For more than 20 years, Dave Weckl has developed and maintained a reputation among fans, peers, and the international music community as one of the great living drummers. For this, he has received numerous accolades and honors; Modern Drummer inducted Dave into their Hall of Fame and named him "one of the 25 best drummers of all time."
While playing the club scene in New York City with a band called Nite Sprite, Dave started to receive accolades from established studio musicians such as Steve Kahn, Michael Brecker, and especially drumming great Peter Erskine.
Michael Brecker suggested to Chick Corea that he look into Dave's services for his new Elektric Band. That was the beginning of a seven year relationship with both the Elektric and Akoustic Bands, where nine recordings and three videos were produced, including a Grammy for the first Akoustic Band release.
As a solo artist, Dave has recorded and produced nine recordings to date. Dave Weckl Band has released five studio records.Dave regularly joins guitarist Mike Stern, among others. When off the road,He also accepts a limited number of private students - and offers classes through the Virtual Drummer School.
Dave Weckl's most recent release is Live in Gualdo (bootleg) The Dave Weckl Band. For more on Dave, clips of his CD's, DVD's and gear click on link.........................................
Legendary Bassist Leland Sklar has contributed to over 2,000 albums! Legendary Bassist Leland Sklar studied at California State University, Northridge. It was during that time he met James Taylor, who invited him to play bass. Taylor's career took off with his first hit records, and Legendary Bassist Leland Sklar came into the limelight. His very recognizable bass playing style has been heard on hits by Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Hall & Oates, Jackson Browne, Phil Collins, Clint Black, Reba McEntire, and George Strait, to name just a few. For more on the Legendary Bassist Leland Sklar and the artist's he has recorded with click on link....
At the age of 22, Vinnie Colaiuta auditioned for Frank Zappa, an audition that involved performing the notoriously difficult piece entitled "The Black Page". The audition was successful and Vinnie Colaiuta went on to work with Zappa as his principal drummer for studio and live performances. he played on the successful Zappa albums Tinsel Town Rebellion, Joe's Garage and Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar. Joe's Garage was named one of the top-25 drumming performances of all time in a 1993 Modern Drummer article.
After leaving Zappa, Vinnie went on to work with a long list of notable rock and pop artists, including Gino Vannelli, Joni Mitchell, Barbra Streisand, Sandy & Junior, Clannad, Wang Chung, Chaka Khan, and Jeff Beck. Vinnie has also appeared with many notable jazz musicians, including Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Haslip, Quincy Jones, the Buddy Rich Big Band and Buell Neidlinger. Vinnie Colaiuta has released a number of solo recordings and still remains one of the most in demand studio musicians playing on countless albums, film soundtracks, TV and radio jingles. Colaiuta was inducted into the Modern Drummer "Hall of Fame" in 1996. The publication also cited Colaiuta as being the most important drummer of our time.
Most recently Vinnie Colaiuta has worked with: Faith Hill, Megadeth, Jeff Beck, Larry Carlton, Robben Ford, Michael Landau, Asia and Michael McDonald. just to name a few.
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When listening and Transcribing master Guitarist Larry Carlton Solo's, I always was looking for whom Larry listened to and got his ideas from. In an interview he mentions John Coltrain recordings. Ballads and Coltrain Plays the blues. I than ran out and picked up these recordings. I was amazed how John Coltrain could make the Saxophone sing and sustain. After Listening more and more to all the John Coltrian recordings I could find. I came to hear more of Larry Carlton’s phrasing. Below is some history of this Legendary Saxophonist.
John Coltrain (September 23, 1926 - July 17, 1967) Jazz saxophonist and composer.
Throughout John Coltrain's career he reshaped modern jazz and influenced generations of other musicians. He was astonishingly prolific: John Coltrain made about fifty recordings as a leader in twelve years, and appeared on many more led by other musicians. Throughout his career Coltrane's music took on an increasingly spiritual dimension that would color his legacy. John Coltrain received a posthumous Special Citation from the Pulitzer Prize Board in 2007 for his "masterful improvisation, supreme musicianship and iconic centrality to the history of jazz." Along with tenor saxophonists Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, and Sonny Rollins, Coltrane fundamentally altered expectations for the saxophone.
