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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby FrankChurch » Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:40 am

Doug, that is eerie, right before I came here I went to that pic, via the Huffingtonpost, which I always check first.

Prince has finally got a sense of humour about himself. The song is mildly amusing, but the Chappelle bit is just insanely funny.

Prince did serve pancakes, I'm told. He is good at basketball, I do know that.

Prince is going punk finally. His guitar playing is much more stripped down, less elegant. He is dressing like Hendrix, a bit late.

The new song Groovy Potential is very good. Too much like 1986, but better than 2006. He has like ten horn players on stage now. Back to his big band sound.

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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby FrankChurch » Mon Aug 19, 2013 12:06 pm

Doug, don't know if you have this box set, but you might this:

http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/Muse+2+The+ ... aHPF?src=5

This is corny, but I do corny:

http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/Young+And+B ... C2d3?src=5

http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/Pearls+B4+T ... C2qC?src=5

Sugary. Aww.

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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby Mark Tiedemann » Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:41 am

Marian McPartland has died. http://www.npr.org/blogs/therecord/2013 ... t-has-died

Jazz just lost one its greatest educators.

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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby FrankChurch » Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:27 am

Never heard of her. Thanks Mark. I would bet that lady hated progressive rock. lol

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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby Mark Tiedemann » Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:37 am

Tread softly, Frank. I just learned that Michael Dunford died last year, which really put me in a foul mood---one because I missed the notice at the time and two because in the grander scheme of things he was criminally underappreicated.

http://ultimateclassicrock.com/michael- ... ance-dies/

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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby FinderDoug » Wed Aug 21, 2013 11:50 am

Sorry to hear of Marian McPartland's passing. In her time, she probably conversed with every big name in jazz that was still living. She'd probably forgotten more about the genre than most people ever learn. And she appreciated that jazz transcended the 'traditional' label as well - among the programs of hers officially released on CD, the one with Steely Dan (they open with Duke Ellington's "Limbo Jazz") is a favorite, in part because it's a guest you might not expect.

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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby FrankChurch » Wed Aug 21, 2013 1:17 pm

Mark, totally understood. Many are dying too quick, the witty and the wonderful.

I get more jazz literate as I age. I still love loud music, but sometimes need that chilling hand stroking my hair.

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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby Moderator » Wed Aug 21, 2013 3:26 pm

FrankChurch wrote: I get more jazz literate as I age. I still love loud music, but sometimes need that chilling hand stroking my hair.


Frank, for you. Feel free to turn this up and rock out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iuO8S9nxhU

Stanley Clarke and Ron Brunner, Jr. Bad Asses.


And here's a little Rippingtons for you. Vocals by Carl Anderson, who passed away a couple of years after this video. (A friend of ours dated Carl for a few years, and he was a really, really nice guy. Tremendous loss.) Cris and Jeff Kashiwa, the sax player, have appeared together on stage. Also a great guy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMSSLhqlvSs
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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby Steve Evil » Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:09 pm

Wall of Voodoo Seven Days in Sammystown. Not usually my kind of thing, but I find it oddly hypnotic. . .

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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby reddragon70 » Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:00 am

I've been listening to the soundtrack from the movie Dredd.

I think its damned good. Very heavy, dark and fitting for the movie.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NViqegD3WmA

That one is my favourite from the soundtrack. Moody and simple.

"She's a Pass". great stuff.

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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby Mark Tiedemann » Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:38 am

Here's a video from Renaissance in their prime, a soft, melancholy piece, one Michael Dunford's best compositions. He's playing acoustic guitar off to the right.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CBShoN2bhA

Dunford wrote with a lyricist named Betty Thatcher. It was an unusual arrangement. He'd compose the music and send it to her and she'd write the lyrics to suit. Somehow they came up with seamless work. Thatcher died several years ago.

