Saturday, February 22, 2020
The Doors’ Robby Krieger announces Zappa-inspired solo album, his first in 10 years;
Feat. Arthur Barrow, Sal Marquez, Chad Wackerman and Tommy Mars !!
Incl. FZ's 'Chunga's Revenge' !!
To be released on April 24
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
From the Zappanale newsletter :
Dear Zappa and Zappanale fans,
Now all acts are fixed for the 31st Zappanale.
Pareto was right again, the last 20% of a task takes 80% of the time of this task.
Therefore, the program was not fixed until Christmas, which consequently means that we will start booking the bands for the 32nd Zappanale even earlier this year. Applications are already plentiful.
The Muffin Men will play in their original line-up for their 30th anniversary. Denny Walley and Mike Keneally will be their special guests. Mike also plans to play as guest musician with the Hilo Jazz Orchestra.
On March 20th 2020 Czar Of Crickets Productions will release the new album, "Jungle Eyes" by progressive post-metal experimentalists Posthumanbigbang.
The Swiss collective Posthumanbigbang surrounding mastermind Remo Häberli enters the new decade with its signature mix of experimental and post metal, progressive rock and film scoring with dips of atmospheric synths and native world music. It’s a melting pot of fragile melodies, hard-hitting tunes, sophisticated and honest lyrics, versatile vocals and full steam drumming.
Supported by all original members plus seven great guest musicians on this unfathomable record - especially to highlight Mike Liechti’s incredible drum work - and covered by an astonishing Artwork by Philipp Thöni (BlackYard), “Jungle Eyes” will show its audience a gripping journey of life.
After this long process of intense work in writing, recording and producing the music, the result is a magnum opus with an astounding level of depth, density and range, focusing on strong emotions and elaborate sonority.
Here's 'Cycles' :
- mick farren: to the masterlock
(2005, cd, japan, captain trip records)
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
- doctor nerve: loud
(2020, cd, usa, punos music)
"Loud", the CD EP presents 6 tracks. Love them.
The download version, however, has 11 bonus tracks !!
Here's the info from Bandcamp / Punos Music :
Mixed by Nik Chinboukas whose recording credits include Testament and Metal Allegiance, and mastered for maximum impact by Thomas Dimuzio, "LOUD" brings you four new Doctor Nerve tunes (and a bunch of bonus tracks) that are as aggressive as they are intricate.
Bonus tracks include alternative versions of the tunes with guitar solos by Henry Kaiser, Mike Keneally, Robert Musso, Kevin Hufnagel, René Lussier, Andrew Hawkins, Matt Hollenberg, and Shawn Persinger!
And that's what makes this album so exceptional.
Next to the pulsating, recurring melody lines, you now get recurring tracks as well. But each time with a different guest musician. Wowie Zowie !! This is absolutely great.
Enchanting. Hypnotic. Mesmerizing.
I ordered my package last week. Comes with a poster. Artwork by Okano Masato.
This one will get framed.
It fits the album perfectly.
In 1992, Ostbahn-Kurti & Die Chefpartie released a German version of FZ's 'Bobby Brown', entitled 'Bertl Braun'.
It became a hit in Austria and as a result the track can be found on various 'hit' compilation albums.
Here's two recent additions to the United Mutations Archives :
- various artists: austro-pop vol.2
(1999, 2cd, ger, polydor 543 492-2)
- various artists: austro pop show sechs
(2005, cd, ger, amadeo 06024 983996 0)
- nils dacke: på begäran - nils dacke spelar partyorgel
(2010, cd, sweden, scranta grammofon ab sacd 1322)
Nils, also known as "Disco' Dacke, released a series of albums on which he plays pop hits on his organ. Think elevator music. Or think birthday party at the resting home.
Anyway, Nils Dacke recorded FZ's 'Bobby Brown' and released it on Volume 7 of his "Nils Dacke Spele PartyOrgel" series. In 1979 !!
Due to great demand, or another reason, Nils' version of 'Bobby Brown' also found its way to this Super Audio CD compilation.
Here's Volume 1. You can thank me later.
- ett fett storband: zappananza
(2013, download, --, itunes)
Here's an interesting one: the Swedish Ett Fett Storband, performing the music of Frank Zappa.
Here's a cell phone recording that will give you an impression of what these guys are up to.
- dauerfisch: pop fakes vol.1
(1994, k7, ger, private release)
Talking to Achim Treu, who you might know as Künstler Treu (the man behind UFO Hawaii), he told me that they also made a CDR-version at the time but 'only for friends and family'.
Message from Markus Reuter :
Check about THREE OF A PERFECT PAIR MUSIC CAMP in Big Indian, NY in the beautiful Catskills Mountain in mid-state New York. www.threeofaperfectpair.com
Adrian Belew, Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto return to Full Moon Resort for Three Of A Perfect Pair Music Camp. The four night getaway – starting Monday, August 10 to Friday, August 14, 2020 - features performances, workshops, open mics, exquisite dining and fully-equipped jam rooms all set against the idyllic backdrop of the Catskill Mountains.
At Three Of A Perfect Pair Music Camp, Adrian, Tony and Pat share meals, tales from the road, and even the stage during after-hours jam sessions with campers. Whether you play guitar, drums, bass -- or no instrument at all -- Three Of A Perfect Pair offers a rare opportunity to learn, play, make friends, and to get up close and personal with this trio of renowned musicians!