He received a posthumous Special Citation from the Pulitzer Prize Board in 2007 for his "masterful improvisation, supreme musicianship and iconic centrality to the history of jazz." Along with tenor saxophonists Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, and Sonny Rollins, Coltrane fundamentally altered expectations for the saxophone.
Legendary recording include: Blue Train,Giant Steps,Ballads,Kind of Blue,Coltrain Plays the blues,Impressions,The Gentle Side Of John Coltrane.
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Dennis Chambers has recorded and performed with Steve Khan, John Scofield, Carl Filipiak, Steely Dan, Santana, Parliament/Funkadelic, John McLaughlin, Niacin, Mike Stern, and many others. Dennis Chambers exploded onto the scene with John Scofield's Blue Matter, Loud Jazz, and the incredible Pick Hits Live after being the force behind George Clinton's Mothership for many years.
Some of his current projects include the fusion release entitled CAB featuring Tony MacAlpine, Bunny Brunel, worldwide touring with supergroup Niacin and guitarist Andy Summers, and an upcoming tour with Carlos Santana in support of his new release featuring Dennis.
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One of the first guitar players I ever heard was Eric Clapton with Cream. Once I heard Eric Clapton's tone he got out of a Gibson SG, 335 and Marshall Stacks I was hooked. I started wood shedding on my first guitar and Sears Silvertone amp on 10! Below is some history on Legendary Guitarist Eric Clapton.
In October 1963, Keith Relf and Paul Samwell-Smith recruited Eric clapton to become a member of The Yardbirds. During his 18-month tenure with The Yardbirds, he earned his nickname, Slowhand, and recorded his first albums: Five Live Yardbirds and Sonny Boy Williamson and The Yardbirds. In April 1965, John Mayall invited Eric to join his band, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. With this group, Clapton established his reputation as a guitarist and earned his second nickname: “God”. It came from an admirer’s graffiti on the wall of London’s Islington Tube Station that boldly proclaimed “Clapton is God.
After leaving the Bluesbreakers for a second and final time in July 1966, Eric teamed up with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker to form Cream. Extensive touring in the U.S. and three solid albums - Fresh Cream, Disraeli Gears, and Wheels of Fire - brought the band worldwide acclaim. Following Cream’s break-up, Clapton founded Blind Faith rock’s first “supergroup” - with Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker, and Rick Grech. In the summer of 1970, Eric formed Derek and the Dominos with Jim Gordon, Carl Radle and Bobby Whitlock from Delaney & Bonnie’s band . The Dominos would go on to record the seminal rock album, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs.
After 461 Ocean Boulevard, Eric reinvented himself musically. Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, albums and tours would follow year in and year out. In 1994, Eric returned to his blues roots with the release of From The Cradle. The album was Clapton’s tribute to his musical heroes and contained cover versions of blues classics. 1998, he released the soul-influenced Pilgrim, his first album of all new material in nine years. In 2000, he continued his love affair with the blues when he recorded an album with American blues legend, B.B. King. Riding With The King was released in June and within three weeks of release, was certified gold.
The Road To Escondido was released on 7 November 2006 to critical acclaim. It won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album (Vocal or Instrumental) at the 50th Annual Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles on 10 February 2008. In his more than 40 year career, Eric Clapton has received many awards. He is the only triple inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame (as a member of both the Yardbirds and Cream and as a solo artist). He has also won or shared in eighteen Grammy Awards.
Recent recordings include:Complete Clapton,The Cream of Clapton,Clapton Chronicles,Eric Clapton. DVD's include: Crossroads: Eric Clapton Guitar Festival 2007,Eric Clapton - One More Car One More Rider,Eric Clapton - Unplugged,Eric Clapton - Live in Hyde Park.
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"Cannonball" Adderley (September 15, 1928 – August 8, 1975), jazz alto saxophonist of the small combo era of the 1950s and 1960s. Originally from Tampa, Florida, he moved to New York in the mid 1950s. "Cannonball" Adderley's educational career was long established prior to teaching applied instrumental music classes at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Cannonball was a local legend in Florida until he moved to New York City in 1955.
