David Crosby's 'Lighthouse' album uses Lauten Audio - Eden microphone for vocals / SonicScoop
Posted: October 25, 2016 12:00 AM
Lauten Audio has a knack for producing quality microphones. Their ‘Eden' tube microphone is no exception, as it became the microphone of choice for capturing David Crosby's vocals in his latest album, "Lighthouse". Recorded by producer Fab Dupoint at Groove Masters, Jacskon Browne's private studio in Santa Monica, CA, Fab Dupoint recommended a vocal A/B against the Neumann U47 (Crosby's favorite microphone). After hearing the results, David chose to go with the Lauten Audio ‘Eden' instead of his old friend. The passing of the torch from vintage tube, to modern classic tube, ‘Eden', along with the help of Dupoint, captured what David described as the best vocal sound of his entire career. Describing his sonic ideas as co-producer and engineer on the album, Dupont reveals, "I have a certain idea of how music should sound to make me happy-and Michael League and David Crosby had a very clear idea of what they wanted to do. Since they decided to not put any drums on the record that allowed me to do whatever I wanted. After going back and listening to David's old stuff and more recent stuff, my vision was to do something extremely pure, to focus on the lyrics and the picking on the guitars." Lauten Audio's Atlantis FC-387 microphones were also used to record acoustic guitars in combination with vintage microphones. READ THE FULL SonicScoop ARTICLE
The Music of Strangers - joyous documentary / South China Morning Post review
Posted: October 25, 2016 12:00 AM
Oscar-winning documentarian Morgan Neville (2013's Twenty Feet from Stardom) teams up with acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma to tell the fascinating and emotionally stirring tale of the Silk Road Ensemble. An eclectic collective of traditional artists, hailing from some of the world's most remote and turbulent regions, the group attempts to find common ground through the musical arts, while championing unique cultural expression from their disparate home countries. Fifteen years after its conception, Silk Road is now a successful multicultural educational programme embedded everywhere from New York's inner-city schools to Harvard University. But the original focus of the project continues, and Neville's film follows Ma as he assembles – almost Seven Samurai style – his latest orchestra for a special reunion concert. Some of the participants in Ma's musical collective have braved repression to continue playing, and the film celebrates music's unique ability to unite people. READ THE FULL South China Morning Post 4/5 stars REVIEW
Sergio Mendes leads 2017 'Festival of the Arts Boca' event bill / SouthFlorida.com
Posted: October 25, 2016 12:00 AM
On Monday, the Festival of the Arts Boca announced that bossa nova king Sergio Mendes and lanky, animated cat Pink Panther will lead the 2017 bill of concerts, films and author appearances in Boca Raton. Tickets will go on sale midnight Tuesday, Nov. 1, for the March 2-12 festival of top-tier thinkers and performers, with admission ranging from $9.99 to $125 per show at FestivalBoca.org. The 75-year-old Mendes and his rechristened band Brasil 2017 will close out the showcase March 12 at Mizner Park Amphitheater. Mendes, an epitome of 1960s cool who pioneered a brand of bossa-nova-jazz fusion, is touring the 50th anniversary release of "Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66." Alpert and his wife, Brasil '66 lead singer Lani Hall, performed at the festival in 2015. READ THE FULL SouthFlorida.com ARTICLE
Win Tickets to Bill Frisell at the Moore Theatre / KNKX Radio
Posted: October 24, 2016 12:00 AM
STG Presents Bill Frisell: "When You Wish Upon a Star" featuring Petra Haden, Thomas Morgan & Matt Chamberlain at The Moore Theatre on November 5, 2016. Presented as part of the 2016 Earshot Jazz Festival. BILL FRISELL'S career as a guitarist and composer has spanned more than 35 years and 250 recordings, including 40 of his own. Described as being "at the very epicenter of modern American Music" (BBC), Frisell's recording catalog has been cited by Downbeat as "the best recorded output of the decade," including his recent album, All We Are Saying, a new collection of John Lennon interpretations. Currently Frisell is the Guest Curator for the Roots of Americana series at Jazz at Lincoln Center and Resident Artistic Director at San Francisco Jazz. WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR, Frisell's latest recording draws upon the classic film and television music we have heard on screen and how it shapes and informs our emotional relationships to what we see. Frisell, whose own music has been featured in major motion pictures like Finding Forrester and The Million Dollar Hotel performs with singer Petra Haden, bassist Thomas Morgan, and drummer Matt Chamberlin in re-imagining time-honored gems such as "When You Wish Upon a Star," "To Kill a Mockingbird," "The Shadow of Your Smile," "Moon River," "You Only Live Twice," Frisell's own theme for Gary Larson's television special, Tales from the Far Side and others. Produced by Lee Townsend; engineered by Tucker Martine and Adam Muñoz and mastered with Greg Calbi.
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Mehmet Ali Sanlikol^What's Next & Kenny Barron on St. Louis Public Radio's - Jazz Unlimited
Posted: October 23, 2016 12:00 AM
Jazz Unlimited for Ocyober 23, 2016 will be "The Keys and Strings Hour + New Music" presenting some compositions of Thelonious Monk played by Tal Farlow, Kenny Barron & Dave Holland, Joe Pass, Organ Monk, Chick Corea, Jacky Terrasson and Chick Corea & Hiromi. New music for October will include St. Louis' own Sidney Street Shakers, Bill Evans, Mehmet Ali Sanlikol & What's Next, our own Chris Cheek, Matt Wilson's Big Happy Family, the Clayton Brothers, Scott Texier, Anthony Branker, the John Stowell/Michael Zilber Quartet and Tom McCormick. Remarkably, while piano maestro Kenny Barron has recorded more than 40 albums as a leader and countless others as a valued sideman, he had never documented his impressive working trio of bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa, with him for 20 years, and drummer Johnathan Blake, onboard for the past 10 years. That missing piece in Barron's lengthy discography has been sublimely addressed with his new recording, Book of Intuition, a refined, elegant, lyrical and swinging affair of new and reimagined originals and a triad of covers, including two obscure Thelonious Monk compositions. It's the second of a series of recordings Barron will be delivering for impulse! Records, remarkably revived in 2014 by veteran recording executive and producer Jean-Philippe Allard as a division of Universal Music France. Resolution marks a major step forward for Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, the musical polyglot, multi-instrumentalist, restless bandleader and prolific composer who writes in both contemporary classical and jazz but draws heavily from Turkish influences. His band Whatsnext' -- a shapeshifting jazz orchestra that can be pared down to a combo, depending on his needs -- is a force to be reckoned with, able to conform to the demands of Sanlıkol's complex but accessible compositions and shift genres on a moment's notice. Sanlıkol was able to recruit a roster of A-list guests to solo on the compositions of Resolution, including clarinetist Anat Cohen, soprano saxophonist Dave Liebman, trumpeter Tiger Okoshi and drummer Antonio Sanchez. Moreover, he composed their showcases with them in mind after he secured their commitments, rather than try to fit them into the music he had already completed. "I designed (the compositions) to make sure that it was these four specific artists that these pieces were written for," he says. "This was not a project where I brought them in to blow. Absolutely not."