Bob Seger – I Knew You When (Deluxe Edition) (2017)

FrontCover1I Knew You When is the eighteenth studio album by American rock singer-songwriter Bob Seger. It was released on November 17, 2017.

The album was recorded in Nashville and Detroit and produced by Seger himself. The first song that became available from the album was “Glenn Song”, which was written by Seger as a tribute to his friend Glenn Frey of the Eagles, who had died one year before. On January 18, 2017—eight months before the album was announced—Seger released “Glenn Song” for free on his official website. The song recounts his long friendship with Frey that began in 1966.

When the album’s track listing was revealed on October 13, 2017, “Glenn Song” was listed as one of three bonus tracks that can be found on the deluxe edition of I Knew You When. Along with the track listing, the album covers of both the 10-track standard edition and the 13-track deluxe edition were revealed as well, and the album became available for pre-order the same day. The standard edition is available on CD and 130-gram vinyl, while the deluxe edition is available on CD, as a digital download, and via select streaming services.

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Along with the announcement of I Knew You When on September 22, 2017, a cover version of Lou Reed’s “Busload of Faith” was released as the first single taken from the album. The song was originally released by Reed on his 1989 album New York. Seger recorded his version of the song at a studio session in Nashville during May 2017 and premiered it with his Silver Bullet Band at a concert in Cincinnati on September 21, 2017, as part of his Runaway Train tour. Besides Reed’s “Busload of Faith”, Seger included another cover song in the album, namely “Democracy”, which was written by Leonard Cohen and originally released on his 1992 album The Future.

A number of Seger’s own compositions for the album were written and originally recorded many years or even decades ago but remained unreleased at the time. The oldest one is the uptempo rock song “Runaway Train”, which was first recorded in 1993 for Seger’s fifteenth studio album, 1995’s It’s a Mystery. The upbeat “Blue Ridge”, which has been compared to Seger’s “Sightseeing” from 1991’s The Fire Inside, and the album’s title track, “I Knew You When”, both date back to 1997 and were potential candidates for Seger’s 2006 album Face the Promise. The anthem-like “Forward into the Past”, a song in the vein of Seger’s “American Storm” or “Even Now”, is from 1999 and was once to be the title track of his sixteenth studio album, while the ballad “Something More” is from 2001. The two tracks “I’ll Remember You” and “The Sea Inside”, the latter of which Seger described as “very Led Zeppelin”, were mentioned in interviews with Seger as early as 2011. They were to be included on his then upcoming seventeenth studio album, 2014’s Ride Out, but ultimately did not make it onto the album.

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Initially, the November 17 release date of I Knew You When would have marked the last day of the Runaway Train tour—named after the song of the same name from the album—that began on August 24, 2017, but Seger had to postpone all concert dates starting September 30 due to “an urgent medical issue with his vertebrae”. Of the 32 scheduled tour dates, Seger could complete 13 and had to postpone 19. (by wikipedia)

Mortality is on Bob Seger’s mind on I Knew You When, an album dedicated to his departed friend Glenn Frey. I Knew You When contains two tributes to Frey — the sepia-toned title track and “Glenn Song,” the latter available only on the album’s Deluxe Edition — but the onetime Eagle isn’t the only dead rock star to haunt the album. Seger covers Lou Reed and Leonard Cohen, both selections — “Busload of Faith” and “Democracy” — nodding to the American mess of 2017, another element that adds a sense of immediacy to the record. Despite these undercurrents of sentiment and politics, I Knew You When can’t quite be called a meditative, melancholy record, not with roughly half the record devoted to fist-pumping arena-fillers that feel piped in from several different eras.

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“Runaway Train” is confined by a robotic pulse that channels “Shakedown,” “The Highway” is dressed with ’80s synths, and “The Sea Inside” is a clumsy nod to Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir,” sounds that not only fight with Seger’s protests and tributes but fight with each other. These old-fashioned album rockers are so loud and awkward, they overshadow the excellent singer/songwriter album that lurks at the core of I Knew You When. Such imbalance makes I Knew You When a bit incoherent, yet in its quietest and angriest moments, it offers some of the best music Seger has made in the 21st century. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

