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Talkin’ Blues, Bluegrass & More with Jimmy Herring

14 Nov

Check out my interview with Jimmy Herring in All About Jazz and also my First Impressions look at his latest album Subject To Change Without Notice (Abstract Logix, 2012)

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Tedeschi Trucks Band: So what does Revelator reveal?

19 Jun

Two wings of equal strength endow a bird with the capacity to truly soar. This principle also helps to explain why Revelator (Sony, 2011), the debut album of the Tedeschi Trucks Band, has soared to #1 for blues releases on Amazon, #2 in rock, and #3 in all of music. This band brings together vocalist Susan Tedeschi, whose previous release in 2009 earned her a Grammy nomination, with slide guitarist Derek Trucks, who won the Grammy for his 2009 release. What’s particularly striking in this pairing is how evenly matched these exceptional talents are. Continue reading

Great News for Ray Charles Fans

18 Aug

During a tour of Germany in the ’70’s someone put a mircophone on Ray Charles and captured some fantastic vocals, but unfortunately the band was not properly recorded and they are merely a muffled sound in the background of Ray’s vocal. Thanks to modern technology the vocals were extracted and new arrangements done in the style of Count Basie (Ray’s favorite big band) – were recorded (including Joey DeFrancesco a great B3 player .) You can read about it here.

Here’s a video about the project: Continue reading