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Monday, February 17, 2020
From Chris Opperman :
The world premiere of my new piece "And If You Know" will take place on Sunday, March 15th at Opera America in NYC with Ereni Sevasti singing and Gene Pritsker on guitar. It's a pop ballad I wrote for my little girl because I want her to always know that I love her. There are a lot of other awesome pieces and composers who will also be featured! Come hang!
Composers featured on the concert include, Tyrone Birkett, Charles Coleman, Dan Cooper, Loire Cotler, Chris Opperman, Gene Pritsker, Richard Sussman, David Taylor, and Ann Warren.
Performers featured will be vocalist Scot Albertson, saxophonist Tyrone Birkett, vocalist Charles Coleman, vocalist Loire Cotler, violist Beth Holub, pianist Chris Opperman, guitarist Gene Pritsker, pianist Richard Sussman, bass trombonist David Taylor, Ereni Sevasti - voice, Loire Cotler - Rhythm Vocalist, and Glen Velez - Frame Drum, Percussion
- ufo hawaii: residents resifted
(2014, download, --, itunes)
Pop versions of Residents tunes. Check it out :
Work on this album started a good while ago when I received an invitation to join Der Plan for a Residents tribute festival in the Netherlands. After we met up with Hardy Fox, who was touring Berlin at the time, Moritz® picked two hands full of what he considered essential Residents songs, and I began working on some of them in preparation for the live show.
Unfortunately the festival was canceled due to financial problems soon thereafter, and half a dozen songs in progress ended up vanishing into the drawer.
But only until just recently, when I then rediscovered them, and - after having a fresh listen - found them quite worthy of being given some finishing touches.
Also, Mr. JJ Jones was kind - and interested - enough to join in, contributing his versatile singing abilities to the songs.
So here you go… These are the five cover versions that came out of our combined efforts.
Have fun listening, and keep watching the skies.
Sunday, February 16, 2020
UNANIMAL Tour Dates
13 March : Herberg Macharius, Gent, BE 20:00
22 March : Comedi, Heusden, BE 11:00
25 March : De Koer, Gent, BE 20:00
28 March : JazzCats, Kortrijk, BE 20:30
18 April : Record Store Day, Vynilla Ghent, BE 13:00
31 May: Ham Sessions, Ghent, BE 19:00
20 June : BMC Budapest, HU 20:00
From the Psychofon newsletter:
The Residents - DIE! DIE! DIE!
Oh yes, that's right folks. You may have already heard that The Residents' new album Metal, Meat and Bone is coming this year. To punctuate that milestone, we will be releasing a special 2 track 7" single titled "DIE! DIE! DIE!". Side A is the Alvin Snow boxed set version of the song of the same title. Side B is a new and unheard version of DIE! DIE! DIE! featuring Black Francis from the Pixies! There will be a special colored version as well as a standard black edition. We hope to have this available for purchase some time in May 2020.
As always, stay tuned to Psychofon Records for more information and future releases!
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Friday, February 14, 2020
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Bruno Vansina finished recording his "12 12" project.
To be released on album, in 12 different editions. Each with a different album cover :-)
Bruno Vansina (sax), Benjamin Sauzereau (guitar), Cyrille Obermüller (bass), Falk Schrauwen (percussion) and Teun Verbruggen (drums)
20.02 deSingel (Antwerpen), BE
05.03 CC Het Perron (Ieper), BE
06.03 Cinema Plaza (Duffel), BE
11.03 CC De Werft (Geel), BE
12.03 CC Casino (Koksijde), BE
13.03 CC Ter Vesten (Beveren), BE
18.03 Handelsbeurs (Gent), BE
19.03 De Casino (Sint-Niklaas), BE
26.03 De Werf/Utopia Bibliotheek (Aalst), BE
27.03 C-mine (Genk), BE
01.04 CC Strombeek, BE
02.04 CC de Meent (Alsemberg), BE
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
02.05.2020 Wed Egyptian Theatre Boise, ID United States
02.06.2020 Thu Neptune Seattle, WA United States
02.07.2020 Fri Tower Theatre Bend, OR United States
02.08.2020 Sat Roseland Theater Portland, OR United States
02.09.2020 Sun Van Duzer Theatre Arcata, CA United States
02.12.2020 Wed Rogue Theatre Grants Pass, OR United States
02.13.2020 Thu The Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA United States
02.14.2020 Fri The Rose Pasadena, CA United States
02.15.2020 Sat The Canyon Agoura Hills, CA United States
02.16.2020 Sun The Canyon Montclair, CA United States
02.19.2020 Wed Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ United States
02.20.2020 Thu Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, NV United States
02.21.2020 Fri Commonwealth Room Salt Lake City, UT United States
02.22.2020 Sat Washington's Ft. Collins, CO United States
02.23.2020 Sun Gothic Theatre Denver, CO United States
02.24.2020 Mon KiMo Theatre Albuquerque, NM United States
02.26.2020 Wed The Paramount Theatre Austin, TX United States
02.27.2020 Thu House Of Blues Dallas, TX United States