"Cannonball Adderly joined the Miles Davis sextet in 1957, around the time that John Coltrane left the group to join Thelonious Monk's band. (Coltrane would return to Davis's group in 1958). Adderley played on the seminal Davis records Milestones and Kind of Blue. This period also overlapped with pianist Bill Evans's time with the sextet, an association that led to recording Portrait of Cannonball and Know What I Mean?.
By the end of 1960s, Adderley's playing began to reflect the influence of the electric jazz avant-garde, and Miles Davis' experiments on the album Bitches Brew. On his albums from this period, such as The Price You Got to Pay to Be Free (1970), he began doubling on soprano saxophone, showing the influence of John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter.
Recordings include: Mercy, Mercy, Mercy! Live at 'The Club,Them Dirty Blues,Know What I Mean?,Somethin' Else,Cannonball Adderley Quintet in Chicago with John Coltrane.
DVD's include: Jazz Icons: Cannonball Adderley - Live in '63,Jazz Casual - Cannonball Adderley and The Modern Jazz Quartet,Jazz Scene USA - Cannonball Adderley Sextet/Teddy Edwards Sextet,Swing Era: Count Basie.
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Having to study some classical guitar in my college days, I went searching for a classical guitarist that would inspire me. Sense I'm not a classic guitar player by any means this was a hard road. I was so much into the Rock,Blues,Jazz, and Fusion thing that the only classical guitar players I listened to were Steve Morse and Steve Howe. A master classical player would have to have excellent touch, tone and Compositions. I hit upon guitar Legend Christopher Parkening. He was everything I was looking for in master classical guitarist. Below is some history.
Christopher Parkening is celebrated as one of the world’s preeminent virtuosos of the classical guitar. For more than a quarter century, his concerts and recordings have received the highest worldwide acclaim. Parkening is recognized as heir to the legacy of the great Spanish guitarist Andrés Segovia, who proclaimed that “Christopher Parkening is a great artist – he is one of the most brilliant guitarists in the world".
Christopher Parkening has performed at the White House, appeared with Placido Domingo on Live from Lincoln Center, participated in Carnegie Hall’s 100th Anniversary celebration and performed twice on the internationally televised Grammy® Awards. Parkening has appeared on many nationally broadcast television programs, including The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning, The Today Show and 20/20. He has collaborated with composers John Williams, Elmer Bernstein, Joaquín Rodrigo, and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and premiered their new concert works in a effort to keep the guitar in the musical forefront..
Christopher Parkening is the recipient of two Grammy® nominations in the category of Best Classical Recording for Parkening and the Guitar and The Pleasures of Their Company, a collaboration with soprano Kathleen Battle. Parkening has received commendations honoring his dedication and artistry, including an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Montana State University and the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Southern California “in recognition of his outstanding international achievement and in tribute to his stature throughout the world as America’s preeminent virtuoso of the classical guitar.”
In addition, Parkening was given the acclaimed American Academy of Achievementfor excellence in the field of music both nationally and internationally. Parkening was also presented with the 2000 Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award for Best Classical Guitarist. Recently, Parkening received the University Musical Society’s “Distinguished Artist Award” for 2003 presented at the Ford Honors Program at the University of Michigan.
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Nathan East's breakthrough came while he was a member of a band named Power. They were hired as the road band for a Stax revue. The recognition brought the attention of Barry White, who hired the band for a national tour. Still a teenager, Nathan East became a member of the Love Unlimited Orchestra ("Love's Theme") playing Madison Square Garden, the Apollo Theater, and other major venues. Nathan East earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from University of California at San Diego. He was starting to work on a master's degree when instructor Bertram Turetzky suggested that he already had enough education and that it was time for him to go to Los Angeles to try and start a lucrative music career.
Nathan East's reputation grew on the L.A. session scene, so did his job calls. From that point on, East worked consistently. He did sessions for Lionel Richie ("Endless Love," Kenny Rogers' "Lady") and Kenny Loggins ("Vox Humana," "Footloose"). He toured with Loggins (appearing with the singer on a late-'90s Live By Request installment on the A&E network) and with keyboardist Greg Phillinganes and drummer Steve Ferrone as part of Eric Clapton's late-'80s band.
