Ten Jazz Albums to Hear Before You Die

June 27, 2014

Because there are multiple decades of jazz, it’s almost impossible to pick the top 10 albums of all time; the hip cats with their canes and cool shades will throw their used saxophone reeds in my direction and call me a young whippersnapper.

But so many people out there, young or even a bit older, are curious about jazz, and they’re not exactly sure where to start. Think of this as a jazz bucket list, filled with masterpieces of a true American music.

Let’s go!

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Santana and Friends Team to Save Coltrane Home

September 21, 2013

Santana and Friends Team to Save Coltrane Home
Benefit planned to open residence where “A Love Supreme” was written to the public

By Emily Hutton

The Coltrane Home in Dix Hills, N.Y., where the late saxophonist John Coltrane lived from 1964-67, Long Island has long been deemed historic. The Long Island home is not only where Coltrane and his wife, Alice, raised their children, but it is also where Coltrane composed A Love Supreme. Now, according a press release, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has named the Coltrane residence “one of the most endangered historic places in the country,” and Carlos Santana and friends are stepping in to help.

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Hendrix Documentary

September 15, 2013

The American Masters series on PBS will be featuring Jimi Hendrix.

The documentary, Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin’, will have never before seen footage, home movies, photos and much more.

The two hour documentary will premiere on November 5th.

This is really exciting and needless to say, a must see.


International Blues Music Day

August 4, 2013

Happy International Blues Music Day!!!!!

I Hear Some Blues Downstairs – Fenton Robinson

Born Under A Bad Sign – Albert King

Something Inside Me – Elmore James

I’d Rather Go Blind – Koko Taylor

So Many Roads – Otis Rush

Blues Before Sunrise – John Lee Hooker

Worried Life Blues – Otis Spann

Blues With A Feeling – Little Walter

Deep Down In My Heart – Muddy Waters

Don’t Trust Nobody Blues – Victoria Spivey

Hard Time Killin’ Floor Blues – Skip James

Dirty No-Gooder’s Blues – Bessie Smith

Preaching Blues (Up Jumped The Devil) – Robert Johnson


Rubén Blades is very busy these days

August 3, 2013

Ruben’s creative fire is still burning strongly.

There’s alot of things going on lately:

An album of Tango music, a Brazilian album, a Rock en Español album, an album of Spanish ballads, and thankfully, a Salsa album.

How many artists have the talent and confidence to take on such a wide range of musical projects?.

It’s truly remarkable.

Oh, and a little acting too with De Niro on a movie about boxing legend Roberto Duran.

Here’s hoping that Ruben’s muse continues to move him forward.

Ruben Blades making disc with Paco de Lucia, filming with De Niro

New York, Jul 12 (EFE).- New projects are piling up on the agenda of Ruben Blades, the Panamanian singer, poet, actor, lawyer and politician who continues to take on new challenges – like recording a disc of boleros with Paco de Lucia and acting alongside Robert De Niro in a biopic of boxer Roberto Duran.

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Buddy Guy wants blues music on the radio

July 31, 2013

Buddy Guy pushing for blues on popular radio, releases new CD featuring Keith Urban, Kid Rock
By Jonathan Landrum Jr., Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Buddy Guy knows that blues music isn’t the taste of today’s youth, but the Chicago guitar legend wants to show directors at radio stations and aspiring musicians that the classic sound is still alive with his new album, “Rhythm & Blues.”

“I’m not saying play the blues every day like everything else,” said Guy, who released the album Tuesday, the same day he turned 77. “Just play the blues two or three times a week and I’ll be happy with that.

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Coltrane’s ‘Afro Blue Impressions’ to be reissued

July 28, 2013

Concord to Reissue Coltrane’s ‘Afro Blue Impressions’ with Bonus Tracks
Expanded edition marks 50th anniversary of original recording dates

By Jeff Tamarkin

Concord Music Group will reissue a remastered and expanded edition of John Coltrane’s Afro Blue Impressions album on August 20. Enhanced by 24-bit remastering by Joe Tarantino, three bonus tracks, and new liner notes, the new reissue celebrates the 40th anniversary of Pablo Records, the jazz label founded by Norman Granz in 1973.

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