Bettye LaVette's first single in 1963 was a major hit, but for the next 40 years, the R&B singer bounced between label deals and near-destitution as her peers such as Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross became superstars. LaVette grew up in Detroit, the birthplace of Motown, but the label's founder Berry Gordy Jr. never brought her onto his roster.
But LaVette is having the last laugh. At age 74, she's now enjoyed five Grammy nominations and numerous lifetime achievement awards. LaVette's new studio album Blackbirds is the ninth record she's released since 2003, when she kicked off a late-career resurgence.
She brought The Who's Pete Townshend to tears when she performed Love Rain Over Me at the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors. It led to her performing at President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony.
Her talent for finding new emotion in other people's songs is such that Justin Hayworth from the Moody Blues once told her that he'd written Nights in White Satin, but he never understood it until she sang it. Her voice, both on stage and in person, is what makes LaVette so extraordinary.
After all these years, she's in a lane of her own. Bettye LaVette is the last of the great women of R&B's golden era.
LaVette joined us for a conversation about her long career as the underdog of American blues.
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Data Lords is a new double-album by Grammy Award-winning composer and bandleader Maria Schneider. Inspired by conflicting relationships between the digital and natural worlds, the recording features Schneider's acclaimed orchestra of 18 world-class musicians.
Schneider says; "No one can deny the great impact that the data-hungry digital world has had on our lives. As big data companies clamor for our attention, I know that I'm not alone in struggling to find space – to keep connected with my inner world, the natural world, and just the simpler things in life," says Schneider. "Just as I feel myself ping ponging between a digital world and the real world, the same dichotomy is showing up in my music. In order to truly represent my creative output from the last few years, it felt natural to make a two- album release reflecting these two polar extremes."
In the latest, 89.9WUCF: Orlando FL Magazine - Bob Kelley reviews the latest from keyboardist and arranger Antonio Adolfo - we celebrate the birth of tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins - and Maria Schneider lets us in on her take of two polarized worlds with "Data Lords". LISTEN TO THE SEGMENT
Ludwig Göransson is a famous Swedish composer, record producer, and conductor. He worked in many great films but never won an Emmy. Other than that he won Grammy's award for best soundtrack for visual media in Black Panther.
On September 19th Saturday, Ludwig was announced as the best music composer for a series, where he scored his first Emmy.
Göransson tweeted thank you to the academy for this honor and all the fame Mandalorian received this Emmy season. He even thanked Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau for giving him such a great opportunity to cross genres and boundaries with the score.
Ludwig is no longer a secret that how talented and amazing person he is. He will be going to touch high places if goes with this speed and ability, Mondo's Mo Shafeek said in an interview. But he didn't tell about the chameleon-like ability to play with multiple genres.
"His music for films like Creed and Black Panther showcase not only his collaborative nature but also his relationship to pop and hip hop, as well as blending untraditional instrumentation with traditional orchestras."
Shafeek added: "His score for The Mandalorian is similarly masterful in its ability to be wildly experimental while never feeling out of place – like a synth spaghetti western score that feels inspired in equal parts to Ennio Morricone, John Williams, and Hans Zimmer, while also never feeling like a pastiche. We are honoured to be the home for this complete score."
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"Beauty will save the world." Those are the words of cellist Camille Thomas, whose new album, Voice of Hope, speaks to this very idea. This album concept, at first glance, might have been at risk of feeling overly saccharine. It turns out, it'll take no more than nine seconds before the opening Kaddish by Ravel pulls you in and you know this is no lightweight endeavor from Thomas. This is not a sweet, innocent beauty, but one of visceral yearning, colored with mesmerizing, sometimes hauntingly beautiful soundscapes.
Thomas delivers this, her second release on the Deutsche Grammophon label, alongside musical colleagues very much on her home turf - the Brussels Philharmonic and their French music director Stéphane Denève.
Hear Camille Thomas and Stéphane Denève discuss the recording of Never Give Up on 90.1WRTI: Philadelphia
Canada's most successful songwriters, composers and music publishers are will be honoured in the 31st annual SOCAN Awards, held for the first time online, with Shawn Mendes solidifying his place in songwriting royalty earning two of the most prestigious prizes, becoming the most-awarded SOCAN member in a single year.
Follow @socanmusic on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (#2020SOCANawards) to join in the celebration of more than 50 award winners announced today through September 25th via special virtual presentation. Celebrations include Drake, LIGHTS, bülow, Andrew Lockington, Daniel Caesar, Laila Biali and more.
Biali has some new music for fall/winter including the release of Anthem by Leonard Cohen.
Laila Biali released her cover of 'Anthem' by Leonard Cohen last Friday, Sept 18, for Leonard's birthday celebration TODAY Sept 21.
The 2019 JUNO-Award winner covers her fellow Canadian and music icon with his relevant song that delivers a salient message for the times we find ourselves in: "Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything, that's where the light gets in." Leonard would have turned 86 today.
This single releases on the heels of Laila's highly succsessful 2020 album release, Out of Dust, which came out on March 27 and features an expansive ensemble of instrumentalists and singers including GRAMMY Award winners and nominees Lisa Fischer, John Ellis, Larnell Lewis, and others.
