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Mendiang Ray Charles Raih 8 “Grammy”

Posted in musik jazz on Januari 2, 2008 by jazzmuziek


MENDIANG Ray Charles, salah seorang penyanyi kulit hitam terkemuka, memperoleh delapan penghargaan Grammy, yang diraihnya secara “anumerta”.

Penyanyi legendaris Soul yang wafat tahun lalu itu memperoleh penghargaan album pop terbaik dalam acara Anugerah Grammy ke-47, Minggu (13/2) malam waktu setempat, untuk karyanya Genius Loves Company, selain untuk karya bersama terbaik dalam Here We Go Again bersama Norah Jones.

Genius Loves Company, album studio terakhir Charles memang telah masuk 10 Nominasi Grammy, termasuk tujuh nominasi untuk sang artis besar tersebut.

Grammy tahun ini memang sejak sebelumnya diprediksi akan menghidupkan nuansa Ray, menyusul sukses film mengenai dirinya Ray.

Ray wafat pada 10 Juni 2004 dalam usia 73 tahun akibat penyakit lever akut, dan album Genius dirilis dua bulan setelah kematiannya. Album rekaman terbaik dan best pop vocal merupakan dua kategori yang diberikan untuknya. Baca lebih lanjut

Jazzaid untuk Tsunami

Posted in musik jazz on Januari 2, 2008 by jazzmuziek


 

SEJUMLAH anak yang tergabung dalam Perkusi Anak Jendela Ide dengan gesit memainkan alat musik jembe saat tampil membuka konser musik Jazzaid “Konser untuk korban tsunami” di auditorium Pusat Kebudayaan Perancis (CCF) Jalan Purnawarman Bandung, Jumat (4/2). Konser musik jazz yang menampilkan sejumlah musikus dan kelompok jazz Bandung tersebut sekaligus mengumpulkan dana bagi para korban tsunami di Aceh dan Sumut.*ANDRI GURNITA/”PR”Minggu, 06 Februari 2005

Loreena McKennitt takes her inspiration from the Celtic peoples

Posted in musik jazz on Januari 2, 2008 by jazzmuziek

Produced by the Canadian singer/composer herself, An Ancient Muse is, McKennitt says, a work of “musical travel writing”. Drawing on research and literary musings that took her from the steppes of Mongolia to Ireland’s western shores and the islands of the Mediterranean, McKennitt takes her inspiration from the Celtic peoples, fusing the melodic sensibility of Scottish and Irish balladry with musical traditions from Greece, Turkey, Spain, and even Scandinavia.Loreena McKennitt

Beginning with an invocation inspired by Homer’s Odyssey — “Tell me, O Muse, of those who traveled far and wide”— its nine tracks take the listener around the globe, across the ages and into the stories of a wondrous cast of characters. We hear the voices of a Scottish knight and his English lady, united by love and divided by strife; adventurers of the Silk Road approaching the gates of Istanbul; a Byzantine princess who witnessed the Crusades; the wandering Celts who claimed King Midas’ lands; and Odysseus’ faithful wife Penelope, scanning the wine-dark seas for his return.

From the sinuous grooves of “Caravanserai” to the elegiac echoes of “The English Ladye and The Knight” and the plaintive refrain of “Penelope’s Song,” the album boasts an exotic tapestry of instruments:  harp, hurdy-gurdy, uilleann pipes, cello, kanoun, Turkish clarinet, lyra, bouzouki and nyckelharpa. Supporting musicians include Brian Hughes, Donald Quan, Hugh Marsh, Caroline Lavelle, Manu Katché, Rick Lazar, Nigel Eaton, Steafan Hannigan, Tal Bergman, Tim Landers and Greek musicians Panos Dimitrakopoulos, Socratis Sinopoulos, Haig Yazdjian and Giorgios Kontogiannis, along with acclaimed string players and members of the Choristers of Westminster Abbey. Baca lebih lanjut

Luciana Souza says of The New Bossa Nova

Posted in musik jazz on Januari 2, 2008 by jazzmuziek

“I wanted to make a record that would be accessible yet truthful,” Luciana Souza says of The New Bossa Nova, her seventh album and her Verve debut.  “The world is so loud and noisy and overwhelming now that it can be a challenge to get people to sit and listen to something that’s quiet.  But I have faith that they will.”Luciana Souza

The New Bossa Nova marks an exciting new chapter for the Brazilian-born vocalist and three-time Grammy® nominee, who’s already widely acknowledged as one of jazz’s most respected and accomplished vocalists.  The 11-song album finds the artist crafting a fresh and highly personal variation on the beloved bossa nova style, matching Souza’s exquisite, deeply-felt performances with spare, eloquent arrangements that place the emphasis squarely on the songs’ timeless emotional truths.

