Tuesday, October 12, 2021

MILES DAVIS - THE LOST CONCERT

  • miles davis: the lost concert
        (2021, 2cd, usa, sleepy night records)
Unofficial release or not, "The Lost Concert" is an essential part of Miles Davis' discography.
Recorded at La Vilette in Paris in 1991, it featured Miles Davis and an incredible list of guests, performing next to Prince's 'Penetration'.
Wow !

With Chick Corea, Darryl Jones, Dave Holland, Herbie Hancock, Jackie McLean, Joe Zawinul, John McLaughlin, John Scofield and Steve Grossman.

Read more here:


MAURO PAWLOWSKI - - - KINK PODCAST

Tim Op Het Broek invited none other than Mauro Pawlowski for his Kink radio show.

A fine interview plus two songs performed live. What else does one need?

https://kink.nl/podcasts/mauro-pawlowski-special?


A BLUESY MORNING

My bluesy morning consisted of Derek Trucks' "Already Live" EP and Susan Tedeschi's "Better Days" album.
Very nice.

  • the derek trucks band: already live ep
        (2009, cd ep, usa, victor records)

  • susan tedeschi band: better days
        (1995, cd, usa, private release)


Monday, October 11, 2021

MANNA / MIRAGE - MAN OUT OF TIME

  • manna / mirage: man out of time
        (2021, cd, usa, new house music)

"Manna / Mirage" was the album title of the first album by The Muffins. From 1978.
More recently, Muffins-founder Dave Newhouse started using it as the name for his projects.

"Man Out Of Time" is the fourth album by "Manna / Mirage".
It presents songs from different sessions, with various musicians, resulting in an unworldly collection of tracks.
Rock In Opposition.
Breathtaking.


GOV'T MULE'S NEW YEAR'S RUN

NEW YEAR'S RUN ANNOUNCED

We are incredibly happy to announce the return of Gov't Mule's annual New Year's Run. It all kicks off on December 29th in Philadelphia, PA at The Met before heading "home" to the friendly confines of The Beacon Theatre in New York City for 2 nights beginning December 30th. On Friday December 31st, we close the run and the year with a very special Black 'n' Blue New Year's Show. We've got a lot of surprises in store for this one.

We first, and last, played The Met as part of our 2019 New Year's Run. We were immediately blown away by the venue and the energy in the crowd. We all commented on how much we enjoyed playing there and looked forward to returning. Its been longer than we imagined, but that's going to make it even better.

12.29 @ The Met in Philadelphia, PA
12.30 @ Beacon Theatre in New York, NY
12.31 @ Beacon Theatre in New York, NY


BROTHER AHH

Robert Northern, known artistically as Brother Ahh, was a composer, flutist and trumpeter who made his career in the avant-garde jazz world as a session musician for many American jazz icons, especially and most actively participating in the Sun Ra Arkestra sometime between 1964 and 1975, having recorded extensively with that group led by Sun Ra himself.


-- info: Jan van Kemenade

CARL VERHEYEN & CHAD WACKERMAN

Carl Verheyen is best known as the guitar player for Supertramp.
For the moment, he's touring. With Chad Wackerman on drums and Alphonso Johnson on bass.

Last week, they performed in Verviers, BE.

https://carlverheyen.com/tour-dates/

Carl Verheyen- Chad Wackerman- Alphonso Johnson

  • Oct 11th, 2021 8:00 pm Kolding, Denmark at the Godset
  • Oct 12th, 2021 8:00 pm Kungsbacka, Sweden at the Restaurant Ester
  • Oct 13th, 2021 8:00 pm Kerteminde, Denmark at Samlingsstuen
  • Oct 14th, 2021 8:00 pm Bordesheim, Germany
  • Oct 15th, 2021 8:00 pm Stemwede, Germany
  • Oct 16th, 2021 8:00 pm Tilburg, The Netherlands
  • Oct 17th, 2021 8:00 pm Bremen, Germany
  • Oct 19th, 2021 8:00 pm Wetzlar, Germany
  • Oct 20th, 2021 8:00 pm Bad Neustadt, Germany
  • Oct 21st, 2021 8:00 pm Stuttgart, Germany
  • Oct 22nd, 2021 8:00 pm Bensheim, Germany at the Musiktheater Rex
  • Oct 23rd, 2021 7:30 pm Reichenau, Germany at Butezettel
  • Oct 25th, 2021 8:00 pm Salzburg, Austria
  • Oct 26th, 2021 7:30 pm Passau, Germany
  • Oct 27th, 2021 8:00 pm Furth, Germany
  • Oct 28th, 2021 8:00 pm Munich, Germany
  • Oct 29th, 2021 8:00 pm Frauental, Austria
  • Oct 30th, 2021 8:00 pm Velden, Austria
  • Nov 2nd, 2021 8:00 pm Vienna, Austria
  • Nov 4th, 2021 8:00 pm Passau, Germany
  • Nov 5th, 2021 7:30 pm Hard, Austria
  • Nov 6th, 2021 8:00 pm Brixen BZ, Italy


Sunday, October 10, 2021

MAGMA

MAGMA Theusz Hamtaahk - Extrait de la Trilogie Theusz Hamtaahk - Concert Perpignan "El Mediator" 8 mars 2020 avec Stella Vander - Hervé Aknin - Isabelle Feuillebois - Sylvie Fisichella - Sandrine Destefanis - Laura Guarrato -Simon Goubert - Thierry Eliez - Rudy Blas - Jimmy Top - Christian Vander




THE SPECIALS - PROTEST SONGS 1924-2021

British band The Specials recorded Frank Zappa’s ‘Trouble Every Day’ and released it on their “Protest Songs 1924-2021” album, a collection of cover versions.

Lots of different edition can be spotted.
There was a signed edition available through amazon, at least two versions with different artwork (black letters on a white background), a red vinyl version with a bonus 7", a yellow vinyl version,...
The CD has been issued in a jewelcase and as a digipack but there's also a 'deluxe' digipack that comes with two bonus tracks (the same as the 7” that got released as a bonus with the LP).



UKULELE DUB SOCIETY - UKE POT VOLUME TWO

The Ukulele Dub Society’s “Uke Pot – Volume Two” included three bonus tracks from their 2016 “Ukulism” album, including their version of FZ’s ‘Inca Roads’.

 

MICHAEL RIESSLER - BIG CIRLE

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album cover
  • michael riessler: big circle
        (2011, cd, germany, intuition records)
Zappa-infused modern jazz.
Featuring Terry Bozzio on one track.

Recommended !!

 

SUPERSISTER PROJECT

Supersister Project.
Bringing Supersister's music to the stage :
Robert Jan Stips - Rinus Gerritsen - Leon Klaasse

  • oktober 15, 2021 Amstelveen: P60 Netherlands
  • oktober 22, 2021 Deventer Burgerweeshuis Netherlands
  • oktober 24, 2021 Zaandam Podium de Flux Netherlands
  • oktober 29, 2021 Uden De Pul Netherlands
  • oktober 30, 2021 Hilversum De Vorstin Netherlands
  • november 06, 2021 Hoorn Manifesto Netherlands
  • november 12, 2021 Venlo Grenswerk Netherlands
  • november 13, 2021 Tilburg Paradox Netherlands
  • november 18, 2021 Den Haag Paard Netherlands
  • november 19, 2021 Ulft Drufabriek Netherlands
  • november 20, 2021 Eindhoven Muziekgebouw Netherlands


RUDY TROUVÉ EXPO IN UKKEL (BE)

Rudy Trouvé has an expo at Het Huys in Ukkel (BE),

"Recent Stuff 2018 - 2021"

from October 8 to December 16, 2021.

