernie Mallinger (violin)

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Tracklist:
01. Still Crazy After All These Years (Simon) 4.31
02. Makin’ Whoopee (Kahn/Donaldson) 3.54
03. Goodbye For Now (Gustafsson) 3.16
04. I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself (David/Bacharach) 3.57
05. Fancy Nancy (Valcic) 2.29
06. If It’s Magic (Wonder) 4.03
07. Please Don’t Stop (Legend/Bona) 4.03
08. Close To You (David/Bacharach) 4.16
09. Whenever We Go (Dickbauer) 5.24
10. The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines (Mitchell/Mingus) 4.42
11. Calling You (Telson) 5.04
12. Nothing’s Better Than Love (Gustafsson) 3.28
13. Ack Värmland Du Sköna (Tradional) 5.41
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14. Calling You (Telson) 5.18

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Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood – Live From Madison Square Garden (2009)

FrontCover1.jpgLive from Madison Square Garden is a 2 CD/2 DVD live album by Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood which was released on 19 May 2009 by Duck / Reprise Records. The album is made up of recordings from Clapton and Winwood’s performances at Madison Square Garden in February 2008. It is Eric Clapton’s ninth live album and Steve Winwood’s first live album as a solo artist.

The duo performed songs from their time in the band Blind Faith as well as selections from Traffic, Derek and the Dominos, Clapton’s and Winwood’s solo careers and some rock and blues covers. Their band consisted of Willie Weeks on bass, Ian Thomas on drums and Chris Stainton on keyboards.

Winwood and Clapton first crossed musical paths as members of the one-off group Eric Clapton and the Powerhouse in March 1966. They recorded songs issued on the Elektra Records compilation album What’s Shaking. Later they teamed up again in 1969 with the formation of Blind Faith, shortly after Clapton had left Cream. Blind Faith pioneered the fusion of rock and blues into tremendous studio and stage success. Despite critical and popular acclaim, the band was short-lived with only one album and a brief 1969 tour that debuted 12 July at Madison Square Garden and ended 24 August in Hawaii. Since then, Winwood and Clapton have remained friends but had only performed together a few times over the years; an occasional song at a charity event.

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In 1998, they both appeared in the movie Blues Brothers 2000 as members of the fictional blues group, the Louisiana Gator Boys (Willie Weeks was also a member). During Clapton’s 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival, Clapton and Winwood played six songs together including a few Blind Faith songs. After that successful experience, the two decided to collaborate again. The 2008 Madison Square Garden shows were the first full Winwood-Clapton concerts in almost 40 years.

The night before Buddy Miles died, a friend called him on his cell phone so he could hear Winwood and Clapton perform his best known song “Them Changes”. When they found out the next day that Miles had died, they dedicated the performance of the song to him.

On 11 February 2009, the pair announced a 14-city US tour that kicked off on 10 June 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. They were joined on stage by Chris Stainton (keyboards), Willie Weeks (bass), Abe Laboriel, Jr. (drums), as well as backing vocalists Sharon White and Michelle John.

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Live from Madison Square Garden was recorded from 25 to 28 February. The shows were recorded and mixed by James Towler, while the production was handled by James Pluta, John McDermott, and Scooter Weintraub with executive production by John Beug, Michael Eaton, Peter Jackson, and Tom Whalley. Most of the production staff were also involved in the recordings for Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festivals.

The art direction for the album and DVD was Ellen Wakayama with the design handled by Donny Phillips of the Tehachapi hardcore bands The Warriors and Machines, and photography by Danny Clinch. Phillips is one of the lead graphic designers at Warner Bros. Records, which the other two people mentioned also work for. The artwork was based on the taijitu, although the colours on the packaging were red and blue instead of black and white. (by wikipedia)

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Eric Clapton’s new millennium has largely been defined by collaborations with friends, beginning with a duet album with B.B. King following through with a Cream reunion and closing with tours with his former Blind Faith running mate, Steve Winwood. Clapton and Winwood did three concerts together at Madison Square Garden in February 2008 and the results were fruitful enough to spawn this double-disc album — along with its accompanying DVD set — and a moderately scaled 2009 tour. Live from Madison Square Garden culls 21 highlights from those three nights and spreads them over two discs, sequencing the songs so Traffic numbers alternate with selections from Blind Faith, Derek & the Dominos, blues standards, a handful of Clapton’s hits, and a heavy dose of Hendrix, who has no less than three songs here. That extended salute to Jimi is a good indication of the vibe here — this is a genuine shared co-billing with Clapton and Winwood trading vocals and solos almost equally.