02.28.2020 Fri Tower Theatre Oklahoma City, OK United States
02.29.2020 Sat The Truman Kansas City, MO United States
03.01.2020 Sun Waiting Room Omaha, NE United States
03.02.2020 Mon George's Majestic Fayetteville, AR United States
03.04.2020 Wed Lincoln Theater Columbus, OH United States
03.05.2020 Thu Bomhard Theater Louisville, KY United States
03.06.2020 Fri Jergel's Rhythm Grille Warrendale, PA United States
03.07.2020 Sat The Paramount Huntington, NY United States
03.08.2020 Sun Keswick Theatre Glenside, PA United States
03.10.2020 Tue Tupelo Music Hall Derry, NH United States
03.11.2020 Wed The Egg Albany, NY United States
03.12.2020 Thu Tarrytown Music Hall Tarrytown, NY United States
03.13.2020 Fri Hamilton Live Washington, DC United States
03.14.2020 Sat Sherman Theater Stroudsburg, PA United States
03.15.2020 Sun State Theatre State College, PA United States
03.17.2020 Tue Columbus Theatre Providence, RI United States
03.18.2020 Wed Corona Theatre Montreal QC Canada
03.20.2020 Fri Palais Montcalm Quebec City QC Canada
03.21.2020 Sat Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, ON Canada
03.22.2020 Sun Royal Oak Music Theatre Detroit, MI United States
03.24.2020 Tue Music Box Supper Club Cleveland, OH United States
03.25.2020 Wed The Vogue Indianapolis, IN United States
03.26.2020 Thu Pabst Theater Milwaukee, WI United States
03.27.2020 Fri The Englert Theatre Iowa City, IA United States
03.28.2020 Sat The Ready Room St. Louis, MO United States
04.09.2020 Thu Fortitude Music Hall Brisbane Australia
04.10.2020 Fri Byron Bay Bluesfest Byron Bay Australia
04.12.2020 Sun Enmore Theatre Sydney Australia
04.13.2020 Mon Croxton Bandroom Melbourne Australia
04.15.2020 Wed The Gov Adelaide Australia
04.17.2020 Fri Astor Theatre Perth Australia
07.05.2020 Fri Chiari Blues Festival Lombardy Italy
Monday, February 10, 2020
- jazzmuseo: elavana pyynikinlinnassa + live at pyynikinlinna
(2018, cd, finland, alba records)
guitar - sax - piano - double bass
From the same album:
- spanish brass: brass, brass, brass
(2016, cd+dvd, spain, sb025)
The album kicks off with 'Also Sprach Zarathustra' and ends with FZ's 'Brown Shoes Don't Make It'.
Somewhere in-between, the ensemble also plays a joyful version of the 'Lumpy Gravy' theme.
trombone - trumpet - trumpet - french horn - tuba
As a bonus, the album comes with a DVD video recording of the same tracks.
In concert. Choreography and all. Great stuff.
Turn the volume up and give this sampler (sampled from the DVD) a try :
King Crimson will be touring for six weeks this summer in June and early July together with the Zappa band in the USA and Canada. The full list of dates is yet to be confirmed, but today does see the announcement of a concert at The Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Virginia on June 30th.
Tickets will on sale to the general public on Saturday, but as usual, we will be emailing 1000 Club members and DGM subscribers with details of our own Royal Package seats.
The Zappa Band
- Mike Keneally
- Scott Thunes
- Joe Travers
- Ray White
- Robert Martin
Sunday, February 9, 2020
Stack Waddy's 1972 "Bugger Off" album is getting a vinyl re-release.
It includes Stack Waddy's version of Frank Zappa's 'Willie The Pimp'.
The album did see quite a number of CD-re-issues but to my knowledge, this is the first time it's re-released on vinyl.
Out on the Trading Places record label.
- toon tellegen en het wisselend toonkwintet: ik wou
(2020, cd, nl, brokkenrecords)
Her collaboration with Toon Tellegen probably is the most successful one as the duo already did a number of tours and released a handful of albums.
The most recent album, "Ik Wou" (I Wish), got recorded last year an offers twenty-one short stories. The music is performed by Corrie van Binsbergen, Joost Buis, Albert van Veenendaal, Hein Offermans and Alan 'Gunga' Purves.
Beautiful. The perfect match.
- west street trio: gate city arts - bonnie kane's - thursday experiment- nov 21- 2019
(2020, download, --, bandcamp)
Next to John and Steve, Federico 'FAM' Balducci completed the trio.
Check it out on Bandcamp :
One week after the release of Volume 1, Volume 2 has also been made available.
- caca 2020: sketches of pain
(2020, download, --, bandcamp)
- Guitar – Pierre Vervloesem
- Keyboards – Peter Vandenberghe
- Bass – Gil Mortio
- Drums – Teun Verbruggen
- Alto Saxophone – Benjamin Boutreur
- Baritone Saxophone – Bruno Vansina
- Bass Saxophone – Nic Roseeuw
- Tenor Saxophone – Roeland Van Hoorne
As it was a project by Pierre Vervloesem, it might have been more appropriate to have called the band The Pierre Vervloesem Octet.
Anyway, as the Bandcamp liner notes say: originally released in 2010 and now re-released in a remastered and remixed version with a couple of bonus tracks.
If you're familiar with the original album, I'm sure you'll buy this one as well.
If this is all new to you, don't hesitate and give it a listen.
Instrumental guitar-oriented rock music. With saxophones !
Essential listening !!