Here's some album artwork, less recent :



SALAH RAGAB AND THE CAIRO JAZZ BAND

Funky big band brass.

In 1968, while he was also the leader of the Military Music Departments in Heliopolis, Salah Ragab formed the first jazz big band in Egypt, The Cairo Jazz Band. Some of the best musicians in Egypt of that time were members – Zaki Osman (trumpet), Saied Salama (tenor sax), Khamis El-Kholy (piano) and Ala Mostafa (piano).

On these recordings The Band consists of five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones, piano, bass, drums and percussion and various other oriental instruments. The opening concert of The Cairo Jazz Band was in Ewart Memorial Hall at The American University 23/02/1969 followed by many other concerts in various prestigious places such as the Old Opera House, The University of Alexandria and appearances on Egyptian TV Jazz Club Weekly.

Salah Ragab studied jazz theory and improvisation with the jazz musician and composer from Kansas City, USA, Osman Kareem, with whom he formed the first Jazz Quintet in Cairo in 1963 recording with the Radio Service of Cairo. He accompanied the great bandleader and composer Sun Ra on a tour in Egypt, Greece, France and Spain in 1984.

Re-released on LP and 2LP.


MAGMA - ESKÄHL 2020

  • magma: eskähl 2020
        (2021, 2cd, france, seventh records)
October 8, 2021, Magma performed at 'Het Depot' in Leuven.
An excellent opportunity to see the band in concert.
Besides two minor aspects (no seats available although it had been announced as a flex (standing + seated) concert, and Christian Vander's drums that were too loud to hear the vocals properly, it was a fine experience.
I had seen the band a couple of times at the Zappanale festival, but I really prefer to see them in a non-festival concert venue. It's easier to focus (and that's essential with Magma).

"Eskähl 2020" has none of the above mentioned disadvantages. Recorded in concert (subtitled "Bordaux - Toulouse - Perpignan"), presenting a a super performance in an excellent mix, this is a nice addition to Magma's extended discography.

My advice: try to catch them live and make sure that you take "Eskähl 2020" home with you afterwards.

Oct 15, 2021 Vitrolles, France - Salle Guy Obino 
Oct 16, 2021 Six Fours Les Plages, France - Espace Culturel André Malraux 
Oct 17, 2021 Montpellier, France - LE ROCKSTORE 
Oct 18, 2021 Valence, France - Auditorium Maison Musique et Danse 
Oct 19, 2021 Valence, France - Théâtre de la Ville 
Oct 21, 2021 Epinal, France - La Souris Verte 
Oct 22, 2021 Besançon, France - La Rodia 
Oct 23, 2021 Strasbourg, France - LA LAITERIE 
Nov 04, 2021 Brest, France - La Carène 
Nov 05, 2021 Rennes, France - Opéra de Rennes 
Nov 06, 2021 Rennes, France - Opéra de Rennes 

Jun 17, 2022 London, UK - The Garage 
Jun 18, 2022 London, UK - The Garage 
Jun 19, 2022 Manchester, UK - Band On The Wall


SUPERSISTER

Dutch seventies progressive rock band Supersister made five albums between 1970 and 1975.
A reunion and some live released added quite some album to their discography from 2000 onwards.

The latest release is called "Live In Scheveningen" and presents a concert from 1972.
One of the tracks was previously released on a Superstarshine sampler.


Saturday, October 9, 2021

PRINCE FIGURINE

The Prince Estate is making a Prince figurine available.

Preorders for this ultimate collector’s item are open now exclusively through the Official Prince Store, with an estimated shipment date of August 2022.

Specifications:
Height: 10.5”
Width: 17.5”
Weight: 17 lbs (approx.)
Each individually numbered

https://store.prince.com/


Friday, October 8, 2021

ZAPPA DOCUMENTARY TO BE SCREENED IN ANTWERP

November 3, 2021
20h00
at 'De Roma'
in Antwerp, BE.

"Zappa" by Alex Winter

https://www.deroma.be/nl/agenda/zappa/11279/

-- info: André Oomen

 

ED PALERMO BIG BAND UPDATE

The ED PALERMO BIG BAND Delivers an Entrancing Tribute to Legendary Texas Blues/Jazz Multi-Instrumentalist EDGAR WINTER
with
I’VE GOT NEWS FOR YOU: THE MUSIC OF EDGAR WINTER

An Instrumental and Vocal Tour de Force, the Sky Cat Records Release Features Palermo’s Swaggering 17-Piece Jazz Orchestra Joyfully Conjuring a Soul-filled, Blues-Drenched Sound

Guest Artists Include Guitarists Robben Ford and Jimmy Leahey, Violinist Katie Jacoby, and Vocalists Kimberly Davis, Keith Anthony Fluitt, Vaneese Thomas, Chrissi Poland, Deb Lyons, Carlos Murguía, and Rob Paparozzi


BRUSSELS JAZZ FESTIVAL

Artist in residence, Jean-Paul Estiévenart.

https://www.flagey.be/nl/group/8069-brussels-jazz-festival-2022?

Bill Frisell Trio & Brussels Philharmonic (US/BE) | Jazz & Freedom by DJ Pat from Brussels (BE) | GingerBlackGinger (US/BE) | De Beren Gieren (BE) | Matthew Halsall (UK) | Ill Considered (UK) | Emma-Jean Thackray (UK) | Kamaal Williams (UK) | Chelsea Carmichael (UK) | Focus on Aspen Label (NO/BE) | Jean-Paul Estiévenart, Marcel Ponseele & Il Gardellino feat. Anthony Romaniuk (BE/AU) | Grégoire Maret & Jazz Station Big Band (FR/BE) | Lola Bonfanti (BE) | Lara Rosseel Band (BE) | Avishai Cohen & Yonathan Avishai (IL) | Deus Ex Machina (BE) | Muriel Grossmann Quartet (AT) | Jakob Bro, Jorge Rossy & Arve Henriksen 'Uma Elmo' (DK/ES/NO) | Timo Lassy & Teppo Mäkynen (FI) | Schroothoop (BE) | Tania Giannouli Trio (GR) | Jean-Paul Estiévenart International Quintet (BE/NL/US) | Don Kapot (BE) | Bokani Dyer + The Brother Moves On (ZA) | DJ Laani (UK)


ALL-STAR PINK FLOYD TRIBUTE

From GlassOnyonPR

An All-Star Gathering Of Rock Legends Including GRAHAM BONNET, ARTHUR BROWN, VINNIE MOORE, DAVID J, JAMES LABRIE, and others Perform PINK FLOYD’s 1977 Epic ANIMALS In Its Entirety!

Album features performances by Al Di Meola, Albert Lee, Rick Wakeman, Martin Barre, Carmine Appice, Jordan Rudess, Billy Cobham, Jan Akkerman, and more!

Los Angeles, CA - Following the wildly successful Still Wish You Were Here project released earlier this year, another gathering of classic, prog and art rock superstars have come together to recreate and reimagine Pink Floyd's ambitious 1977 concept album, Animals! Fusing the white-hot guitar work of Floyd guitarist David Gilmour with the stone-cold cynicism of Roger Water’s lyrics, Animals is widely hailed by die-hard Floyd fans as one of the group’s most highly conceptual and uncompromising albums of their career, and certainly set the template for the commercial breakthrough that would come two years later with 1979’s The Wall.

