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GERI ALLEN R.I.P.

Thursday, 29 June 2017 08:20 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

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It has been announced that noted jazz pianist GERI ALLEN has died in Philadelphia on June 27th at the age of 60 from complications of cancer.

Allen was born in Pontiac, Michigan, in 1957 but was raised in Detroit. She began piano lessons at the age of 7 driven by a passion for jazz that was inherited from her father's love for the music. She was mentored early on by Motor City trumpeter, Marcus Belgrave, and later became a student of pianist, Kenny Barron. She left university with a masters degree in ethnomusicology but was soon performing as a professional musician. She released her first album in 1984 and went on to record 19 LPs under her own name as well as racking up countless sessions as a side musician. Those she worked with included Ornette Coleman, Woody Shaw, Charles Lloyd, Ron Carter, Tony Williams, Charlie Haden, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, Betty Carter and Steve Coleman. When she wasn't performing on stage, Allen could usually be found teaching in the halls of academe (she was Associate Professor of Music at Pittsburgh University at the time of her death).

More recently, Allen could be heard as part of a power trio with saxophonist David  Murray and drummer, Terri Lyne Carrington.  Said the latter re. Allen's death: "The jazz community will never be the same with the loss of one of our geniuses, Geri Allen. Her virtuosity and musicality are unparalleled," expressed Carrington upon learning of her passing. "I will miss my sister and friend, but I am thankful for all of the music she made and all of the incredible experiences we had together for over 35 years. She is a true original -- a one of kind -- never to be forgotten. My heart mourns, but my spirit is filled with the gift of having known and learned from Geri Allen." 


 

SUNNY FORECAST!

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 19:29 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altBOBBY HEBB'S still fab 'SUNNY' remains one of soul's most enduring tunes. A world wide smash for its writer back in 1966, 'Sunny' has been covered countless times, used in numerous movies and TV shows and been used by the advertising industry to flog everything and anything.

And to prove that a good tune will never go away, a new version hits the sales racks this Friday, June 30th. Re-titled 'IT'S SUNNY' it comes courtesy of the newly reinvigorated TLC. Their version of Hebb's perennial is taken from their soon to be released eponymous, "comeback" album and if ever a tune defined summer grooves this is it!

The new TLC version cranks up the pace and adds a garnish of EWF's 'September' to hammer home its point. It's uplifting, nostalgic and memorable and augers brilliantly for that upcoming long player!

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 June 2017 19:36

 

SCOT HERON FEST...

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 19:27 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altAce Records' BGP imprint have just released a lovely new look at GIL SCOTT HERON'S 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised'. The long player originally came out in 1974 as a kind of a Flying Dutchman primer of what the enigmatic Mr S H was capable of. Its key cuts apart from the title tune were classics like 'Pieces Of A Man', 'Did You Hear What They Said?', ' Home Is Where The Hatred Is' and 'Whitey On The Moon'.

This new CD release features all the LP's 11 tracks alongside 9 "bonuses". The selected extras provide a well-rounded look at the first years of Gil's recording career. Songs have been chosen that reflect the spirit of the original album. The tracks combine songs and spoken word pieces, including the original take of the title track.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 June 2017 19:37

 

PARKER PIECES....

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 19:25 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt2015 was the 60th anniversary of the death of CHARLIE PARKER and to commemorate the event, producer LARRY KLEIN was inspired to cut a tribute album that he hoped would be a little different.

See if he's succeeded by investigating when 'The Passion Of Charlie Parker' is released on June 30th on Impulse Records.

Klein describes his album as a "musical play" that follows the narrative arc of Parker's life through music and original lyrics. To help deliver, Klein has brought together what he calls the most "prescient and forward-looking musicians on the jazz scene today". They include Gregory Porter, Kurt Elling, Madeline Peyroux, Melody Gardot and Kandace Springs.

The vocalists sing new lyrics to Parker classics like 'So Long', 'Fifty Dollars' and 'Every Little Thing'. The words come courtesy of David Baerwald who Klein describes as the "the only songwriter who has the poetic capabilities to write lyrics befitting the erratic and jagged melodic nature of Charlie Parker's music."

 

TORTOISE PACE....

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 19:22 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altIf you like your soul a little left-field you may want to check out a new EP, 'Tortoise', from South East London's JOEL CULPEPPER.

The eight tracks that make up 'Tortoise' were originally released in January via Pledge Music but the set's now being rereleased and newly promoted through Reconstruct Music.

The lead single from the mini collection is an edgy alternative soul track, 'Don't Mean I'm In Love', though the more conservative soul crowd might identify more with 'My Father's Son' where the obvious inspiration is dear old Curtis Mayfield.

The EP, by the way, is called 'Tortoise' because, says Joel "it's inspired by the timeless and ever apt tale of the tortoise and the hare which speaks about my own evolution".

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 June 2017 19:37

 

    

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