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David Bowie - Music & Art

David Bowie, nome artístico de David Robert Jones, Londres, 8 de janeiro de 1947) é um músico, ator e produtor musical inglês. Por vezes...

quarta-feira, 28 de agosto de 2013

John Paul Jones - The Bass Player

John Baldwin (born 3 January 1946), known by the stage name John Paul Jones, is an English multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer, arranger and record producer. Best known as the bassist, keyboardist, and co-songwriter for English rock band Led Zeppelin, Jones has since developed a solo career. A versatile musician, Jones also plays guitar, koto, lap steel guitars, mandolin, autoharp, violin, ukulele, sitar, cello, continuum and the three over-dubbed recorder parts heard on Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven".

According to Allmusic, Jones "has left his mark on rock & roll music history as an innovative musician, arranger, and director." Many notable rock bassists have been influenced by John Paul Jones, including John Deacon, Geddy Lee, Steve Harris, Flea, Gene Simmons, and Krist Novoselic. Jones is currently part of the band Them Crooked Vultures with Josh Homme and Dave Grohl, in which he plays bass guitar, keyboards, and other instruments.

At Led Zeppelin, he was responsible for the classic bass lines of the group, notably those in "Ramble On" and "The Lemon Song" (Led Zeppelin II), and power crunch and shifting time signatures, such as those in "Black Dog" (Led Zeppelin IV). As Led Zeppelin's rhythm section-mate with drummer John Bonham, Jones shared an appreciation for funk and soul rhythmic grooves which strengthened and enhanced their musical affinity. In an interview he gave to Global Bass magazine, Jones remarked on this common musical interest:
"Yeah, we were both huge Motown and Stax fans and general soul music fans, James Brown fan. Which is one of the reasons why I've always said that Zeppelin was one of the few bands to "swing". We actually had a groove in those days. People used to come to our shows and dance, which was great. To see all the women dancing, it was really brilliant. You didn't necessarily see that at a Black Sabbath show or whatever: So we were different in that way. We were a groovy band. We used all our black pop music influences as a key to the rock that went over the top.

Three great albums to illustrate his career:

John Bonham – drums, percussion
John Paul Jones – bass guitar, keyboards, Mellotron
Robert Plant – vocals
Jimmy Page – electric guitars, backing vocals, Theremin, production

A rare record, with Jimmy Page and Mr. Jones...

And a very exotic album of Mr. Jones and an opera singer. The Sporting Life is an album by singer Diamanda Galás and multi-instrumentalist John Paul Jones, recorded in London and released in 1994.

The Band:
Diamanda Galás – vocals, Hammond organ, piano
John Paul Jones – bass guitar, lap steel guitar
Pete Thomas – drums, percussion

sábado, 24 de agosto de 2013

Alphonse Mouzon - Just a Fusion Jazz Drummer

Alphonse Mouzon (born November 21, 1948) is a well-known jazz-fusion drummer and percussionist, and the owner of Tenacious Records, a label that primarily releases Mouzon's recordings. He also composes, arranges and produces, as well as acts. Alphonse Mouzon's popularity as a performing artist first became realized in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Mouzon, of African-American, French and Blackfoot descent, was born on November 21, 1948 in Charleston, South Carolina. He received his first musical training at Bonds-Wilson High School and moved to New York City upon graduation. He studied drama and music at the City College of New York as well as medicine at Manhattan Medical School. He continued receiving drum lessons from Bobby Thomas, the drummer for jazz pianist Billy Taylor. He played percussion in the Broadway show "Promises, Promises", he then worked with pianist McCoy Tyner. He spent a year as a member of the jazz fusion band, Weather Report. After that Mouzon signed as a solo artist to the Blue Note label in 1972.

Originally released in May 1971, Weather Report was the debut album by the group of the same name. The style of music on this album can be described as avant-garde jazz with electric instruments. It continues the style of Miles Davis album Bitches Brew (on which Zawinul and Shorter played) but in a more ambient setting.

The Band:
Joe Zawinul – Electric and acoustic piano
Wayne Shorter – Soprano saxophone
Miroslav Vitouš – Electric and acoustic bass
Alphonse Mouzon – Drums, voice
Airto Moreira – Percussion
Barbara Burton – Percussion (uncredited)
Don Alias – Percussion (uncredited)

"Jazz Album of the Year", Down Beat Readers Poll.
Swing Journal magazine Grand Prix Award (a gold record given for winning the Journal's Readers' and Critics' polls).

