Par DJDemonAngel le 25 Octobre 2010 à 12:00
Origine du Groupe : North America
Style : Soul , Blues , Psychedlic
Sortie : 2010
From Official Site :
Brooklyn-based singer Alecia Chakour is a soul siren. Armed with a bellowing voice, she wraps her vocal chords around weighty issues of love, heartbreak and struggle with the timelessness of an old soul reincarnate. Using soul’s great arrangement styles of yesteryear as fodder, Alecia coalesces punchy horns, gospel harmonies and an ardent R&B sound to make remarkably honest music.
Backed by a stellar band, Alecia keeps it all in the family. Alecia Chakour & the Osrah (family in Arabic), brings together Alecia’s closest friends and family – all serious forces on the music scene. Alecia’s brother plays guitar, her close hometown friends play drums, bass and keys, and the other guys are like brothers from another mother. This isn’t the Jackson 5, and there are no choreographed dances (yet), but man, is there soul.
Born in the small town of Amherst, MA, home to five colleges and a quirky musical community, Alecia grew her musical roots within an intellectual and nurturing environment. Her father, Joe Cocker’s former musical director, and an influential soul and blues musician in his own right, opened Alecia’s world to the soul greats. Alecia spent time with her father at sessions and shows taking in powerhouses such as Ray Charles, BB King, Matt “Guitar” Murphy and Bonnie Raitt. At home, Alecia found comfort listening to artists like Candi Staton and Otis Redding on her family’s record player. “In soul, you never feel like folks are trying to be too slick or sexy or too anything. They are just singing to let it out,” says Alecia.
Deemed a vocal wunderkind, Alecia was nearly signed to a major label at age 16. When asked to sing gimmicky pop songs instead of the gritty soul she loved, Alecia realized their intentions were more rooted in sales than music. With her big dreams dangling seemingly within her reach, Alecia made the difficult decision to forgo a major label relationship and instead forge her own path.
Alecia went on to become an educator, teaching tap dance and music at Brooklyn schools and programs throughout the Northeast. She collaborated with musicians across all genres– from rappers to psychedelic rockers, Broadway divas to legendary blues crews, crooners to jazz heads and opened for the legendary James Brown and KRS-One. She has been featured on Fader.com, BlindifortheKids, SoulCulture, Nu-SoulMag and more.
Out of the spotlight, Alecia is strongly informed by her cultural heritage. “I come from a very mixed background,” says Alecia. Particularly when speaking about her father’s Arab background and her mother’s Jewish background, “I feel so connected to all sides of myself, and I think it’s beautiful to be able to celebrate these two very similar yet distinct cultures. I feel compelled to step out and be proud of my heritage and represent our powerful diversity.” (NR)
1.Walk On 03:47
4.Hard Times 03:34
5.Like You Me 04:11
6.Giving Up 06:58
released 18 October 2010
Alecia Chakour (vocals)
Alex Chakour (guitar)
Sam Cohen (guitar, pedal steel, percussion)
Makaya McCraven (drums)
Jaron Olevsky (bass, guitar, rhodes)
Igmar Thomas (trumpet)
Darby Wolf (organ, wurlitzer, clavinet)
Special guest appearance by papa Mitch Chakour (piano)
Engineered at Bank Row Recording by Justin Pizzoferrato
Additional recording by Sam Cohen at Bozo's and Alex Chakour at The Chak
Mixed by Justin Pizzoferrato and The Osrah
Par DJDemonAngel le 11 Septembre 2010 à 11:00
Origine du Groupe : North America
Style : Blues Soul , Alternative Rock , Funk
Sortie : 2010
Hot, young guitarists spring have sprung forth every few years for more decades than I can be bothered to count. Each generation spawns a new crop and while many are momentarily interesting, “guitar god” is a cannibalistic business and very few have much shelf life. There are exceptions and Robert Randolph has taken a bold step forward, daring to join the few and the proud.