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There’s not much ego here and not much hunger, either, with the two stars sliding into a relaxed groove that yields plenty of rewards. There’s a comfortable touch to their playing that’s greatly appealing, and the straightforward setting places the spotlight directly on their interplay. Clapton and Winwood might roll easy but they can still create some sparks, sometimes in unexpected places, such as the somewhat forgotten ’80s hits “Forever Man” and “Split Decision,” both which are highlights here. Ultimately, this isn’t an album of moments, but rather a sustained whole that finds Clapton and Winwood egging each other on to produce a wholly satisfying, if not quite surprising, reunion. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

Oh yes … this was a night, two legends came out to play !

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Personnel:
Eric Clapton (guitar, vocals)
Chris Stainton (keyboards)
Ian Thomas (drums)
Willie Weeks (bass)
Steve Winwood (keyboards guitar, vocals)

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Tracklist:

CD 1:
01. Had To Cry Today (Winwood) 7.47
02. Low Down (Cale) 4.10
03. Them Changes (Miles) 5.10
04. Forever Man (Williams) 3.33
05. Sleeping In The Ground (Myers) 4.50
06. Presence Of The Lord (Clapton) 5.23
07. Glad (Winwood) 4.13
08. Well All Right (Allison/Holly/Mauldin/Petty) 5.35
09. Double Trouble (Rush) 8.06
10. Pearly Queen (Capaldi/Winwood) 6.10
11. Tell The Truth (Clapton/Whitlock) 6.42
12. No Face, No Name, No Number (Capaldi/Winwood) 4.09

CD 2:
01. After Midnight (Cale) 4.45
02. Split Decision (Walsh/Winwood) 6.25
03. Rambling On My Mind (Clapton only) (Johnson) 4.01
04. Georgia On My Mind (Winwood only) (Carmichael/Gorrell) 5.05
05. Little Wing (Hendrix) 6.42
06. Voodoo Chile (Hendrix) 16.23
07. Can’t Find My Way Home (Winwood) 5.33
08. Dear Mr. Fantasy (Capaldi/Winwood/Wood) 7.41
09. Cocaine (Cale) 6.41

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Roger McGuinn – 67th Birthday Concert (2009)

RogerMcGuinnFrontCover1Roger McGuinn (James Roger McGuinn, born James Joseph McGuinn III; July 13, 1942), is an American musician. He is best known for being the frontman of the Byrds. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work with the Byrds.

After the break-up of the Byrds, McGuinn released several solo albums throughout the 1970s. In 1973 he collaborated with Bob Dylan on songs for the sound track of the Sam Peckinpah movie Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid including “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”. He toured with Bob Dylan in 1975 and 1976 as part of Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue, cancelling a planned tour of his own in order to participate. In late 1975, he played guitar on the track titled “Ride the Water” on Bo Diddley’s The 20th Anniversary of Rock ‘n’ Roll all-star album.

In 1977, he released an LP titled Thunderbyrd, which was also the name of his contemporaneous band. Other members included future John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and Fleetwood Mac guitarist Rick Vito, future Poco bassist Charlie Harrison and drummer Greg Thomas.