In 1990, while recording Bob James' Grand Piano Canyon album, the keyboardist asked East, Lee Ritenour, and Harvey Mason if they'd be interested in forming a group where each member would be an equal partner and could contribute songs. James, who worked for Warner Bros.' jazz A&R department, got them a deal with the label; a couple of months later, the group now known as Fourplay began recording their debut album. Their first record, 1991's Fourplay, sold half a million copies and it remained at number one on Billboard's contemporary jazz charts for 33 weeks. Their next LP, 1993's Between the Sheets, reached number one, went gold, and received a Grammy nomination. In 1995, their third gold album, Elixir, inherited the number one position from Kenny G's Breathless and held on to the top spot for a record 92 weeks. Fourplay's 4 album entered the jazz charts at number one.
Ritenour, whose guitar work in tandem with James’ keyboards served as the cornerstone of the early Fourplay sound, left the lineup in the mid-1990s and was replaced by Larry Carlton (The Crusaders, Joni Mitchell, Quincy Jones). Fourplay recent members are: Nathan East, Bob James,Larry Carlton and Harvey Mason.
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Abraham Laboriel, Sr. has played on over 4,000 recordings and soundtracks. Guitar Player Magazine described him as: "the most widely used session bassist of our time".
Originally a classically trained guitarist, he switched to bass guitar while studying at the Berklee School of Music. Henry Mancini encouraged Laboriel to move to Los Angeles, California and pursue a recording career. Since then, Abraham Laboriel has worked with artists as diverse as Donald Fagen, Lee Ritenour, Larry Carlton, Dave Grusin, Andy Pratt, Stevie Wonder, Hanson. Barbra Streisand, Al Jarreau, Billy Cobham, Dolly Parton, Elton John, Ray Charles, Madonna, Paul Simon, Keith Green, Alvaro Lopez and Res-Q Band, Lisa Loeb, Quincy Jones, Russ Taff, Engelbert Humperdinck, Umberto Tozzi,Ron Kenoly, Rabito, Mylène Farmer, Crystal Lewis, Chris Isaak, Paul Jackson Jr., Michael Landau and Michael Jackson.
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Mike Stern studied at the Berklee College of Music. After college, he got his start as a guitar player with Blood, Sweat & Tears at age 22. Following a brief stint with Billy Cobham's powerhouse fusion band from 1979 to 1980, he moved to New York City, where he was recruited by Miles Davis to play a key role in Miles' celebrated comeback band of 1981 (which also included bassist Marcus Miller, drummer Al Foster, percussionist Mino Cinelu and saxophonist Bill Evans). During his three-year period with Miles, Mike Stern appeared on three recordings with the jazz maestro - Man with the Horn, Star People and the live We Want Miles. He toured with Jaco Pastorius' Word of Mouth Band from 1983 through 1985 and returned to Miles' lineup for a second tour of duty that lasted close to a year.
In 1985, Mike Stern recorded Neesh, his first recording as a leader, for the Japan-based Trio label. A year later, he made his debut on Atlantic with Upside Downside, featuring such celebrated colleagues as David Sanborn, Jaco Pastorius, saxophonist Bob Berg, bassists Mark Egan and Jeff Andrews, keyboardist Mitch Forman and drummers Dave Weckl and Steve Jordan. Over the next two years, Mike Stern was a member of Michael Brecker's potent quintet, appearing on Don't Try This At Home.
In the summer of 1986, Mike Stern took to the road with David Sanborn and later joined an electrified edition of Steps Ahead, which featured Mike Mainieri on midi vibes, Michael Brecker on the Electronic Wind Instrument (EWI), Darryl Jones on electric bass and Steve Smith on drums. Mike Stern's second Atlantic album, Time In Place (1988), delivered on the promise of his debut. He followed with Jigsaw (1989) and Odds Or Evens (1991), both of which ably showcased his legendary guitar prowess and musicality. During this period he also formed a touring group with Bob Berg that included drummer Dennis Chambers and bassist Lincoln Goines. They remained a working unit from 1989 to 1992, at which point Stern joined Michael and Randy Brecker in a reunited Brecker Brothers Band, appearing on Return of the Brecker Brothers, released in 1992. Other notable sideman credits include work with the late tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson and the live recording 4 Generations of Miles, in which he joins other Miles Davis alumni George Coleman on tenor sax, Jimmy Cobb on drums and Ron Carter on bass.