 After that Mouzon signed as a solo artist to the Blue Note label in 1972. He played with notorious musicians, recording great albuns. Three pearls of his discography are posted below:

Mind Transplant is the third album by American jazz drummer Alphonse Mouzon recorded in 1974 and released on the Blue Note label. The Allmusic review by Robert Taylor awarded the album 4½ stars stating "Raw and powerful, the music herein is what made fusion such a viable musical style... Easily one of the best fusion recordings of all time".

Alphonse Mouzon: drums, vocals, keys
Tommy Bolin: guitar
Jay Graydon: guitar
Lee Ritenour: guitar
Jerry Peters: keyboards
Henry Davis: bass
Rocke Grace: keyboards
Stanley Sheldon: bass

Alphonse Mouzon recorded this Jazz funk masterpiece in 1976 backed by an almost encyclopaedic cast of musicians. The Man incognito may refer to the appearance of George Duke under a pseudo name, whose funky keyboards is a highlight throughout.

Alphonse Mouzon - drums, percussion, vocals, synthesizer
Gary Grant - trumpet
George Bohanon - trombone
Ray Pizzi - tenor saxophone, alto saxophone
Tom Scott - tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, lyricon
David Benoit - piano, electric piano
Dave Grusin - piano, electric piano, clavinet
George Duke, Ian Underwood - synthesizer
David T. Walker - guitar (track 6)
Lee Ritenour - guitar, electric guitar
Tim DeHuff - electric guitar
Charles Meeks - electric bass
Emil Richards - cymbals, percussion
Victor Feldman - conga, bongo, percussion
Marty McCall, Jackie Ward, Caroline Willis - vocals

Megadrummer and percussionist Alphonse Mouzon recorded Virtue, his lone date for Germany's MPS, in 1976, and the label issued it in 1977. As far as fusion records go, these were not particularly good years, but Virtue is an example of the very best of what electric jazz had to offer at the time. Mouzon was half of a pair of drummers who defined the fusion era -- the other was Billy Cobham. 

The Band:
Alphonse Mouzon (drums, percussion, keyboards)
Gary Bartz (sax)
Stu Goldberg (acoustic & electric pianos, Mini Moog synthesizer )
Welton Gite (electric bass)

Mouzon has also played with Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, Patrick Moraz, Betty Davis and Chubby Checker. Robert Plant, lead singer of Led Zeppelin, during his acceptance speech for induction into the 1995 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, listed Alphonse Mouzon as one of the band's influences from American music. He currently resides in Northridge, California.

terça-feira, 20 de agosto de 2013

VA - Blue Funk (1992)

This is a great collection sampler by Blue Note, issued in the early '90s on CD highlighting their deep and funky soul-jazz titles for the beat heads and emergent hip-hop nation that was sampling in earnest at the time.  In any case, this attractively priced sampler of BN acts from the '60s and '70s is all killer, no filler; it's heavy on funk and soul. Sure it's got the big B sharp players from the era, like Groove Holmes ("Down Home Funk"), Jack McDuff (the amazing "Hunk O Funk"), Big John Patton (with a killer cover of the Meters' "Cissy Strut"), Reuben Wilson ("Bambu") and Ronnie Foster ("Don't Know My Love"), but there's way more. Lou Donaldson and Grant Green make up the royalty for this period (the producers still hadn't realized just how happening Donald Byrd was to the emerging hip-hop generation so he's not here) and they are well represented by a few cuts each -- Donaldson's read on James Brown's "Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud)," is a monster; and Green's take on "Cantaloupe Woman" is simply bad ass. But there is some added class to this mix with Candido's smoking drum funk in "Tic Tac Toe," and Blue Mitchell's set-opening "Who Dun It." But the big surprise comes at the very end when Bobby Hutcherson clocks it all out with his uber funky soulful read of Sly Stone's "Family Affair," setting the vibe just right as a cap. A couple of these Blue Note soul-jazz comps would fuel any bash, and would provide an awesome Friday night jump to Sunday afternoon cruise control and leave the listener without a care in the world. ~ Thom Jurek Includes liner notes by Dean Rudland. Personnel: Fred Jackson, Jr. , Harold Vick, Jay Arnold (tenor); Eugene Wright, Morris Dow, Grant Green, Charlie Freeman (guitar); Blue Mitchell (trumpet); Freddie Roach, Earl Van Dyke, Jimmy McGriff, Jimmy Smith , Big John Patton, Baby Face Willette (organ); Clarence Johnston, Donald Bailey , Idris Muhammad, Jackie Mills, Wilbert G.T. Hogan, Ben Dixon, Sammy Creason (drums). Liner Note Author: Dean Rudland. Illustrator: Graham Marsh .

