Jackson Browne – I’ll Do Anything: Live In Concert DVD To Be Released Worldwide Beginning June 18, 2013
U.S. Summer Tour Begins June 16th
LOS ANGELES, June 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Inside Recordings will release Jackson Browne – I’ll Do Anything : Live In Concert DVD on June 18, 2013 with worldwide distribution through ADA. The performances were captured during the November 2012 leg of his acoustic tour as part of AXS TV’s live concert programming. The live concert will be released in High-Definition on DVD and Blu-Ray. The DVD can be pre-ordered now by visiting Amazon or clicking http://amzn.com/B00CIJ93EU for the DVD and http://amzn.com/B00CIJ93DQ for the Blu-Ray.
Jackson Browne launches his summer 2013 U.S. Tour on June 16 th at the Steel Bridge Festival in Sturgeon Bay. Singer-songwriter and fiddle player Sara Watkins will open the tour as a special guest, beginning on June 19 th – a sold out show at Red Butte in Salt Lake City, UT . Playing guitar and piano, Jackson will perform songs from his entire body of work, with varying set lists each night. The tour runs through July 13 th and includes Tanglewood, Telluride, Ravinia Festival and features two appearances at the legendary Midnight Ramble- an intimate jam session started by the late Levon Helm that continues to take place in his upstate New York converted barn studio. Tickets and more information is available at www.jacksonbrowne.com.
Jackson Browne- I’ll Do Anything: Live In Concert includes seventeen performances and features his longtime band mates Fritz Lewak and Val McCallum, along with Sara Watkins, Sean Watkins and Tyler Chester . The same group of musicians will be featured on the Summer Tour.
Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics. He was honored with induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2007. Beyond his music, he is known for his advocacy on behalf of the environment, human rights, and arts education. He’s a co-founder of the groups Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE), Nukefree.org, and the Success Through the Arts Foundation, which provides education opportunities for students in South Los Angeles.
Jackson Browne-I’ll Do Anything: Live In Concert DVD track listing:
- Black And White – 7:14
- I’m Alive – 5:40
- Farther On – 5:18
- The Naked Ride Home – 8:06
- Live Nude Cabaret – 4:34
- Sleep’s Dark And Silent Gate – 2:35
- The Pretender – 7:01
- A Child In These Hills – 6:02
- Tokyo Girl – 4:54
- These Days – 6:29
- In The Shape Of A Heart – 6:32
- The Late Show – 6:26
- I’ll Do Anything – 6:18
- Running On Empty – 6:15
- Take It Easy – 5:28
- Rock Me On The Water – 6:01
- Before The Deluge – 10:00
Jackson Browne 2013 Acoustic Tour Dates with special guest Sara Watkins:
* = No opener
|Jun 16||Sturgeon Bay, WI||Steel Bridge Festival*|
|Jun 19||Salt Lake City, UT||Red Butte Garden|
|June 21||Aspen, CO||Jazz Aspen Snomass|
|June 23||Telluride, CO||Telluride Bluegrass Festival|
|June 25||Des Moines, IA||Civic Center of Greater Des Moines|
|June 26||Chicago, IL||Ravinia|
|June 28||Columbus, OH||Palace Theater|
|June 29||Niagra Falls, NY||Seneca Niagra Casino Theatre|
|July 01||Lancaster, PA||American Musical Theater|
|July 02||New Brunswick, NJ||State Theater|
|July 04||Lenox, MA||Tanglewood|
|July 05||Atlantic City, NJ||Borgata|
|July 06||Atlantic City, NJ||Borgata*|
|July 09||Wallingford, CT||The Palace*|
|July 10||Booth Bay, ME||Opera House*|
|July 12||Kingston, NY||Midnight Ramble*|
|July 13||Kingston, NY||Midnight Ramble*|
SOURCE Inside Recordings
Filmed during his 2012 tour, Jackson Browne's live in concert DVD, I'll Do Anything, includes 16 songs culled from his entire body of work. The performance also features Val McCallum, Fritz Lewak, Sara Watkins, Sean Watkins and Tyler Chester. Available in DVD and Blu-ray, I'll Do Anything, is a must-have for every Jackson Browne fan.