In 1978, McGuinn joined fellow ex-Byrds Gene Clark and Chris Hillman to form McGuinn, Clark and Hillman. The trio recorded an album with Capitol Records in 1979. They performed on many TV rock shows, including repeated performances on The Midnight Special, where they played both new material and Byrds hits. McGuinn’s “Don’t You Write Her Off” reached #33 in April 1979. While some believe that the slick production and disco rhythms didn’t flatter the group, it sold well enough to generate a follow up. McGuinn, Clark and Hillman’s second release was to have been a full group effort entitled “City”, but a combination of Clark’s unreliability and drug problems resulted in the billing change on their next LP City to “Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman, featuring Gene Clark.”

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Since 1981, McGuinn has regularly toured (primarily playing clubs and small theaters) as a solo singer-guitarist.

In 1987 Roger McGuinn was the opening act for Dylan and Tom Petty. In 1991, he released his comeback solo album, Back from Rio, to successful acclaim. It included the hit single “King of the Hill,” written together with, and featuring, Petty.

On July 11, 2000, McGuinn testified before in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on downloading music from the Internet that artists do not always receive the royalties that (non-Internet based) record companies state in contracts, and that to date, the Byrds had not received any royalties for their greatest successes, “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “Turn, Turn, Turn” – they only received advances, which were split five ways and were just “a few thousand dollars” per band member. He also stated that he was receiving 50 percent royalties from MP3.com.

RogerMcGuinnHe was also part of an author/musician band, Rock Bottom Remainders, a group of published writers doubling as musicians to raise proceeds for literacy charities. In July 2013, McGuinn co-authored an interactive ebook, Hard Listening, with the rest of the group

Roger McGuinn has used the Internet to continue the folk music tradition since November 1995 by recording a different folk song each month on his Folk Den site. The songs are made available from his Web site, and a selection (with guest vocalists) was released on CD as Treasures from the Folk Den, which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2002 for Best Traditional Folk Album. In November 2005, McGuinn released a four-CD box set containing one hundred of his favorite songs from the Folk Den.[9]
Personal life

When he originally started with the Byrds, he used the name Jim, which he thought to be too plain. McGuinn became involved in the Subud spiritual association in 1965 and began to practice the latihan, an exercise in quieting the mind. He changed his name in 1967[10] after Subud’s founder Bapak told him it would better “vibrate with the universe.” Bapak sent Jim the letter “R” and asked him to send back ten names starting with that letter. Owing to a fascination with airplanes, gadgets and science fiction, he sent names like “Rocket”, “Retro”, “Ramjet”, and “Roger”, the latter a term used in signalling protocol over two-way radios, military and civil aviation. Roger was the only “real” name in the bunch and Bapak chose it. While using the name Roger professionally from that time on, McGuinn only officially changed his middle name from Joseph to Roger.

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McGuinn married Susan Bedrick in 1963; however, the marriage was subsequently annulled. From December 1966 to November 1971, he was married to Dolores DeLeon. A fellow adherent of Subud, DeLeon changed her name to Ianthe in 1967 before reverting to her original name after the dissolution of their marriage. With DeLeon, McGuinn fathered two sons, including filmmaker Patrick McGuinn. Immediately following their divorce, McGuinn was married for a third time to Linda Gilbert in November 1971; this marriage also ended in divorce in June 1975.

McGuinn left Subud in 1977, the same year that he met his fourth and current wife and business manager, Camilla; they married in April 1978. Since that time, the McGuinns have practiced evangelical Christianity.

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A registered member of the Republican Party, McGuinn donated $2,000 to the Ben Carson presidential campaign in 2015 and refused to endorse Donald Trump. He also opposed Florida Amendment 1 (2016) (an initiative pertaining to the solar energy industry, of which McGuinn is a longtime advocate) and endorsed Florida Amendment 2 (2016) (a medical marijuana legalization initiative). (by wikipedia)

And here´s a damn good solo concert from 2009,which was broadcasted by “Deutschland – Radio/Kultur)

… Oh yes, this man has to tell many stories and hast to sing many songs … because he was a very important part of the US Folk-Rock history.

Such a beautiful sound, such important lyrics ! An album in a very pensive mood.

