August 15, 2009
Back to the Garden
For Woodstock Vets, The 40-Year Reprise
By Keith B. Richburg – Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, August 15, 2009
BETHEL, N.Y., Aug. 14 Forty years ago, they came here to a stretch of farmland in the middle of nowhere, to tune in and turn on. Nearly a half-million people gathered for four days of music and mud, camaraderie and chemicals, at the festival known as Woodstock, which came to define the generation.
And this weekend some have come back, old Woodstockers like Teach and Groovy and Debby, to try to relive the experience through the retelling.
This groovy article continues here at the WASHINGTON POST.
July 17, 2009
Posted at “Memphis Flyer” by Chris Herrington on Fri, Jul 17, 2009 at 9:15 AM
The Memphis Music Foundation elected former Stax Records executive Al Bell as its new chairman this week. Bell takes over from longtime board chairman Phil Trenary.
“Economic empowerment and economic development,” Bell responds when asked what his focus will be. “When I say empowerment, I’m talking about individual. When I say development, I’m talking about institutions and businesses. Everything I do will be about that.”
Bell praises the city’s “diverse, authentic music base” and asserts, familiarly, that one challenge is to get locals to appreciate the city’s cultural assets as much as people around the country and around the world.
Bell’s long, historic music career is best know for his period as an executive and eventual co-owner of Stax, leading the label during the era marked by Isaac Hayes’ rise to superstardom and the historic WattStax concert.
Please read the remainder of the article here on the Memphis Flyer Website.
Congratulations and good luck on you new endeavor Mr. Bell.
June 17, 2009
NEW YORK – Jazz legend Sonny Rollins and big-band leader Maria Schneider each were triple winners at the Jazz Awards, but it was 90-year-old pianist Hank Jones who struck the most sentimental chord.
Rollins, 78, collected awards for musician of the year and top tenor saxophonist on Tuesday night. Rollins’ “Road Shows, Vol. 1,” a collection of live concert recordings from 1980 to 2007, was chosen the historical recording/reissue of the year.
Rollins’ nephew, Clifton Anderson, the trombonist in the saxophonist’s band, accepted the awards on his behalf.
“`Road Shows’ was a great experience to work on with Sonny and if you like that, there’s plenty more where that came from,” Anderson told the audience at the ceremony at the Jazz Standard club.
Schneider once again won the awards for composer, arranger and large ensemble of the year in voting among the 450 members of the Jazz Journalists Association.
Jones was voted pianist of the year among a crowded field of nominees that included such distinguished veterans as Kenny Barron, Cecil Taylor, Ahmad Jamal and Keith Jarrett and newer faces like Jason Moran and Matthew Shipp. With characteristic modesty, Jones declared it “should be a group award.”
“This to me is an honor and also it’s a great incentive to me to do better,” said Jones, who turns 91 next month. “It’s not the end of things, it’s the end of the beginning for me.”
Jazz impresario George Wein, who began his career as a jazz pianist, acknowledged Jones in accepting the award for events producer of the year.
“He’s an inspiration to all of us and maybe by the time I’m his age, I’ll know a few changes that he plays on the piano,” joked the 83-year-old Wein.
Wein, who stepped out of semiretirement to save the Newport Jazz Festival which he founded in 1954, acknowledged that the era has passed when he could fill festival programs with such jazz legends as Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and Count Basie.
“But the spirit of jazz does not die when those great people die,” said Wein. “The concept of young people who are adventurous and trying to do new things has to be acknowledged.”
Other winners included Cassandra Wilson, Branford Marsalis, and Kurt Elling.
List of all awards is here at JazzHouse.Org.
June 11, 2009
NEW YORK (Billboard) – Spin magazine is going crazy with its July issue, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Prince’s “Purple Rain“ with a comprehensive oral history of the film and album and a free downloadable tribute that features nine bands doing song-for-song covers of the record’s classic tracks.
Dubbed “Purplish Rain,” the album boasts a real coup: Apollonia, the one-time Prince protegee who starred in the film, contributes a cover of “When Doves Cry” that she recorded with Greg Dulli and his band, the Twilight Singers.
Other cover versions on the album include Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings doing “Take Me With U,” Of Montreal’s take on “Computer Blue,” a punk-mariachi version of “I Would Die 4 U” and Lavender Diamond’s rendition of the title track.
