I've been recording the bass for the upcoming album of one of Kuwait's top musicians. We aren't really ready to announce the project yet though.
Avant-Garde Music Projects has also worked out a deal with said musician, and we will announce this collaboration very soon.
In the meantime, here are a few behind the scenes photos from the recording!
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Cow Cow Davenport was a blues vocalist and pianist, who was popular in the 30's. This song from 1938 features great a great horn section playing sweet jazzy blues, and of course features raunchy lyrics such as:
"I ain't no milkman : I ain't no milkman's sonBut I can furnish you plenty of cream : baby until that milkman comes"
Have a mellow Sunday y'all.
Posted by Ali Sleeq at 10:02 AM
Saturday, May 11, 2013
This song from 1964 is one of Mississippi Fred McDowell's darkest songs. If you want to delve into salvation and contemplate, hear this song out now.
" You may be high
You may be low
You may be rich, child
You may be po'
But when the Lord gets ready
You've got to move "
Posted by Ali Sleeq at 10:44 AM
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
After reading today's earlier post, I hope you did go out and read up on Robert Johnson, or heard one of his tunes.
I don't think it needs to be explained who Robert Johnson is, nor what his contributions to music are. I've mentioned them on this blog countless of times, and named his collection the best album to be introduced to blues music. He is the most authoritative force in the genre.
Today marks his 102nd birthday, and here's his classic "Crossroads Blues".
Posted by Ali Sleeq at 3:55 PM
Sunday, May 5, 2013
On this day in 1898, William McTier, otherwise known as Blind Willie McTell, was born in Georgia.
Blind from a young age, he picked up the guitar and eventually became a star of his own. His ragtime blues and fingerstyle guitar playing, as well as his use of twelve-string guitars, gained him much fame in the 1930's and 40's. It later influenced many artists, including Bob Dylan and the Allman Brothers Band.
He also had a more soft, laidback voice compared to other rough, harsh blues singers of the day.
So to celebrate here's one of his later tracks called "Love Changin' Blues".
Posted by Ali Sleeq at 2:01 PM
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Today marks the second year of the official, UN sponsored, International Jazz Day, so I hope everyone can get some jazz in their lives on this occasion.
There will be a massive concert in Istanbul, Turkey, for this awesome day. Check out the roster on the official Jazz Day website [here], and here's the official blurb about it:
"The evening concert at Istanbul’s famed Hagia Irene will feature performances by stellar musicians from around the world, including pianists John Beasley, George Duke, Robert Glasper, Herbie Hancock, Ramsey Lewis, Keiko Matsui and Eddie Palmieri; vocalists Rubén Blades, Al Jarreau, Milton Nascimento, Dianne Reeves and Joss Stone; trumpeters Terence Blanchard, Imer Demirer and Hugh Masekela; bassists James Genus, Marcus Miller, Esperanza Spalding and Ben Williams; drummers Terri Lyne Carrington and Vinnie Colaiuta; guitarists Bilal Karaman, John McLaughlin, Lee Ritenour and Joe Louis Walker; saxophonists Dale Barlow, Igor Butman, Branford Marsalis, Wayne Shorter and Liu Yuan; clarinetists Anat Cohen and Hüsnü Şenlendirici; violinist Jean-Luc Ponty; Pedrito Martinez and Zakir Hussain on percussion and other special guests. John Beasley will be the event's musical director."
Looks like it's gonna be a great event; in the meantime, check out this awesome track I'm hearing by Clifford Brown and Max Roach called "Sandu", and happy jazzin' to you all!
Posted by Ali Sleeq at 12:20 PM
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Born in Mississippi On April 28, 1891 (the date is still disputed) and on the same day died in 1934, Charlie (or as it's spelled sometimes, Charley) Patton was credited to being the founder and father of the Delta blues.
His legacy is an important one, as many of the great bluesmen of their time, such as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and Howlin; Wolf among dozens of others.
His guitar showmanship and raspy voice sent sparks flying and his influence is evident, and travelled across several plantations in Mississippi and elsewhere spreading this new type of music. He also performed other types of music such ragtime and hillbilly music too.
The box set collection 'Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues: The Worlds of Charley Patton' won three different Grammys s in 2003, for Best Historical Album, Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package, and Best Album Notes.
Here's one of his late songs called "Stone Pony Blues":
Posted by Ali Sleeq at 10:58 AM
Saturday, April 27, 2013
This month, the blues legend Muddy Waters would have turned 100. This great musician, and I keep saying it, was instrumental in changing Western music forever.
TIME Magazine has written as article about him, which you can read [here].
He also passed away on April 30, 1983. So we honor his legacy two times in one month, so here's a live video of "Hoochie Coochie Man', one of the songs that shaped rock n' roll:
Posted by Ali Sleeq at 3:29 PM