Monday, October 9, 2017

R.I.P.: Grady Tate (1932-2017)

(born Grady Bernard Tate on January 14, 1932 in Durham, North Carolina; died on October 8, 2017 in New York, NY.

Pics with my friend Grady Tate from the day we met for the first time, in 1979, after years listening to him as the superdrummer on hundreds of albums I loved (and forever will love), including most of Creed Taylor's productions for Verve and A&M/CTI with such artists as Wes Montgomery (Bumpin', Tequila, A Day In The Life, Down Here On The Ground, Road Song), J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding (Stonebone, Israel), Quincy Jones (Walking In Space, Gula Matari), Jimmy Smith (the Grammy-winning The Cat), Lalo Schifrin (Marquis de Sade, New Fantasy and many others), Donald Byrd, Cal Tjader, Gary McFarland, Kenny Burrell, Bill Evans & Claus Ogerman (one of my desert island discs, Bill Evans With Symphony Orchestra), Astrud Gilberto (Beach Samba), Stan Getz (Sweet Rain), Nat Adderley (You Baby), Herbie Mann (Glory Of Love) etc;

...Besides his solo albums as a tremendous baritone singer and over 500 recordings for people like Aretha Franklin, Johnny Hodges, Oliver Nelson, Billy Taylor, Ron Carter, Gabor Szabo, Roberta Flack, Houston Person, Joe & Bing, Paul Simon, Lou Donaldson, Shirley Scott, Donny Hatthaway, Jack McDuff, Chick Corea, Freddie Hubbard, Blossom Dearie, Arif Mardin, Urbie Green, Lena Horne, Michel Legrand (my favorite Twenty Songs Of The Century plus the superb live albums for Gryphon, Live At Jimmy's and Michel Legrand And Friends), Hank Jones, Gato Barbieri, Lionel Hampton, Gerry Mulligan, Oscar Peterson, Stephane Grappelli, Zoot Sims (including my favorite The Gershwin Brothers), Hugo Montenegro, Cannonball Adderley, Nancy Wilson, Grant Green, Lou Rawls, Eroll Garner, Dizzy Gillespie, Franco Ambrosetti & Don Sebesky, Carly Simon, Mark Murphy (Living Room), Sarah Vaughan (including Copacabana aka Exclusivamente Brasil), Antonio Carlos Jobim (one track, Double Rainbow aka Children's Games on Terra Brasilis), and even Joao Gilberto (The Best Of Two Worlds and Amoroso.) The list goes on and on.

After that meeting, of course he would recorded at least more 200 albums (from Peggy Lee to Manhattan Transfer, from Jessye Norman to Grover Washington, Jr.) starting with Sarah Vaughan's Copacabana aka Exclusivamente Brasil, cut one week later!

And I treasure specially his playing on fantastic symphonic albums from the Jazz Meets The Symphony series and one great DVD with Lalo Schifrin, the LaserDisc with Simon & Garfunkel live at Central Park, the haunting interview for the brilliant documentary movie about Gary McFarland that was issued on DVD, and the historic concert with Miles Davis & Quincy Jones playing Gil Evans' charts at Montreux Jazz Festival in 1991.

What a HUGE legacy!


Thursday, October 5, 2017

"Celebrating Lalo Schifrin" this Saturday

IN 2 DAYS ! Celebrating Lalo Schifrin: An 85th Birthday Concert
THIS Saturday, Oct. 7. Simply LEGENDARY.

Limited supply of TIX still available.

Conducted by Chris Walden, Hosted by Robert Townson, Sara Andon, Flute.
With Special Guests: Michael Giacchino, Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Sandra Booker, Steve Tyrell, Denise Donatelli, and Brett Ratner.

Airto Moreira Band live on Oct 7!

People in the Oregon, Washington area... come and check out the show.
A very rare chance to attend a live performance by living legend Airto Moreira!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Lalo Schifrin's 85th Birthday Concert @ Alex Theater, Oct 7


216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA. 91203

There are still just a few tickets left for this historic concert!


Musicians at Play and AFM 47's Music Fund Los Angeles and Varèse Sarabande are honored to present Lalo Schifrin’s 85th Birthday Concert on October 7th 2017 at the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale. Guest Conductor Chris Walden will lead an all-star big band and special guests in celebrating Lalo’s life, artistry, and esteemed body of work. Flutist Sara Andon will solo with the band for a pair of historic Schifrin pieces.

Additional special guests include Michael Giacchino, Alan Bergman, Steve Tyrell, Denise Donatelli, Sandra Booker and Brett Ratner.