Now, some of the most veteran players and singers on the planet including jazz-rock guitar legend Al Di Meola, psych-rock godfather Arthur Brown, drum master Billy Cobham, UFO's Vinnie Moore, Bauhaus's David J, Dream Theater's James LaBrie, and so many more come to give their unique spins to this magnum opus. Each track of this groundbreaking work has been completely reimagined with modern production flourishes and tasteful musical additions while staying true to the original album's heady and subtly complex compositions. Just listen to the new version of “Dogs,” a superb 17-minute suite sung by Rainbow's Graham Bonnet with Vinnie Moore on guitar, Utopia's Kasim Sulton on bass, Dream Theater's Jordan Rudess on keyboards, and King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto.

Stream “Dogs”: https://orcd.co/graham_bonnet_vinnie_moore_dogs

Animals Reimagined - A Tribute To Pink Floyd is set for release on November 19 on both CD and digital with a vinyl version coming in 2022. The CD version comes in a deluxe 6-panel digipak with artwork created by the most successful digital artist working today, Mike “Beeple” Winkelmann, with cover art designed by James McCarthy. Look for the NFT charity auction of the front cover image later this year!







 

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

STUDIO DAN PERFORMS HOW'S YOUR BIRD?

How Is Your Bird?

How Is Your Bird? tells the story of a person who is free as a bird and builds her own fantastic world. Parents will be put in a jar so that they no longer disturb, UFOs are assigned to their landing spot, contemporary dance will be performed and much, much more… And the moon? It will be put back into the correct orbit after it has farted away.
With and by Karolina Preuschl and Robert "Slivo" Slivovsky and music by Frank Zappa, Eric Dolphy, Anton von Webern and more.

Tuesday, October 19th, 10am, Theater am Ortweinplatz, Graz / school performance
Tuesday, October 19th, 06pm, Theater am Ortweinplatz, Graz

Wednesday, October 20th, 10am, Theater am Ortweinplatz, Graz / school performance
Wednesday, October 20th, 06pm, Theater am Ortweinplatz, Graz

Thursday, October 21st, 10am, Theater am Ortweinplatz, Graz / school performance

https://studiodan.at/en/projekte/how-your-bird/


FOUR MORE ZAPPA BAND SHOWS AT QOBUZ

 Four more Zappa Band shows have been added to the Qobuz website:

  • Sept 05 - New Haven
  • Sept 07 - Philadelphia
  • Sept 10 - Boston
  • Sept 11 - Washington

Resulting in 12 shows that have been made available !

https://www.qobuz.com/


Tuesday, October 5, 2021

200 MOTELS UPDATE

"200 Motels” Original Soundtrack: Exclusive Red Vinyl 2LP - Frank Zappa - LP2
The new release date is 19 November 2021."


Monday, October 4, 2021

MAURO PAWLOWSKI ON KINK RADIO

Next Saturday, Oct 9, 2021 - at 21h00 (CET)
Tim Op Het Broek in conversation with Mauro Pawlowski

On KiNK radio

https://kink.nl/



GOLDEN DAWN ARKESTRA TOUR DATES

The Golden Dawn Arkestra Halloween Tour

http://goldendawnarkestra.com/#tour

Sat, OCT 23 - Tulips FTW - Fort Worth, TX
Sun, OCT 24 - Tower Theatre - Oklahoma City, OK
Tue, OCT 26 - Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO
Wed, OCT 27 - Golden Dawn Arkestra - Denver - Denver, CO
Thu, OCT 28 - Moxi Theater - Greeley, CO
Fri, OCT 29 - Vail Performing Arts Center - Vail, CO
Sun, OCT 31 - Empire Control Room & Garage - Austin, TX

 

Sunday, October 3, 2021

FRANK OUT!

German band Frank Out! performs the music of Frank Zappa.
And they're back.

  • They've released a new CD : "It Conquered The World Vol. 2"
  • They have scheduled a video recording for their upcoming concert in Bonn
  • And there's more concerts scheduled.

Check out the website for more info.
If you want to attend the Bonn concert on 14/11, you probably shouldn't wait too long. There's only limited places available.

www.frankout.de

https://www.facebook.com/frankoutgermany

  • Sa 16.10.2021 20:00 Heubacher Zappanacht Heubach
  • So 31.10.2021 20:00 Café Hahn Koblenz (Halloween Show!)
  • So 14.11.2021 20:00 Popfarm Nrw Bonn Videoaufzeichnung Life Records „Over-nite Sensation“
  • Sa 20.11.2021 20:00 Z88 Kreuzlingen (CH)
  • Fr 17.03.2022 20:00 Altes E-Werk Nierstein
  • Sa 18.03.2022 20:00 Kammgarn Hard (A)



ANDROID TRIO

I think I mentioned the Android Trio's upcoming "Other Worlds" album a couple of weeks ago already.
Featuring Andrew Niven, Eric Klerks and Max Kutner, "Other Worlds" was produced by none other than Mike Keneally !

This is the band's second release. Due out in a couple of weeks.
Their first album," Road Songs", got released on the Orenda Records label in 2017. 


The new album is out on Cuneiform.


from the Cuneiform newsletter:

It’s not that Other Worlds, Android Trio’s second album,
is going to be huge: it is huge, as in enormously thrilling and boundlessly inventive. Ironically, the global pandemic that left guitarist Max Kutner, percussionist Andrew Niven, and bassist Eric Klerks unable to meet in the flesh for more than a year also allowed them to make a record that blends grand statements with rhythmic complexity.

“Get your headphones,” Android Trio guitarist Max Kutner advises. Other Worlds is a wild ride.

It’s also a great advance over Android Trio’s powerful but recorded-in-a-hot-moment debut, Road Songs. Whereas the first record is essentially a performance document, Other Worlds is a fully fleshed-out compositional statement, marked by intricate production strategies and an assortment of extraordinary guests.

“Because we weren’t limited by studio costs and all that, we just went hog-wild on overdubs,” the guitarist explains. “So we were able to make an album to a level of excess that’s more like the things we grew up listening to. Kind of like Gentle Giant, or Genesis: this huge sound.”

If you go looking for influences, others will quickly surface. Progressive rock is certainly here: Other Worlds stands comparison to King Crimson’s masterpiece of the genre, Red, and Eric Klerks is one of a handful of electric bassists who can rival Yes mainstay Chris Squire’s singular blend of grandiosity and fierce aggression. In their deployment of odd time signatures and memorable melodies, many of the new record’s tunes owe a debt to the Bill Bruford/ Dave Stewart/ Allan Holdsworth school, while traces of American fusion can also be detected.

But, as Kutner points out, “we all love video-game music,” along with American minimalism, the hyper-technical electric jazz currently coming out of New York City, math rock, and the Ghanaian drumming that all three studied during their overlapping years at CalArts. (In fact, Other Worlds kicks off with one of those beats, before guest Jonathan Sindelman’s keyboards lead “Anger Dance” off in another direction altogether.

And then there’s the intriguing fact that Kutner, Klerks, and Andrew Niven were all schooled in playful virtuosity, sprung rhythms, and no-holds-barred experimentation while playing in two of the great legacy bands of progressive music: the Grandmothers, who specialize in the playful and occasionally self-mocking reinvention of the Frank Zappa/ Mothers of Invention repertoire, and the Magic Band, drummer-vocalist John “Drumbo” French’s uncannily inspired tribute to the music of his mentor and monster, Don “Captain Beefheart” Van Vliet.