The '90s proved to be a prolific and critically successful period for Mike Stern. His acclaimed 1993 release, Standards (And Other Songs), earned him the pick of Best Jazz Guitarist of the Year by the readers and critics of Guitar Player magazine. He followed that up with two hard hitting offerings - Is What It Is in 1994 and Between The Lines in 1996 - both of which scored GRAMMY nominations. In 1997, he recorded Give And Take with bassist John Patitucci, drummer Jack DeJohnette, percussionist Don Alias and special guests Michael Brecker and David Sanborn. Their freewheeling covers of Sonny Rollins' "Oleo", John Coltrane's "Giant Steps", Cole Porter's "I Love You" and Jimi Hendrix's "Who Knows" helped Mike Stern earn the Orville W. Gibson Award for Best Jazz Guitarist that year. Mike Stern's ninth release for Atlantic was a six-string summit with colleagues Bill Frisell and John Scofield that was appropriately titled Play. His Voices (2001) release, his first foray into vocal music, was also another GRAMMY nominee.
Mike Stern recent CD's include: These Times , Who Let the Cats Out?, Yellowjackets new album Lifecycle, featuring Mike Stern on guitar. DVD's include: Mike Stern - Guitar Instructional Video / DVD, Mike Stern - Live New Morning and The Paris Concert.
Books include: The Best of Mike Stern, Mike Stern Guitar Transcriptions, Original Scores Mike Stern, and Ultimate Play-Along for Guitar by Mike Stern.
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The Music of New York-born Barry Cole has been pleasing audiences for more than 35 years. During that time Cole, and his Sounds of Music Orchestra, have shared their vast repertoire of great music with royalty, visiting dignitaries, dozens of movie stars and three U.S. presidents.
Since arriving in California 20 years ago, Barry Cole has shared the stage with Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Sammy Davis, Jr., Mel Torme, Crystal Gayle, Phyllis Diller, Ben Vereen, Ann Jillian, Lee Greenwood, Natalie Cole, Pat Boone, Bob Hope, Bobby Vinton, Jack Jones, Marilyn McCoo, Marvin Hamlisch, The Pointer Sisters, Louise Mandrell, Frankie Avalon, Fabian, Tony Orlando, John Davidson, The Gatlin Brothers, Jay Leno, Frankie Lane, Susan Sullivan, Lindsay Wagner, David Hasselhoff, John Raitt, and many other celebrities.
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Jeff Beck burst onto the music scene in 1966 after joining the Yardbirds. Although his stint with the band lasted only 18 months, Beck played on almost all of the group’s hits. More importantly, Beck’s innovative style heard on classics like “Heart Full of Soul” and “Shapes of Things” helped influence the psychedelic sound of the ‘60s.
Like few guitarists before him, Beck plays the entire guitar. Using his fingers instead of a guitar pick for greater speed and control over the fretboard, Beck adds deft twists of the volume and tone knobs to shape the notes as he’s playing them and further bends sounds into a rubbery tangle with his controlled cruelty on the whammy.
In 1975 with the groundbreaking instrumental jazz-fusion albums, “Blow By Blow” and “Wired .” Produced by Sir George Martin, famed producer of The Beatles. By fusing the complexity of progressive rock and improvisatory freedom of jazz with intergalactic guitar tones and a sense of humor, Beck opened up the horizon for future guitar instrumentalists.
Other Legendary recordings include: Jeff, You Had It Coming, Who Else!, Best Of Beck, Crazy Legs, Beckology, Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop, There And Back, Flash, Jeff Beck - Jeff Beck With The Jan Hammer, Jeff Beck - Beck Bogert Appice (Live In Japan) Group Live, Beck Bogert Appice, Jeff Beck Group, Rough & Ready, Beck-Ola, Truth.
Most Recent Jeff Beck Release includes:
Jeff Beck Live At Ronnie Scott's. Musicians include: Vinnie Colaiuta on Drums, Jason Rebello on Keyboards and Tal Wilkenfeld on Bass. Also look for the DVD coming soon!