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Personnel:
Jim “Moose” Brown (yynthesizer)
Tom Bukovac (guitar)
Mark Byerly (trumpet)
Chris Campbell (bass)
John Catchings (cello)
David Cole (guitar)
J.T. Corenflos (guitar)
Chad Cromwell (drums)
Eric Darken (percussion)
Craig Frost (clavinet, synthesizer)
Kenny Greenberg (guitar)
Richie Hayward (drums)
John Jarvis (synthesizer)
Bob Jensen (trumpet)
Jim Kaatz (guitar)
Keith Kaminski (saxophone)
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Rob McNelley (guitar)
Tim Mitchell (guitar)
Greg Morrow (drums)
Steve Nathan (keyboards, synthesizer)
Billy Payne (piano, background vocals)
Carole Rabinowitz (cello)
Alto Reed (saxophone)
Deanie Richardson (fiddle)
Michael Rojas (piano)
John Rutherford Trombone
Bob Seger (vocals, guitar)
Jimmie Lee Sloas (bass)
Gerard Smerek (percussion)
Rick Vito (guitar)
Biff Watson (guitar)
Glenn Worf (bass)
Reese Wynans (keyboards)
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Herschel Boone – Terena Boone Vocals – Bekka Bramlett – Rosemary Butler – Laura Creamer – Donny Gerrard – Seth Morton – Shaun Murphy – Barbara Payton

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Tracklist:
01. Gracile (Seger) 2.48
02. Busload Of Faith (Reed) 4.32
03. The Highway (Seger)  3:38
04. “I Knew You When (Seger) 3:53
05. “I’ll Remember You (Seger) 3:48
06. “The Sea Inside (Seger) 4:14
07. “Marie(Seger) 3:26
08. “Runaway Train” Craig Frost, Tim Mitchell, Bob Seger 4:10
09. “Something More” (Seger)3:47
10. “Democracy” Leonard Cohen 6:32
Total length: 40:48
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No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. “Forward into the Past” Mark Chatfield, Frost, Seger 4:12
12. “Blue Ridge (Seger) 3:50
13. “Glenn Song (Seger) 2:49

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Molly Kien – Pyramid – Song of Britomartis – Smarginatura (2017)

FrontCover1.jpgMolly Kien is a Swedish composer new to me, but one with an impressive and distinctive voice. The idiom of these orchestral works is undoubtedly and unabashedly modern, but with moments of particular beauty. I look forward to hearing more of her work: she has something very distinctive to say.

The three works here are different from each other, but each demonstrates excellent command of orchestral colour and also of mood.

Pyramid was inspired by “Altar Painting No. 1”, a work by Hilma af Klimt which shows a colourful pyramid rising to the sun. The piece starts with high notes, followed by drum beats—a theme which recurs and provides rhythmic impetus. There is a touching solo for violin at the heart of the piece.

For me, the highlight was the second work, the Song of Britomartis, here performed live by the Canadian, Laura Stephenson, principal harpist of the Stockholm Philharmonic. It was premiered in 2009 and was also played in London later that year. This recording is of a revised version. There is so much to admire, not least the understanding of the capabilities of the harp. The inspiration for the work was classical – Britomartis is a Minoan goddess – as represented by a rug in the Stockholm Concert Hall. One hears echoes of fauns playing flutes and mermaids with their lyres.

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The longest work, Smarginatura, is based on a series of novels by Elena Ferrante. In the first, My Brilliant Friend, a character experiences “smarginatura”, a dissolution of margins. The music contains various blending effects, with changes of phrases and dark undertones. I have not heard it sufficiently often to uncover more than a few of its insights, but each hearing has revealed more riches.

Recording quality is excellent, and notes are informative, but the main joy is the music itself. (Michael Wilkinson)

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Personnel:
Laura Stephenson (harp)
Västeras Sinfonietta conducted by Eva Ollikainen (01. + 03.) and Anna-Maria Helsing (02.)

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Tracklist:
01. Pyramid 11.57
02. Song Of Britomartis 19.53
03. Smarginatura 24.27

Music composed by Molly Kien

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Viktoria Tolstoy & WDR Big Band – ScanJazz – Live In Düsseldorf (2017)

FrontCover1.jpgLouise Viktoria Tolstoy (born Louise Viktoria Kjellberg, 29 July 1974 in Sigtuna Municipality, Sweden) is a Swedish jazz singer of Russian ancestry. She is the daughter of Erik Kjellberg and the great-great-granddaughter of Russian writer Leo Tolstoy. Tolstoy was a housemate in season one of the television series Big Brother in 2000.