Renaissance---basically Dunford and Annie Haslam---had reunited, recorded a new studio album, and were gearing up to go on tour, the first in a dozen years. Their last album, Tuscany, had echoes of their great years. I've just ordered the new one. It will be the last.

Renaissance, for anyone who cares, was the brainchild originally of Keith Relf of the Yardbirds. When the Yardbirds split, we all know what happened to the heavy side---Jimmie Page took it and turned it into Led Zeppelin. Relf didn't want to do the heavy stuff anymore, he wanted to get more folky. He did a one-off group called Armageddon before joining with keyboardist John Hawken and drummer Jim McCarty and Relf's sister, Jane, to form Renaissance. They did two albums. Dunford had joined them as songwriter before they broke apart. Dunford ended up with the rights to the name and reformed it with all new players, including an alumnus from The Plastic Ono Band, John Tout on piano. That's the version of Renaissance most people who know about them know.

The thing that really made it work was Annie, who brought a five-octave voice classically trained to the mix.

Like so many bands of the period, punk and new wave changed the market. Dunford, Annie, and bass player Jon Camp tried a poppier version, did two albums that failed to catch on, and the band ended except for the occasional special gig.

I have no idea what became of Jon Camp. He played a very melodic bass line---Stanley Clarke said he was one of the best bassists around---but as far as I can tell he just disappeared from music after Renaissance. Annie embarked on a fairly successful solo career. Curiously, she developed a huge following in Brazil.

A great deal of what Dunford composed sounded like transcriptions from well-known classical pieces---he did a full-blown version of Scheherezade that kind of sounds like Rimsky-Korsakov---but on examination it's all original (with the exception of the occasional piano solo taken directly from a classical source). A neat trick, which made for a sound that was simultaneously very familiar and yet strikingly original.

I only got to see them once, and not in the best venue.

The more you listen to their music, the more you find. They were a one-off. No other group sounded remotely like them. I adored them (had a huge crush on Annie for a long time) and they now form an inextricable part of my nostalgia. Superb musicianship, luscious melodies and harmonies, and expert craft and composition.

(Not a peep, Frank. This is good stuff whether you can hear it or not.)

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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby Mark Tiedemann » Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:54 am

P.S. to the previous. Jane Relf, Hawken and McCarty formed a new band called Illusion which sounds sorta kinda maybe like Renaissance, but heavier. Jane didn't have Annie Haslam's range, but she did have a smokier voice that is well worth a listen:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6IOhRQOimc


Not the best sound quality, evidently a bootleg, but you get some idea.

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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby FrankChurch » Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:02 am

Wall of Voodoo vocalist Stan Ridgway did a great album, The Big Heat. The lead song is very atmospheric, like good crime fiction:

http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/The+Big+Heat/5eaFPG?src=5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTRXVIUrXQE

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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby FrankChurch » Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:30 am

Black Flag's version of a black sabbath song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4g5zeC5bmBA

Sabbath should try playing dis.

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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby Chuck Messer » Fri Aug 23, 2013 7:47 pm

On Thursday and Friday, August 15th and 16th, I took a couple of nights off. On Friday, I went to the Little Bear Saloon to listen to someone new, Cassie Taylor. Goddamn, she blew the roof off. She's the daughter of blues guitarist Otis Taylor, and shows incredible talent. That night, she started solo first on piano, playing a tune she wrote called Haunted. After playing a tune on bass guitar, her main instrument, the rest of her three-piece band came on, Larry Thompson on drums and Steve Mignano on lead guitar. He is a phenomenon, and it was obvious she thought he was a treasure. Her style is a blend of blues, rock, psychedelia, and just about anything else that suits the songs she writes. There was a bit of Janis Joplin in her style as well.

Most of the songs were written by her, though the band did a cover of House of the Rising Sun, and she finished with Hey Joe, which started her career.

Her tour is to promote her new album, Out of My Mind. Definitely worth a listen.

I have been lucky enough to have discovered two songbirds: Cris Barber and Cassie Taylor.

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