- various artists: audiophile sounds of opus 3
(2018, cd, ger, stereoplay)
Adding data to The Others Of Invention, artists that have recorded the music of Frank Zappa, here's the CD that came with the November 2018 issue of Stereoplay magazine.
It featured two tracks by The Omnibus Wind Ensemble, one of which was their performance of FZ's 'Inca Roads'.
- lazuli: le fantastique envol de dieter böhm
(2020, cd, france, bzz 041)
I've seen them live (at Zappanale) a couple of times. They never disappointed.
Been buying their albums ever since.
Narrative and bombastic.
French horn and marimba, léode and guitar.
In a beautiful CD/Book package. I love it.
Saturday, February 8, 2020
info copied from the Zappateers website :
THE FRANK ZAPPA LEAP - DAY
in Rome, Italy
on February 29, 2020
at the auditorium Parco Della Musica
"Sketches Of Pain" by Caca 2020 (= a Pierre Vervloesem project)
From the Sub Rosa record label:
Available for the first time outside Japan, and on LP and CD, Phosphorescent Dreams is another epic album of symphonic schizophrenic avant-rock from Univers Zéro, originally released - only on CD - on the Japanese label Arcàngelo.
Phosphorescent Dreams presents at the same time, in the same track, even on a single moment, the complex musical schemes and ways of Univers Zéro, ranging from maximalism to minimalism, classical avant-garde with a 2020 vibe in a constant flux. In a blend of tension constantly emerging from a subtle dialogue between avant-rock and contemporary influences, harmonies and dissonance, Phosphorescent Dreams is a balanced formula of old-school know-how reshaped almost 40 years after the released of the seminal LP Univers Zéro.
Univers Zero represents one of the longest-living bands in Belgium. It was established in 1974. Drummer Daniel Denis had the brilliant idea to gather together a team of professionals sharing the same taste for music. The band has adopted an instrumental progressive style. Over the last couple of decades, the band has also implemented a series of influences from chamber music - most commonly, chamber music from the 20th century. Even if the line-up changes a lot over the years, the overall sound of UZ remained fairly consistent.
Give it a listen here:
Sunday, February 2, 2020
"New release from Sun Ra and His Solar-Myth Arkestra"
The Solar-Myth Approach Vol. 1
Sun Ra and His Solar-Myth Arkestra
The Solar-Myth Approach was first issued in 1971 as a double LP set on the French BYG/Actuel label, then repackaged as two stand-alone volumes in 1972. Founded in 1967, BYG was associated with the maverick arts journal Actuel. The label issued dozens of fascinating and groundbreaking free jazz, experimental, and psychedelic releases before a seemingly abrupt—and controversial—late-1972 bankruptcy. The pot-head pixies in the band Gong recalled that "during the making of [our album] Flying Teapot in January 1973, the band learned that the record company had gone bust, its Paris office stripped bare, no phones working. The band was abandoned at the Manor Studios midway through the album." The label died without a lawful successor—but not without litigation and lawsuits.
Sun Ra had licensed or sold the Solar-Myth recordings to BYG. (The terms of the agreement are unknown because no copy could be located for review, but the distinction between license and sale has been rendered moot by subsequent events. It's even possible there was never a written agreement. See below.) In the absence of any valid successor label claim, rights to both Solar-Myth albums reverted to the artist (and later, to his heirs). However, through a series of subterfuges, a label that rose from the ashes of BYG, Charly Records, founded by one of the BYG partners, assumed ownership of countless BYG releases without any provable chain-of-title. BYG and Charly are separate and unrelated companies with one overlapping principal on their letterheads. It's possible (we're agnostic) that some artists who appeared on BYG were later signed to Charly. Gong wasn't. Neither was Sun Ra. Search online and you'll find allegations of impropriety against Charly for non-payment of royalties, false ownership claims, infringement, and illicit releases. Besides Gong, plaintiffs and accusers included Nina Simone, George Clinton, Ian McLagan, and MCA Records. A number of these complaints went to court. According to a well-known indie rocker, "At the 2005 Ponderosa Stomp in Memphis, Syl Johnson went on a tirade from the stage about Charly putting out his music without proper authorization. His rant was so hilarious that I felt compelled to purchase the Charly CD from the merch stand after his set."
Since the demise of BYG, the Solar-Myth Approach albums have been reissued without legitimacy in a series of ever worsening-quality packages in various formats. The Charly reissues were inferior to the BYG originals (and displayed different cover art), and a dreadful off-pitch, out-of phase 2-CD bootleg appeared on the Fuel label in 2001.
On a qualitative level, this 2020 Cosmic Myth remastering from best-available sources (tapes and discs) constitutes an upgrade. Are they perfect? Of course not—these are Sun Ra recordings. But countless audio flaws—some dating from the original sessions, others from careless mastering—have been repaired.
A couple of weeks ago I attended "Cappa Meets Zappa", a fascinating evening where an inspired Mark Janse talked about his passion for the Cappadocian language: how he had been studying this dead language for a number of years and had become the authority only to find out that there were a handful of people left who actually spoke the language.
For the musical intermezzo, Mark had invited Beat Love Oracle to perform some music which they did. Even including some pieces by Frank Zappa as BLO knew that Mark would appreciate it.
Due to popular demand, the evening will be repeated on June 6.
Same location, the Quatre Mains piano center in Ghent, BE.
