GA Russell

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  1. Bargain Audio Equipment

  2. Dave Samuels, RIP

    RIP. Did he make an album with Mark Murphy?
  3. Bargain Audio Equipment

    Onkyo TX-RZ830 9.2 Channel 4K Network A/V Receiver Black - $568.86
  4. British jazz reissues

    The Complete Pye?
  5. 2019 #CFL hot stove league

    The league is having a contest. Correctly predict the first round draft picks, and win C$1,000.
  6. ECM Press Releases for New Items

    View this email in your browser Giovanni Guidi Avec le temps Giovanni Guidi piano; Francesco Bearzatti tenor saxophone; Roberto Cecchetto guitar; Thomas Morgan double bass; João Lobo drums A program of strikingly contrasting energies and colours, with outstanding playing by all participants. [ WATCH ALBUM TEASER ] LISTEN / BUY Areni Agbabian Bloom Areni Agbabian voice, piano; Nicolas Stocker percussion Improvising vocalist, folk singer, storyteller, pianist: on her ECM debut Areni Agbabian focuses the range of her skills in music that casts a quiet spell. [ WATCH ALBUM TEASER ] LISTEN / BUY Eleni Karaindrou Tous des oiseaux Savina Yannatou: voice; Alexandros Botinis: violoncello; Stella Gadedi: flute; Vangelis Christopoulos: oboe; Yiannis Evangelatos: bassoon; Dinos Hadjiiordanou: accordion; Aris Dimitriadis: mandolin; Maria Bildea: harp; Eleni Karaindrou: piano; Sokratis Sinopoulos: Constantinople lyra, lute; Nikos Paraoulakis: ney; Stefanos Dorbarakis: kanonaki; Giorgos Kontoyannis: percussion, Cretan lyra. String orchestra conducted by Argyro Seira Karaindrou’s luminous themes and arrangements acquire new contours and continuity through the mixing and editing of producer Manfred Eicher. [ WATCH ALBUM TEASER ] LISTEN / BUY Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet Metamodal Sokratis Sinopoulos: lyra; Yann Keerim: piano; Dimitris Tsekouras: double bass; Dimitris Emmanouil: drums A unique band, the quartet subtly sifts a vast pool of influence, its music informed by the players’ experience of folk forms, Byzantine and classical music, and many modes of improvising. [ WATCH ALBUM TEASER ] LISTEN / BUY Stephan Micus White Night Stephan Micus: guitars, duduk and bass duduk, cymbals, kalimba, sinding, voice, cane whistles, nay Stephan Micus is an extraordinary musical traveller, exploring the world, collecting instruments and then creating his own musical worlds from them. [ WATCH ALBUM TEASER ] LISTEN / BUY © 2019 ECM Records. All rights reserved. 1755 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
  7. Now reading...

    Kinuta, I was taught as a boy that the Maginot Line was a great failure. But not long ago I read that it was a great success, and that the Germans entered France where the Maginot Line did not exist. One aspect that I know very little about is the Vichy government. Specifically, what is it that the critics of Vichy think they should have done or not done? I'm not aware of them having any ability to tell the Germans "No" to anything the Germans demanded. France was a conquered country, right? With your English background, what were you taught about that?
  8. Now reading...

    Last month I picked up William L. Shirer's The Collapse of the Third Republic, and I'm looking forward to getting to it.
  9. Play ball! 2019 MLB season thread

    Speaking of Lenny Bruce... HOW TO TALK DIRTY & INFLUENCE PEOPLE - $5.95
  10. The Searchers - The Farewell Album (50 songs + AutoRip) - down to 5.00 GBP
  11. Bargain Audio Equipment

    Pioneer VSX-933 7.2 Channel 165 Watt Audio Video Bluetooth Network Receiver - $249.99
  12. 2019 #CFL hot stove league

    The AAF has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. That means it's over. The players are now free to sign with CFL teams. ***** This year, the league will again have a territorial draft. ***** The union has announced that the players will not go to camp until the next contract is agreed to. ***** The league's writers have come up with a list of "15 draft day steals." ***** The Bombers announced a profit of C$2.6 million for 2018. ***** Marshall Ferguson ranks his top 50 rookie prospects.
  13. New Art Pepper releases by Laurie Pepper