01. Blue Mitchell - Who Dun It?
02. Lou Donaldson - Say It Loud (I'm Black And I'm Proud)
03. Big John Patton - Cissy Strut
04. Grant Green - Ease Back
05. Jack McDuff - Hunk O' Funk
06. Candido - Tic Tac Toe
07. Richard "Groove" Holmes - Down Home Funk
08. Grant Green - Cantaloupe Woman
09. Grant Green - I Don't Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing
10. Ronnie Foster - Don't Knock My Love
11. Lou Donaldson - If There's A Hell Below
12. Reuben Wilson - Bambu
13. Bobby Hutcherson - Family Affair


sábado, 17 de agosto de 2013

George Duke - A Keyboard Wizard

George Duke (January 12, 1946 – August 5, 2013) was an American musician, known as a keyboard pioneer, composer, singer and producer in both jazz and popular mainstream musical genres. He had worked with numerous acclaimed artists as arranger, music director, writer and co-writer, record producer and professor of music. He first made a name for himself with the album The Jean-Luc Ponty Experience with the George Duke Trio. He was known primarily for thirty-odd solo albums as well as for his collaborations with other musicians, particularly Frank Zappa.

The Jean-Luc Ponty Experience with The George Duke Trio album was recorded live in Hollywood, California in mid-September, 1969. A number of Jazz musicians were experimenting with the jazz-rock fusion that would become so popular in the 1970s, but Jean-Luc Ponty is one of the earliest to get it down on vinyl. Ponty was inspired by Miles Davis to explore this new fusion form, and is considered the first significant Jazz musician to record on the electric violin. Later, in the 1970s, he pioneered the use of 5 & 6-string violins and was the first to combine the violin with MIDI, distortion boxes, phase shifters, and wah-wah pedals.

Let 's start with some albuns of this initial phase of GD...

The Jean-Luc Ponty Experience with The George Duke Trio is a Jazz album released in 1969 by Jean-Luc Ponty on World Pacific Jazz in the US, and is considered to be one of the earliest fusion jazz albums.

Beginning in 1967 Duke experimented further with jazz fusion, playing and recording with violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, as well as performing with the Don Ellis Orchestra, and Cannonball Adderley's band, while he acquainted himself with Frank Zappa. Duke appeared on a number of Frank Zappa's albums through the 1970s.

One of the best albuns of this phase is:

You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 2 is a live album by Frank Zappa. Despite the subtitle "The Helsinki Concert", the album is not one complete concert, but was, in fact, assembled from two (and possibly three) different concerts performed in Helsinki in 1974. The working title for this album was The Helsinki Tapes, a title more accurately reflecting the fact that the album was composed of performances from more than one show. The track listing is similar to that of Roxy & Elsewhere (1974), as are the core band personnel. The performance includes a double-speed version of "Village of the Sun", sandwiched between a later version of "RDNZL", the first being recorded in 1972, and "Echidna's Arf (Of You)", and "Montana (Whipping Floss)" — a spontaneously rewritten version of "Montana", following an audience member's request for The Allman Brothers Band's "Whipping Post". The guitar solo in the One Size Fits All version of "Inca Roads" is an edited extract of the solo presented here. Zappa has considered these performances as some of the best in his career. This particular line-up was one of his favorites.

The Band:
Frank Zappa – lead guitar, vocals
Napoleon Murphy Brock – saxophone, flute, vocals
George Duke – keyboards, vocals
Ruth Underwood – percussion
Tom Fowler – bass guitar
Chester Thompson – drums

The 70’s were filled with musical experimentation with great musicians as Billy Cobhan and Stanley Clarke.  In 1973, George rejoined Zappa and brought Jean-Luc Ponty with him. That band stayed together for the next three years, until Duke left to join forces with drummer Billy Cobham. Together, they formed a powerhouse jazz fusion unit even more popular and influential than the earlier Duke/Ponty group.