Recorded live at the Pfandhaus, Köln, Germany, July 13, 2009
excellen broadcast quality

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Personnel:
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Tracklist:
01. Introduction (in German) 1.20
02. My Back Pages (Dylan) 2.15
03.  Mr. Spaceman (McGuinn) 2.25
04. Pretty Boy Floyd (Guthrie) 3.09
05. You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere (Dylan) 2.50
06. Well Well Well (Camp/Gibson) 1.59
07. Ballad Of Easy Rider (McGuinn/Dylan) 2.19
08. Wasn’t Born To Follow (Goffin/King) 1.48
09. You Showed Me (McGuinn/Clark) 2.19
10. All I Really Want To Do (Dylan) 2.15
11. Chestnut Mare (McGuinn/Levy) 6.18
12. American Girl (Petty) 2.27
13. King Of The Hill (McGuin/Petty) 3.10
14. The Trees Are All Gone (McGuinn/C.McGuinn) 3.40
15. Interview (with German voice over) 2.48
16. 5D (Fifth Dimension) (McGuinn) 2.56
17. Lover Of The Bayou (McGuinn/Levy) 2.25
18. Just A Season (McGuinn/Levy) 3.45
19. The Bells Of Rhymney (Seeger) 3.50
20. Turn! Turn! Turn! (Seeger) 3.55
19. He Was A Friend Of Mine (Traditional) 2.28
20. So You Want To Be A Rock ‘n’ Roll Star (Hillman/McGuinn) 2.44
21. Eight Miles High (Clark/McGuinn/Crosby) 5.12
22. Mr. Tambourine Man (Dylan) 3.15
23. I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better (Clark) 1.47
24. Chimes Of Freedom (Dylan) 3.06
25. Happy Birthday (crowd) 1.15
26. May The Road Rise To Meet You (Traditional) 2.46
26. Don’t You Write Her Off (Hippard/McGuinn) 2.49

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I dedicate this entry to a good girlfriend of my wife,
she died today and she was only 57 years old:

Summertime – the sun would shine
We’d lay across the field
Sheltered in the shadow of a tree
We’d write our poems to take along
To sing out on the road
And you would always sing this song to me

May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your land
May the rain fall soft upon your face until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of His hand

Autumn leaves would change our trees
To colors on the ground
Swirling patterns beautiful to see
I’d lay my head down on your lap
I wouldn’t make a sound
nd you would always sing this song to me

May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your land
May the rain fall soft upon your face until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of His hand

Through the winter days our tree
Would shiver in the wind
Waiting for the warning touch of
Spring I’d hold you in the firelight-
We’d stare into the flame
And this is what you always used to sing

May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your land
May the rain fall soft upon your face until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of His hand

Status Quo – Pictures – Live At Montreux (2009)

FrontCover1.jpgIn July 2009 the Pictures live tour landed at Montreux in Switzerland as part of the world famous festival. The band delivered a blistering set of hits and classic tracks from across their career including no less than 18 UK Top 20 hits. This Pictures tour setlist has been hailed by many cognoscenti as the bands best ever.

Status Quo. What can you say? They evolve and adapt with the times. You can’t really say any vintage was a golden age as they’re all solid gold. This is a truly superb gig, marred only by the fact that, at this point, they’ve too much good material to fit into a single set. Not impressed with the extras, but what extras can you put into a concert DVD anyway? I’m not going to deduct stars for not doing the impossible.

The sets are basic and movement around the stage is limited. Quo has always been like that. They’re highly skilled musicians, they can play blazingly fast, their voices have held up better than they have for many rock/boogie groups, but if you’re looking for Queen-style theatrics or Iron Maiden’s operatic drama, you won’t find it here.

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Quo are under-rated, under-watched and under-appreciated in their domain. If that domain appeals, you can’t go wrong with this. It’s ok to like other music as well, diversity is good. (by Jonathan)

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This is Status Quo on a top notch concert. the setlist is pretty neat and the sound quality is a great example of how a concert must be produced. Each member of the band show us what is Rock n Roll about, and every camera shot last enough to feel the “live” vibe. Just get comfty, turn it up and enjoy. (by Angel)

And yes … “Pictures Of Matchstick Men” is a great psych song !