    Nature Boy
  14. Lisa Maxwell - Shiny

    Composer/Arranger Lisa Maxwell to release highly-anticipated project Shiny! Boasts all-star big band lineup, dedicated to trumpeter Lew Soloff CD AND DIGITAL FORMATS AVAILABLE IN STORES AND ONLINE ON MAY 17, 2019. SCROLL DOWN OR WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. RECORD RELEASE EVENT AT THE CUTTING ROOM, NEW YORK CITY, MONDAY, MAY 27, 2019 (MEMORIAL DAY) AT 7.30 PM. CLICK HERE Randy Brecker, Tony Kadleck, Chris Rogers, Trumpets Wayne du Maine, Bryan Davis Lawrence Feldman, Alex Foster, Lou Marini, Ada Rovatti, Woodwinds David Mann, Roger Rosenberg, Claire Daly Tom "Bones" Malone, Dan Levine, Mike Davis, Dave Taylor Trombones John Clark French Horn Paul Shaffer, Pete Levin, David Delhomme Keyboards Carmen Staaf, Andy Ezrin Piano Will Lee, Mark Egan, David Finck Bass Mike Stern, Oz Noy, Leni Stern, Smokey Hormel Guitar Danny Gottlieb, Steven Wolf, Ben Perowsky Drums Will Lee, Daniel Sadownick Percussion Kenya Hathaway, Will Lee Vocals Beth Gottlieb Vibraphone Special Guest: Mocean Worker (Bonus Track Remix) New York, April 16, 2019 - Celebrated within the jazz community as a multi-talented musician, Lisa Maxwell, finally releases a long-awaited album of her own material, dedicated to a special cohort. The lineup reads like a Who's Who of the music world. "My dear friend Lew Soloff and I talked about recording my arrangements many times over the years," she remembers. "Then he died suddenly and I realized I had to stop thinking about it and get it done!" She pulled together a group of New York's top jazz and studio players, all of whom had a connection with Lew. "Everybody wanted to be on board for this," says bassist Will Lee, "and the result is a gorgeous finished product!" Shiny! establishes Maxwell's talents as a gifted composer and arranger, showcasing a versatility that reflects her broad musical knowledge and experience. She wrote all of the album's arrangements, and 4 of the tunes are original compositions. They range in styles from boogaloo to straight ahead, to shuffle, to funk, to swing. Shiny! offers something for everyone, including a bonus track remix by renowned electronica/club jazz artist Mocean Worker! "My writing is heavily influenced by the TV themes of the 1970's," she says. "They're basically the foundation of my cultural identity. Great composers like Lalo Shiffrin, Henry Mancini, Neal Hefti and Earle Hagen underscored my life when I was growing up. I still get a tear in my eye when I listen to themes like The Odd Couple and The Bob Newhart Show. Like those composers, I have very definite ideas, but I write with the soloists in mind and give them freedom within the structure." She also cites Wayne Shorter and Gil Evans and as being hugely important in her growth. "Getting to watch Gil's band every Monday night [at New York's Sweet Basil] was such a gift. And a lot of those guys are on this album!" Maxwell connected to jazz at a young age. "I discovered bebop and that was it. I had found my people and my language at jam sessions in South Central L.A. and I'd sneak into as many jazz clubs as I could. I wanted to be like the great arrangers of Hollywood's Golden Age. Even though I often felt like I was the wrong sex, the wrong color, and born at the wrong time, I kept going for it." She studied with renowned arranger Dick Grove in Studio City, and with Herb Pomeroy at Berklee. "I took a film scoring class at UCLA when I was 17 and was hooked after I heard my charts played. Dick Grove was really my main mentor; he got me going as a writer. Then I won a Quincy Jones Arranging scholarship to Berklee and wrote for the recording orchestra. I ended up getting some amazing gigs as a sax player (Guns 'n' Roses, Joni Mitchell Project, Spinal Tap), but my calling is as a writer and arranger." She went on to orchestrate music for Warner Bros. Histeria!, and the Animaniacs/Pinky and the Brain feature, Wakko's Wish. Maxwell's original music has been licensed for numerous TV series." A breakdown of Shiny! showcases Maxwell's penchant for conceptual writing. Here are track-by-track comments: The album's title track, "Shiny!," is a nod to the 1970's, replete with wah-wah guitar, bongos, Fender Rhodes, and clavinet. The rhythm section is driven by drummer Steven Wolf's solid, deep-pocket boogaloo, with Paul Shaffer on Fender Rhodes, Will Lee on bass, Pete Levin on clavinet, Oz Noy and Smokey Hormel on guitars. Hormel takes a cool Eric Gale approach to the first guitar solo, leading right into Noy's high-energy response. Brecker delivers a stellar signature wah-wah trumpet solo as only he can, followed by Taylor's free jazz expression over a steadily building background. Capped with a satisfying TV ending, "Shiny!" lives up to its name! "Son of Creeper" was written by the late Hiram Bullock, original guitarist of the Letterman band. "Hiram was a close friend, and such an integral part of the music scene in New York," Lisa explains. "When he played, songs could take all kinds of weird and unexpected turns. I wanted to make the arrangement unique à la Hiram." Maxwell's version starts withStern's guitar, which is joined by Shaffer on organ, Lee on bass (also on the original recording), and Wolf on drums. "All three of these guys played with Hiram for years, so the feel and the spirit are perfect," she says. The tune moves between a half-time shuffle and rock, fused together by Maxwell's tasty horn