“That’s how we kind of came together,” Kutner says. “Eric I knew more, because I’d played with him in a few different projects. Andy I met later, when I did this band called the Grandmothers of Invention, which was kind of like a Zappa alumni thing. We sort of crossed paths in Australia for the first time in 2014, when Eric and Andy were doing the Magic Band. And, you know, we were all like ‘This is great, but we need to do our own thing.’ Like, we can’t just play in legacy bands forever. We have to pay homage to the things we like by making our own stuff.”

Zappa’s influence is most apparent in the new record’s “Serial Tune”, which opens with a very Zappa-esque trumpet fanfare and draws on the late guitarist’s interest in putting early-20th-century compositional strategies into more accessible frameworks. Beefheart, in turn, comes to the fore on “Secular Athletes”, an appropriately muscular take on the brittle, bent blues abstractions of Van Vliet’s landmark Trout Mask Replica.

Neither sounds like anything other than Android Trio music—but there is another historical link in the presence of co-producer, keyboardist, and guitarist Mike Keneally, who was Zappa’s “stunt soloist” during the late 1980s, as well as a great composer and songwriter in his own right.

“I knew Mike, because we’d premiered one of his orchestral pieces in L.A. in 2011, and I’ve been in close with him ever since,” Kutner says. “And I figured that if there was anybody who would get all of the different references—the reference points for what we’re trying to do—and kick us in the ass to make sure that we were tighter in doing it, it would be Mike."

“He can play, sure, but he’s going to get subtle stuff in a way that a lot of other people wouldn’t get.” he continues. “And that’s the very cool thing about Mike: even though he’s twice our age, he’s just on it. He’s professional and he’s enthusiastic about things in the exact same way.”
With Keneally on board as musical guest, band counselor, technical supervisor, and ultimate aesthetic arbiter, Android Trio has made the album they really wanted to make — and Kutner stresses that Other Worlds is an album, in the best and most old-school possible way.
“All of us really love albums as much as we love performing,” he explains. “So we wanted to make this record something that’s fleshed out, in the way of the classic albums of the ’60s and ’70s: full of weird production stuff, and arrangements that might not necessarily translate to or even be possible in a live setting. We’re not going to be selling a million copies of this, so let’s just go for it and work with what we’ve got,” he adds. “We can’t be in the same room together, but we’re not limited by an engineer’s costs, or limited time for overdubs, or physical gear, so let’s just see what happens.
“That was really the focus: our love of sound—and it was probably the most fun album I’ve ever been a part of!

Andrew Niven – drums, percussion, synth, sequencers
Eric Klerks – bass, 8-string guitar, synthbass
Max Kutner – electric and acoustic guitar
with
Mike Keneally – keyboards, guitar, samples
Jonathan Sindelman – keyboards, organ
Daniel Rosenboom – trumpet
Jessica Lurie – baritone sax
Gregg Bendian – vibes

Produced by Mike Keneally and Android Trio


Saturday, October 2, 2021

STUFF. - MORE TREATS

New release by STUFF.

'More Treats' contains five compositions that didn't make it to the band's latest album 'T(h)reats' but were too fine not to share with the world. All tracks have been fused into two continuous mixes for maximum listening pleasure, one on each side of this limited edition vinyl.

 

MILES DAVIS - LIVE UNDER THE SKY '85

  • miles davis: live under the sky '85
        (2021, 2cd, --, equinox)

Beautiful new release ('radio show' album on the equinox label) of a 1985 Miles Davis concert.
"Live Under The Sky '85".

Miles Davis (trumpet), Bob Berg (sax), John Scofield (guitar), Robert Irving III (keyboards), Darryl Jones (bass), Vince Wilburn (drums), Steve Thornton (percussion)

Recorded in concert on July 28, 1985 at Yomiuri Land, Open Theatre East, Inagi, Japan.
Broadcast on NHK radio.

Disc 1: 1. That's What Happened / 2. Star People / 3. Maze / 4. Human Nature / 5. Something's On Your Mind.
Disc 2: 1. Time After Time / 2. Ms. Morrisine / 3. Code M.D. / 4. Pacific Express / 5. Katia

 

GOV'T MULE - SNATCH IT BACK AND HOLD IT

SNATCH IT BACK AND HOLD IT

Gov't Mule have released their new take on the Junior Wells standard "Snatch It Back and Hold It". In the new arrangement, the band covered the classic track while sandwiching a spontaneous original jam called "Hold It Back" in the middle.

"We had never played that middle section prior to recording it. While we were working up 'Snatch It Back,' we just ran through all the key sections and when we got to the instrumental part, we did a very brief talk through about how it might go. It was virtually a jam, and in that sense, it kind of referenced what we normally do on stage. We get an idea and run with it to see where it winds up. It never turns out exactly like you plan it, which is great, because if it is good, it's usually better than it would have been had you planned it a certain way." - Warren Haynes


4 NEW ZAPPA BAND SHOWS ON QOBUZ

With another 4 titles added to the previous 4, the Zappa Band concert collection on Qobuz is becoming quite impressive.
I'm also getting the impression that they're going to release the entire tour... 

https://www.qobuz.com/be-fr/interpreter/the-zappa-band/download-streaming-albums

2021/08/31 Milwaukee WI

2021/09/01 Cleveland OH

2021/09/02 Huber Heights OH

2021/09/04 Holmdel NJ


DON VAN VLIET EXPO IN COLOGNE

https://www.michaelwernerkunsthandel.de/

CURRENT EXHIBITION

DON VAN VLIET
RALF LOVE DON

4 September - 16 October 2021

A GALERIE MICHAEL WERNER EXHIBITION


Friday, October 1, 2021

POLAR DWARFS

Polar Dwarfs

Stéphane Galland (Aka Moon, Ibrahim Maalouf) & Adriaan Van de Velde

Out on LP and on CD as well.


TRANCE PLANTATIONS

Trance Plantations is the new brainchild of Nathan Daems and Falk Schrauwen from Black Flower & Echoes of Zoo. A half acoustic, half electronic duo invoking mysticism, speaking many dialects from the not-so-conservative tribes of the universe who search for trance in various sonic ways.

Orbiting in the past while landing in the future, discovering their own “fictional tribe music from space”

On their first LP – the eponymous Trance Plantations – they immerse the listener in five different dream worlds. As a bonus, they teamed up with BetaMax & Danalogue – known from the British trio around Shabaka Hutching's The Comet is Coming – for an epic dancefloor proof remix.

Out on the Belgian W.E.R.F. Records label.


Thursday, September 30, 2021

FRED HÄNDL UPDATE

Sunday afternoon, October 8, 2021, Fred Händl will present his latest album.

"TOVARISHCHI"

Festivities include a concert and a drink.

location: The Hague, NL

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/solo-piano-concert-and-cd-presentation-for-tovarishchi-tickets-180806155077


RACHEL FLOWERS RELEASES THIRD ALBUM

From GlassOnyon PR

Multi-instrumentalist and Composer Rachel Flowers to Release Third Solo Album “Bigger on the Inside” October 1, 2021

California multi-instrumentalist and composer Rachel Flowers will be releasing her eagerly awaited new solo album on October 1, 2021. Rachel demonstrates with her latest effort that she truly is, as the title suggests, “Bigger on the Inside.” As a composer, Rachel seamlessly weaves together elements of progressive rock, jazz, classical, and pop music with cinematic orchestrations, soaring melodies, and virtuosic playing. Top this off with Rachel's 3 1/2 octave vocal range and her uncanny ability to explore universal themes ranging from love, joy, and hope to depression, bullying, and fear of an uncertain future with sensitivity and optimism, and you have an album that is destined to stand the test of time.