The New Bossa Nova finds Souza applying her interpretative skills to material drawn from a diverse array of sources, including Joni Mitchell (“Down To You”), Leonard Cohen (“Here It Is”), Sting (“When We Dance”), Elliott Smith (“Satellite”), Steely Dan (“Were You Blind That Day”), Randy Newman (“Living Without You”), Michael McDonald (“I Can Let Go Now”) and legendary bossa nova master Antonio Carlo Jobim (the standard “Waters of March”), along with a pair of memorable new songs written for the project, “You and the Girl,” written by Souza and producer Larry Klein, and “Love Is for Strangers,” by Klein and Steely Dan’s Walter Becker.  The set also features a memorable guest appearance by James Taylor, who joins Souza for a soulful duet reading of the Taylor composition “Never Die Young.” Baca lebih lanjut

Lizz Wright

Posted in musik jazz on Januari 2, 2008 by jazzmuziek

Lizz Wright‘s first two Verve releases, Salt and Dreaming Wide Awake, established her as one of the jazz world’s most celebrated rising stars, both an accomplished songwriter and a versatile, deeply expressive singer. On her third album The Orchard, the Georgia-bred, New York-based artist takes a substantial leap forward, transcending genre distinctions to deliver a vibrant, intensely creative milestone.Lizz Wright

The largely self-penned The Orchard finds Wright mining her own experience to create an unmistakably personal musical statement. The warmth and resonance of Wright’s gospel-trained contralto is matched by the intimacy and authority of such original compositions as “Coming Home,” “My Heart,” “Another Angel” and “When I Fall.” Wright’s interpretive skills are equally impressive on revelatory readings of the Ike and Tina Turner classic “I Idolize You,” Sweet Honey in the Rock‘s “Hey Mann,” the Led Zeppelin ballad “Thank You” and Patsy Cline’s haunting “Strange.”

The Orchard
reflects Wright’s lifelong musical journey. The artist was born in the small rural town of Hahira, Georgia, one of three children of a minister father and a mother who sang gospel at church services. In her childhood, she began playing piano and singing in church with her two siblings. In high school, she broadened her musical horizons by studying choral singing, performing with groups of various sizes and winning several regional and national awards. Baca lebih lanjut

Queen Latifah: musician; television and film actress; a label president; an author and entrepreneur

Posted in musik jazz on Januari 2, 2008 by jazzmuziek

Queen Latifah: musician; television and film actress; a label president; an author and entrepreneur. Blessed with style and substance, Queen Latifah has blossomed into a one-woman entertainment conglomerate. Heralded by the press and the industry as a force to be reckoned with, Latifah has quite simply done it all and shows no sign of slowing down.Queen Latifah

Latifah has had amazing success in Hollywood in recent years, and became the first hip hop artist to be crowned with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 4, 2006. She received rave reviews, an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe nomination and a SAG Award nomination for her portrayal as Mama Morton in Miramax’s Chicago.  Following Chicago, Latifah starred in Disney’s box office hit Bringing Down the House , on which she also acted as executive producer.

Her latest film, Life Support, in which she was both the star and executive producer, is a true-life drama, in which she plays a mother who overcomes an addiction to crack and becomes a positive role model and an AIDS activist in the black community. This recently aired on HBO on March 10th and Latifah received rave reviews for this project. In July she will star in Neil Meron and Craig Zadan’s Hairspray playing Motormouth Maybelle. Baca lebih lanjut

Elvis Costello has followed his musical curiosity in a career spanning more than 28 years

Posted in musik jazz on Januari 2, 2008 by jazzmuziek

Elvis Costello has followed his musical curiosity in a career spanning more than 28 years. He is perhaps best known for his performances with The Attractions, The Imposters and for concert appearances with pianist, Steve Nieve. His recordings include This Years Model, Imperial Bedroom, King of America, Blood and Chocolate, Spike, All This Useless Beauty, When I Was Cruel, North and The Delivery Man. However, he has also entered into acclaimed collaborations with Burt Bacharach, The Brodsky Quartet, Paul McCartney, Swedish mezzo-soprano, Anne Sofie von Otter, guitarist, Bill Frisell, composer, Roy Nathanson, The Charles Mingus Orchestra and record producer and songwriter, T Bone Burnett.Elvis Costello

Costellos songs have been recorded by a great number of artistes. The list of performers reflects his interest in a wide range of musical styles: George Jones, Chet Baker, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Dusty Springfield, Robert Wyatt, Charles Brown, No Doubt, Solomon Burke, June Tabor, Howard Tate, the gospel vocal group, The Fairfield Four and the viol consort, Fretwork with the counter tenor, Michael Chance. In 2003 he began a songwriting partnership with his wife, the jazz pianist and singer, Diana Krall, resulting in six songs included in her highly successful album, The Girl In The Other Room.