2020 01 31 Philadelphia, PA, Museum of Art
2020 03 04 New York City, NY, Town Hall
2020 04 10 Champaign, IL, University
2020 04 11 Lakeside, MI, Storehouse 013, Lakeside Inn
2020 04 12 Chicago, IL, Constellation
2020 04 29 - 2020 05 15 EUROPEAN TOUR
Dates and venues TBA
2020 05 03 Tilburg, NL, Paradox
The Ed Palermo Big Band in concert
Monday February 10
1650 Broadway (corner of W. 51 St.)
New York City
8:00PM - One set only
Saturday February 15
With Special Guest Napoleon Murphy Brock
1348 Rt. 9W
From Glass Onyon PR
Italian Music Artist Annie Barbazza To Release Debut Solo Album “Vive”
Featuring Greg Lake, Fred Frith, Daniel Lanois, John Greaves, Paul Roland and others!
Italian music artist Annie Barbazza is releasing her first solo album “Vive” on February 29, 2020 on Dark Companion Records. She was a young drummer in love with progressive rock when Greg Lake discovered her talent as a singer and wanted her on stage with him for the concert which would later become the posthumous “Live in Piacenza”. Again Lake produced “Moonchild”, the duo with pianist Max Repetti for Manticore Records where she sang many songs formerly sang by Lake with ELP and King Crimson. If these were the beginnings of Annie’s career, now she is a rising star of the international Avant/Prog scene. Her friendship with John Greaves (Henry Cow, National Health) leads her to collaborate permanently live with the Welsh musician and to collaborate on his latest albums (“Piacenza” for Dark Companion and “Life Size” for Manticore).
Another one of her stable collaborations is the one with legendary writer-singer-songwriter Paul Roland with whom Annie regularly performs live as a bassist and singer and in the studio also as a drummer. Of extraordinary success both with critics and audiences is the recent collaboration with the North Sea Radio Orchestra as main vocalist in “Folly Bololey” (Dark Companion), the tribute to Robert Wyatt which triumphed at Rock In Opposition festival and at Cafe Oto in London, the cradle of new music. In studio she collaborates, among others, with Giorgio Fico Piazza and with Warm Morning Brothers, while live she performs together with artists such as Eugenio Finardi, Osanna, Robyn Hitchcock and many more, in addition to the ones afore-mentioned.
This album has a long history: Greg Lake originally wanted Annie to play all the instruments, but the record slowly turned into an all-star friends collaboration for most of them asked Annie to be part of it, from Fred Frith to John Greaves, from Lino Capra Vaccina to Daniel Lanois and Paul Roland. All tracks are original with the exception of two tracks written for her by John Greaves and Paul Roland and a cover of the splendid Blegvad / Greaves classic, “How Beautiful You Are”.
Who know Annie is aware of her elusive, shy nature. By these songs she gave voice to her inner ghosts and dreams, desires and fierce creativity.
An intimate, courageous, innovative album in which the many influences and musical styles of Annie melts together. Producer Max Marchini wanted to keep as immediate as they were conceived and played, avoiding overengineerings and over arrangements. The result is a collections of songs that span over the years working on which the many sides of the sparking, incredible voice of Annie Barbazza are the main character.
Here's Annie at the Rock In Opposition festival, taking part in a performance of Robert Wyatt's "Rock Bottom".
Frédérique Spigt is touring with "Stukjes", poetry and music.
Music performed by Corrie van Binsbergen, Mark Nieuwenhuis and Tijmen Veelenturf.
01 feb 20:30 Frédérique Spigt and Corrie van Binsbergen - Kantine Walhalla Rotterdam, NL
06 feb 20:15 Frédérique Spigt and Corrie van Binsbergen - Theater Hof 88 Almelo, NL
12 feb 20:30 Frédérique Spigt and Corrie van Binsbergen - Toneelschuur Haarlem, NL
13 feb 20:15 Frédérique Spigt and Corrie van Binsbergen - Cultura Ede, NL
20 feb 20:30 Frédérique Spigt and Corrie van Binsbergen - Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, NL
21 feb 20:30 Frédérique Spigt and Corrie van Binsbergen - Schouwburg Amstelveen, NL
28 feb 20:30 Frédérique Spigt and Corrie van Binsbergen - Goudse Schouwburg Gouda, NL
Donderdag 9 juli
Grand Opening Night with John Legend
Vrijdag 10 juli
Archie Shepp – Tribute to John Coltrane • Branford Marsalis • Brittany Howard • Burna Boy • George Benson • Jazzmeia Horn • Jill Scott • Joe Bonamassa and Metropole Orkest • Jordan Rakei • Kurt Elling and Danilo Pérez • Kokoroko • Lionel Richie • Louis Cole Big Band • Mark Guiliana BEAT MUSIC • Mark Lettieri Group • Nérija • This Edition ft. Jeff Ballard • Jasper Høiby • Pablo Held • Verneri Pohjola • Julian Argüelles
Zaterdag 11 juli
Archie Shepp – Tribute to John Coltrane • Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram • Diana Ross • Dweezil Zappa • Eric Gales • Gustavo Santaolalla • Greg Ward’s Rogue Parade • Hiromi • Ibrahim Maalouf • James Carter Organ Trio • Little Simz • Marc Cohn and The Blind Boys of Alabama • Michael Kiwanuka • Mood Swing Quartet ft. Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride and Brian Blade • Nubya Garcia • Nona • Typhoon • Yola
Zondag 12 juli
Alicia Keys • Ari Lennox • Avishai Cohen Big Vicious • Baby Rose • Black Pumas • Gregory Porter • Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Aymée Nuviola’s Band "Viento y Tiempo" • Herbie Hancock • Joey Alexander Trio • John McLaughlin and The 4th Dimension • Kenny Barron and Dave Holland Trio ft. Johnathan Blake • Mudita • New Cool Collective • SFJAZZ Collective • Shabaka And The Ancestors • Stacey Kent • TaxiWars
-- info: Aad Hoogesteger
Saturday, February 1, 2020
The new Millionaire album will be made available in (at least) four different versions :
- Limited gold coloured vinyl + Limited double A side clear yellow 7”, including a 20 page comic! (300 numbered copies)
- Limited gold coloured vinyl
- Black vinyl
- john tabacco: sans lyrics vol.3
(2014, download, --, bandcamp)
The same package also included "Sans Lyrics, Vol.3", an instrumental album that clearly displays John's love for unusual melodies and rhythms.