Randolph is a unique talent as anyone who has listened to the work of his first three albums with his Family Band or his collaboration with John Medeski and the Dickinson boys of North Mississippi Allstar fame can attest. There is more to Randolph than a dazzling command of the steel guitar, or Sacred Steel as it is referred to in the Church Of God where he first learned the instrument.
There are a host of things that set Randolph apart and one of them becomes obvious in the liner notes he wrote for We Walk This Road. After completing the tour for the Colorblind album, he went in search of a producer with special ears and knowledge; someone who understood the connections of his rock and gospel roots and who would, as Randolph puts it, “help us put those things in their most compelling context.” He found that producer in T Bone Burnett.
I’ve heard people described as having “old souls.” It’s an expression I’ve never much liked but it is an effective bit of shorthand for Randolph. He is still a very young man but his musical upbringing is quite old, having learned his instrument through the traditions of his church. The crafty, versatile Burnett was able to speak Randolph’s language, having studied an impossibly vast scope of American and world musics. When artist and producer got on the same page, they brewed something special blending blues, roots, gospel, soul, and spirit into a potent, magical cocktail.
“If I Had My Way” incorporates a portion of Blind Willie Johnson’s “If I Had My Way” into an original composition Randolph co-wrote with Burnett and an assist from, Ben Harper and it is a magnificent, soaring piece of music fusing gospel and blues with folk. Randolph uses Johnson’s original as a jumping off point and actually “samples” a piece of that original and uses it to segue in and out of his own composition. The segue concept is one used throughout the record with the idea being to tie the music Randolph is making in the present with its roots. There are times these segues are effective bridges between songs but there are times when they do more to distract than connect.
Randolph’s re-imagining of Bob Dylan’s "Shot of Love" hits with the weight and force of a heavyweight’s fist. Dylan is so easy and obvious to cover that nearly everyone does it but so few capture the essence and power of his songs, settling to merely sing them "better” or “prettier.” This version takes the power of the Dylan original and amplifies and magnifies.
The beautiful “I Still Belong To Jesus” opens with more than a passing feeling of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams.” The airy, ethereal intro gives way to a more substantive, anthemic song that not only proclaims Randolph’s devotion but also delivers a unifying message of social justice. This is another of Randolph’s achievements in the material on this record, both the songs he wrote and those he’s chosen to interpret on the record. There is a theme and a message on this record but it’s one that uplifts rather than preaches. Even John Lennon’s “I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier,” which can be delivered as scathing, anti-war screed, is a plea for peace and understanding rather than heated rhetoric in Randolph’s hands.
We Walk This Road is soul music in nearly every connotation of the word and its title is instructive. This is the kind of deep, rich, authentic music the world needs and the music contained therein should be experienced as a journey from beginning to end; he wanted his music to have context and We Walk This Road exquisitely provides that. With this album Randolph has made a record worthy of his immense gift and that is cause for celebration and repeated listens.
by Josh Hathaway
01.Segue 1 (0:25)
02.Traveling Shoes (3:48)
03.Segue 2 (0:10)
04.Back To The Wall (3:31)
05. Shot Of Love (5:36)
06.I Still Belong To Jesus (6:02)
07.Segue 3 (0:27)
08.If I Had My Way (5:35)
09.Segue 4 (0:22)
10.Don't Change (4:47)
11.I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama (5:50)
12.Walk Don't Walk (4:06)
13.Segue 5 (0:20)
14.Dry Bones (3:42)
15.Segue 6 (0:17)
16.I'm Not Listening (5:03)
Par DJDemonAngel le 4 Septembre 2010 à 14:00
Origine du Groupe : North America
Style : Blues , Alternative , Soul
After nearly two decades of blues re-invention, singer/guitarist Skip McDonald has perfected his particular and peculiar metamorphosis of the form. Is Little Axe a band or an alternative name for McDonald himself? It's quite possibly both, as every live appearance possesses a very strong group vibration. McDonald now prefers the stance of grizzled bluesman from Dayton, Ohio, but his prime breakthrough came as a member of Sugar Hill Records’ in-house band, and had formed Tackhead by the time the mid-80s arrived.