CBC Radio 1 is premiering the track today along with the Quarantunes video. Watch the attached
In 1968, a 16-year-old jazz fan at Palo Alto High School in California decides to hold a concert in the school's auditorium to raise funds for its International Club-and convinces Thelonious Monk's manager that his client should be the headliner. (Not surprisingly, the student, Danny Scher, would soon become a major force in the live-music production world.) As concert day approaches, one of the school's janitors, an audio enthusiast, offers to tune the piano in exchange for recording the show, a deal that's quickly agreed to. On the afternoon of October 27, the Thelonious Monk Quartet gives its only known high-school performance. Afterward, the janitor (his name apparently lost to history, though researchers are no doubt still working on that) hands the young promoter a tape. It goes in a box, where it sits for the next 50 years. When its owner rediscovers it, he contacts Monk's son T.S., who-first tickled by the story, then impressed by the recording's quality-sanctions its release.
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In the fall of 1968, a sixteen-year old high school student named Danny Scher had a dream to invite legendary jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk and his all-star quartet to perform a concert at his local high school in Palo Alto, CA.
Violinist Daniel Hope spent his period of social distancing by performing chamber concerts online from his living room in Berlin with specially invited guests including Christoph Israel, Till Brönner, Matthias Goerne and more.
KCRW 'Rhythm Planet Jukebox' features new releases from; Sharon Isbin, Rick Cutler & Mehmet Ali Sanlikol
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KCRW; Los Angeles 'Rhythm Planet Jukebox' – Jazz, Brazilian, World, and More playlist includes; Turkish musician Mehmet Ali Sanlikol's new album The Rise Up: Stories of Strife, Struggle, and Inspiration features sax veteran Dave Liebman, and was inspired in part by the artist's admiration for the Miles Davis/Gil Evans classic Sketches of Spain. The new album is structured around three episodes from Middle Eastern history as well as the current pandemic. Musically, it presents a wonderful fusion of jazz with traditional Turkish instruments and colors.
Women & Children is Rick Cutler's fifth album. The album, which he produced, expands on his previous work by including ensembles of different sizes, from solo to quintet. Women & Children is rich with jazz, classical as well as folk influences.
All of the pieces are written by Cutler with the exception of Time, written by Tom Waits. His process, for the most part, is to write a piece without any thought as to who or what inspiration is involved. When it's finished, he'll play it a few times and try to get an idea for a title. It usually comes from either what thoughts or feelings come to mind or something regarding the mood or form of the piece.
Cutler plays drums on One For Ed, Dee Too and Paris After Midnight. On these, he has Mark Soskin on piano who was Sonny Rollins' pianist for decades.
Daydreams (Probably) is the new album from multi-instrumentalist, Rick Cutler. The album is set for release on February 10th, 2017, on New Dude Records. Produced by Cutler, the album takes his usual solo piano format & expands upon it. Although, the balance of the album features his original compositions, it's the first time he's used pieces other than his own. He chose three pieces to cover, one by Bob Dylan, one by Stevie Wonder and one by Wayne Shorter. He felt that Bob Dylan's "Tomorrow Is A Long Time" and Stevie Wonder's "Black Orchid" are pieces that are less well known from these artists and he wanted to shine some well-deserved light on them.
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First Melancholy, Then The Night Stretch, the sophomore solo piano album from multitalented multi-instrumentalist Rick Cutler, is a marvelous second effort that delivers upon the promise of his debut disc, 'Sanctuaries' (which received words of praise from David Bowie's keyboardistMike Garson and former Sonny Rollins' pianist, Mark Soskin. An eclectic artist, Cutler eschews the categorization of his music, but cites the depth of the compositions and their improvisational elements along with an overall meditative feel as coming together in a way which should have appeal to lovers of jazz, classical, ambient electronica, new age, smooth jazz and folk music. Pristinely recorded so as to bring the sound of the piano into the listener's living room, the disc should easily find its way onto the shelves of collectors devoted to labels such as ECM and Windham Hill.
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"I continue to learn about and cultivate ‘The Silence' through my practice of Transcendental Meditation"- Rick Cutler ‘From The Silence' refers to that place of inner peace that dwells within each of us, and from which everything arises. The composing process for Cutler was fascinating. Without preconception the pieces on this album were pretty much written in the order as they appear in the track listing.
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It has always been a dream of mine to release an album of my own music, but when it came time to seriously consider putting something out there for everyone to hear, I had to step back and put some time into deciding exactly what to record & how I'd want it presented. What was most important to me in this process was answering the question, 'What, if anything, in my musical expression could be considered uniquely my own?' I decided on the solo piano approach and felt that what I came up with did justice to the music and satisfied my desire to present something that I could call my own. The title "Sanctuaries" came to mind partially referencing the beautiful Wayne Shorter composition 'Sanctuary,' but more so because I feel these pieces put me in a peaceful place. My hope is that this album can have a similar effect on the listener....Rick Cutler
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