Performed on a sequencer (or synth) gives it a modern contemporary sound.
I like it a lot !!
Digital download and also released on CDR.
Check it out here :
DATE: January 18, 2020
EVENT: Ibanez Showcase Concert - Steve Vai PIA Signature Guitar Release Party
LOCATION: House of Blues - Anaheim California
BAND: Drums - Jeremy Colson, Bass - Philip Bynoe, Guitar - Dave Weiner
GUEST GUITAR: Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert, Nita Strauss, Polyphia
- david linx & michel hatzigeorgiou: the wordsmith
(2019, cd, eu, sound surveyor music)
In duo. Vocals and electric jazz bass.
All original material except for the sublime rendition of Jimi Hendrix' 'The Wind Cries Mary'.
Out on CD !
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
- elvis schoenberg presents the orchestre surréal: manic voodoo lady - the music of hendrix
(2009, cd, usa, allegro non troppo records es-1004)
I knew E.S. from his two excellent "Air Surreal" and "It's Alive" albums, released in 1998 and 2003.
I had no idea that he had released a third album. What a nice find. (thanks for the info, Danny !)
Unpredictable and fun. One might call it Zappa-esque.
Featuring Ken Rosser (who we also know from The Grandmothers) in their line-up and special guest Scott Henderson one one track.
-- info: Danny Mathys
Recorded in concert in January 2019 and released by the IGLOO record label : Mikmâäk's #2.
Featuring Laurent Blondiau trompette and bugle - Fabian Fiorini piano - Bart Maris trompette and bugle - Jean-Paul Estiévenart trompette - Adrien Lambinet trombone and trombone basse - Pascal Rousseau tuba basse - Guillaume Orti saxophones - Jeroen Van Herzeele saxophones - Bo Van der Werf saxophones - Grégoire Tirtiaux saxophones - Pierre Bernard flûtes - Quentin Manfroy flûtes - Yann Lecollaire clarinette - Nathan Wouters contrebasse - Samuel Ber batterie
Modern jazz !!
You can listen to some of the tracks here :
-- info: Danny Mathys
a message from Mark Wingfield and Markus Reuter:
This is the third album in a series of duo releases by Mark and Markus under the moniker TEAR. Stay tuned for deep explorations, both live and studio recordings, to surface here. This album is a free download ("pay as much as you like") to get us, and you, started. Enjoy the music and we appreciate your support!
- john tabacco: unfulfilled shopping carts syndrome
(2014, download, usa, muffin records productions)
Track two is John's re-arranged version of Frank Zappa's 'How Could I Be Such A Fool?'. Beautiful.
On his bandcamp page, John explains: "Most of the lyrics were inspired by my on again off again relationship with Susan DeVita. A relationship that taught me a lot about myself and made me re-examine what it is to truly love another person."
This might sound a bit corny, but the result is anything but cliché.
"Unfulfilled Shopping Carts Syndrome" presents 22 fine songs.
Check it out.
Monday, January 27, 2020
Jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum recorded a series of smooth jazz albums called "The Gospel According To Jazz". Volume one got released in 1998, volume two in 2002 and volume three in 2010.
All of these feature George Duke on keyboards.
Quite different from what George did when he was in Zappa's band, but very nice to listen to.
- kirk whalum: the gospel according to jazz - chapter I
(1998, cd, usa, warner gospel)
- kirk whalum: the gospel according to jazz - chapter II
(2002, cd, usa, word entertainment)
- kirk whalum: the gospel according to jazz - chapter II
(2010, 2cd, usa, top drawer records)
Talking about moving an audience...
-- info: Aad Hoogesteger
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Promoted by MoonJune Records:
The Nikolov-Ivanovic Undectet feat. Magic Malik is a large ensemble with an eclectic instrumentation. This eleven-piece band led by pianist and arranger Vladimir Nikolov and drummer Srdjan Ivanovic fuses tradition and out-of-the-box thinking to produce sophisticated Balkan influenced music that challenges the listener on an emotional and intellectual level.
Featuring some of the best inter-generation musicians from Serbia and France the band is presenting their new album Frame and Curiosity. They were joined on the album by the flutist Malik Mezzadri, known as Magic Malik and upon realising the musical fit of Malik’s playing and sound with the Undectet, he became an important factor in the new album’s sound.