Regardless of whether his assumed 'authenticity' is similar to that sought by born-again bluesman Keb' Mo', it's not really an issue when McDonald clearly embraces the form with authority, creativity and innovation. A massive part of the already massive Little Axe sound has always been provided by dub-king producer Adrian Sherwood, his influence so sonically pervasive that he counts as an equal collaborator. The old master-crew is assembled for these sessions in Peter Gabriel's Real World studio: bassist Doug Wimbish, drummer Keith LeBlanc and soaring singer Bernard Fowler. There are also two guest vocal spots from Jamaican veteran Ken Boothe. Less familiar, but still crucial to this album is harmonica player Alan Glen, whose stinging trills lift up nearly every song.
The feedback avenues are now beyond easy tracking, as old blues elements are channelled through fresh techniques. There are even versions of two Tackhead songs, further confusing the lineage between old-timey rural foot-clumping and shining 1980s funk-hop beats. There's a reading of the song popularised by long-departed down-home bluesman Son House: his Grinnin' In Your Face is shortened to Grinning.
The album opens and closes with 50-second mini-songs, their gospel traits swirling into the heavens. Most of the remaining bulk favours a much longer six-minute average within which to slink and saunter, emanating a spellbinding aura. The distinctive Little Axe sound is a dreamy miasma, creaming up elements of funk, rock, soul and gospel. It's perpetually intertwining into a genre weave. The vocal layers build up a call-and-response thickness, and a couple of tunes even hint at ska and reggae rhythms. The cumulative slowness begins to take on the feel of an imaginary Funkadelic ballad collection.
The guitars are always draped in exotic echo, held in perpetual slow motion, except for when Hammerhead gets to sludge-truckin' and Return proves itself the hardest and heaviest track. By this time, there's a beautifully sustained flotation in place.
01 – Guide My Feet
02 – Soul of a Man
03 – Grinning
04 – Take a Stroll
05 – Hands Off
06 – Can’t Sleep
07 – Hammerhead
08 – Can’t Stop Walking Yet
09 – Hear Me Cry
10 – Too Late
11 – Another Friend Gone
12 – Tell Me Why
13 – Return
14 – When the Sun Goes Down
Par DJDemonAngel le 17 Août 2010 à 12:00
Origine du Groupe : North America
Style : Jazz , Soul , Blues
From Wikipedia :
Belafonte Sings the Blues is an album by Harry Belafonte, released by RCA Victor (LPM-1972) in 1958. It was recorded in New York on January 29 (with Alan Greene as leader) and March 29 (with Bob Corman as leader), and in Hollywood on June 5 and 7 (with Dennis Farnon as leader).
1. "A Fool for You" (Ray Charles)
2. "Losing Hand" (Charles Calhoun (Jesse Stone)
3. "One For My Baby" (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
4. "In the Evenin' Mama" (C. C. Carter)
5. "Hallelujah I Love Her So" (Ray Charles)
6. "The Way That I Feel" (Fred Brooks)
7. "Cotton Fields" (C. C. Carter)
8. "God Bless the Child" (Billie Holliday. Arthur Herzog Jr.)
9. "Mary Ann" (Ray Charles)
10. "Sinner's Prayer" (Lowell Fulson)
11. "Fare Thee Well" (Fred Brooks)
Par DJDemonAngel le 14 Août 2010 à 12:00
Origine du Groupe : North America
Style : Blues Soul , Blues Rock , Delta Blues
Sortie : 2010
The fifth album from the all-star blues collective, The Mannish Boys, once again reaches the high standards we have come to expect from Randy Chortkoff’s California-based Delta Groove and Eclecto Groove labels, indeed he formed Delta Groove as a vehicle to put out music by The Mannish Boys – whilst keeping to the pure roots values of the music, performed by a group of musicians in the top division of the blues.