Three great records of these experimentations could be represented by:

(Thanks to Only Good Song)

(Thanks to Som Mutante)

George Duke became a solo artist in 1976, and enjoyed success with a series of fusion-oriented LP's such as his debut CBS LP, From Me To You. In 1978, the funk-flavored sound of the gold album Reach For It propelled George Duke into the upper reaches of the charts, and from small clubs to large arenas.

My favorite solo album is:

Acoustic Bass, Electric Bass – John Heard
Drums – Ndugu
Guitar – Obdewl'l X
Keyboards – George Duke
Percussion – Airto, Ndugu 
Synthesizer [Bass] – George Duke
Vocals – George Duke
Vocals [Featuring] – Flora Purim

Duke was nominated for a Grammy as Best Contemporary Jazz Performance for After Hours in 1999. By popular vote, Duke was inducted into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame at in December 2012.

Duke died August 5, 2013 in Los Angeles from chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He was 67 and is survived by his sons, Rashid and John.


More George Duke:

The Capricorn in Reflection

A Brazilian Love Affair

George Duke Biography ( )

quarta-feira, 14 de agosto de 2013

A Collection of Progressive Metal

Progressive Metal definition:
This category represents the core movement of what is called "Progressive Metal" in the literal sense. It is a subgenre of progressive rock as much as it is a subgenre of heavy metal, and this is how its sound is defined: a blend of heavy, guitar-oriented metal music enriched with compositional innovation and complex arrangements, usually expressed through diverse instrumentation and often (but not always) with odd-time signatures. Common, but not essential to define the movement, are the frequent use of keyboards, high-pitched vocals, concept lyrical themes and tracks of longer duration. Similar to progressive rock, progressive metal draws influences from other genres, such as jazz/fusion, ethnic, classical and symphonic music.

The heavy sound of some of the progressive rock bands of the 70's has been one of the building blocks on which progressive metal was raised. Progressive rock pioneers such as KING CRIMSON and RUSH have often been acclaimed as the main influences of progressive metal bands. The other major influence has been the NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) movement, and especially the twin-guitar arrangements of IRON MAIDEN, which have left their stamp on the early stages of the genre's development.

We also prepared a collection of many bands (some unknow) to know better this variation of Prog Rock and Heavy Metal. ( Tankard, Mayadome, Anathema, Opeth, Pshycotic Waltz, Listen, Madsword, Infinity, Contagion, Blackwater Park, Therion and more).
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Progressive Metal Collection (ProgArchives 2000 - 2006)

segunda-feira, 12 de agosto de 2013

Fish - Songs from the Mirror (1993)

Songs from the Mirror (1993) is the third solo album by Scottish singer Fish. It does not contain any original Fish material; instead it is a cover album featuring Fish's versions of songs by artists who inspired him before his career started. The choice of songs by Pink Floyd, Genesis, David Bowie, The Moody Blues and others, all originally from a period between 1970 and 1976, reflects Fish's taste in music when he was 12 to 18 years old. The title is a reference to the time when he would impersonate his teenage idols in front of a mirror. Fish's idea to make a cover album dates back to the late Marillion period, but had been rejected by the band.
Polydor initially rejected the idea of a cover album, but eventually accepted it as the second album Fish was obliged to deliver under their contract. As of February 2008, Songs from the Mirror is Fish's last ever output on a major record company.

Just a great album!!!!

Derek W Dick (Fish) – vocals
Robin Boult – guitar, background vocals
Foster Paterson – keyboards, background vocals
David Paton – bass, bass guitar, background vocals
Frank Usher – guitar
Kevin Wilkinson – percussion, drums
Mick Wall – voices
Lorna Bannon – background vocals
Jackie Bird – background vocals

sexta-feira, 9 de agosto de 2013

Let's Boogaloo! - Record Kicks

Let's Boogaloo is a wonderful series of five volumes that brings together the best funk, latin soul, dancefloor dancing among other pearls. The first compilation was launched in 2004 by the label Record Kicks and presents several masters funks, with a devastating sequence from start to finish, highly hot, danceable and explosive, remebering some 70's Grooves with Hammonds, Sax and Guitars . The fifth and most recent edition contains a selection from the "Jazzman Gerald". It's funk, soul, R & B, Jazz and latin music from of all over the world. These albuns are for those that loves to dance with a very good music.