Lalo Schifrin is a venerated composer, conductor, pianist, and jazz musician. He has written classic television themes and over 100 film scores including Mission: Impossible, Mannix, Bullitt, Cool Hand Luke, The Cincinnati Kid, The Competition and so many more. His five Grammys, one Cable ACE Award, and six Academy Award nominations is a testament to his impact on the music industry.The evening will be hosted by Robert Townson.

Proceeds will go to support music education in schools and aide for professional musicians in crisis.

Jeff Driskill, John Yoakum,
Brian Scanlon, Kevin Garren,
Jay Mason

Joe Meyer, Lizzie Upton
John Dickson, Katy Robinson

Alan Kaplan, Charlie Morillas,
Ryan Dragon, Craig Gosnell

Dan Fornero, Michael Stever,
Jeff Bunnell, Dan Savant

Michael Valerio

Bernie Dresel

Brian Kilgore

Piano and Keyboards:
Mike Lang

Andrew Synowiec

Flute Soloist:
Sara Andon

Alan Bergman, Sandra Booker
Steve Tyrell, Denise Donatelli

- FB Friends discount CODE: AFM47
- VIP tickets with AWESOME perks available as well for this very important benefit concert!

Check out all tickets still available:



Monday, October 2, 2017

Lalo Schifrin rehearsing with Sara Andon

On SATURDAY, OCT 7 at 8 PM at the beautiful and historic ALEX THEATER in Glendale, CA, I so hope you can join me for this amazing concert honoring the living legend, composer, conductor, pianist Lalo Schifrin! The picture shows him rehearsing with flutist Sara Andon, one of the guests.

He is one of the world's most celebrated and greatest musicians of our time. This is also an incredibly important benefit concert, raising money for music education in the schools and helping musicians' in crisis local 47 Musicians' Fund.

The phenomenal organizations Musicians at Play, Professional Musicians' Local 47, and Varèse Sarabande Records have put endless hours to organize and present this once-in-a-lifetime concert featuring the iconic music of LALO performed by a big band of some of LA's hottest jazz stars, conducted by the uber-talented Chris Walden.

To join them are many dazzling special guests, including Michael Giacchino, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, vocalists, Steve Tyrell, Sandra Booker and Denise Donatelli, hosted by Varèse Sarabande's producer, Robert Townson.

Please invite family, friends, students and anyone that you think might enjoy this epic and truly historic concert - a good time will be had by all! <3 nbsp="" p="">
Really hope to see you there!!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Brazilian Music CD of the Month - "Antonio José Forte: Pandeiro"

Brazilian Music CD of the Month
Antonio José Forte: "Pandeiro" (Fundação Demócrito Rocha DR003)
Rating: ***** (musical performance & sonic quality)

Produced by Airton Montezuma
Music Director: Antonio José
Recorded by Airton Montezuma @ Planeta Studio and Vila Studio (Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil)
Mixed by Adelson Viana & Antonio José @ Vila Studio
Mastered @ Pró Audio Studio

Illustration: Arlene Holanda
Photos: Caú Borges
Director Of Photography: Karine Alexandrino
Artwork: Arlene Holanda, Deglaucy Jorge
Graphics: Roberto Santos
Liner Notes: Antonio José

Arranged by Antônio José
Featuring: Antonio José (piano), Adelson Viana (accordion & keyboards), Aroldo Araujo (bass), Pardal (cavaquinho), Carlinhos Ferreira (clarinet & alto sax), Cristiano Pinho Pessoa and Claudio Costa (guitars), Luizinho Duarte (pandeiro & guitar)

Vocal CD of the Month - "Talinka"

Vocal CD of the Month
Talinka: "Talinka" (MoonJune Records MJR086) 2017
Rating: **** (musical performance & sonic quality) 

Produced by Gilad Atzmon
Recorded by Ben Lamdin at The Fish Factory Studio (London, UK) in November 2016
Mixed by Ben Lamdin at The Fish Factory Studio (London, UK) in January 2017
Mastered by Andrew Tulloch
Cover image: Tali Atzmon
Band photos: Chiara Ceolin
Cover design: Mai Atzmon

Featuring: Tali Atzmon (vocals), Jenny Bliss Bennett (viola da gamba, violin, flute, vocal), Gilad Atzmon (bass clarinet, soprano sax, accordion), Yaron Stavi (acoustic bass)
Guests: Frank Harrison (piano), Enzo Zirilli (percussion)

"Talinka - such an evocative name - wittily appropriate for this intimate set so sensitively arranged around Tali's straight from the heart, true and soulful voice. Since hearing Ms. Atzmon's discrete contributions to records by Gilad Atzmon and friends I've long wished she would make a record revealing her own deeply personal approach to music, and here, at last, is that record." - Robert Wyatt 

Led by vocalist Tali Atzmon, the group Talinka creates a new distinctive sound that explores the diverse musical journeys of four British musicians, each already distinguished in their fields. Tali Atzmon was a renowned actress and singer in Israel; Jenny Bliss is a baroque virtuoso artist who plays viola da gamba, baroque violin, flute and sings on the album; Yaron Stavi is one of the leading double bass players in Europe and Gilad Atzmon is an internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist, performing here on bass clarinet, soprano saxophone and accordion.