Says Rachel, “I was inspired by composers and bands like Ambrosia, Frank Zappa, and Keith Emerson while writing the songs on ‘Bigger on the Inside.’ Some songs were inspired by or even heard in dreams. Others were improvised during the recording process. Sometimes just hearing a new piano sound can lead to inspiration. Some of my lyrics just come from my imagination and others come from real experience.”

Rachel Flowers is recognized worldwide as a multi-instrumentalist and composer whose music spans multiple genres. She first gained recognition for her talent as a young child and has been admired and mentored by those at the top of their field including Greg Lake, Keith Emerson, Dweezil Zappa, Conductor Terje Mikkelson, and a series of jazz greats, most notably Herbie Hancock. As a teenager she won numerous awards as a pianist and flutist, and has matured to perform and record on the global stage.

The award winning documentary “Hearing Is Believing” was produced about her unusual life and talents.
Among Rachel’s recording credits are her solo albums “Listen” (2016) and “Going Somewhere” (2018), “Music From the Soundtrack: Hearing is Believing” (2017), collaborations with Michael Sadler of Saga and fusion band Stratospheerius, and appearances on the albums of Telergy and Marcelo Paganini. Rachel is prominently featured on “Keith Emerson - Beyond the Stars,” and the much awaited CD and DVD set, “Fanfare For The Uncommon Man: The Official Keith Emerson Tribute Concert.”

Rachel continues to defy expectations, refusing to be pigeonholed by genre or by instrument. Her classical piano training started when she was only 4 years old. At 9 she discovered jazz and was immediately transfixed by the music of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and Ella Fitzgerald. As varied as her musical background had already been, hearing Emerson, Lake & Palmer proved to be a turning point. Rachel was captivated by keyboardist Keith Emerson's innovative integration of classical and jazz elements in a rock setting, and he became a musical role model.

While her favorite instruments continue to be piano and organ, she is also classically trained on the flute and plays the guitar, bass, saxophone, and Chapman Stick.

Says Rachel, “I’ve always wanted to create music that had those big sounds that I love. I was excited to incorporate more of the organ on this album, using my Nord C2D and Electro 4D as well as pipe organ sound libraries to get that iconic tone I was looking for. There is also a lot of electric guitar on this album. I was inspired by Steve Vai, John Mayer, Steven Wilson, and of course Adrian Belew, who was a direct inspiration for the opening track.”

In support of Rachel’s new album release she will be performing at ProgStock on October 1 - 3, 2021 (https://www.progstock.com/2021/). On November 6, 2021 Rachel opens for Asia featuring John Payne at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, New Jersey, and she is slated to perform at Synthplex, the “All Things Synthesizer” electronic music festival & gear expo, on October 27 - 30, 2022 at the Los Angeles Burbank Airport Convention Center.

Rachel’s future plans include completion of a jazz album, and a jazz/hip-hop fusion album, both started during the pandemic. There are no release dates as yet. Plans to record with a live orchestra are currently in discussion.

In closing Rachel has this to impart to her listeners, “The message I would like my listeners to come away with is that there will be darkness, but you can fly, you can love, you can be loved, and the darkness is only temporary.”

 

ALBERT MARCOEUR

On the recommendation of one of my friends, I'm filling the gaps in my Albert Marcoeur album collection.
Early two thousand something, Albert re-issued most of his albums as beautiful series of digipack CDs.
In short, I'm not only filling gaps, I'm also replacing a couple of my older jewel case copies with these fine looking digipacks.
They look good, and they sound great.

Albert first couple of albums, "Albert Marcoeur" and "Album A Colorier", were released in 1974 and 1976. Next to Albert, the line-up featured his brothers Claude et Gérard among others.
Lots of great stuff. Reminds me a lot of the early Mothers ("Uncle Meat").

"Armes & Cycles" (1979) and "Celui Où Y'a Joseph" (1984) continued and developed in the same direction.

There's lots of great examples to be found on YouTube. Check them out !

To be continued.
Happy Marcoeur Day !







Tuesday, September 28, 2021

ZAPPAUNION FESTIVAL 2022

The promo sheet for the Ed Palermo Big Band's latest release says that it's scheduled to play at the Zappaunion in Oslo, Norway, on May 27, 2022.


 

ANOTHER FRANK ZAPPA RADIO SHOW BOOTLEG RELEASE

Frank Zappa - The Manchester Mystery

= Manchester 1979

-- info: Danny Mathys


Monday, September 27, 2021

Z.E.R.O.

Z.E.R.O. has announced a new album, "Make An Arf Noise Here".
Should be out on Cordelia Records near the end of October.

Really looking forward to this.



THE GIRLS IN THE MAGNESIUM DRESS STARTED A FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

 The Girls In The Magnesium Dress

= Valentina Scheldhofen Ciardelli and Anna Astesano

are recording their first album.
It will include their arrangement of Frank Zappa's 'Cheepnis' !!

message from the Facebook page:

A big good morning to all our friends and supporters here on Facebook!
After insomniac nights, a lot of research and music, we are incredibly excited to announce that
THE GIRLS ARE RECORDING THEIR FIRST ALBUM!!
🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉
Rūtsu will surprise you with an innovative repertoire, all inspired by Japan and its culture..if you would like to learn more about the project click here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rutsu/rutsu-roots

 The Kickstarter campaign has just launched!! If you can support us, any help can have a huge impact on our work... a huge thank you for now, we'll give you more updates really soon!



ANOTHER UNIVERSE

Last week, when my wife came home from a session with her physiotherapist she told me that they had listened to the latest Pierre Vervloesem album on Spotify during her entire session.

Her physiotherapist has a fine taste in music and when she told him that I was overwhelmed with Pierre's latest "Flambant Neuf" album, he checked it out at that very same moment.

It made me smile.
Sometimes I wonder if I live in another universe.

https://pierrevervloesem.bandcamp.com/album/pierre-vervloesems-flambant-neuf


Pierre's also featured in the August issue of Euro Rock Press magazine.



THE ARF DOSSIER - VOL.109

Arf Dossier #109.

the arf-dossier no.109 - 2021/09
incl.

  • leserpost
  • zappanale 31,75 - little picture mix
  • the hot platters heaven from the arf office
  • the greenaway essays - gail & the sloatmans
  • lynn goldsmith
  • the rare pictures gallery
  • the fine but unauthorized cd kaleidoscope
  • news from belgium - live from United Mutations
  • ullis ecke
  • info behind the photo(s)


DAVE SAMUELS

Vibraphonist Dave Samuels (who worked with Frank Zappa on various occasions) contributed to Don Sebesky's "I Remember Bill - Tribute To Bill Evans" (1997).

Lots if excellent musicians on this album.

Just take a look at the credits in this YouTube movie:



-- info: Jan van Kemenade



THE DEREK TRUCKS BAND - ALREADY FREE

  • the derek trucks band: already free
        (2009, cd, usa, legacy recordings)

"Already Free" is a great sounding blues rock album by Derek Trucks.
It opens with a Bob Dylan's 'Down In The Flood', Suzanne Tedeschi guests on vocals on 'Sweet Inspiration', and 'Back Where I Started' was co-written by Warren Haynes.
Reason enough to investigate.