Sun Ra tribute album by the Barrence Whitfield Soul Savage Arkestra:
"Songs From The Sun Ra Cosmos".
Out on the Modern Harmonic label.
Available on LP and CD.
Saturday, January 25, 2020
From Alex Winter:
Because we love you. Here's the very first look at our special festival poster for Zappa. It will ONLY be used for festival screenings prior the public release of the film. Hope you dig it! Dates coming soon for premiere and private backer screenings!
Photo by the great Bill Gubbins.
Dan Gross produced a movie of the 2016 Keith Emerson tribute concert.
The movie is getting screenings at various festivals and will be made available on DVD as well.
Featuring Eddie Jobson, Vinnie Colaiuta and Joe Travers.
Over at The Idiot Bastard website, Andrew said
To celebrate 20 years of bringing you Zappa and related news via this here website, I will be writing an article each month that provides answers to some of those questions no one asks. Yes, I am giving you 12 FUQs (Frequently Unasked Questions) in 2020! Here's number one.
From Glass Onyon PR:
Metal Icon DON DOKKEN Steps Into The Spotlight On This Superb Solo Album Solitary!
Los Angeles, CA - He’s the voice behind multi-platinum selling albums and heavy metal classics such as “Breaking The Chains,” “In My Dreams,” “Dream Warriors” and many more! But for the aptly named album Solitary, Dokken vocalist Don Dokken strips away the metal trappings and takes center stage as a singular creative force on this acoustic album that includes both original songs and imaginative reworkings of other’s songs. Dokken’s powerful singing truly shines throughout these recordings, bringing both fiery passion and gentle emotion.
To help bring this project to life, Don reached out to several high-profile musicians including The Firm/Whitesnake bassist Tony Franklin plus renowned drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (Frank Zappa / Sting).
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
David Linx and Michel Hatzigeorgiou made an album together : "The Word Smith".
Vocals and bass guitar.
In concert in Liège, BE,
at 'L'An Vert'
on January 25, 2020
Sam. 25 janvier 2020
David Linx et Michel Hatzigeorgiou
Monday, January 20, 2020
From Glass Onyon PR :
Is Prog Rock Really Progressive? A New Book Discussing the Progress in Progressive Rock Music
Is Prog Rock really progressive anymore? How do the current Prog bands feel about the genre and its legacy? Do they feel that there is progress in the music they perform? Different Prog artists/bands are being interviewed and answer 5 questions about the current status of the Progressive Rock and its culture. This exploratory research focuses on exploring the present and the future of a music genre that survived through the years due to its innovative nature.
While most of the previous Prog books focus on historical facts of the genre, this journalistic effort is a self-criticism of the genre through the looking glass of modern and active Prog musicians. The book starts with an introduction to Prog Rock by VIAJERO INMÓVIL Records (Argentina) and the rest of the material is divided into chapters that include the musicians’ answers to the following discussion themes:
1. What is progress in Progressive Rock?
2. Is Progressive Rock really progressive?
3. Accepting other music genres as progressive music
4. Next step for the progress of Progressive Rock
5. Technology and Progressive Rock
The participating Prog artists/bands that are being interviewed: Aisles, Anubis, Ant-Bee, EchoTest, Evership, Karakorum, Kotebel, Life After Mars, Light Freedom Revival, Lars Eric Mattson, Liquid Orbit, Magenta, Mouth, Process of Illumination, RTFACT, Robert Berry, Seven Impale, Soul Enema, Sproingg, Terra Collective, Time King, Wobbler, Yang.
The book was written by Vasileios Yfantis who has also authored other thematic books on Punk, Metal and music technology. Next plans for Vasileios Yfantis include the release of a Prog musical album in 2020 and a new book on melodic rock scheduled for release during the early 2021.
Paperback: 119 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 11, 2020)
Leonardo / Moonjune says :
This is a historic 100th release on MoonJune Records, and it is very special, Markus Reuter is not only one of my favorite musicians, but also one of my best friends among musicians, and in past 7 years we did so much with Stick Men and on various sessions, on 4 continents. This is a brutally phenomenal monster power trio, and one of the highlights of my label, and the good news is that we will record Truce 2 later this year at La Casamurada, where this album was recorded on May 15, last year, while we are working on mixing and mastering of Markus next album on MoonJune, “Oculus”, featuring David Cross, Mark Wingfield, Fabio Trentini, Asaf Sirkis.
This band will debut at a music festival this upcoming May, and after making the follow up album, we have plans for some touring, mostly in 2021.
Sunday, January 19, 2020
If you're unfamiliar with the music of Chato Segerer, I urge you to check out his 2015 "Prog Fusion With Balls" and his 2017 "So Und Nicht Anders" albums.
More recently, Chato has added two 'new' tracks to his Bandcamp page, released as "Live In The Studio Session 2018".
Both tracks sound great and I'm really impressed with his 'In Memoriam, Frank Zappa'.
Guitarist and composer Yuval Ron recently released his second album.
Next to Yuval, "Somewhere In This Universe, Somebody Hits A Drum" features Matt Paull on keyboards, Roberto Badoglio on bass, and Marco Minnemann on drums.
As the title shows, this album will take you on a trip. A progressive rock / fusion trip to be more exact.
