MAY IS PRODUCER MONTH! CHECK OUT MY TWO INTERVIEWS WITH PRODUCERS LARRY KLEIN AND QUINCY JONES!
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If you like guitar sounds with some exotic flavor, check out this release by Stephen Duros. It’s a 12 piece concept album that take you to some wonderful lands. I just posted a review on it, and you won’t be disappointed by giving this one a chance. We also just posted an interview with him, so you’ll get to know this guy. Read the link at http://www.jazzweekly.com/2016/04/stephen-duros-aeaea/
This month we celebrate producers in two ways: First, on May 8 we give honor to the most important producers on our planet, MOTHERS! Everyone who is reading this, and most that aren’t, are in debt to their mom who endured 9 months of carrying them in the womb, bringing them into this world and raising them. Some may know adopted parents better, but we all owe a debt to our mothers. Don’t forget to give them a call, card and visit if they are still alive.
My is still around at 87. I go visit her every week to drop off the weekly PEOPLE magazine and have her help me identify relatives from some of the countless photographs that she and her mother took from 1924 until now. It keeps her mind sharp and creates a bond between us.
Also, don’t forget the 5th Commandment, which says “Honor Your Mother and Father, that it may go well with you and you live a long life in the land.” It’s the only commandment that comes with a promise, so it must be pretty important to give honor to your parents. It is my firm conviction that it is the breaking of this commandment that is the source of most of our present societal problems.
OK, that’s my sermon. Pass the plate. In the “No One Asked My Opinion, But…” section, I’ve made a list of prominent jazz mothers. Some of their stories about motherhood will surprise you. But would you expect anything else? After all, improvisation is the marrow of jazz, and these women all have some interesting and unique stories to tell.
The other type of producer that we honor this month is the one that produces the music that you listen to. We have interviews with two of the most important ones around on this planet: Quincy Jones and Larry Klein.
Both of these gents started as musicians. Jones initially was a trumpet player with Lionel Hampton and Dizzy Gillespie, as well as being in a horn section with Clifford Brown! Then, he sort of got side-tracked making albums like Sinatra and Basie at the Sands and made some chump change producing Michael Jackson’s Thriller. He’s still one of our most important talent scouts, with artists like Alfredo Rodriguez and Jon Batiste.
Larry Klein broke into the scene playing bass with Freddie Hubbard. He’s produced some of the most successful albums of the modern era for artists like Joni Mitchell, Madeleine Peyroux, Lizz Wright as well as winning some Grammy’s for the fantastic Herbie Hancock album River: The Joni Letters. His approach to producing music that is both artistic and accessible is worth memorizing and applying to all facets of life.
What do both of these “producers” have in common? Well, both require sacrificing one’s own desires for the benefit of someone else. This concept goes against the grain of our selfish dna, but it actually gives us more joy in the long run. As it is written in the Bible, “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world, but forfeits his soul?”
We are all spending our life doing something. The trick is to be doing something sacrificial, to put aside your short term ego goals, and assist someone else doing better. He who humbles himself will be exalted, and he who exalts himself will be humbled.
Being a mom, and being a producer is a humbling experience as you have to put aside your wants in order to make someone else do well. But this is the trick to life. If you’re a musician, you need to learn this pretty quickly. If you’re in a relationship, you REALLY need to learn it before someone walks out on you!
Whether you’re a fan of bebop or of left of center free material, this album from The Dimas Quartet is going to grab your attention. Butterflies and Zebras answers the question what Thelonious Monk would have sounded like if he were a free-bopper, as the team of Eva Novoa/p, Michael Attias/as, Max Johnson/b and Jeff Davis/dr mix snappy swing with frenetic directions, solos and harmonies. They can be as shadowy as “Round Midnight” or angular as “Brilliant Corners” all withing their own compositions. A recent review stated “Her playing and musical direction on this record establish an atmosphere of fecundity.
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This is Neal Weiss of Whaling City Sound.
Just to clarify the issue you raised: the current CD by Phil Woods, “Live at the Deer Head Inn,” on the Deer Head label, was recorded in Nov. 2014, a little after ours. I have also been told that the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild intends to issue Phil’s final performance at MCG, in early Sept. 2015, when he did a 60th anniversary tribute to Charlie Parker’s LP with strings, that included members of the Pittsburgh Symphony. At that performance, Phil surprised everyone, including family, by saying he was retiring. He passed away before the month was over.
I appreciate your understanding of why I placed Phil’s spoken tracks at the end. Others have questioned why the intros weren’t placed where they belong in the set.
The words were too good to leave out, but as you say, the continuing of the music came first. Also, anyone playing the CD repeatedly might not want to hear the stories that many times.
Neal Weiss, President
Whaling City Sound
I love your interview with Mathis ! I worked with him a long tome ago and my concept has always been to sing through the horn. Really great job you did ! Wow, George heartwarming your words paint pictures like a great solo thank you so , so much !!!
Thank you so very much for your review of Maiden’s Voyage-in parallel with this record I’ve been living and breathing the art world, and composing music inspired by paintings (specifically Wyeth paintings), so it was so apropos and welcome for you to compare my music to paintings. It touched me deeply.
Catherine Marie Charlton
I wanted to say thank you so much for the review of my CD – Come Out Swingin’.
Thank you for “getting” the music and thank you for having the openness of heart to not judge a book by it’s CD cover smile emoticon.
All the best,
I just became aware of the super great review of my pop’s posthoumos CD with Carmell Jones – – -if i send you a photo of my LP/CD/audio equipment collecting hoarder dad’s pad, I could show you where we “unearthed” the tapes.
Nice to meet you at Catalina’s and thanks for mentioning my comment regarding Danny Janklow. For the record, Danny blew the doors off the place.