lines. Stern's emblematic solo leads into a New Orleans section, where various soloists trade 4's with Shaffer, and the band recaps the theme for the shout chorus as Foster's wailing SNL sax leads into the epic screaming trumpet ending. "Ludie," an up-beat, original jazz waltz, begs to be heard underscoring a TV show. "I wanted to write something for Lew (nicknamed Ludie) that reflected his character. I kept thinking of the happy feel of Mannix and tried to emulate that." The rhythm section is topped by drummer Perowsky, whose crisp, clean playing enhances his rhythm mates,Lee, Staaf, and Noy. Brecker's Flugelhorn solo feels like a spring morning, and Staaf's nimble piano solo shows off her tasteful style against Maxwell's background lines. "We'll Be Together Again" highlights Maxwell's rich re-harmonization of the ballad.Rosenberg's bass clarinet under the woodwinds brings out the sexiness of the orchestrations. This unique arrangement features the velvety vocals of Kenya Hathaway(with Will Lee singing harmony) leading into a heartfelt tenor feature by Marini. WithGottlieb, Egan and Ezrin's dynamic interplay behind him, the tune builds into a lush, climactic ending, and may require a breather before listening on. "Hello, Wayne?" is a straight-ahead tune, which echoes the sophisticated harmonic changes Wayne Shorter is known for. Gottlieb and Egan's driving straight-eighths intro, interlude, and ending seamlessly connect the heavily-swinging chorus and solo sections. Solos by Marini and Rogers remind all what high-level players they are. Rogers' trumpet solo propels the song into the shout chorus that transitions into the initial bass ostinato, andLeni Stern's noodling guitar riffs lead us out, until all that's left is Gottlieb's fading cymbals. Maxwell's arrangement of Wayne Shorter's "Beauty and the Beast" opens with double-forte trumpets holding high notes, then dives into a funky vamp over Lee's static bass line. Maxwell fleshes out Shorter's stirring melody with beautifully orchestrated woodwind and brass couplings over Gottlieb's responsive drumming, adding the rich texture of the full band to the Samba-ish bridges. "I like to create new horn sections by combining different instruments families, and I use the extremes of the instruments for coloristic effect. It creates a much richer pallet." Rovatti, with a beautiful tone and facility on soprano sax, is the first of three soloists, followed by a robust solo from Mann, and Leni Stern's lyrical guitar, peppered by the horns' funky background lines, ending the tune. "Israel" is straight ahead jazz with a "Rat Pack" feel, and the only tune to include an upright bass, played by Finck. Perowsky's crisp drumming and Staaf's comping serve as a solid foundation upon which the band's many elements interact. Maxwell also addedGottlieb on vibes to increase the flavor. Masterful solos from Clark on french horn, Rosenberg on baritone, and Brecker on trumpet shine like jewels in the crown of Maxwell's well-crafted arrangement, and conjure up James Bond at its best. With Feldman expertly leading the woodwind section on clarinet, Maxwell's original, "The Craw," is an homage to Ellington's early years. Demonstrating her stylistic proficiency, the voicings ring authentic and the arrangement flows from section to section, swinging all the way. Ezrin and Levine personalize the melody on piano and trombone, respectively, followed by solos from Daly and Mann. The album ends with "Shiny! Remix (MOWO 70's Emergency Mix)," Mocean Worker's(aka Adam Dorn) electronica take on the Maxwell's opening original. MOWO chops up the tune, and puts it back together as a funky dance groove with a Sly and the Family Stone feel over edits of Brecker's solo. "I wanted to keep it in today, and Mocean Worker has a fresh take on things," says Maxwell. She continues, "Music is always changing, and it's important to stay current so the word 'jazz' doesn't get stuck in yesterday's comfort zone. Miles (Davis) was the master of change. I think he would've dug the MOWO Remix!" For further info, please go to CLICK THE IMAGE TO WATCH THE VIDEO "The music was great, the attitude was great, and we just had a ball doing this record!" - Randy Brecker "She puts instruments together and creates absolutely beautiful sounds. Lisa Maxwell is too much!" -Paul Shaffer "Lisa Maxwell is awesome! She writes her ass off, she arranges her ass off, and she's a beautiful person as well." - Mike Stern "Some deep writing in there and amazing players. Lisa is gifted and unique in a world of sameness."- Steve Lukather TRACKS 1. Shiny! [9:37] 2. Son of Creeper [6:41] 3. Ludie [4:01] 4. We'll be together again [5:28] 5. Hellow, Wayne? [6:07] 6. Beauty and the Beast [8:53] 7. Israel [4:51] 8. The Craw [4:38] 9. Shiny! Remix [5:18] All Arrangements by Lisa Maxwell Compositions by: Lisa Maxwell, Wayne Shorter, Hiram Bullock, John Carisi, and Carl Fischer Recording Engineer: Noah Evans Recorded at Sear Sound NYC 2018 Mixing Engineer: Paul Wickliffe at Skyline Productions
  15. 2019 #CFL hot stove league

    The Redblacks have decided not to have an OC this year. (We'll see how long that lasts.) Receivers coach Winston October will call the plays. ***** The Redblacks have hired Joe Paopao to be their running backs coach! ***** The scouting bureau has issued its final 2019 rankings. ***** As completely expected, the Board of Governors has approved all of the proposed rule changes.