During his career Costello has received several prestigious honours, including two Ivor Novello Awards for songwriting, a Dutch Edison Award with The Brodsky Quartet for ‘The Juliet Letters, the Nordoff-Robbins Silver Clef Award, a BAFTA for the music written with Richard Harvey for Alan Bleasdale television drama series, G.B.H. and a Grammy for I Still Have That Other Girl from his 1998 collaboration with Burt Bacharach, Painted From Memory. Baca lebih lanjut

Herbie Hancock’s 40-year career as a recording artist

Posted in musik jazz on Januari 2, 2008 by jazzmuziek

Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock’s 40-year career as a recording artist is graced by a series of astonishing musical landmarks. Few other musicians of the 20th century have exhibited the wide range of interests and mastery of various genres that this jazz legend has brought to his remarkable body of work. Nonetheless, at the age of 58, Hancock still expresses the kinds of irrepressible curiosity and restless creativity that keep him pushing at the boundaries of modern music.

“At this point in my career,” Hancock says, “I’m much more interested in projects that have the potential to be events, not just records. I want to do something broad-based that has the potential to reach into the life of people in more ways than just their ears.” The wedding of that ambitious artistic vision to his extraordinary musical versatility put Hancock in the perfect position to approach his new Verve recording, Gershwin’s World, a far-reaching tribute to the life and times of the great composer who did so much to popularize the jazz and blues idioms.

“I have always loved Gershwin’s music,” Hancock says. “I want to give respect and tribute to all of George Gershwin’s musical origins. The particular genres that Gershwin chose — classical music, jazz, and pop — are ones that I’ve explored, too.” Featuring performances by vocal superstars Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, and Kathleen Battle, and the instrumental contributions of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, pianist Chick Corea, saxophonists Wayne Shorter, James Carter, and Kenny Garrett, trumpeter Eddie Henderson, and bassist Ira Coleman, Gershwin’s World finds Hancock applying his unique piano genius not only to classic songs by Gershwin, but to pieces by contemporaries closely associated with Gershwin — stride piano master James P. Johnson, blues popularizer W. C. Handy, classical composer Maurice Ravel, and jazz giant Duke Ellington. Baca lebih lanjut

singer and pianist Diana Krall

Posted in musik jazz on Januari 2, 2008 by jazzmuziek

 Diana Krall

“This album coincides with a happier time in my life. I think it’s very obvious in the music. It reflects how I’m feeling now, the joy that I have in my marriage and family, and hopefully in the future.”

It had only been a few days since singer and pianist Diana Krall publicly announced that she and husband Elvis Costello were expecting their first child. Her remarks may have primarily focused on her upcoming album, but it was easy to discern the rosy glow as she discussed imminent arrivals, and how she came up with the name for one of them.

“I already knew before we went into the studio the title of the record. I definitely knew it was going to be From This Moment On.”

Cole Porter’s romantic ode to great expectations (with its hip, heartening couplet, “No more blue songs/Only whoop-dee-doo songs”) could not be more apt a title track for Krall’s tenth album. From This Moment On is an eleven-song collection that captures the Canadian-born sensation in full swing, in great company, and at the top of her game. It could also be called her strongest, most cohesive release to date. Baca lebih lanjut

John William Coltrane, Jr.

Posted in musik jazz on Januari 2, 2008 by jazzmuziek

John William Coltrane, Jr., was born in Hamlet, North Carolina, on September 23, 1926. Shortly after his birth, his parents joined his mother’s family in High Point, where he was raised. Coltrane probably received his first instrumental training in the fall of 1939; he played alto horn, then clarinet, then alto saxophone in community and high school bands.John ColtraneMeanwhile, between 1938 and 1940 the family was devastated by the deaths of five members, including John’s father. After his graduation from high school in 1943, John moved to Philadelphia, where he was eventually joined by his mother, his aunt, and his cousin Mary . While working day jobs, he studied music, inspired by two alto saxophonists — first Johnny Hodges, then Charlie Parker.