Talinka transcends boundaries creating a natural continuum between folk, jazz, tango and early music. The unusual choice of instruments and combination of personalities create an amalgam of past and present, East and West. The album features seven original compositions, including Tali Atzmon’s soulful songs ‘Losing Vision’, ‘When You’re Gone’ and ‘Every Now and Then’. “I wrote the song ‘Losing Vision’ in response to the Syrian refugee crisis, she says, “The bass clarinet together with the viola da gamba create a primordial auditory realm that evokes a deep sense of Sisyphean existential struggle yet a cry for a change.” The album also features unique interpretations of Billie Holiday's "Don’t Explain" and of the standard "You Don’t Know What Love Is" (Don Raye/Gene DePaul.)

“For us, the love of music extends beyond style and genre. We believe in songs and beauty being vital forces of nature. We adhere to simplicity, harmony and warmth. The outcome is a natural breathing, deep and spacious sonic adventure,” says Tali Atzmon. Amen.

Masterpiece of the Month - "Jane Ira Bloom - Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson"

Masterpiece of the Month
Jane Ira Bloom: "Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson" (Outline OTL 143, 2-CD set)
Rating: ***** (musical performance & sonic quality)

Produced by Jane Ira Bloom & Jim Anderson
Recorded & Mixed by Jim Anderson @ Avatar Studios (New York, NY) on April 1, 2017
Assistant Engineers: Nate Odden & Luke Klingensmith
Mastered by Alan Silverman @ Arf! Mastering (NYC, NY)
Editor: Ulrike Schwarz
Post Production Director, Art Direction & Graphic Designer: Christopher Drukker
Cover Painting: "Duet" by Gina Werfel
Liner & Back Photos: Erika Kapin, Lucy Gram, Chip Cronkite

All tunes by Jane Ira Bloom, except "It's Easy To Remember" (Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart)
Readings from poetry & prose by Emily Dickinson and adapted from "Emily Dickinson and The Art of Belief" by Roger Lundin
"Wild Lines" was made possible with support from Chamber Music America's 2015 New Jazz Works Program funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Featuring: Jane Ira Bloom (soprano sax), Dawn Clement (acoustic piano), Mark Helias (acoustic bass), Bobby Previte (drums), Deborah Rush (voice)

Jane Ira Bloom does it again. This time the 21st-century soprano saxophonist reimagines the poetry of 19th-century visionary Emily Dickinson in two different settings. Her new 2-Cd pack showcases her jazz quartet's interpretation of Dickinson's poetry and includes a second version for jazz quartet and spoken word featuring readings by popular stage & film actor Deborah Rush.

After the success of her 2016 trio album release "Early Americans," Bloom shifts gears with "Wild Lines / Improvising Emily Dickinson" (OTL143) showcasing her acclaimed quartet in dialogue with poetry in her seventeenth album and first foray into music and text. Her sound is like no other on the straight horn and she lets it fly with long-time band mates Dawn Clement (piano), Mark Helias (bass) & Bobby Previte (drums). Adding the Emily Dickinson narrative to the ensemble on disc 2 is acclaimed actor Deborah Rush.

Bloom composed "Wild Lines" when she was awarded a 2015 CMA/ Doris Duke New Jazz Works commission. She was inspired to musically reimagine Dickinson when she learned that the poet was a pianist and improviser herself, reconfirming what she'd always felt in the jazz-like quality of Dickinson's phrasing. "I didn't always understand her but I always felt Emily's use of words mirrored the way a jazz musician uses notes," Bloom states.

"Wild Lines" premiere at the poet's home in Amherst, MA was followed by performances at the Kennedy Center and the NYPL for the Performing Arts. The ensemble then headed into Avatar Studios to record in stereo and surround-sound with renowned audio engineer Jim Anderson. The album features fourteen Bloom originals inspired by fragments of Dickinson poetry and prose mined from both her collected works and envelope poems The Gorgeous Nothings.

The album closes with a solo rendition of an American classic, Rodgers & Hart's "It's Easy To Remember." Artist Gina Werfel contributes a stunning motion painting for the CD's cover image. "Wild Lines / Improvising Emily Dickinson" illuminates why jazz critic Brian Priestly called Jane Ira Bloom the poet of the soprano saxophone.