The Apollonia/Dulli duet is currently streaming at Spin.com, and the full downloadable album will be available when the magazine hits the streets on June 23. The album download is free, but a clue from the magazine article will be required for access.
“We approached a bunch of bands, and we got nine who were really into it,” Spin editor Doug Brod told Billboard.com. “All these bands did it for free — they paid for all of their recording time and they mastered all the tracks themselves.”
Unlike several other Prince cover records that have run afoul of The Artist’s wishes, SPIN cleared all of the tracks and is covering the royalty expenses.
The 10-page oral history was compiled and written by Brian Raftery, who spoke to most of the key participants in the original project, including Wendy and Lisa, other members of the Revolution and the Time, Bob Cavallo (the film’s producer and Prince’s manager at the time), director Albert Magnoli, and the original screenplay writer William Blinn. Prince and the Time’s main man Morris Day did not participate.
“We did a full court press to get Prince himself involved,” said Brod. “He’s a pretty tough guy to get a hold of, and he doesn’t dwell much on nostalgia.”
(Editing by Dean Gooodman at Reuters)
April 16, 2009
Published: Thursday | April 16, 2009
AMERICAN RECORD company Shanachie Records has released a comprehensive set featuring reggae legend Peter Tosh. The Ultimate Peter Tosh Experience contains two DVDs, a CD and a 30-page booklet that provides insight into the life and work of one of the music’s most controversial figures.
One of the DVDs contains the acclaimed Tosh documentary Red X. The other has interviews with the singer and persons from his inner circle, such as manager Herbie Miller; it also captures Tosh performing at the 1978 One Love Peace Concert in Kingston and the 1979 Reggae Sunsplash.
Fourteen songs are on the CD, including Tosh staples such as Get Up Stand Up, Downpressor Man and Legalize It. But there are also little-heard numbers like Watcha Gonna Do, which was recorded in Jamaica in 1974 with British superstar Eric Clapton.
Tosh was murdered by gunmen at his St Andrew home in September 1987. There have been several attempts to preserve his extensive legacy, mainly through the reissue market.
In 1997, Legacy Records, the reissue arm of Columbia Records, released Honorary Citizen, a three-CD set with 43 of Tosh’s songs. Two years later, the company re-released his landmark Legalize It and Equal Rights albums which were originally released in 1976 and 1977, respectively, by Columbia.
In 2000, reggae historian Roger Steffens and JAD Records revisited Tosh’s astonishing set at the One Love show with the Live at The One Love Peace Concert album.
Born Winston McIntosh, in Westmoreland in 1944, Peter Tosh was an original member of The Wailers harmony group that also included Bob Marley and Neville Livingston (later Bunny Wailer).
The group recorded several ska, rock steady and reggae hits, including Simmer Down, Duppy Conqueror and Get Up Stand Up, but Tosh and Wailer left in late 1973 for solo careers when The Wailers were on the verge of an international breakthrough.
Tosh went on to record for Columbia, Rolling Stones Records, EMI Records and Capitol Records. No Nuclear War, his final studio album, won a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 1988.
Sounds like this is going to be a must buy item. I just put it on my shopping list. 😉
April 9, 2009
AP, Apr 8, 2009 10:10 pm PDT
In 1999, Winans was nominated for a Grammy for his solo CD “Uncensored.” He and his wife Delores, known as Mom Winans, were nominated for their CD “Mom & Pop Winans” in 1989. She was at his bedside when he died, the statement said.
He was the father of BeBe and CeCe Winans, known for their hits “Addictive Love” and “I’ll Take You There.” Four other children — Michael, Marvin, Carvin and Ronald — performed as The Winans, recording such songs as “Ain’t No Need to Worry” featuring Anita Baker.
In recent years, Mom and Pop Winans appeared regularly at Benny Hinn crusades and on The Trinity Broadcasting Network‘s “Praise the Lord” program.
David Winans, a native of Detroit, began singing with a gospel quartet at age 18.
He later worked as a car salesman, taxi driver, custodian, barber and also was a preacher. After four of his children signed a recording contract, he was their manager for a while.
David Winans also helped start youth groups in Detroit. The Winans had 10 children. Son Ronald died in 2005.
“The Winans family wishes to thank everyone for their prayers and continued support, but would appreciate privacy at this time,” the statement said.
Memorial services are planned for next Tuesday and Wednesday at Perfecting Church in Detroit where Marvin is the senior pastor.
April 4, 2009
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