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Personnel:
Andrew Bown (keyboards, guitar, vocals)
John Rhino Edwards (bass, vocals)
Matthew Letley (drums, percussion)
Rick Parfitt (guitar, vocals)
Francis Rossi (guitar, vocals)
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Tracklist:

CD 1:
01. Opening 1.15
02. Caroline (Rossi/Young) 4.45
03. The Wanderer (Maresca) 2.44
04. Rain (Parfitt) 4.51
05. Don’t Drive My Car (Bown/Parfitt) 4.06
06. Mean Girl (Rossi/Young) /Softer Ride (Lancaster/Parfitt) 5.49
07. Beginning Of The End (Rossi/Edwards) 4.22
08. Is There A Better Way (Lancaster/Rossi) 4.11
09. Proposing Medley 11.03
09.1. What You’re Proposing (Rossi/Frost)
09.2. Down The Dustpipe (Groszman)
09.3. Little Lady (Parfitt)
09.4. Red Sky (David)
09.5. Dear John (Gustafson/MacAulay)
09.6. Big Fat Mama (Rossi/Parfitt)
10. Pictures Of Matchstick Men (Rossi) /Ice In The Sun (WildeScott) 4.36
11. The Oriental (Rossi/Edwards) 4.58

CD 2:
12. Creepin’ Up On You (Edwards/Parfitt) 4.59
13. In My Chair (Rossi/Young) 3.18
14. Living On An Island (Young/Parfitt) 2.47
15. In The Army Now (R.Bolland/F.Bolland) 4.07
16. The Killer (Drum Solo)
17. Roll Over Lay Down (Rossi/Lancaster/Coglan/Young/Parfitt) 5.58
18. Down Down (Rossi/Young) 5.55
19. Whatever You Want (Bown/Parfitt) 5.04
20. Rockin’ All Over The World (Fogerty) 4.43
21. Junior’s Wailing (Pugh/White) 2.06
22. Rock’n’Roll Music /Bye Bye Johnny (Berry)

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Jeff Beck – Live At The Palais, Melbourne (2009)

FrontCover1.jpgIt was 1977, when Jeff Beck made his first and only trip to Australia, 32 long years ago for his legion of fans.
I am one of those fans and can proudly boast that I saw him play (alongside the Jan Hammer Group) when he performed at Festival Hall, Melbourne. I was 18 at the time and was heavily influenced by his ‘Blow By Blow’ and ‘Wired’ albums.
Finally, in 2009 guitar legend Jeff Beck returned to Australia for a series of rare and very special performances. Regrettably, I was unable to make the concert, but did managed to acquire a live recording of his concert played at the Palais Theatre in St.Kilda, Melbourne.
According to Guitar World Magazine “Beck and his group turned in rapturous performances on material that covers every portion of the guitarist’s career… Beck’s finger-picking technique, tone and touch have always been astounding, but this bootleg demonstrates that, some 40 years into his career, he is a peerless master of his craft”.
Earlier this year in London, 64 year-old Beck was awarded the Blues Artist of the Year Award, and has been nominated for 2009 induction into the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame as a solo artist (by wots-on.info)

