Posts filed under “Friday Night Jazz”

Kat Edmonson Covers ‘Just Like Heaven’

Kat Edmonson ‘Just Like Heaven’ from her 2009 album ‘Take To The Sky’

 

 

 

Previously:
Just Like Heaven (August 13th, 2010)
(A lovely cover of The Cure’s Just Like Heaven from Katie Melua)  

Category: Friday Night Jazz, Music, Weekend

Fleetwood Mac, Jones Beach Theater

Last weekend, on a gorgeous evening, I took the missus to see Fleetwood Mac at Jones Beach Theater.

They were never my kinda band, although I will admit to liking the album Fleetwood Mac. Their breakout hit, Rumors, was too commercial for me, lacking much of an edge. (Bill Clinton adopted Don’t Stop (thinking about tomorrow) as his campaign theme song)

The years have treated the songs surprisingly well — they more or less hold up. My guess is because of what an interesting and brilliant guitarist Lindsey Buckingham is. (I had no idea prior). Stevie Nicks has a huge fan base who adore her, but I found her sincere but a bit ditzy, and she seemingly messed up the lyrics to Rhiannon.

They are doing a national tour, and I assume they are going to get tighter as the shows go on. If you are a fan, you are encouraged to go. Everyone else can skip it.

 

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Fleetwood Mac, Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
FLeetwood mac setlist

 

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Category: Friday Night Jazz, Music, Weekend

Friday Night Mash Up: I Heart Bowie

  DJ Supercrunk spent the last few months working on a David Bowie-inspired mash-up tribute album entitled I HEART BOWIE. You can download the album for free at IHEARTBOWIEPROJECT.COM. He sampled David Bowie’s music and remixed it with hip-hop heavyweights. As a long-time Bowie fan and a hip-hop DJ, he considers this piece of work…Read More

Category: Friday Night Jazz, Music

Daft Punk: Covers of Get Lucky, Game of Love

Last week, we published Bob Lefsetz’ discussion of The Daft Punk Album. Tonite, a couple of outstanding covers of a few songs on the album: —————————————-­——————————- San Cisco put a different spin on Daft Punk’s huge tune ‘Get Lucky’ with some very unique percussion (read: bongos). Like A Version is a segment on Australian radio…Read More

Category: Friday Night Jazz, Music

Best New TV Show of 2013: Maron

  I do a decent amount of flying for work. One of the things that passes the time on flights has been Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast. When I have 45 minutes to kill — too short for a movie but when I am too beat to read a book — its the perfect slice of…Read More

Category: Friday Night Jazz, Humor, Television

Friday Night Jazz R&B: Miguel Adorn

Take 3 parts Prince, 1 part In Living Color, add a dash of James Brown — and what you get is Miguel. He may be that rare young artist who comes along once a decade with chops, vision, and creative conviction that gives you a glimpse of his entire career over 40 years as soon…Read More

Category: Friday Night Jazz, Music

Friday Night Jazz R&B: Miguel Adorn

Take 3 parts Prince, 1 part In Living Color, add a dash of James Brown — and what you get is Miguel. He may be that rare young artist who comes along once a decade with chops, vision, and creative conviction that gives you a glimpse of his entire career over 40 years as soon…Read More

Category: Friday Night Jazz, Music

Shovels and Rope: Birmingham

Joe writes: If you like Alabama Shakes (which from reading your blog I’m aware you do), you should check out Shovels and Rope. Just caught them last night in DC and they were amazeballs. A bit country twangy but it works.  “Birmingham” is a killer. Amazeballs. indeed. Good call, Joe:     Published on Feb 22,…Read More

Category: Friday Night Jazz, Music

Greatest American Rock and Roll Band?

This was originally published at essays & effluvia, an early non finance blog I was experimenting with back in December 2003.

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Here’s an odd little conversation starter from the office this week: Who is/was the greatest American Rock ‘n Roll band?

Before you answer, understand the masturbatory parameters of this debate:

Rule 1: Only U.S. groups
Thus, we eliminate the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, and the rest of the Brits who followed: Led Zeppelin, The Who, Pink Floyd, Genesis, Yes and Dire Straits, amongst others. You can argue about the order of this list, but it don’t matter — none can apply for the job.

Rule 2: Only bands, not solo artists
That eliminated Bruce Springsteen and a host of other rock stars. (I argued that the E Street Band counts as a band, but I eventually had to acknowledge that they are essentially a backing group).

The three qualifications for our list were:  1) Body of Work; 2) Influence; and 3) Live performance.

My colleague had narrowed his list down to 3 bands: The Eagles, Van Halen and the Beach Boys. I mostly disagreed. My choices were: Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Doors, Steely Dan, Talking Heads and R.E.M. (And though they are not a choice of mine, I can also see how some people would put the Grateful Dead into the mix; The same thought applies to Nirvana, but even less so).