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Bill Conners played jazz-rock, free and fusion material in the '70s and '80s. His best early solos were in the jazz-rock genre, where his use of 200 watt Marshall Major on 10 for distortion, Les Paul and later strat style electronic guitars, was balanced by fine phrasing and intelligent solos. In 1973, after sitting in on a gig, Connors was signed on to Return to Forever, keyboardist and composer Chick Corea’s pioneering fusion group that featured bassist Stanley Clarke and (then) drummer Steve Gadd.
Connors recorded his first solo album in 1974, Theme to the Gaurdian (ECM), making the switch from electric to acoustic guitar. At the same time, he began the next phase of his self-driven studies, taking it on himself to delve into transcriptions and studies of the works of classical guitarists. Two more recordings on acoustic guitar followed, 1977's Of Mist and Melting (ECM), with Connors as leader and on guitar, saxophonist Jan Garbarek, bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette and then, in 1979, another solo effort by the guitarist, Swimming with a Hole in My Body (ECM).
In 1985, Connors recorded Step It (Pathfinder/Evidence), featuring Connors and Steve Kahn on guitars, Tom Kennedy on bass and Dave Weckl on drums. 1986's Double Up, again featuring bassist Kennedy, Drummer Kim Plainfield. With the same Players on Double Up, Bill Conners Recorded Assembler in 1987.
Legendary Guitarist Bill Conners Recording: Return (2005),Double (1994),Step It! ( 1994)
Assembler (1994),Corea, Chick - Music Forever and Beyond.
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Freddie Green (March 31, 1911–March 1, 1987) Freddie Green was especially noted for his sophisticated rhythm guitar in big band settings, particularly for the Count Basie orchestra, where he was part of the "All-American Rhythm Section" with Basie on piano, Jo Jones on drums, and Walter Page on bass.
While still in his teens, he began to play around the clubs of the city, earning money and a reputation. In one of these gigs, he was noticed by the legendary talent scout John H. Hammond, who realized the potential of Green and introduced him to Basie. In 1937, Basie and his ensemble went to one of Green's gigs on the advice of an associate. Basie was an immediate fan, and approached Green with a job offer, which he accepted. Except for a brief interruption, Freddie Green would remain a pivotal fixture of the Count Basie Band for the next fifty years.
The hallmark of Green's guitar technique was to play only certain important notes of each chord. The unsounded notes were dampened by the fingers of the left hand. This technique gave a 'chunky' rhythm sound without creating unnecessary harmonic presence that might interfere with notes sounded by other members of the orchestra. Throughout his career, Green only rarely played single note solos.
Freddie Green Recordings: April in Paris (Count Basie), Atomic Swing (Count Basie),Autumn in Paris (Count Basie), Basie In London (Count Basie), Basie Reunion (Count Basie), Basie Straight Ahead (Count Basie), Benny Goodman at Carnegie Hall - 1938 - Complete (Benny Goodman)
The Boss of the Blues: Joe Turner Sings Kansas City Jazz (Joe Turner), Brother John Sellers Sings Blues and Folk Songs (Brother John Sellers).
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When I first heard Charlie "Bird" Parker I couldn't believe how fast he could improvise on the Saxophone. He would play at unbelievable tempo's ranging 260 bpm. For all you shredding guitarist. Listening to Charlie Parker recordings will blow you away! Below is some history on the Legendary Saxophonist.
Charles Parker (August 29, 1920 – March 12, 1955) jazz saxophonist and composer.
Charlie Parker is widely considered one of the most influential of jazz musicians, along with Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. Parker acquired the nickname "Yardbird" early in his career, and the shortened form "Bird" remained Parker's sobriquet for the rest of his life, inspiring the titles of a number of Parker compositions, such as "Yardbird Suite" and "Ornithology."
Charlie Parker played a leading role in the development of bebop, a form of jazz characterized by fast tempos, virtuoso technique, and improvisation based on harmonic structure. Parker's innovative approaches to melody, rhythm, and harmony exercised enormous influence on his contemporaries. Several of Parker's songs have become standards, including "Billie's Bounce," "Anthropology," "Ornithology," and "Confirmation". Charlie Parker introduced revolutionary harmonic ideas including a tonal vocabulary employing 9ths, 11ths and 13ths of chords, rapidly implied passing chords, and new variants of altered chords and chord substitutions.