01 Black And White
02 I m Alive
03 Farther On
04 The Naked Ride Home
05 Live Nude Cabaret
06 Sleep s Dark And Silent Gate
07 The Pretender
08 A Child in These Hills
09 Tokyo Girl
10 These Days
11 In The Shape of A Heart
12 The Late Show
13 I ll Do Anything
14 Running on Empty
15 Take it Easy
16 Rock Me on The Water
17 Before The Deluge
Categories: Entertainment Tags: DVD, Fritz Lewak, guitar, I'll Do Anything, Inside Recordings, Jackson Browne, Levon Helm, Midnight Ramble, Muse, Musicians United for Safe Energy, piano, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Sara Watkins, Sean Watkins, Songwriter's Hall of Fame, Tyler Chester, Val McCallum, violin
Keyboard Master John Medeski Brances Out On Debut Solo Piano Album, A Different Time, Available On April 9 Via OKeh
Introspective & Meditative Collection Spotlights Mostly Original Medeski Compositions Through Use of Historic Gaveau Piano
Project Serves as First Release on the Newly Re-Launched Label
NEW YORK, Feb. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Keyboard master John Medeski thrives on the unpredictable, a trait that has kept his work with the trailblazing trio Medeski Martin & Wood (MMW) fresh and surprising for more than twenty years. With A Different Time , his first solo piano project, Medeski once again takes his sound in a completely unexpected direction – unexpected even to him.
“I had a more eclectic record in mind,” Medeski says. “I wanted to put out something that would be more representative of what my live solo concerts are like.”
Instead, A Different Time (out April 9 – the first release on Sony Classical’s newly-revived OKeh Records imprint) is a far more introspective, meditative collection than fans of MMW‘s lively, groove-driven music might expect. Consisting mostly of Medeski’s own compositions and improvisations, with a familiar spiritual and a Willie Nelson song added into the mix, the album presents a different side of Medeski’s prodigious artistry, one which he was initially reluctant to display.
“In all honesty, it was a little scary to put this out because it’s so meditative and contemplative,” Medeski admits. “I know it’s not what anybody’s expecting, but it’s a side of me that exists. It’s really raw and open, stripped of all hipness. But it’s made me a little less afraid to just drop into the moment and play what’s coming to me as opposed to something that I know will work, something that I know is cool, something that I know will have a certain effect. The whole point is to get lost in the music.”
Not just a first for Medeski, A Different Time also marks the return of the historic OKeh label, once home for such jazz pioneers as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, King Oliver, and Sidney Bechet. Sony Classical has revived the label as an outlet for new jazz releases by artists like Medeski, Bill Frisell, David Sanborn & Bob James, and Craig Handy, among others to be announced. “At this point,” Medeski says, “after everything that’s gone on in the music business, it’s exciting that Sony has come around to releasing new creative music again. I like the energy of being part of something new.”
While he’s become better known for a more buoyant, organ-centric approach that melds free-wheeling jazz with jam band eclecticism, Medeski says that sitting alone at a piano feels natural, returning him to his earliest experiences at the keyboard. “I grew up playing piano my whole life,” he says, “so it feels like home to me.” He began playing more solo concerts in recent years, and decided it was time to document that aspect of his playing.
The album was recorded at Waterfront Studios, producer Henry Hirsch’s recording studio built within a 19th-century church in New York’s scenic Hudson Valley. For his solo debut, Medeski wanted to aim for a sound quality that approached his personal “Holy Grail,” the recordings that classical pianist Arthur Rubinstein made for RCA Records. Hirsch shared his admiration for those sessions, so Medeski spent several days recording on Waterfront’s nine-foot Steinway piano.
But Hirsch also encouraged Medeski to try the studio’s other piano, a 1924 Gaveau – a French piano made in a pre-modern style, akin to Chopin’s preferred model, the Pleyel. The instrument, as it turned out, was a revelation and made a profound impact on the music that came to be A Different Time .
“The Gaveau required a very delicate, controlled touch,” Medeski explains. “It is much harder to get a good sound out of it than it is on a regular piano. You have to use a lot of control; touch makes a huge difference and when you play delicately you can get a lot of nuance and really make this instrument sing. I tried a lot of things that had never worked for me before, and when I went back and listened to all of the recordings, that stuff stuck out as the most unique.”
The entirety of A Different Time was recorded on the Gaveau, with minimal electronics in order to capture the instrument’s full dynamic range. The sessions were undertaken late at night, when outside noise was at a minimum and a more crepuscular mood settled over the church. As Medeski writes in his liner notes, he hopes that listeners approach the album in the same atmosphere, at a time “when social responsibilities are over, when the political questions of the day have been dealt with, when all gossip has come to an end, when all needs and wants have been put to momentary rest, when all plans have been made, when you are tired of words, and you are ready to yield to the sounds of these simple contemplations for the Gaveau.”
The album begins with the title track, a stark “spontaneous composition” improvised by Medeski at the Gaveau. The name has several connotations, evoking that night-time ambience but also harkening back to a time when records occupied a listener’s full attention, before the multifarious distractions of the modern world. “There was a time when people used to sit down and listen to music, when it wasn’t just the soundtrack to your life,” Medeski says. “I remember sitting in a room with a group of people, experiencing music together, at a time when we as human beings really got lost in the sound.”