I like it a lot. Beautiful compositions, superb flight crew !!
Check it out :
The album, which was over three years in the making, features six beautiful and profound compositions placing a strong emphasis on big, orchestral, film music-like arrangements and production. On top of those, the players give some virtuosic and passionate performances, soloing over the tunes while keeping their original intent. It leaves the listener fascinated throughout the extensive pieces, traveling through space with tunes like “Gravitational Lensing”, “The Discovery of Phoebe” and “I Believe in Astronauts”.
Saturday, January 18, 2020
- the zappa early renaissance orchestra: blather
(announced, --, uk, cordelia cd095)
Sixteen tracks. 14 FZ pieces and two by Kevin Crosby.
Quite a lot of people contributed to this album. It's not just the familiar Z.E.R.O. crew (Kevin Crosby / Juliana Brandon / Ted Clifford / Rupert Kettle / Prairie Prince).
MagNiFZnt is present on a couple of tunes, as is Inventionis Mater, and Craig 'Twister' Steward, and the extended version of Tante Tofu, and Sandro Oliva (!!), and Fred Händl, and Joe Trump.
The result is an excellent Zappa tribute. Quite diverse, funny and beautiful.
The 1971 live arrangement of Who Are The Brain Police? gave me goosebumps. Again. Juliana Brandon. Wow !
Inner album artwork will use pictures of Bruce Bickford's clay art. Amazing.
Here's a completely different version of 'Who Are The Brain Police?", from the "Zero - Tolerance" album, from 2016.
Luis G. has been putting new versions of older albums on various digital platforms.
He has also put together two free digital compilations :
including FZ-pieces performed by A.L. Guillèn and by Marieta Y Lot Jetas.
Check them out at: https://halloffame.es/
Friday, January 17, 2020
WHO THE F*@% IS FRANK ZAPPA? by Alex Winter
The movie is COMPLETE and headed to its world premiere at our favorite film festival in March, baby! Here we discuss the deets, the ever-bountiful vault and info on future events for backers!
GET OUT YOUR JAZZ DISCHARGE PARTY HATS!
The movie was accepted to the great SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. I’ll announce the screening dates as soon as I have them! I couldn’t be more thrilled; this is both a movie and music festival and draws a huge crowd of music lovers. Please come join us if you can. And thanks to Rolling Stone for this cool piece on the premiere!
Of course now we will also be scheduling the other backer screenings in the different cities around the country. We are working in collaboration with the mighty Alamo Draft House who know how to put on a great show, and I can’t wait to meet all of you at those screenings! Look for announcements of those dates to follow the SXSW premiere, as well as additional film festivals worldwide!
The coffee table book is being made as we speak; stuffed with never before seen images and the text being written for us by the legendary David Fricke, with design by the great Mike Mesker. It’s going to be amazing! The soundtrack is also in the works, with original album cover art being created by the genius Cal Schenkel. We’re not f*cking around! And all information on the dates for those and the other remaining backer rewards will go out as soon as we have them!
WE GOTTA COME UP WITH SOME NEW SHIT!
Here's the link to the Rolling Stone article:
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
In 2017, Stefan Ullmann wrote an essay on the music of Frank Zappa as part of his bachelor study.
He released it as a 36-page booklet in February 2019.
It includes scores and lots of theoretical explanations (and it's in German)
He re-released it last September as a book-on-demand.
Different cover, altered title, same impressive booklet. Also in German.
In the meantime, Stefan also released an English version.
- kevin ayers & the wizards of twiddly: turn the lights down
(2000, cd, uk, market square music msmcd105)
The Wizards Of Twiddly are a superb band in their own right. At a certain time, Carl Bowry, Andy Frizell and Martin Smith also were part of The Muffin Men, performing the music of Frank Zappa.
Anyway, "Turn The Lights Down" is a pretty fine album. Laid-back.
Here's The Muffins Of Twiddly, or The Wizard Men if you prefer, in concert in 2002 :
- frank zappa coloring book
by denise day
(2019, book, --, private release)
The above pictured 40-page booklet by Denise Day does not qualify as one as it offers terrible black and white scans of pictures of FZ.
I'll be putting my crayons back in the drawer...
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Herbie Mann's "London Underground", featured Aynsley Dunbar :
-- info : Jan van Kemenade
Another digital "Beat The Boots' release by Stick Men;
Tony Levin: Chapman Stick, Voice
Markus Reuter: Touch Guitars® U8 Deluxe, Live Looping
Pat Mastelotto: Drums, Loops, Samples
Robert Frazza: F.O.H. engineer
Sounds pretty good...
Stick Men adds:
We are now making recordings like this publicly and officially available for purposes of archiving, (our own) historical research, and for your enjoyment as a fan and collector. Each show is offered for a rather low price and the proceeds from these downloads will get split evenly between Tony, Markus, Pat, and Robert, the four people who worked as a team to make this music come alive.
From the Unday record label:
Following the success of the critically acclaimed 2018 album ‘Java’, Brugge-born musical visionary Dijf Sanders just released ‘Ravana’, taken from his forthcoming album ‘Puja’, to be released on the 14th of February via Unday Records.
A multi-instrumentalist and composer, David ‘Dijf’ Sanders combines a broad mix of styles including exotica, psychedelia, jazz and electronica, approached with a boundless enthusiasm for multicultural blends and influences