Here's a live version of 'Sweet Inspiration':


And one of my favorite tunes (not on this album), featuring Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi and Warren Haynes.
Performed at The White House with Booker T. in the backing band !!
February 2012.

-- info: Danny Mathys



Sunday, September 26, 2021

JEAN-LUC PONTY IN CONCERT

 Jean-Luc Ponty is doing a concert in Germany and in France next month.


OCT 17, 2021 - ESSLINGEN - GERMANY
Württembergische Landesbühne
Esslingen, Germany
JLP TRIO
= JLP violin - CLARA PONTY grand piano / keyboards - GUY NSANGUE AKWA bass
Esslinger Jazzfestival (at 20:30)

OCT 29, 2021 - SAINT-GAUDENS - FRANCE
Parc des expositions du Comminges
Saint-Gaudens, France
PLE Trio (PONTY-LAGRENE-EASTWOOD)
= JLP violin - Bireli Lagrene guitar - Kyle Eastwood double bass
Festival Jazz en Comminges



LIVE AT THE GONG FAMILY UNCONVENTIONAL GATHERING

From GlassOnyonPR

Gong “Live At The Gong Family Unconventional Gathering” 15th Anniversary DVD Reissue and First Time Release on DBL CD!

The classic line-up performing together for the first time in 31 years!

The Gong Family Unconvention at the Melkweg club in Amsterdam in November 2006 was a unique 3-day event in which all the surviving original members of this legendary psychedelic band came together and, after performing their own individual sets, performed once again as Gong. This climactic and joyful 2hr 16min Gong live set was beautifully captured for this DVD video and for the first time CD audio recording! This was the last time that Gong played with the full “classic” line-up (minus just Pierre Moerlen on drums, who died the year before).

  • Daevid Allen - Guitar, Voice
  • Gilli Smyth - Voice, Space Whisper
  • Steve Hillage - Guitar
  • Didier Malherbe - Flute, Soprano Sax, Duduk
  • Theo Travis - Tenor Sax
  • Tim Blake - Synthesiser, Voice
  • Miquette Giraudy - Synthesiser
  • Mike Howlett - Bass
  • Chris Taylor - Drums

 

ANOTHER FRANK ZAPPA RADIO SHOW BOOTLEG ANNOUNCED

 Another Frank Zappa radio show bootleg will be released next month.

Disc 1 Concertgebouw, Amsterdam October 20th 1968 VPRO Jam / Smoke Gets In Your Eyes 2. Drum Solo 3. Help, I’m a Rock 4. Transylvania Boogie 5. Dog Breath 6. The String Quartet 7. Gas Mask 8. Orange County Lumber Truck Medley


Frank Zappa - guitar, vocals Roy Estrada - bass, vocals Jimmy Carl Black - drums Arthur Dyer Tripp III - drums, marimba, xylophone Ian Underwood - keyboards, flute, clarinet, saxophone Don Preston - keyboards John Leon Gardner - woodwind Euclid James Sherwood - soprano/baritone saxophone

Disc Two The 'Piknik' Show In Uddel, Netherlands, June 18th 1970 VPRO 1. Interview - Band Intro 2. Wonderful Wino 3. Concentration Moon 4. Mom & Dad 5. The Air 6. Dog Breath 7. Mother People 8. You Didn't Try To Call Me 9. Call Any Vegetable 10. King Kong 11. Igor's Boogie 12. King Kong Part 2

Frank Zappa – guitar, vocals Aynsley Dunbar – drums George Duke – keyboards Howard Kaylan – vocals Ian Underwood - keyboards, flute, clarinet, saxophone Jeff Simmons – guitar Mark Volman – vocals



LEX BRONKOWITZ ORCHESTRA ON YOUTUBE

Recorded in concert in 2016 : Lex Bronkowitz Orchestra.
Amazing.



DWEEZIL ZAPPA UPDATE

 a message from Dweezil Zappa to his Reward Music Platform subscribers :

https://www.dweezilzappa.com/songs


Hello Everyone,

I hope you're doing well. This week marks the 1 year anniversary of my website and the Reward Music platform. I really appreciate all of the support you have shared over the years.

Since COVID has taken away my ability to play live shows and tour as I have done in the past, I am focusing on creating music and video content on my website. I have a lot of new things in the works and I'm excited to share them with you. Fun collaborations and interactive stuff will be coming your way.

For those of you who have already subscribed to the SILVER PLAN, I am grateful and I hope you've been enjoying the monthly additions. Many of your subscriptions will be renewing this week and in honor of your support, I've just uploaded a FREE mini-concert gift for you.

  1. Manx Needs Women (Norwegian Wind Ensemble plays with Kurt and Ryan)
  2. Who Are The Brain Police? (Rock Version) {This is the rare Flo and Eddie version}
  3. Who Are The Brain Police? (Freak Out Version) {This includes a postlude story about the song}
  4. Apostrophe (Power Trio) {The guitar is super loud in the mix but I went with it anyway!}
  5. Zomby Woof (Crazy Guitar Solo) This is one of my craziest solos!

 The mixes are all F.O.H. mixes and they have been spiffed up a little in my studio to bring out a little more character and detail. Everything is live without any overdubs.

For those of you who are not yet Silver Subscribers, you too will get all of these songs for FREE the moment you subscribe.

If you would like to purchase the songs a la carte you may feel free to do that.

Thank you for being a part of my community. I really appreciate all of you.
Be well! DZ



L.SHANKAR TO RELEASE CHRISTMAS ALBUM

from GlassOnyon PR

Electric Violin, Vocal Master L. SHANKAR Unwraps His First Ever Holiday Album!

Los Angeles, CA - Celebrate the holidays this year with a little international flavor, courtesy of one of the most widely revered violinists, vocalists and musical geniuses who has collaborated with everyone from Frank Zappa, Peter Gabriel and U2 to Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and many, many more - Indian-born L. Shankar. Known for his incredibly dexterous playing and his unique singing voice, Shankar has earned accolades from across the musical spectrum and has been recruited to perform live for the world’s most demanding talents. Now, Shankar brings Christmas From India, a brand new set of recordings where he recreates some of the most treasured holiday classics with the sound of tablas, sitar and, of course, violin and vocals to craft a Christmas album like no other. The album also includes 2 original compositions written by Shankar, “Christmas Time” and “Saviour.”

Shankar had this to say about the project, “It was a thrill and pure joy to work on my new album Christmas From India. It brought back fond memories of working on the music for both of the Jesus movies, first with the legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese and Peter Gabriel on ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’ and then with Mel Gibson and John Debney on ‘The Passion of the Christ.’ Christmas From India is like a third chapter.”

Today, Shankar brings the Christmas joy a little early, sharing his gorgeous take on the ‘80s Band Aid classic “Do They Know It’s Christmas.”



THE ZAPPA BAND ON QOBUZ

The Zappa Band has made four shows available for streaming and/or download through Qobuz.

https://www.qobuz.com/be-fr/interpreter/the-zappa-band/download-streaming-albums

  • Saratogo Springs - 2021/08/23
  • Springfield - 2021/08/24
  • Canandaigua - 2021/08/26
  • Rochester Hills - 2021/08/28

Short set as they were opening for King Crimson and were only allowed to play for 45 minutes.
Also no big surprises as the setlist stayed the same.
But great to hear some Zappa music performed live by some of my favorite musicians.