Charlie Parker also contributed a vast rhythmic vocabulary to the modern jazz solo, one in which triplets and pick-up notes were used in (then) unorthodox ways to lead into chord tones, affording the soloist with more freedom to use passing tones which soloists would have previously avoided. Within this context, Parker was admired for his unique style of phrasing and innovative use of rhythm. Via his recordings and the popularity of the posthumously published "Charlie Parker Omnibook", Parker's uniquely identifiable vocabulary of "licks" and "riffs" dominated jazz for many years to come. Recordings of Charlie Parker were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
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When I started to get more into country music I started searching for players that were versatile. The first one was Steve Morse. I than heard of Albert Lee and how he influenced so many great guitarists. Once I listened to Albert Lee and his amazing technique I was hooked. Albert Lee was not only fluent in Country he also was in many other styles of music, which made an impact on me. Below is some history on Legendary Guitarist Albert Lee.
Albert Lee left the UK for Los Angeles, California in 1974 as offers of session work were flooding in. In 1976, Lee was asked to join Emmylou Harris's Hot Band, replacing one of his heroes James Burton. Starting in 1978, Lee worked for five years with Eric Clapton. Albert Lee was also responsible for The Everly Brothers 1983 reunion concert and was the musical director. Lee was a regular player with the Everlys for over twenty years. In 1987, Albert Lee was invited by Gerry Hogan to headline at a Steel Guitar Festival in Newbury, Berkshire. Hogan's Heroes are renowned for attracting celebrities to their gigs. Stars such as Eric Clapton, Tommy Emmanuel, Lonnie Donegan, Dave Edmunds, Marty Wilde, Willie Nelson, Nanci Griffith, Don Everly, Emmylou Harris, Sonny Curtis and Rodney Crowell.
in 2002, Albert Lee received a Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance for Foggy Mountain Breakdown from the CD Earl Scruggs and Friends. Albert Lee also has received many other awards for his playing, including the five times consecutive winner of Guitar Player magazine's "Best Country Guitarist". Albert Lee is known within the music industry for his speed of playing and his technical virtuosity and yet by the same token, one of the most melodic, playing slower passages approximating the sound of the pedal steel guitar with his Music Man and Telecaster guitars and his equipped B-Bender guitars.
Albert Lee's song "Country Boy", helped to redefine country guitar for a whole generation of players, and was later to become a huge hit for multi- instrumentalist Ricky Skaggs. It is widely quoted that Eric Clapton is on record as stating that Albert Lee is, in his opinion, "the greatest guitarist in the world."
Recording of Legendary Guitarist Albert Lee include: Like This: Albert Lee & Hogan's Heroes,Speechless/Gagged But Not Bound,Hiding/Albert Lee,Heartbreak Hill,Live at the New Morning: Albert Lee & Hogan's Heroes,Road Runner,In Between the Cracks Albert Lee & Hogan's,Country Boy,Tear It Up,Speechless.
DVD's include: Albert Lee: Country Boy,Albert Lee-Instructional Guitar,Country Legend,
Albert Lee & Hogan's Heroes - Live in Paris.
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Best known for his stunning, crystalline octave harmonic arpeggios, Lenny Breau possessed one of the most comprehensive musical vocabularies in the history of the instrument. Although he will no doubt be most remembered for his talents as a solo artist, he was an expert jazz ensemble player who felt equally comfortable with country, flamenco. In a solo improvisational context, he could transform a familiar jazz standard into an extended tonal painting, complete with changes in meter and mood, rich harmonies, and introspective sections offset by formidable technical displays.
One of the cornerstones of the Breau style was his uncanny ability to play chords with his right-hand thumb and first two fingers, while superimposing single-note lines with the third finger and pinky. He occasionally added a bass line to this concept, resulting in a mind-boggling three-voice tapestry that made an indelible impression on all who heard it.
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1980s, McLaughlin experienced his first slice of mainstream country music success: Steve Wariner recorded Pat's "Lynda." Wariner's version climbed to the top of the charts, winning Pat his first BMI Country Award in 1988. In 1992, Tanya Tucker and Delbert McClinton had a hit with McLaughlin's "Tell Me About It" - another BMI award coupled with a mainstream asterisk for the reluctant Nashville songwriter.