She was married to designer Per Holknekt from 2001 until they divorced in March 2008. (by wikipedia)

An artistic disposition runs in the family of Swedish singer Viktoria Tolstoy. Her great-great-grandfather was the legendary Russian novelist Leo Tolstoi. No wonder young Viktoria made an impact in Stockholm jazz clubs with leading Swedish musicians like Svante Thuresson and Putte Wickman. She recorded her first album in 1994, aged 20. Two years later, with the album För Älskad, she became an overnight pop sensation in Sweden. This prepared the ground for her collaboration with Esbjörn Svensson, who produced and wrote the songs for White Russian, the first Scandinavian album released by the legendary Blue Note label.

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Around that time Tolstoy also worked with Nils Landgren, and in 2003 she followed him and Svensson as an exclusive ACT-artist. Since then, she has established herself as one of the leading voices in jazz today. Crystal clear, dynamic, untamed and vibrating, but also down-to-earth – her voice is probably the most brilliant of all Scandinavian singers. If Viktoria Tolstoy sings a song, it is not simple interpretation; she shapes and marks it in her own way. (by act music)

And hre´a pretty good radho show with many jazz standard and a lot of Swedish traditional tunes, played in a fascinating Big Band sound !

Recorded live  at theRobert-Schumann-Saal, Dusseldorf, Germany; December 6, 2017
Very good satellite broadcast.

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Personnel:
Hakan Broström (saxophone)
Viktoria Tolstoy (vocals)
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WDR Bigband conducted by Hakan Broström

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Tracklist:
01. Intro (in German) 1.13
02. All Of Me (Marks/Simons) 5.19
03. Talk 0.32
04. Jag Jet En Dejtig Rosa (Traditional) 6.37
05. Ack V’rmland Du Sk’na (Traditional) 5.07
06. Talk 0.28
07. May Night (Broström) 9.18
08. Sophisticated Lady (Ellington/Mills/Parish) 4.20
09. Talk (in German) 1.22
10. Kling Klang Klockan Slar (Traditional) 6.05
11. The Way You Look Tonight (Traditional) 4.49
12. Talk (in German) 0.58
13. I Can’t Help It (Wonder/Greene) 5.47
14. Den F’rsta Gang Jag Sag Dig (Traditional) 5.16
15. Talk 0.40
16. Polska Fran Horn/Jag Alls Ingen (Traditional) 6.34
17. Talk 0.25
18. Cronelis (Broström) 7.38
19. Memories Of You (Blake/Razaf) 4.20
20. Talk 0.29
21. Vem Kann Segla F’rutan Vind (Traditional) 4.55
22. Band introductions 2.18
23. Caravan (Ellington/Tizol) 4.41
24. Outro (in German) 3.34

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Uncle Jimmy (Moondaze) – Moon Child (2017)

FrontCover1On friday night I saw in Leverkusen/Germany a band, that was announced as “Uncle Jimmy” … but since August 03, 2018 they called Moondance:

MOONDAZE is an energetic bluesrock band from the Netherlands. Kick-ass drums, solid bluesy vocals, virtuoso guitarlicks and hammondsolo’s on fire! If you like the ‘s60, ‘s70 and ‘s80, this band is a must-see for you! Their energy is contagious. They already have seen much of the world, they are not only playing in their home country, but also in Germany and Luxembourg. And many more to follow..

Playing as much as they can is their ultimate goal. MOONDAZE is something new, something refreshing, something really nice to look at. Before they changed their name to MOONDAZE on the 3rd of august (2018), they were called Uncle Jimmy. That name didn’t fit the personalities of the bandmembers anymore. People got wrong expectations with that name, so they decided to change it to MOONDAZE!

And it was a pretty good concert … including a killer version of “Magit Carpet Ride” (you know … Steppenwolf !)

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And here´s their last EP from 2017 …

Two chicks and two gentlemen make sure that the blood flows through your veins! They give you the energy to go wild all night on their filthy and sexy bluesrock. They are giving a twist to the 70s. The tough, bluesy vocals of the chick on bass flank the virtuoso guitar and screaming Hammond, completed with a bed of killer drums!