Mike Keneally (guitar, keyboard, vocals), Scott Thunes (bass), Joe Travers (drums, intro), Ray White (guitar, vocals), Jamie Kime (guitar), and Robert Martin (keyboards, sax, vocals).



ROCK PHOTOGRAPHER GIE KNAEPS

Rock photographer Gie Knaeps has an expo at the library in Stekene, BE.

It does include a couple of shots of Frank Zappa (unfortunately not pictured on the website) :

https://stekene.bibliotheek.be/agenda/gie-knaeps-40-jaar-concertfotografie

https://www.pppush-it.be/gie-knaeps

Until the 10th of October.


-- info: André Oomen


TOYAH & ROBERT'S SUNDAY LUNCH

Robert is back at home and he's seated in the kitchen for a very special performance from Toyah that might just shake *and* stir. No Martini required.

Toyah & Robert's Sunday Lunch - Goldfinger


EXOTICA

Another Exotica sampler on the Cherry Red label.
Lots of names on here that I've never heard of.
https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/total-exotica-as-dug-by-lux-and-ivy-2cd/


NEW ALCATRAZZ SAMPLER

This new Alcatrazz sampler includes 5 tracks from "Disturbing The Peace", the album that featured Steve Vai (and for which Steve co-wrote most of the songs).


MORE GOV'T MULE

 With the new Gob't Mule blues album that recently got announced, I'm re-listening most of their album (and filling some gaps in the discography).

Today's treats included "Life Before Insanity" (I have the CD that combines "Life Before Insanity" and "Dose") and "By A Thread".

Here's a snippet of "By A Thread": the first track 'Broke Down On The Brazos', with Jorgen Carlssons's pumpping bass and Billy Gibbons on guest guitar !!



A SUN RA ARKESTRA UPDATE

 a message from the Strut Records label:


SUN RA – LANQUIDITY

The single LP version of Sun Ra’s classic ‘Lanquidity’ is now available, faithfully reproducing the original Philly Jazz version of the album from 1978, complete with metallic foil sleeve. Includes liner notes by Bob Blank and the Arkestra’s Michael Ray and Danny Ray Thompson (RIP).


Saturday, September 25, 2021

FRANK ZAPPA'S 200 MOTELS BOX AVAILABLE IN NOVEMBER

 While some Yuripean shops list it as being available on October 29...


https://www.zappa.com/news/200-motels-50th-anniversary-edition-available-november-19-zappa-recordsume

6 CD box,
2 CD
and / or
2 LP (black vinyl edition + red vinyl edition)



WHAT A WEEK...

What a week...

An amazing new album by Pierre Vervloesem  ("Flambant Neuf"), also out on CD !!,
Dweezil Zappa released some Zappa Plays Zappa material to celebrate the first anniversary of his Music Platform,
The Zappa Band released three shows on Qobuz,
FZ's 200 Motels has officially been announced as a 6 CD box set,
And yesterday evening, the Zappa documentary got shown on Belgian national TV.


Friday, September 24, 2021

BODIES ELECTRIC

Bodies Electric Celebrates the Music of Edgard Varèse, and Frank Zappa and the Psychedelic Circus

https://www.thevillagetrip.com/event/bodies-electric/?


GOV'T MULE - DOSE

Adding data to the United Mutations Archives (and enjoying the album at the same time).
Gov't Mule's third release, their second studio album, "Dose", in 1998.
(Almost) all the tracks became classics during Gov't Mule concerts.


Thursday, September 23, 2021

THE SPECIALS RECORDED FZ'S 'TROUBLE EVERY DAY' FOR THEIR NEW ALBUM

"Protest Songs 1924 - 2012"

https://www.nme.com/news/music/the-specials-announce-new-album-of-protest-song-covers-injustice-is-timeless-3021038

1. ‘Freedom Highway’ (The Staple Singers)
2. ‘Everybody Knows’ (Leonard Cohen)
3. ‘I Don’t Mind Failing In This World’ (Malvina Reynolds)
4. ‘Black, Brown And White’ (Big Bill Broonzy)
5. ‘Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Us Around’ (traditional)
6. ‘Fuck All The Perfect People’ (Chip Taylor & The New Ukrainians)
7. ‘My Next Door Neighbour’
8. ‘Trouble Every Day’ (Frank Zappa & Mothers of Invention)
9. ‘Listening Wind’ (Talking Heads)
10. ‘Soldiers Who Want To Be Heroes’ (Rod McKuen)
11. ‘I Live In A City’ (Malvina Reynolds)
12. ‘Get Up, Stand Up’ (Bob Marley)

 


Wednesday, September 22, 2021

THE ED PALERMO BIG BAND RETURNS TO THE STAGE

The Ed Palermo Big Band returns to The Falcon

Saturday October 2
it's
The Return of the Big Band!

The Falcon
1348 Rt. 9W
Marlboro, NY
845-236-7970

Reservations
https://www.liveatthefalcon.com/


Monday, September 20, 2021

FRANK ZAPPA BIOGRAPHY

Announced for June 2022 :

Alan Clayson's "Mother Superior" book,
The Saga of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention: The Authorised Biography

To be published by the Little Brown Book Group,
Hardcover,
320 pages.

I don't think about the composers of pieces I enjoy listening to,' reflected Frank Zappa shortly before his death in 1993, 'I'm only listening to the results.' That might be true for Zappa but it's his extraordinary life as much as his creative output that continues to fascinate countless devotees across the globe. Nothing concerning him is too inconsequential to captivate present-day 'Frankophiles', seeking to explain and clarify his artistic conduct and, generally, get closer to what made him tick - though, even when Frank was around to tell them himself, he left less answers than further questions.

Mother Superior will cover the early years - 1964 to 1973. It will both re-assess the old yarns and bring to the surface new and rediscovered information via an array of interviewees from every trackway of Zappa's fifty-three years on this planet. It will draw on a huge archive, some of it quite obscure, from public domain and personal collections. It will animate not only Zappa but also those who interacted with him, and the social, cultural, economic and environmental contexts in which this much misunderstood cultural icon lived and worked.

Alan Clayson also wrote a book on Edgar Varèse:



ED PALERMO BIG BAND NEWSFLASH

Ed Palermo revealed the album cover of his next album on Facebook:




 

Sunday, September 19, 2021

NEW SPINEFEX ALBUM ANNOUNCED

from the Trytone record label :

Spinifex is busy finishing their new album "Spinifex Beats The Plague", recorded in June, mixed and mastered by the legendary Pierre Vervloesem and due for release end of October. On 28.10., Spinifex will perform at Belgrade Jazz Festival.
A tiny, yet unmastered CD preview:


 

TONY ZAWINUL TALKS ABOUT JOE ZAWINUL

Episode 79 of Gernot Friedbacher's radio show :

Zawinul about Zawinul – Talk and Music with Tony Zawinul
Folge 79 - Music Across

Studio guest in this edition of “Music Across” is filmmaker and composer Anthony “Tony” Zawinul, son of world-famous legendary Jazz musician Joe Zawinul. The first passion in his youth was sports, being Californian champion in long jump, who could not participate in the Olympic games in 1980 in Moscow, because they were boycotted. His father was also a big sports fan, and the world of arts was primarily opened up for him by his mother, Maxine Zawinul. He made his first film in New York when he was still a kid. Tony talks about how he came to the film business, how the corona pandemics affected his life and his work in the last two years, about his brother Erich who died in February 2021 following COVID-19 disease, and about upcoming events and releases celebrating the 90th birthday of his father, Joe Zawinul, in July 2022.