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Jeff Beck last toured Australia half a lifetime ago. In 1977, Beck, one of the great electric guitar virtuosos, was a 32-year-old who was spending a year outside Britain to change his tax status. These days, the 64-year-old is happily ensconced in his homeland.
Most of the band that played at Ronnie Scott’s will be joining Beck in Australia, most notably Tal Wilkenfeld, the 22-year-old Sydney bass prodigy who has rapidly built an international reputation. “She has the adult phrasing of a mature black funk bass player coming out of a child. It’s bizarre,” says Beck, who took it as a compliment when Wilkenfeld first started gigging with him and fans assumed she was his daughter.
“I never thought there would be anybody like her, this little figure standing around my kitchen just wanting to play.” (by Craig Mathieson)
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And here´s a concert review:
Poster.jpgThe night started off with Australian guitar virtuoso Jeff Lang and his bass player, a fine choice of support for Jeff Beck. It’s easy to draw parallels between the two Jeffs, both possessing outstanding guitar technique and, of course, the same first name, but it’s more important than that. Both are songwriters and they use their virtuosity to enhance their songs. This shows through for Jeff Lang on tracks like “The Road is Not Your Only Friend”, inspired by banjo players to the point where his guitar sounded like a banjo, and the nice steel lap guitar work on “Some Memories Never Die”.
After Jeff Lang departed, Jeff Beck and his group took to the stage, opening with Jeff’s “Bolero” (anyone else sick of seeing the word – œJeff’?), which made for a pretty fine opener. Speaking of Beck, for a guy in his sixties he’s in pretty good shape, but more importantly he plays just as good as ever. Speaking of his playing, it’s just like Eric – œCaptain Boring’ Clapton says; it’s all in his hands. In fact I even saw him continuing a solo while shaking out a cramp in his right hand. But the important difference between Beck and other so-called guitar virtuosos is that Beck knows when to show off and when to play melody, he doesn’t fill every second with a torrent of notes. When he does it’s not to excess, i.e. soloing with his teeth every five minutes. Such as in the cover of Goodbye Porkpie Hat , in which he took a solo with just his left hand, he had this big old happy grin which was just adorable. His band mates have the same mentality as Beck, they’re there mainly to entertain and have fun, not just to show off.

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Of special note was bass player Tal Wilkenfeld, acting more like a rhythm guitarist that just a bassist on songs like “Led Boots”; although the drummer and keyboardist were both quite good, with the keyboardist playing a fine solo during “Blue Wind”. Speaking of his band mates, he’s clearly enthralled by them; at one point getting down on his knees and faux-worshiping the bassist, and during the final bow out he stepped aside and applauded them.
Alas the night had to come to an end, and perhaps as a reference to Neil Young’s choice of ending song at BDO, Beck & Co. also finished with an amazing version of “A Day In The Life”. After a standing ovation, and two encores with one song apiece, finally Beck and Co huddled together and took a bow, with Beck thanking the audience (the third time of the night in which he spoke, not that he needs to, he could probably order a cup of coffee using nothing but his guitar and left hand), and departed the stage.
In short and without so much of my verbose Jeff Beck ass-worshiping, he’s still got it.

This is a excellent soundboard recording

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Personnel:
Jeff Beck (guitar)
Vinnie Colaiuta (drums)
David Sancious (keyboards)
Tal Wilkenfeld (bass)

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Tracklist:

CD 1:
101. Beck’s Bolero (Beck) 3.38
102. The Pump (Hymas/Phillips) 4.08
103. Eternity’s Breath (McLaughlin) 1.29
104. You Never Know (Hammer) 3.23
105. Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers (Wonder) 5.13
106. Behind The Veil (Hymas) 5.06
107. Blast From The East (Hymas) 3.25
108. Stratus (Cobham) 5.20
109. Angels (Footsteps) (unknown) 5.43
110. Drum Solo (Colaiuta ) 1.17
111. Led Boots (Middelton) 4.25

CD 2:
201. Nadia (Sawhney) 3.31
202. Bass Solo (Wilkenfeld) 2.26
203. Snake Oil (Newton) 4.25
204. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat (Mingus) 1.16
205. Brush With The Blues (Beck/Hymas) 5.26
206. Big Block (Beck/Bozzio/Hymas) 5.59
207. Blue Wind (Hammer) 4.53
208. A Day In The Life (Lennon/McCartney) 7.16
209. Scottish One (unknown) 5.58
210. Where Were You (Beck/Bozzio/Hymas) 3.20

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Cedric Hanriot – French Stories (2010)

FrontCover1.jpgLet’s take a closer look at Cédric Hanriot. Known as a great pianist and composer, Cédric Hanriot has played and recorded with some of the giants of jazz, including Dee Dee Bridgewater, Me’shell Ndegeocello, Cindy Blackman and Joe Lovano. In August 2009 Cédric made a stimulatingly spontaneous album with John Patitucci and Terri Lyne Carrington. His extraordinary talent extends to all aspects of his craft. He composes, arranges, produces and programs for projects that are as varied as they are numerous.