A Different Time offers a sustained opportunity to become lost in Medeski’s deeply personal sound, presenting an intensely focused experience of keen emotional virtuosity. The selection ranges from the tender Willie Nelson ballad “I’m Falling in Love Again,” a piece which Medeski has long wanted to record and which finally found its best expression through the Gaveau; to “His Eye Is On the Sparrow,” a traditional spiritual that Medeski approaches with a lush reverence.
“Ran” is another tune for which Medeski has long sought the proper context, the album’s sole through-composed piece. The wistful “Otis,” which closes the album, was originally recorded on Notes From the Underground, MMW‘s 1992 debut album. The sing-song “Waiting at the Gate” dates back even further, to a musical Medeski wrote in his teens. “It’s just a little tune that I wrote when I was a kid and never played for anybody,” Medeski laughs. “Ever.”
The heart-breakingly gorgeous “Luz Marina” was written for Mama Kia, the founder of an orphanage in Peru who passed away in 2010. Luz Marina was the name of her first adopted child, who died at a tender age. Medeski sought to depict Mama Kia’s inspirational and generous spirit through the piece. The final two pieces are both improvisations: “Graveyard Fields,” which shares the deceptively morbid name of a bucolic area in North Carolina, and the darkly tinged “Lacrima,” more aptly named for the Italian word for “tear.”
The fact that he didn’t try out the Gaveau until he thought he’d already gotten a full album in the can took a considerable amount of pressure off of Medeski’s shoulders, opening him up to the more naked, vulnerable sound of the album.
“I was just playing music,” he says. “It was just about dealing with the instrument and the room and making the music that felt good. I just got lost in the sound, and that’s really the ultimate goal anytime you sit down to play.”
Sony Masterworks comprises Masterworks Broadway, Masterworks, OKeh, Portrait, RCA Red Seal and Sony Classical imprints. For email updates and information please visit www.SonyMasterworks.com.
SOURCE OKeh/Sony Masterworks
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Activist Singer’s 80th Birthday Celebrated During Black History Month
“I think she was the greatest female artist of the 20th century” – Elton John
“I always loved the passion in her voice. She’s inspired me as a composer, a pianist, a singer and as a woman with a voice.” – Alicia Keys
“Nina Simone’s impact on both jazz and culture will remain monumental; there was simply no one like her..” – Bonnie Raitt
“She was ahead of her time as a concert-level piano player who sang, wrote and spoke her mind…I aspire to be more like her.” – india.arie
NEW YORK, Feb. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, commemorates the life and music of Nina Simone on the occasion of the singer’s 80th birthday and celebrates the iconic High Priestess of Soul as the label’s Artist of the Month for February 2013.
Nina Simone, who would’ve turned 80 on February 21, was a strong and vocal civil rights advocate who carried the message of universal rights and personal empowerment, freedom, equality and dignity throughout her career. Whether it was political or emotional or personal, she never failed to tell the truth through her music.
One of the most powerful and uncompromising artists of the 20th century, Nina Simone was a natural talent who developed into a virtuosic performer–an ineffable song stylist with concert hall piano skills and a transcendental on-stage presence. Singer, songwriter, arranger, and pianist, Nina wove classical, blues, jazz, pop, rock, R&B, folk, gospel, torch songs and world music into a body of work as eclectic as it is incomparable.
She began her career as a recording artist in 1958 with her version of “I Loves You, Porgy,” from George and Ira Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess,” her first US chart success, and made more than 40 albums before her death, at 70, in France on April 21, 2003.
On the Legacy Recordings site, fans and collectors will find access a variety of comprehensive Nina Simone titles including: Nina Simone – The Complete RCA Album Collection ; To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story (a four-disc set including DVD); The Essential Nina Simone ; Playlist: The Very Best of Nina Simon and, in time for Valentine’s Day, Nina Simone – Love Songs , a specially-curated collection of the artist’s most sensual and romantic recordings.
In 2008, Legacy Recordings released To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story , a deluxe four-disc (three CDs + DVD) box set that stands as the most comprehensive and wide-ranging collection of Nina Simone’s music ever compiled. Containing 51 audio tracks – eight of them previously unreleased – the collection covered her recording years from 1957 to 1993 for the Bethlehem, Colpix, Philips, RCA (for whom she cut nine LPs that are considered the pinnacle of her output), CTI, and Elektra record labels, plus another nine performances on the 23-minute documentary DVD.