September 22, 2021 at 20h00
Auf ORANGE 94.0 dem Freien Radio in Wien:
im Radio: Frequenz UKW 94.0 MHz – im gesamten Großraum Wien
über Telekabel: Frequenz 92.7 MHz – in Wien
über Internet Live Stream: http://o94.at (oben auf Live Stream (grünes Dreieck) klicken) – weltweit

and available afterwards through the Cultural Broadcasting Archives:
http://cba.fro.at/series/music-across


PIERRE VERVLOESEM - FLAMBANT NEUF

  • pierre vervloesem: flambant neuf
        (2021, cd, bel, off records)
Last year, Pierre Vervloesem released a Bandcamp download-only album each month. You didn't hear me complaining as some of these were really great.
Earlier this week, however, Pierre released "Flambant Neuf". Not just as a download-only album, but as a real CD.

The astonishing artwork by Thierry Mondelaers might need a bit of explanation: 'Flambant' = brand-new, or burning.  And 'Burning' or 'Fire' translates in the Flemisch language as 'Brand'.
The number nine on the cover is 'Neuf' in French, but 'Neuf' also means 'New'.

All this to say that it's "Flambant Neuf".
And it's brand-new.

The liner notes on Bandcamp tell us:
Pierre Vervloesem's Flambant Neuf is the return of Pierre in a quintet format. Surrounded by some of the best Belgian musicians with whom he shared music already in various bands ( Bruno Vansina band, Flat Earth Society, Pierre Vervloesem Group...), Pierre allowed everyone to add what they wanted on his tracks then mixed the music to a grand spectacle which reminds various styles but with a definitive modern and vigorous joy behind them!

The album features Teun Verbruggen (drums), Falk Schrauwen (percussion), Thomas Mayade (trumpet, flugelhorn, keyboard), Bruno Vansina (sax, keyboard) and Pierre Vervloesem (guitar, bass).

In one word, the result is amazing !
Odd meters, exotic melodies, modern jazz,... I love it.
This just might be one of the best albums I've heard all year.

This album definitely needed to be released on CD. And I can only hope that we will be able to see this music being performed in concert !

Check this out ! You need to hear this.
And don't wait too long if you want a CD as there's only 300 copies being produced.


MATS & MORGAN ANNOUNCE 6 CD BOX SET

Mats Öberg & Morgan Ågren will be releasing a 6 CD box early November.

Morgan says:
Box ready for printing!!
Six remastered CDs w. great artwork by Jimmy Ågren
40th Anniversary Box Set will be available early November.

CD1: Radio Live Stream
CD2: TRUM
CD3: Schack Tati
CD4: Trends And Other Diseases
CD5: Thanks For Flying With Us
CD6: Live w. NO. Symph. Orch.
(+ a bunch of unreleased music)


ANOTHER AUDIENCE RECORDING OF THE ZAPPA BAND SURFACED

From DimeADozen

The Zappa Band
2021/09/10 - Leader Bank Pavilion, Boston, MA
Opening for King Crimson

Mike Keneally - guitar, keyboards
Scott Thunes - bass
Joe Travers - drums
Ray White - vocals, guitar
Jamie Kime - guitar
Robert Martin - vocals, keyboards, sax

guest: KC drummer Jeremy Stacey on 'Village Of The Sun'

Zomby Woof * Peaches En Regalia * I Ain't Got No Heart * What's New in Baltimore? * Village Of The Sun * Echidna's Arf (Of You) * City Of Tiny Lites * Alien Orifice * Florentine Pogen * Andy


THE STINKFOOT ORCHESTRA, FEATURING NAPOLEON MURPHY BROCK

The Stinkfoot Orchestra Featuring Zappa Alum Napoleon Murphy Brock Makes Debut In San Jose.



 

Saturday, September 18, 2021

GOV'T MULE - LIVE AT ROSELAND BALLROOM

  • gov't mule: live at roseland ballroom
        (1996, cd, usa, foundation records)

I received a digital download of Gov't Mule's "Live At Roseland Ballroom" earlier today. I have several albums by Gov't Mule, but hadn't heard this one before.

Allen Woody, Matt Abts and Warren Haynes.
Recorded in concert at New Year's Eve 1995 (/1996) in New York City.
What a concert...
The CD has been ordered in the meantime.

The opener: 'Trane':


CHRIS OPPERMAN'S "STILL WATERS" PROJECT GOT FUNDED


With 144 backers and 6.600 US $ pledged, Chris Opperman's "Still Waters" project got funded.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/chrisopperman/still-waters


THE RESIDENTS - GOD IN 3 PERSONS PRESERVED

  • the residents: god in three persons
        (2019, 3cd, uk, cherry red)

Earlier today, I gave The Residents' "God In Three Persons" another spin. The Preserved version (the 3 cd set that presented the original album, soundtrack and demos).
Love it.

Amazing.


LEX BRONKOWITZ ORCHESTRA

Lex Bronkowitz Orchestra plays the music of Frank Zappa.
 
Alex added : "We're still working on the new album!"




 

Friday, September 17, 2021

JIMMY BRUNO TALKS ABOUT DINNER WITH... FRANK ZAPPA, TOMMY TEDESCO, JOHN PISANO & JOE PASS

The Night Everyone ‘Showed Up’

Jimmy Bruno talks about the dinner with…Frank Zappa, Tommy Tedesco, John Pisano, & Joe Pass.

 

MARKUS REUTER PODCAST #050 : ALEX MACHACEK

Markus Reuter talks to Alex Machacek.



Sunday, September 12, 2021

RAGINI TRIO - RAGINI TRIO

  • ragini trio: ragini trio
        (2013, cd, bel, werf records)
The Belgian Ragini Trio has two albums out, their eponymous 2013 album (pictured above), and the "Peace The New Jazz" album from 2019 (that I talked about earlier).

Superb stuff.
The thing that surprised me the most was that 7 out of the 9 tunes on this album were Indian traditionals that had been reworked by Nathan Daems, Lander Gyselinck and Marco Bardoscia: re-arranged and used as a vehicle for their improvisations.
I just love this.



MAURO ANTONIO PAWLOWSKI - UNTERTANZ

  • mauro antonio pawlowski: untertanz
        (2008, lp, bel, audiomer)
Mauro Pawlowski released "Untertanz" in 2008.
Experimental & improvised. Recorded live.
At times, even the digital release sounds as if you're playing a scratched LP.

Digital download available from Bandcamp.
LP with silk-screened cover. Released in a limited edition of 735 copies.
One of the many sides of musical genius Mauro Pawlowski !!


200 MOTELS BOX UPDATE

Only a minor update on the Frank Zappa / Mothers Of Invention "200 Motels" re-release, but the box will be released at the end of October.

In my imaginary world, this box would include the "200 Motels" performance from the Holland Festival, the more recent performance from London (from around the same time that the L.A. Philharmonic one was performed, recorded and released), and one of the two concerts that were staged in France a couple of years ago (Strassbourg, or Paris, from which at least one was recorded on video as well).
But as I said, that's my imaginary world...

https://www.medici.tv/en/concerts/frank-zappas-200-motels-suites/


That said, I'm really looking forward to the announced re-release.
Curious to see if it will just be audio material or if it will include video material as well.