Stand up and SHOUT!! They are influenced by Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and the Black Crowes. (by

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Moondaze (formerly Uncle Jimmy) take their influences from Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and the Black Crowes, making the most raw and sexy Blues Rock you could wish for. Take rock-solid drums, add strong Bluesy vocals from the lady on the bass, combine with virtuoso guitar and Hammond solos, to produce a masterly Rock ‘n’ Roll sound.

They hit the ground running in 2014, performing at the 3FM Festival and releasing their mini album ‘Stand Up and Shout’. Moondaze’s (Uncle Jimmy) reputation has continued to grow with concerts throughout their native Netherlands and many ventures into Germany.

To quote David Wolgen on Suksawat ´This band has a groove, this band has soul, this band is bursting with energy, Moondaze (formerly Uncle Jimmy) is sexy and Rock ‘n’ Roll. (by neimënster.lu)

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ENERGETIC bluesrock with a touch of Hammond Organ. This is 70’s rock in a new jacket, inspired by legends like Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. The album Moon Child is about the child in yourself and how a child can experience good and bad situations.

This band is fronted by a female leadsinger/bassplayer. Featured by an amazing Hammond Organ (also played by a lady), this band puts the 70’s in a whole new perspective! They are inspired by Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. All four of them are very young, but are 100% dedicated to what they create. Everybody needs to see Uncle Jimmy live, because that will be an experience to remember. Their EP Moon Child is just a small hint of what they can do! They are most known by their high energy on stage and let the audience dance like never before.

Even though they are from the Netherlands, they already play a lot in Germany where they are slowly becoming famous, bit by bit.

Oh yes … it´s time to discover one of the finest bands of this year !

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Personnel:
Tom Beemster (drums, background vocals)
Marja Boender (bass, vocals)
Julia Driessen (organ)
Sebastiaan Fledderman (guitar)

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Tracklist:
01. Play Around 3.23
02. Pink Hawk 3.38
03. Custom Made Man 3.32
04. Sinister 4.29
05. Moon Child 4.43
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Anton Batagov – An Evening Hymn (Early English Music) (2017)

FrontCover1.jpgAnton Batagov (born October 10, 1965 in Moscow) is a Russian pianist and post-minimalist composer.

Heralded as “one of the most significant and unusual figures of Russian contemporary music” (Newsweek, Russian edition, 1997) and “the greatest pianist of our time” (Crescendo magazine, Germany, 2017) Anton Batagov is one of the most influential Russian composers and performers of our time.

A graduate of the Gnessin School and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and prize-winner at the International Tchaikovsky Competition (1986) and other competitions, Batagov introduced the music by John Cage, Morton Feldman, Steve Reich and Philip Glass to Russian audiences. His debut CD, a 160-minute recording of Olivier Messiaen’s Vingt regards sur l’Enfant Jesus (Melodiya, 1990, 3-CD set), became a major sensation. Three years later a well-known American musicologist Richard Kostelanetz characterized Batagov’s 1993 recording of Bach’s “The Art of the Fugue” as “the most stunning interpretation of Bach since Glenn Gould.”

His interpretations of Bach, Schubert, Beethoven, Messiaen, Ravel, composers of the Russian avant-garde and those of the post avant-garde, distinguish themselves with expert knowledge of performing traditions.

Anton Batagov1Not only as a musician, but also as the artistic director of the legendary festival of contemporary music “Alternativa” (1989–1996), Anton Batagov was a principal influence on the broadening of the aesthetic horizon of the musical community, and on the meaning of musical practices in Russia.

In 1997 Batagov stopped performing live, and since then, he had been focusing on composition and studio recordings for 12 years.

As a composer, Batagov began in the traditions of minimalism that in Russia has its own idiosyncrasies and unique history. He has been compared with the classics of American minimalism. He has fundamentally changed the character of new Russian music. The post-Cagean philosophy of Batagov’s projects eliminates any boundaries between “performance” and “composition” by viewing all existing musical practices—from ancient rituals to rock and pop culture and advanced computer technologies—as potential elements of performance and composition.

The post-minimalist language of Batagov’s compositions is rooted in the harmonic and rhythmic patterns of Russian church bells and folk songs seamlessly mixed with the spirit of Buddhist philosophy, the dynamic pulse of early Soviet avant-garde, and the unfading appeal of progressive rock music. Batagov’s works feature a unique sense of large-scale architecture and textured emotionalism.