2000's Uncle Pat showcased more of the adept guitarist's blithe compositions. Next Five Miles followed suit, setting critic tongues wagging. Co-produced by McLaughlin and guitar wunderkind Kenny Greenberg, Next Five Miles drew rave reviews from hipsters across the country, including the Chicago Sun-Times, who listed the album among its top roots projects of the year.
Pat's songs have been recorded by…
Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal,Steve Wariner, Roger Cook,Continental Drifters,Subdudes,Sean Keene Duke Merrick,Tanya Tucker,Tricia Yearwood,Nashville Jug Band,Joy Lynn White,Ricky Van Shelton,John Prine,Delbert McClinton,Maura O’Connell,Tim O’Brien,Brian Langlinias,Don Williams,Nanci Griffith,Alan Jackson,Gary Allen,Lee Ann Womack,Katy Moffatt,Blackhawk,Les Taylor,Al Kooper,Ashley Cleveland,Shawn Camp,Josh Turner,Jamie Hartford,Mountain Heart,Jack Ingram,Jimmy Stewart,Steve Runkle,Mandy Barnett,Craig Carter.
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I've had the good fortune to chat with Legend LA session Guitarist Mitch Holder on Number of things in the Music Business.
Mitch has worked with many artists on record as well as doing many movies, TV and radio commercial/jingles. Here is a list of just some of the artists and projects Mitch has worked on in his long career in the LA Studios:
Records With Such Artists As: Barbra Striesand, Frank Sinatra, Dionne Warwick (Ill Never Love This Way Again, Déjà vu), Joe Cocker/Jennifer Warnes (Up Where We Belong ..1), Johnny Mathis, Stevie Nicks, Kilauea, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Barry Manilow (Copacabana and others), Marilyn McCoo, Stephen Bishop (It Might As Well Be You), Bobby Blue Bland, Herb Alpert, Syreeta Wright, Dave Grusin, Lalo Schifrin, Nancy Wilson, Tom Jones, Juice Newton, Seals & Crofts, The Sylvers, Neil Sedaka, Brian Wilson, Jermaine Jackson, Donna Summer, Cher, Freda Payne, Lee Ritenour, Woody Herman, Leonard Cohen, Tom Scott, Leo Sayer, Lionel Richie (Stuck On You), Minnie Riperton, Patti La Belle, Billy Preston, Dean Martin, Hoops McCann Band, Sonny Criss, Hues Corp., Johnny Bristol, Shirley Bassey, Norman Connors, and many more
Wanting to pay back his friend and mentor, Howard Roberts, who passed away in 1992, Mitch has a book out featuring transcriptions of many of Howard's recorded works entitled, The Jazz Guitar Stylings Of Howard Roberts, put out by Mel Bay Publications. To purchase a personally autographed copy. Just click on this link.. More Info on Mitch Holder can also be found at http://www.myspace.com/mitchholder
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How MTV Is Trying to Reinvent Itself to Combat Sinking Ratings and Disinterested Teens
By NY Times: Trump Proposes Eliminating the Arts and Humanities Endowments
"A deep fear came to pass for many artists, museums, and cultural organizations nationwide early Thursday morning when President Trump, in his first federal budget plan, proposed eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
President Trump also proposed scrapping the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a key revenue source for PBS and National Public Radio stations, as well as the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars."
— NY Times
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What can I say about Jay Graydon. He has done so much for me, Thanks aren't enough.
Between the late 60s and the late 70s Jay played on practically every "A" list session in Los Angeles, acquiring a glowing reputation as an ace studio guitarist/ solo specialist on numerous albums with Barbara Streisand, Dolly Parton, Diana Ross, The Jackson Five, Cheap Trick, Christopher Cross, Ray Charles, Cher, Joe Cocker, Marvin Gaye, Hall & Oates, Olivia Newton-John, and Albert King just to name a few.
you will find everything about this twice Grammy awarded (Best R&B songs) and 12 times Grammy nominated (among the top 5 finalists) Los Angeles top songwriter, recording artist, guitarist, producer, engineer, and more. To check out Jay's killer gear, studio, CD's and happening projects.
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