What is there to say? Another masterpiece. The lyrics/poems, vocalists, instrumental accompaniment, CD packaging, and of course LC.
Eliades Ochoa achieved world wide fame with his involvement in the “Buena Vista Social Club”. He has not slowed down.
If you listen closely to his works you’ll notice that his guitar playing is actually quite fantastic. Yeah, yeah, rock star X can shred your face off … lol!
Hailed as a “Cuban Johnny Cash,” Eliades Ochoa has an earthy sound and rustic style (topped off by his trademark cowboy hat) that is all his own. The Grammy-winning guitarist and singer was born in a rural mountain town, where he picked up his first tres guitar at age 6. He hasn’t stopped playing since. The self-described “Guajiro” (Cuban provincial) offers piquant renditions of son, guararcha, bolero and changuï, resulting in memorable collaborations with Bob Dylan and, most famously, Buena Vista Social Club. In 2006, he released Se Solto un Leon, a reference to his first album, A Lion is Loose. — from http://www.montrealjazzfest.com/artists/artist.aspx?id=7274
sublime ilusion – Eliades Ochoa
ELIADES OCHOA,PINTATE LOS LABIOS MARIA
eliades ochoa-mi magdalena-.mpg
Eliades Ochoa, Yiri Yiri Bon
Eliades Ochoa – Volver
Buena Vista Social Club – Chan Chan
Eliades Ochos guitar solo – Buena Vista Social Club
I just heard she passed away. So young. I loved her voice and the music. I put her up there with the best. Rest in peace Amy!
Some of my favorites on youtube are:
Teach Me Tonight
amy winehouse live best performance ever! rare!before drugs
amy winehouse live amazing live performance!
Love is a Losing Game
Back To Black
Wake Up Alone
Love is a Losing Game
Finally an LP by Paul McCandless is republished. This 1979 recording was in my opinion a jazz/chamber opus. It combined three great musicians, Paul, David Samuals, and Art Lande, and with it’s unique instrumentation stimulated a deep rare neuronal space of sound.
A quote from the liner notes:
The rather unusual instrumentations on Mornings Bring — reed/mallet/piano trios, and woodwinds octet plus bass and/or mallets — presented McCandless with a challenge well met. Without the traditional foundation of bass and drums, the trio tunes gain shape and texture via the expanded roles of the mallets, piano and reeds, as the functions of melody, harmony and bass are divided and exchanged among the instruments.
– Michael Zipkin
Here is a sample 4 minutes of the first cut which is 10.21 minutes long, “St. Philomene” featuring:
(Copyright holders: if this is not fair use, let me know.)
I don’t know if it’s great. I like it. Note that Paul no longer plays like that too much, afaik, trills (?) in the upper register, in the group Oregon. An example of the style change Oregon’s work or Shapeshifter. Anyway, that sample was stating the theme and the rest of that piece explores it. That mallets and piano can play so well together is amazing.
It is perfect. The only critique would be that the original liner notes were not included. The notes had a lot of info and more background on the music and artists. For example, the chamber music group was ‘Columbia 30th Street’.
Nice YouTube post of this classic work. No, not the Iron Maiden thing (which I like too, btw). According to this page: ‘Astronauts of Apollo 15 took the Consort’s album ROAD to the moon with them and named two craters after the songs “Ghost Beads” and “Icarus”‘. See also, Oregon.
Well, while I’m at it, here are more renditions ….
Please let me know if any of these should not be posted here.
Icarus – slide guitar version
Is this the one on the “Oregon in Moscow” CD?
What the mythical Icarus might have seen?
Wow, after 40 years as a group, yet another CD from the Oregon band.
Read a review by John Kelman here.
” If ” – Oregon (2009) live performance
Performing “1000 Kilometers” live, a piece from an earlier CD:
Doff Note the Frame guitar being played by Towner. It has nylon strings and feeds a MIDI stream (I think).
This is great!
A news story on Keenan Cahill:
The Real Story About My Battle With MPS-VI (WGN Chicago News Story)
I’m not into hip hop or whatever its called today, but when a great work is created, like this one “Down On Me” by 50 cent, its great, its Music. Note this is rated “R”, in my opinion.
Probably old news to most.
One of my favorite musicians, Ralph Towner, has finally released, after a period of nine long years, a new collaborative effort. Here he teams up with Paolo Fresu.
Superlatives are so overused today that they are treated as fluff words. Yet, its hard not to want to use them to describe this work.
This CD is pretty much perfect. It has a strange fascinating fullness to it. The way Towner plays the guitar, not single notes or strumming, but a rich harmonic that weaves sound and silence. Towner’s playing serves to lead and accompany the superb trumpet work of Fresu, who’s phrasing and diction of the music evokes the feel of vocalist exuding emotion using mechanics of sound not words.
Why doesn’t music like this get Grammys?
In this CD the guitar and trumpet collaboration works great. So great one wonders why it is not used more often. Ralph Towner plays with a rich harmonic sound, and within the “full” playing, one can hear subtle technique and brilliance. In “Zephyr” track 7, listen to the guitar intro, for example, where within the chords one briefly hears another string vibrate or twang giving the sound an intimacy and rawness. Yet, this effect is not repeated or thrown in your face.
My favorite is the title track Chiaroscuro. What a hauntingly simple yet so powerful “song”. But, they are all good. “Sacred Place” track 3 is solo baritone guitar that showcases the Towner sound, but in track 8 “The Sacred Place” (reprise), Fresu takes it to the next level, boldly reaffirming the theme.
Videos of Towner playing with Oregon and others are readily found on YouTube and other places, but they don’t really capture the sound as on a good CD recording such as those found on ECM in particular.
Ralph Towner’s ” Spirit Lake “. Wonderfully, someone recording Ralph playing this piece. A superb “solo symphony’, in the words of one reviewer. This solo appears on the “Solo Concert [live]” CD.
Ralph Towner 2009 part 1″catching_up”
Ralph Towner 2009 part 1″catching_up”
Here is a video of the Oregon band from 1980 featuring the late Colin Walcott:
Nice. Finally after nine years a new Sade CD. Comes out on Feb 8, 2010.
I know I will like it based on the first cut being available on net. Unmistakable groove with solid drum and bass. I hope the original band members on playing too.
Update: 15 Mar 2010 -
I got the CD. At first I thought it was not up to par with the older Sade work, especially something like “Is it a crime?”. Yet, as I continued to listen to it after a few days, I started to appreciate it for what it is. Now I love the CD. The band pulled through and Sade’s voice and style remains.
Next on my list is brandi carlile’s new release. What a voice she has! Afterward will of course be Ralph Towner’s new CD “Chiaroscuro“.