Here are my choices, and then my colleagues (which I mostly challenged):

My nominations for the Greatest American Rock and Roll Band are:

Creedence Clearwater Revival: Consistently one of the most underated bands in U.S. musical history. Hugely influential, tremendous body of work. Where as most Beach Boy songs sound somewhat dated, CCR still sounds fresh and relevant today. Listen to the songs Fortunate Son, Green River or Run through the Jungle. Any of these could be credibly performed by many popular bands today (at least the ones that have chops).

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The biggest issue with choosing CCR is that John Fogarty, their singer/songwriter/guitarist has such a substantial body of solo work, its sometimes hard to separate the two. Its also true that CCR was essentially Fogarty, so perhaps they only quasi-qualify as a Band. Upon reflection, I will admit that CCR is specific to a certain era, and while some may find they are somewhat dated  — I think they still rock the house.

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The Doors:   You have to include The Doors in this list. They were a quintessential late 60′s/early 70′s band. Their first album makes all kinds of lists: Best albums of the ’60s, best debut album.

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Their body of work was abbreviated due to Jim Morrison’s untimely death. Had they gone the distance, or even just another 5 years, they would have been a lock for the top slot. Despite their relatively short run, they still made the short list. But as matter of choice, I base my list on actual performance, not unrealized potential. So put The Doors into the top 5, and move on.

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Steely Dan: Precise musicianship and song writing, effortlessly crossing boundaries into pop and jazz. An enormous body of work, known for its depth as well as breadth. One of the great things about Dan is that you can grab any CD of theirs, and play it straight thru. There ain’t much in the way of filler here.

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Criticisms: Not the most raucous live bands you’ve ever seen. Too cerebral for some, while others find their work cold or distant. I think they’re great, but then again I like Dread Zeppelin, which some find unlistenable . . .

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Talking Heads: Here’s where we start to get religious. You either ‘got’ and loved the T. Heads in the ’80s, or you didn’t, in which case you were probably a disco loving jerk — but lets not start with the name calling so soon, ok?

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The Heads were enormously influential on so many bands that followed them. Their layered soundscapes of rythm and percussion still resonate today. Although their earlier work sounds very much tied to the early era of punk (when listened to today), and their latter stylizings are, well, very stylized. “Little Creatures,” which was a fun album when released, comes across a bit corny today. But their middle work reveals a powerful and innovative band: “Fear of Music” and “Remain in Light” are masterpieces; “Speaking In Tongues” still sounds great. The marvelously stripped down “Stop Making Sense” foreshadowed MTV unplugged by nearly a decade.

I understand that the Heads were somewhat inaccessible; its rock and roll, but not what some people think of as pure rock (like CCR); if you think Steely Dan is cerebral, Eno and Byrne drove the Heads intellectually light years ahead of their time. Still, if you’re looking for collaborative American genius, this is it.

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R.E.M.: I guess we saved the best for last. An incredibly rich and varied body of work. Groundbreaking; Revitalizing. Just as rock n roll was becoming irrelevant, R.E.M. snatched it back with avengeance. Beautifully constructed melodies and lyrics, driving guitars, a thoughtful presence throughout.

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Murmur, Life’s Rich Pageant, Document and Reckoning are a murder’s row of releases.

I can’t find much to dislike about this choice, except some of their lesser, later work; Also, not everyone appreciates the occasional mandolin. Some of the much later albums lack some of the original creative spark.

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Category: Friday Night Jazz, Music

Friday Night Jazz: Remembering Dave Brubeck

Five years ago, I mentioned that one of my favorite Jazz musicians to chill out to was Dave Brubeck. he passed away this week a day shy of his 92nd birthday. 

Even if you don’t know Brubeck, you probably know of him via the song Take Five. It was on the album Time Out, which was the first million selling jazz disc.

Take Five may be the single best known Jazz recording of all time (argue amongst yourselves as to  whats better known).

Brubeck is one of those rare musicians where you can just about randomly select anything he’s recorded — and its all pretty great. Its perfect music to just kick back and relax to.

If you want some suggestions, I consider these my favorite Brubeck albums:

Time Out
Concord on a Summer Night
Jazz at Oberlin
Live at the Berlin Philharmonie
Jazz at the College of the Pacific

I even find his “goofy fun stuff” terrific — check out Quiet as the Moon. It is his “Peanuts inspired” work, and except for a song or two, its not the actual Peanuts music (that was Vince Guaraldi doing the actual Peanuts recording, A Boy Named Charlie Brown).

Also worth checking out are Dave Digs Disney and Brubeck Plays Music From West Side Story. Simple, fun stuff.

 

 

See also:

His Music Gave Jazz New Pop (NYT Obit)

Pianist behind one of the world’s most famous jazz tunes takes his final five (Indepedent)

When the World Was ‘Mad About Brubeck’: Dave Brubeck (Stop the Presses)

Friday Night Jazz: Gerry Mulligan II (May 23, 2008)

 

 

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Category: Friday Night Jazz, Music