Along with his work, he puts his many skills to work on a journey that takes us from Brel to Piaf and Nougaro, as we rediscover some classics in a style that is resolutely contemporary, blending jazz with accents of hip hop, afro beat and electro. His new album “French Stories” was released earlier this year with Bertrand Beruard and Jean-Baptiste Pinet. This album offers a jazz interpretation of some of the most well known titles of chanson française among a selection of his own originals. What’s great about this album is the variety and explorative side of music we can find inside. Along with the trio he invented a slice between contemporary jazz and French’ electro sounds, something that many people praise after listening to this album. (by jazzuality.com)

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You must be doing something right to attract the likes of bassist John Patitucci and drummer Terri Lyne-Carrington to your debut recording. Clearly in command of an advanced technique, French pianist and sound designer Cedric Hanriot is attracted to the elements of surprise and spontaneity but both of which are more prominent in his arrangements and cross genre splicing than the actual improvisations or interplay. Piecing together violin and cello string sections with hip-hop beats and RnB backing vocals and placing it squarely in the standard jazz piano trio foundation might just have worked. Is this France’s next Herbie Hancock? (by Peter Wockner)

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Personnel:
Terri Lyne Carrinton (drums, vocals)
Cédric Hanriot (keyboards)
Patrick Owen (cello)
John Patitucci (bass)
Ben Powell (violin)
2th (vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. Louisiana (Hanriot) 5.04
02. La chanson des vieux amants (Brel/Jouannest) 7.03
03. Crunkie (Hanriot) 6.52
04. Your Sweetness (Hanriot/Carrington) 5.19
05. Prélude (Hanriot) 0.51
06. Mambo (Hanriot) 6.40
07. Tribal poem (Hanriot) 6.55
08. Que Marianne était jolie (Delpech/Papadiamandis) 5.33
09. Le jazz et la java (Nougaro/Datin) 7.41
10. Hymne à l’amour (Piaf/Monnot) 9.28

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J.Geils – Band – Full House Live (2009)

FrontCover1.jpgThanks to hits such as Centrefold and Freeze Frame and music videos and MTV, younger listeners will remember the J Geils Band as a ’80s pop-rock group. But back in the ’70s, they were a tight R&B outfit whom the Allman Brothers Band considered their favourite local band.

In 1972, the J Geils Band released Live Full House, recorded at the Cinderella Ballroom in Detroit on April 21-22, 1972. One fan noted: “When I was growing up the original Full House was a huge album in Detroit. This was when J Geils were a great R&B band before the MTV hits.”

Thirty-seven years later, the J Geils Band have lost none of their power and excitement and here is a recreated 2009 version of Full House from uncirculated soundboards. And a boogie good time to be had by all.

Thanks To Evil Dr. Louie for sharing the tracks.

Recorded live at The Fillmore, Detroit, MI, April 24-25, 2009
Very good soundboard.

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Personnel:
John H. Geils (guitar)
Seth Justman (keyboards, vocals)
Danny Klein (bass)
Marty Richards (drums)
Richard “Magic Dick” Salwitz (harmonica)
Peter Wolf (vocals)
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Mitch Chakour (background vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. First I Look At The Purse (Rogers/Robinson) 4.18
02. Homework (Perkins/Clark/Rush) 4.24
03. Pack Fair & Square (Price) 2.38
04. Whammer Jammer (Juke Joint Jimmy) (*) 4.22
05. Hard Drivin’ Man (Geils/Wolf) 6.31
06. Serves You Right To Suffer (Hooker) 11.28
07. Cruisin’ For A Love (Juke Joint Jimmy) (*) 3.39
08. Looking For A Love (Alexander/Samuels) 6.28

(*) Pseudonym used by The J. Geils Band for group compositions

 

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