Having begun to work in the sphere of film and television music, Batagov forced many to change their attitude to this field of art that is otherwise strictly reckoned as “applied”. He is the author of several movie soundtracks, and over 3.000 tunes for the major Russian TV channels. He brought the depth and refined beauty of contemporary classics to the world of television music.

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Some of his works written since the late 1990s have been deeply influenced by Buddhist philosophy and practice. He has composed a number of major works based on ancient Buddhist texts chanted by Tibetan lamas as well as several large-scale instrumental compositions inspired by Buddhist teachings.

Since the early 2000s, Anton Batagov has been seen not only as a successor of the post-minimalist tradition, but as a one-of-a-kind composer / musician / thinker. His multifaceted work and spiritual experience are unique. His views and principles are as unorthodox as they are clear and convincing.

In 2009 Anton Batagov received the prestigious national Steppenwolf Award in the Best Music category.

In 2009, after twelve years of seclusion, he returned to live performances. Since then, he has been performing a series of unique solo piano recital programs. The critics call his recitals “a revelation”, “a work of enlightened person”. (by wikipedia)

Pianist and composer Anton Batagov presents his latest album An Evening Hymn. In the program are works by Henry Purcell, John Dowland, John Bull, William Byrd, and anonymous English composers of the early 16th century. (by themoscowtimes.com)

And so we can hear another masterpiece of Anton Batagov

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Personnel:
Anton Batagov (piano)

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Tracklist:
01. A Galyarde (Anonymous) 5.33
02. Chacone in G Minor, ZT. 680 (Purcell) 5.20
03. Melancholy Galliard (Dowland) 4.35
04. Galiarda (Bull) 3.54
05. The Short Mesure Off My Lady Wynkfylds Rownde (Anonymous) 3:26
06. Suite in G Major, Z. 660 (Purcell) 5.04
07. My Lady Nevell’s Ground (Byrd) 8.07
08. Ground In C minor, ZD221 (Purcell) 4.47
09. In Nomine (Bull) 4.46
10. Mrs. Vauxes Gigge, P. 57 (Dowland) 2.28
11. Abdelazer, Z. 570: II. Rondo (Purcell) 8.17
12. My Lady Careys Dompe (Anonymous) 5.23
13. The Right Honourable The Lord Viscount Lisle His Galliard, P. 38 (Dowland) 6:38
14 An Evening Hymn, Z. 193 (Purcell) 11.19

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Steve Winwood – Live At Boston (2017)

FrontCover1Steve Winwood is probably most famous for his blue-eyed soul phase of the 1980s, which included the No. 1 Billboard charting Higher Love featuring Chaka Khan. Yet this commercial peak is only one side of Winwood, a British music legend whose career has stretched over some 50 years. Following playing with some of the greatest Rhythm and Blues musicians on their UK tours, He came to prominence in the 1960s with The Spencer Davis Group, co-writing some of their biggest hits including I’m a Man and Gimme Some Lovin’.

He later co-founded one of rock’s first supergroups in Blind Faith and has been inducted into The Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame as a member of jazz-rock pioneers Traffic.
Now heading out on his first US Solo tour after supporting Steely Dan in 2016, it’s time to reacquaint yourself with the genius that is this multi-instrumentalist with that voice. (concert anouncment)

And here´s an excellent audience recording from his concert at the Orpheum Theatre, Boston.

I guess it was a magic night, a night a legend came out to play !

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Personnel:
Richard Bailey (drums)
Paul Booth (flute, saxophone)
Karl Vanden Bossche (percussion)
Tim Cansfield (guitar)
José Pires de Almeida Neto (guitar)
Steve Winwood (organ, vocals, guitar)

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Tracklist:
01. Back in the High Life Again (Winwood/Jennings) 9.04
02. Pearly Queen (Capaldi/Winwood) 5.39
03. I’m a Man (Winwood/Miller) + Fly (Winwood/Godwin/Neto) 14.37
04. Them Changes (Miles) 5.12
05. Can’t Find My Way Home (Winwood) 449
06. Anouncment 0.46
07. Had To Cry Today (Winwood)
08. The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys (Capaldi/Winwood) 13.39
09. Light Up Or Leave Me Alone (Capaldi) 15.17
10. Higher Love (Winwood/Jennings) 6.33
11. Dear Mr. Fantasy ((Capaldi/Winwood/Wood) 8.50
12. Gimme Some Lovin’ (S.Winwood/M.Winwood/Davis) 5.07

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