01. Nitty Gritty - Skeewiff
02. Chick a Boom - Joe Bataan
03. El Dorado - Monguito Santamari 
04. Never Learned To Dance - The Arvey Avern Dozen
05. Hector - The Village Callers
06. Teacher of Love - Ray Barreto
07. He’s That Way - Willie Bobo
08. Ode To Billie Joe - Cal Tjader
09. Don’t Touch My Popcorn - Diplomats of Solid Sound
10. Hard Top 22 - Stoned Soul Pic Nic
11. Let The Groove Move You - Boogaloo Investigators
12. La Stradda Della Moda - MiniVip
13. - Link Quartet
14. Jazz pour Dadine - Nicola Conte
15. Sophisticade Samba - Gerardo Frisina
16. The Time Has Come - SoulStance

01. Need no doctor - The Hypnomen
02. New York soul - Ray Barreto
03. Just keep on - Speedometer
04. Slush Puppy - The Slow Slushy Boys
05. Quienes que resolverlo - Bronx River Parkway
06. Hod Carrier - Spoon Bender
07. The Spider - Skeewiff
08. Breakaway - Frank Popp Ensemble
09. Groove la notte - Koniec
10. More formby than benson - Andy Lewis
11. Ménage - Minivip
12. Doggy bad - Slim Alan 3
13. Lover and a friend - Eddie Bo & Inez Chetnam
14. Italian playboys - The Link Quartet
15. Somebody’s been sleepin’ in my bed - Cosa Nostra
16. El Pez Mosquito - The Natural Thing

01. Beatcoma - Alan Moorehouse
02. Don’t let it happen to us - Fred Hughes
03. Say yeah yeah - Yvonne Fair 
04. Getting’ Down - Brand New Rhythm 
05. Hot pants party - Guy Morris
06. Jazz Cat - D. Glover G. Crockett
07. Calhoon Road - Karminsky Experience feat Rory More 
08. Bouning balls - Lefties Soul Connection
09. Look what you can get - Funky Nassau
10. Funky Skunk - Pete Thomas
11. Latin Soul Strutt - D. Glover G. Crockett
12. Miss Augusta - Minivip
13. Spider Baby - Link Quartet
14. Ain’t gonna tell no one - Stoned Soul Picnic
15. Oh my - Dansettes
16. I’ve got you man - Sweet Vandals

01. Thirty Three - The New Master Sounds
02. Dont Pretend - The Belles
03. Boogaloo Le Bron - Lebron Brothers
04. Cards On The Table - The Diplomats
05. No Controlling Me - Baby Charles
06. On Way Street - Little Ann
07. She Lights My Fire - Osaka Monaurail
08. Your Wasting My Time - Billy Ganrer
09. Keep It Coming - Bobby Garrett
10. Taking Over - Ralph Robles
11. They Say -  The Ovacions
12. Ton Of Dynamite - Frank Crocker
13. Got To Get Me A Job - Ann Alford
14. Thats What I Want To Know - James Carr
15. Melao Para El Sapo - Eddie Calmieri
16. Dynamite - The Harvey Averne Dozen
17. Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag - Sweet Vandals

01 - All Nations Quartet - He Spoke
02 - Floyd Lawson & The Hearts Of Stone - K Gee
03 - Mountain Mocha Kilimajaro - Yellow Soul Force
04 - Billy Larkin - Funky Fire
05 - Patrinell Staten - Little Love Affair
06 - Sal Davis - Makini
07 - Royale VII - It's An Explosion
08 - The Invaders - Spacing Out
09 - The Natural Yoghurt Band - Soft Cheese
10 - Little Wille John - I'm Shakin
11 - Freddy King - Now I've Got A Woman
12 - The Port Angels - Angel Food
13 - Keisa Brown - Dance Man
14 - Soul Fantastic - Funky Puggin
15 - Shade and The Jazz Destroyers - Newborn
16 - John Heartsman - Mr. Magic
17 - Ricardo Marrero - Get Yourself Together

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