The core of the band on “Shake For Me” comprises Finis Tasby, Bobby Jones, Kirk Fletcher, Frank Goldwasser and Chortkoff himself, with a new rhythm section in the shape of Willie J. Campbell (bass) and Jimi Bott (drums). The guest list here is truly mouthwatering, most from the Delta Groove roster, and, deep breath required, are . . . Rod Piazza, Johnny Dyer, Mitch Kashmar, Lynwood Slim, Arthur Adams, Kid Ramos, Nick Curran, Mike Zito, Fred Kaplan, Rob Rio, Andy Kaulkin, and European representation in the shape of The Backbones frontman, singer and harmonica player, Pieter ‘Big Pete’ van der Pluijm . . . phew!
The music itself, over a generous 16 tracks, is a joy from the opening guitar salvo from Nick Curran on “Too Tired” to the closing “Way Down South”, a song from the late Lester Butler of The Red Devils, admirably covered by Big Pete. Most of the vocals are taken by the ‘elder statesmen’ Finis Tasby and Bobby Jones, with Johnny Dyer pitching in as well.
As mentioned, the album gets off to a rollicking start with a rousing “Too Tired”, highlighting Finis Tasby’s great voice and the sparkling guitar work of Nick Curran. Fast-rising Mike Zito shares the vocals and guitar duties on a medley of “Mona” and “Willie And The Hand Jive” leading into a sublime take on Lowell Fulson’s classic “Reconsider Baby” – with just a great feel and groove, and another Tasby vocal and Fred Kaplan’s tinkling ivories.
Two personal favourites feature just duos – the Jimmy Oden / Otis Spann tune “Half Ain’t Been Told”, with just Bobby Jones impassioned vocal and the piano of Rob Rio, emulating the Otis Spann lines; and the kick-ass “Number 9 Train”, with some plain dirty downhome guitar tones from Frank Goldwasser, who takes the vocal, and Jimi Bott’s driving drums – superb stuff indeed. West Coast harmonica legend Rod Piazza is on top form on a classy “Last Night”, one of the best known Little Walter songs.
The horns of David ‘Woody’ Woodford and Lee Thornburg swing on Ray Charles “Hey Now”, another sterling Bobby Jones vocal here and more piano magic from Fred Kaplan and killer guitar solo from Kirk Fletcher. Nick Curran and Fletcher tear it up on the swinging instrumental “The Bullet”, with the two guitarists sharing the solos with Kaplan, and it’s driven along by the top notch rhythm section of Willie J. Campbell and Jimi Bott.
The pace is taken down on the long, rambling slow blues, penned by Randy Chortkoff, and featuring his own harmonica and some dynamite chromatic work from Lynwood Slim; Arthur Adams dominates his own “Raunchy”, taking the lead vocal and two guitar solos on this funky blues, leading into the Muddy Waters classic “Champagne & Reefer” – another harmonica ace, Mitch Kashmar, impressing here, with Johnny Dyer sound authentically Muddy-like on the vocal.
This cracking release ends in fine style with Holland’s own Pieter ‘Big Pete’ van der Pluijm doffing his cap to his hero Lester Butler on “Way Down South” – his big voice and harmonica ably assisted by Kid Ramos’s customary brilliant guitar and Andy Kaulkin’s piano. Hopefully we’ll hear more of him on the next album!
As ever with Delta Groove / Eclecto Groove releases, this fairly burst out of the speakers – a beautiful sounding album as ever, with Jeff Scott Fleenor handling production duties on his own for the first time, well done to him! I would love to see this project hit our shores, come on festival promoters, get to it for next year!
by GRAHAME RHODES
01. Too Tired
02. Mona/Willie and the Hand Jive
03. Reconsider Baby
04. Educated Ways
05. Half Ain't Been Told
06. Number 9 Train
07. Last Night
08. Hey Now
09. You Can't Be Beat
10. Black Nights
11. The Bullet
12. Those Worries
14. Champagne & Reefer
15. You've Got Bad Intentions
16. Way Down South
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