Coltrane served as a seaman and musician in the navy from August 1945 until August 1946. Returning to Philadelphia, he freelanced around Philadelphia, often with saxophonist Jimmy Heath’s big band; and toured with other bands. He began to play tenor saxophone professionally in late 1948 with the blues singer and saxophonist Eddie Vinson. He played with Dizzy Gillespie from 1949 to 1951 and with the saxophone virtuoso Earl Bostic in 1952, and in 1954 he joined his early idol Johnny Hodges. Baca lebih lanjut

dynamic British singer, songwriter, and pianist Jamie Cullum

Posted in musik jazz on Januari 2, 2008 by jazzmuziek

Having weathered a non-stop, whirlwind schedule for the past two years, dynamic British singer, songwriter, and pianist Jamie Cullum could have easily taken some well-earned time off in 2005. The 26-year-old’s Verve debut, Twentysomething, was a worldwide smash last year, selling over two million copies (including nearly 400,000 in the States) and garnering a GRAMMY® nomination. But instead of cooling his jets and catching some ZZZs, Jamie kept doing what he loves best: Making music, and recording a new album, Catching Tales.

Jamie Cullum

“I was so ready for it,” Cullum recalls of crafting his sophomore set for Verve Forecast. “The only way you get the energy to tour the world and do all the hard work is to love the music you make. I’d had two mad years but I was back at the place I remembered the best, which was just really wanting to do my music.” The new album took shape at a brisk pace, reflecting his high levels of enthusiasm and inspiration: Cullum wrote enough material for nearly two albums in four months, then set to recording in Los Angeles and London, between April and June of 2005, with Stewart Levine (who also oversaw Twentysomething) producing.

The fourteen-song set begins with “Get Your Way,” a strutting number featuring celebrated hip-hop DJ and producer Dan the Automator (Gorillaz, Handsome Boy Modeling School), which juxtaposes cascading ivories with bursts of brass and a fat, funky backbeat. But this aesthetic team-up isn’t as unlikely as it might seem, provided one is familiar with Cullum’s eclectic musical background. “I listen to a lot of very percussive music; I used to always drum on my desk at school. I’ve always listened to a lot of dance music, and I love hip-hop.”

Alongside a beautiful cover of the Doves “Catch The Sun” (“They’re one of my favorite British bands”), Jamie couples his trademark takes on choice standards (“I Only Have Eyes For You,” “I’m Glad There Is You”) with many self-penned tracks: The panoramic “London Skies”; “Photograph,” a wise and wistful reflection on simply joys remembered. Sly humor once again plays a pivotal role in Cullum’s originals, such as on the pointed parody “7 Days To Change Your Life,” and “Nothing I Do,” which offsets grouchy lyrical sentiments with animated rhythms and gossamer vocal harmonies. Baca lebih lanjut

Lee Ritenour’s latest recording for GRP

Posted in musik jazz on Januari 2, 2008 by jazzmuziek

That wild and joyful jazz we hear coming from Rit’s House, Lee Ritenour’s latest recording for GRP, is a full-on celebration of one of the most exciting and enduring legendary guitarists in contemporary music. Our host, long known in hip musical circles and by fans worldwide as “Captain Fingers,” starts jamming with several of L.A.’s most groove intensive rhythm sections. Splashes of modern jazz/funk intensity and world beat exotica Lee Ritenourabound amidst a cool 60s-70s soul jazz vibe, evoking warm, sweet musical memories from Ritenour’s treasured career, which meets 2002 at full creative force.

The new music brings some of the proverbial old snapshots to life. In one, 16 year old Rit is playing his first session with The Mama’s & The Papas, two years later, he’s backing Tony Bennett and Lena Horne at L.A.’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Later, there are nearly 2,000 pop and jazz sessions with legends who only need one name (Barbra, Quincy, Dizzy, B.B., Jaco). Along the way, he receives 17 Grammy nominations and one win for Harlequin, his 1986 collaboration with Dave Grusin. In 2000, he and Grusin returned to their classical roots with Two Worlds, which remained on Billboard’s classical charts for 51 weeks.

Twenty six years after releasing his solo debut First Course, Ritenour is celebrating his 30th recording, which includes these Grusin projects, four 1990s projects with contemporary jazz supergroup Fourplay and two all-star “Twist Of” projects paying homage to the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Bob Marley. During that span, he’s also tallied 150 original recorded compositions, produced numerous projects for other artists, and co-founded his own label, i.e. music. Baca lebih lanjut

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