Archive for April, 2009

Willie Nelson- Songbird

Posted April 30, 2009 By admin

For better and for worse, this trans-generational pairing of Willie Nelson and producer Ryan Adams takes the veteran into musical territory where he wouldn’t have likely ventured on his own. There’s long been an organic unity to Nelson’s signature sound–the way his conversational phrasing plays against the staccato runs of his gypsy guitar, with the backing of a band that’s been with him so long he calls them family. On Songbird, Adams substitutes the more aggressively electric backing of his own band, the Cardinals, and plainly had a large say in selecting and arranging the material. Two highlights that most bear his imprint are “Blue Hotel,” which Adams wrote for the project and with which Nelson plainly connects, and the bluesy, ominous arrangement by Adams of the closing “Amazing Grace,” which sounds closer to “House of the Rising Sun.” At the other extreme, Nelson’s lumbering take on the Grateful Dead’s “Stella Blue,” which culminates in an electric squall, sounds like the kind of music Willie would rather not listen to, let alone make. And the hard-edged riffing on “$1000 Wedding” practically bludgeons the Gram Parsons song to death. While the three Nelson originals (two old, one new) all work fine, the rest is hit (Leonard Cohen‘s “Hallelujah“) and miss (the title cut, by Fleetwood Mac‘s Christine McVie). It has been said that Nelson can sing just about anything–which doesn’t necessarily mean that he should.

  • Blue Hotel
  • Hallelujah
  • Amazing Grace
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Duke Ellington

Posted April 29, 2009 By admin

Duke Ellington
Zürich, Switzerland
FM Broadcast

Take The “A” Train
The Black And Tan Fantasy/Creole Love Call/The Mooche
Such Sweet Thunder
Sonnet For Hank Cinq
Kinda Dukish/Rockin’ In Rhythm
All Of Me
Jam With Sam
V.I.P.’s Boogie
El Gato
Satin Doll
I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart/Don’t Get Around Much Anymore


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Ella Fitzgerald

Posted April 26, 2009 By admin

Happy birthday Ella Fitzgerald, she would have been 91 yesterday. Here is a live compilation of her with Frank Sinatra & Count Basie called “A Swingin’ Summit”. The performances are mixed between 1958 and 1975, so the sound might sound different depending on which track you are listening to, but all of them are listenable.

1. Sweet Georgia Brown
2. There Will Never Be Another You
3. One O’Clock Jump

Ella & Frank – 1958

4. a. Moonlight In Vermont
b. I May Be Wrong
c. Party Blues
5. Our Love Is Here To Stay
6. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
7. Let’s Do It
8. Mountain Greenery
9. Can’t We Be Friends
10. I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
11. Pennies From Heaven
12. Blues In The Night
13. Honeysuckle Rose

Ella, Frank, & Basie – 1975

14. a. The Song Is You
b. They Can’t Take That Away From Me
c. The Lady Is A Tramp
15. I’ve Got You Under My Skin


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Autumn Sky

Posted April 23, 2009 By admin

Autumn Sky is a singer/songwriter based out of Sacramento, CA. Her voice is comparable to Mandy Moore or Schuyler Fisk, and her songs are sweet, without being overly sweet. She has a new album due to be released tomorrow (April 24th), so if you like what you hear, definitely check out a concert of her’s, where she will be selling her new CD.

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Jason Harrod

Posted April 22, 2009 By admin

Jason Harrod draws from the best traditions of American music to create a sound all his own. His songs about lost love, found joys, and spiritual longing have garnered him a loyal following across the country.

Harrod’s latest release, Bright As You, finds him backed by a crack group of musicians featuring Phil Madeira. The songs, sung in a rich, brooding tenor and underscored by inventive guitar work, range from the Beatle-esque “Bright As You” to the blues-infused “Night, Fall On Me,” to the dark, ambient lament “Messed Up Everywhere Blues,” which will appear in the upcoming film “The Wager,” starring Randy Travis.

After releasing 3 albums to critical acclaim as half of the folk-pop duo Harrod and Funck, Jason ventured out on his own. In 2000, he won first place in the bluegrass category of MerleFest’s Chris Austin Songwriting Competition, an honor held by Grammy Nominees Tift Merrit and Gillian Welch. He followed that up with a first place win in the 2001 North Carolina Songwriters Co-op Contest and in 2002 appeared on the legendary Arthur Smith’s “Carolina Calling” television show along with Alison Krauss and Union Station. In 2005, Jason performed at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual gathering as part of an emerging artist showcase.

Living in Skin, Jason’s acoustic-based first album, features the award-winning songs “When I Get Home” and “Carolina,” the latter of which was included on WUNC’s compilation CD, Best of Back Porch Music.

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Starnes And Shah

Posted April 21, 2009 By admin

Starnes & Shah is the folk-rock duo of Dania Abu-Shaheen (Arab rock’n’roll hopeful/singer/songwriter guitarist) and Zilpha Starnes (Texan choir girl/vocalist/keyboardist). In 2005, this unlikely pair began delivering music to New York audiences that always left the bar wanting to hear more.

Starnes & Shah’s first recording effort was an acoustic EP, Here Again on the Island, which they completed at the Loft Studios in Bronxville, NY. The six song EP was recorded and engineered by Matt Noble and features Sarah Nurbhai on violin.

Shortly after releasing the well-received EP, the duo returned to the Loft to record Summer in the Woodshed. The full-length album was engineered by Roy Matthews and features Eric O’Connell on drums. While promoting Summer in the Woodshed in dive bars and well-known New York venues including The Living Room and Kenny’s Castaways, Starnes & Shah gained the
reputation of being the little folk band that promised a great show complete with catchy melodies and infectious harmonies that made folk music enjoyable to punk rockers, classical music enthusiasts, and everyone in between. Their music also made an impression on the radio community when the song Wilt was featured on NPR’s Open Mic.

In 2008, Starnes & Shah began working on their second full-length album Pink White Blue Green. While writing the album, they packed their Astoria apartment and 13 rough mixes in a rental car and moved to Boston. They returned to the Loft Studios for whirlwind weekend recording sessions with Eric O’Connell on drums, Matt Noble on Bass, and Roy Matthews in the role of engineer and general music guru.

Described by bassist Matt Noble as ‘psychedelic folk’, Pink White Blue Green is a musical tilt-a-whirl spinning with rock energy dipping in and out of the expected and the strange. Launched to space and back, The Arab expat and Dixie deportee prove to listeners that no matter how peculiar or mundane the surroundings, Starnes & Shah always have something to say that’s definitely worth listening to.

Pink White Blue Green is set to be released in May of 2009 and Starnes & Shah are ready to play
for you! They can be heard in and around Boston and New York.

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