“Nina Simone was one of those controversial figures American pop music puts forward from time to time,” wrote Ed Ward in his liner notes for To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story . “To see this African-American woman get angry about the racial situation in her country, right there on stage, was a shock to people who’d come to hear her sing ‘I Loves You, Porgy.’ Not that she cared; she figured that it was the artist’s job to deliver the truth, and if the truth hurt, so be it. Of course, events wound up proving her right, but she never stopped being prickly about one thing or another. It was just part of who she was, and part of why her music has endured while that of some of her contemporaries has faded: she’s still contemporary.”
SOURCE Legacy Recordings
Web Site: http://www.legacyrecordings.com
Nine CD box set containing the RCA back catalog from the legendary Jazz vocalist, all housed in mini LP sleeves. Includes the albums Nina Simone Sings The Blues, Black Gold, To Love Somebody, 'Nuff Said, Here Comes The Sun and more. Sony.
Categories: Entertainment Tags: arranger, blues, classical, Elektra, folk, George Gershwin, gospel, I Loves You Porgy, Ira Gershwin, Jazz, Legacy Recordings, Nina Simone, performer, Pianist, piano, pop, R&B, RCA, Singer, songwriter, Sony Music Entertainment, The Nina Simone Story, To Be Free
New Album “Rattle Them Bones” Set for Release September 4
Band Gears Up For 20th Anniversary In 2013
SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, longtime purveyors, custodians and distillers of a modern big band swing sound are back and newly signed with Savoy Jazz. In celebration of twenty years bringing an irrepressible groove to the adoring masses, the band has recorded “RATTLE THEM BONES”—their eighth studio album. Founding members Scotty Morris and Kurt Sodergren, plus the five other original members continue to keep their sound fresh coming off the 2009 release of their tribute to Cab Calloway. Produced by Morris and Joshua Levy with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the band has honed their musicality to a fine point, effortlessly striking a balance between respect for the authenticity of the swing sound and the original ideas they incorporate into the mix. The band features Morris (vocals, guitar, banjo), Joshua Levy (piano, arranger), Kurt Sodergren (drums), Dirk Shumaker (acoustic bass, vocals), Glen “The Kid” Marhevka (trumpet), Karl Hunter (soprano, alto, tenor saxophones and clarinet) and Andy Rowley (baritone saxophone, vocals). Savoy Jazz will release “RATTLE THEM BONES” on September 4th.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is truly a pioneering band having inspired a movement with their fierce dedication to fully inhabiting their particular musical world. It’s a sound that spans many eras—think the prohibition era of “Boardwalk Empire” to the lounging swing of 60′s “Mad Men”. With “RATTLE THEM BONES” Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has put together an album of originals and hand-picked covers that would evoke a certain mood—a mood influenced by some surprisingly diverse sources ranging from Mark Twain to Randy Newman, Django Reinhardt to George Gershwin.
Says Morris: “The goal with every album is to take the listener on a unique journey… Often as we start making sense of the material, the record tells us what it’s going to be, and it was clear this time that we weren’t going to be limited to a single decade or vibe. We feel like we left Cab and started thinking about Don Draper and Mark Twain and along the way some fascinating ideas emerged that turned Rattle Them Bones into a celebration of the landscape of American music we love so much. “
“RATTLE THEM BONES” Track List:
- The Adventures Of
- Diga Diga Do
- The Jitters
- Let It Roll Again
- It Only Took A Kiss
- She’s Always Right (I’m Never Wrong)
- Why Me?
- Devil’s Dance
- It’s Lonely At The Top
- Still In The Mood
- Gimme That Wine
- 5-10-15 Times
For more information, visit: www.savoyjazz.com
Savoy Jazz is a unit of the Savoy Label Group (SLG). SLG is the North American based division of Nippon Columbia, the oldest music company in Japan. The Savoy Label Group has evolved into a Grammy Award winning and chart topping independent music company consistently outperforming competitors in key music categories as monitored by Billboard Magazine. SLG is led by Steve Vining and is based in Los Angeles, CA.
SOURCE Savoy Jazz
Web Site: http://www.savoyjazz.com
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, longtime purveyors, custodians and distillers of a modern big band swing sound are back and newly signed with Savoy Jazz. In celebration of twenty years bringing an irrepressible groove to the adoring masses, the band has recorded RATTLE THEM BONES their eighth studio album. Produced by Morris and Joshua Levy with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the band has honed their musicality to a fine point, effortlessly striking a balance between the prohibition era "Boardwalk Empire" to the swinging of 60's "Mad Men". Also known for their rigorous tour schedule (They play over 150 dates a year), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will support RATTLE THEM BONES will a nationwide tour beginning this fall.
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